In today's society content isn't found solely by word of mouth anymore. You have to be able to stay on top of all social media outlets like Facebook, blogs and now the ever important Instagram. Instagram has become all the rage for our industry because its the simplest way to promote yourself, friends and favorite brands. For Chop Cult, it’s just another “tool” we use to keep up with our members, promote our advertisers and hopefully entice our new followers to become members. Erik starting following us in early February and I have enjoyed watching this bike come together. Here’s his story,
Photos by Erik
I got the bike from a friend who had it sitting on the side of his house for free! It became my very first bike build and knew I had talented friends to help me along the way if I got stuck. It sat for about 2 years after I got the hardtail put on. Just a frame and an engine sitting on the floor in my garage because I kept starting other projects instead of finishing it. Then I decided 2 months before the Hippy Killer Hoedown 2013, I was going to finish it. It went together pretty easily until four days before the Hoedown I ran into carb problems so it didn't make it to the show. Pretty bummed but I finished it a week later. It went through about 20 changes before I got it finished to this point. I wanted this bike to be a rider so i didn't try to clean it up too much. I’ll ride it till it blows up.
Owner name, location: Erik Stieber Temecula CA
Bike name: Turtle Power
Engine, year and make, model, modifications: 440 cc, 1981 kz440 Kawasaki Mikuni 33vm carburetor Frame: stock Fork: kz350 Chassis mods: Hardtailed stretched 4" Tire/wheel size and style: front 21" xl 175 drum shinko knobby, rear 16" 2003 sportster stock tire
Favorite thing about this bike: Original peanut tank made in England
Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc: Shoveled brake pedal, zx6r master cylinder, sportster rear brake caliper, original peanut gas tank, Hippy Killer grips and pegs, up one tooth on front sprocket and stock sporty rear sprocket, and the awesome paint job
Thanks: I want to thank my buddy Robert for giving it to me, Joe over at Rigid Customs in San Jacinto CA for creating the hardtail, Jesse Colorado for hooking me up with parts, David Wells for the killer paint job, and Kutty over at Hippy Killer Garage for letting me roll to his house because I hate waiting for shipping
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