Bill is a family man with a bad motorcycle problem. Current rides are a slightly modded '92 FXR, an '06 Triumph T100, a 1952 45" and a '65 Triumph unit 650 in the works.
Smell that? It's the scent of midnight oil burning all around the country as builders and riders ready their machines for the big day. Grown men are losing sleep, bribing chrome platers, begging painters and hustling to get their motorcycles wrapped up. What started as a little parking lot get-together has grown into Chopperpalooza, and this year is going to be nuts. Compiled here in no particular order are the latest videos produced by the "Invited Builders" who will be showcasing their work June 30.
I don't know why we don't feature more XS650s around here. They make great chops and are affordable and reliable compared to a lot of other options. Joel's bike caught our eye at the Dixie Roundup and I was lucky enough to have a chance to shoot it while taking advantage of Larry and Ashley's hospitality at Garage Company Customs.
One of the cool things about Sporties is how flexible the format is. These reliable and fun bikes make fine choppers, blobbers, mobbers, boogers, whatever you wanna call 'em these days. This machine is a stunning example of what can be done when a talented builder gets ahold of one with the pure intent of putting the "Sport" back in "Sportster". This bike was a long term project for Brandon Holstein of Brawny Built / Speed Merchant. His buddy, Jimmy Monk was staying with him while it was in progress and called first dibs if it ever went up for sale. And the rest, as they say, is history.
At last month's Dixie Roundup the good folks at Garage Company Customs and Biltwell Inc. hosted a day at America's famed Barber Vintage Motorsports Musuem in Leeds, Alabama. Musuem founder George Barber was a respected Porsche racer and restoration specialist in the 1960s, so his passion for all things mechanical runs deep. Mr. Barber's collection has grown extensively since his musuem's founding in 1989, and today it boasts the largest collection of vintage motorcycles and Lotus racecars in the world.
I've known Trent at Atomic Custom for a couple years now and the guy builds amazing bikes. Cool thing is, they all are significantly different. You may remember his other knuckle called Three or the Mexipan or even ED, and while they all looked completely different, they had one thing in common - they are built to ride. They may be show-quality machines, but if Trent owns a bike, you can guarantee it gets hammered on a regular. I stopped by the Compound on the way back east a couple weeks ago and shot some snappys of his latest and maybe greatest creation.
Any good shootout has to have a clear winner, right? Trying to flatly say one machine is better than another is not only a matter of opinion, but one of perspective. Both the Forty-Eight and the T100 are great choices for a new bike. While some might think the two motorcycles are like comparing apples and oranges, I would argue the contrary.
Earlier in the week, we announced this head-to-head shootout between the new 2012 Harley 48 and Triumph T100. We've already been over the Bonne here, and now it's time to look at the Factory's lowest, leanest and meanest Sportster.
Welcome to ChopCult's first new bike shootout. For this battle, we selected the 2012 Harley-Davidson Sportster Forty-Eight and the Triumph Bonneville T100. Totally different looking bikes, but both on a similar mission; reliable two-wheeled fun for about ten grand. We'll do this feature in three parts: Triumph, Harley and the Conclusion. We only spent a couple weeks with the machines, but during that time we took them through the paces, from canyon carving to highway cruising and the daily commute, we lived with the bikes and swapped them amongst a diverse group of riders to assemble real-world opinions and feedback. Here's part one, the 2012 Triumph Bonneville T100.
It's always refreshing to see Lock's work because you know it will be well-made, interesting and totally unlike anything you expected. Enter his latest creation, a hand-fabbed, big-engined creation that is guaranteed to freak out more than just the squares.
Paisano Publications is the grandaddy of biker publishing. They broke trail for the rest of the industry to follow before most ChopCult members were shittin' green. I've got a fat stack of old Easyriders I peruse for inspiration and entertainment all the time, so when the opportunity to visit their publishing headquarters in SoCal presented itself last month, I jumped at the chance.
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