You first met Liam Kennedy on March 16, 2017, when he covered the first Appalachian Moto Jam on ChopCult's behalf. Liam has recently joined the team and will be delivering features when time allows. Liam is a sailor with the Unites States Navy and works as a photojournalist, videographer, and graphic designer for the military. Over the last five years, he has been documenting skateboarding, conflicts, and military life. He started photographing motorcycles recently, and the people who ride them, after he purchased his first chopper, a 1972 Ironhead, in the summer of 2015 while he was on deployment to the Arabian Gulf. “I discovered my passion for combining the two when I returned to San Diego, which carried over with me when I moved to the east coast. I am still serving in the Navy and hope to use my constant traveling to keep bringing the readers of ChopCult great content. I am so thankful to have such a great community to lean on, as I am still learning more about myself, photography, and motorcycles every day.” I thought it would be fitting to showcase Liam’s current ride a.k.a. The Panty Dropper. But before I do I would like to thank Liam for his service and dedication to our country.
Owner name, location: Liam Kennedy, Indiana
ChopCult Member ID: outofcontax
Engine, year and make, model, modifications: 1999 80ci 1340cc Evo Motor / 1977 Shovelhead Ratchet Top Transmission with an open 1 1/2” belt drive
Frame: 2003 Kraft Tech frame
Fork: 6 over 35mm dual-disc frontend with shaved and polished lowers
Tire/wheel size and style: 19” front and 16” rear with vintage style Avon Speedmasters
Favorite thing about this bike: Probably that Rick built it. He is a really talented builder who has been doing this for years from his small shop in Fort Wayne, IN. I love all the accessories, but I love the fact that Rick took his time to make sure everything was in working order, even going through the engine that I had bought just to make sure.
Next modification will be: Hopefully some pullback Z bars or rabbits from Silverback Moto or Zombie Performance; they both do some amazing shit.
Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc: EMD Rocker Box Covers came out really clean and look nice between the legs. Aris-style triangle head lights, Yankee fog light, custom bitch bar, Time Bomb Kustoms painted alien tank, Chop N Weld handlebars, Mikuni 42mm carb, Chopper Dave’s air cleaner cover and points cover.
Thanks to Rick Swaidner for listening to all my shitty ideas, educating me, and helping build my dream chopper. Follow him and his madness on IG @the_white_spade. Thanks to Lisa Ballard for giving me the opportunity to write and photograph for ChopCult.
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