Few bikes have gotten as much press in recent months as Kutty Noteboom's Plum Smuggler, and for good reason. With loads of epic '60s-style bikes coming out of the woodwork, this lawn dart of a digger sticks out like a boner in church pants.
In early 2009 Kutty and his friend Duane Ballard challenged each other to build wild-ass choppers. Their reasons were to buck current building trends, and because both guys share heavy respect for the men who built the bikes that came before theirs. For his Pink Taco Duane chose his usual donor: a CB750. Of course, Kutty picked a slab shovel for the Plum Smuggler. If you aren't sure what a Pink Taco or a Plum Smuggler is, check out the Urban Dictionary.
Engine: 80" 1968 HD, built by Lauren's Engine Works
Transmission: 4-speed hooked to a BDL clutch and primary
Frame & Fork: Scratch-built by Freddy Hernandez
Tires/Wheels: 19x3.5 rear/21x3.0 front. HD juice drum rear, spool up front
Engraving: Mark Cooper
Paint: Billy Crewl
Graphics: Dave Whittle of California Designs
Molding: Keith Dean
Seat: Duane Ballard
Air cleaner & "69" tai light lens: Chopper Dave
Fab work: Gas tank, oil tank, bars, controls, fairing, license plate mount, pipes, pegs, grips, and hours of random stuff by Kutty Noteboom/Hippy Killer