The year isn't even over yet, but as the holidays creep up it sure feels like it. Before you know it, we'll be in 2013 and moving on to more projects and hopefully lots of riding. The neatest thing about doing this site damn sure isn't moderating the forums - what's enjoyable is getting out and meeting all of the wildly-talented folks who choose to spend their time making and riding custom motorcycles. I personally bullshit my way through about 50 over so articles every year and the following five are my favorites from 2012, each for different reasons.
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The San Diego Chariots MC
This story grew from a thread I noticed started by CC member "Beefdrippings". I got in touch with him, he got in touch with his buddy, who got in touch with his mom Sharon, who took these pics back in '72. Sharon was a joy to work with, very articulate and we were honored that she let us share her story and images on this site. I don't know about you, but I must have spent several hours staring at these photos.
CRO Custom's Yang Yang Shovelhead
Caleb is one of those guys I look up to for a variety reasons. He's a dude who can do it all, build, ride, design, you name it. That his swinger shovel won the Born Free Builder's Choice award for the second year in a row really wasn't a surprise to me. In this article, he goes into detail on how the project developed. It's a great insight into the mind of a guy who is going to be remembered as one of "our" generation's great motorcycle builders.
Triumph Bonneville vs. H-D Sportster 48
This was the conclusion of a three-part shootout between two brand new machines, both of which are great starting points for custom bikes. Writing these kinds of articles takes thick skin because someone's gonna get butt hurt no matter what I have to say. I find it challenging and fun to ride the snot out of factory motorcycles and try to put myself in the boots of a ChopCult member who's looking for a new bike.
Sweet Lou's Evo Chop
This was one of my favorites for purely selfish reasons. I bought this bike from a friend with the intention of doing a quick refresh and then flipping it. Of course that plan went out the window and it took way longer than I ever anticipated. It was kinda fun to shoot and write about my own bike for once. It was even more fun to ride beside it's new owner and long-time friend Sweet Lou, as he hand-jammed this thing around Alabama during the Dixie Roundup.
Dave Barker's Knuckle
We met up with the Speedmetal crew last winter for binge-drinking and outlaw country music in Colorado last year. The bike is as show-quality as a chopper has ever been, and unlike a lot of show queens, this one gets ridden. Hard. It's also one of my favorite features because it's the only one I've shot with a shirtless dude laying in the snow.
I've got no idea what the rest of 2012 has in store, let alone what the new year will bring. One thing is for certain–there are a ton of you talented folks out there building and riding some bad ass chops and we'll feature as many as we can, so stay tuned!