ChopCult member Joel Meyer-England is like many of his peers; he loves working on motorcycles. Joel has been quietly building and painting bikes in his garage for the past four years. He’s so eager to learn every aspect of the industry that he recently left his 9 to 5, and is now apprenticing with Dan Collins at Old Gold Garage. A very bold step to take, but necessary to hone his craft.
Owner name, location: Joel Meyer-England Santa Monica, CA USA
Engine, year and make, model, modifications: Early 90’s Harley Evo motor
Frame: Custom Built frame by Jim Riley out of Sweethome, OR
Fork: Unknown manufacture 10 over springer
Tire/wheel size and style: 16” solid fat boy rear rim with Shinko 270 tire, 21” front wheel
Favorite thing about this bike: Love the paint
Next modification will be: If it stays with me awhile I might end up painting the oil bag to match the rest of the tins.
Back Story: I came across this bike on a trip up north in Sweethome, OR. A grey beard named Jim has been building his own custom choppers for many years and he built this frame and motor for his wife Leeann. Once Jim couldn’t ride anymore he didn’t want Leeann to ride by herself so I ended up with her bike. It was a great looking bike but I was looking for a platform to put together a bike I had in my mind for awhile and this was it. Once I got it back home to Santa Monica I pulled the thing apart. Ditched the wideglide and 16” solid fatboy front wheel and went the 10” springer and 21” wheel. The rear hitch fender along with big seat and matching pillion pad were switched for a more slim solo seat and old school pillion pad so I could get my ass right in the fender and frame nook where I feel the most planted on a hard tail bike. All the wiring came out and was simplified. Nate from Lazarus Cycleworks gave me the tip on the blazer headlights and I thought they just helped slimline the front end so much. Ape hangers were switched for the shortest broomsticks I could fit along with Biltwell grips. I wanted this bike to be low and lean and tall bars wouldn’t fly. Fender and fender struts both came from the good folks at Lowbrow. Tank had to be my favorite style, narrow frisco sporty tank from Throttle Addiction. Painting has been a real passion for me over the last year and I have been playing around with Mexican Blanket metalflake paint styling lately. I really wanted this to be the culmination of all the previous ones I had done so I went with the 5 panel tank and matching paint on the fender. Really couldn’t be happier with the way it all came together. Now it’s time to find somebody who will love this bike as much as Jim, Leeann, and I have, nothing makes me happier than finding the person that falls in love with the bike I’ve put together.
Thanks to: I want to thank my chopper guru and best friend Fleabag who is the guy that turned me onto Harley’s and who gave me the knowledge and showed me that I could build choppers. Special thanks go to my girl Cara for supporting and believing in me, and putting up with my full time obsession that is motorcycles.
Check out Joel's website, and give him a follow on Instagram. This bike is currently for sale, if interested, please PM Joel. Thanks