James Luther showcased his fully custom 1963 Triumph at the recent Ventura Nationals and took home the coveted ChopCult award created by Artist Brian Prieto and Mr. Rhythm. For James this win was a sweet victory as the bike took a few years to build, due to some non-moto-related-but-pretty-darn-important-nonetheless things coming up, like buying a new house and welcoming his sweet daughter into the world.
James entered his bike into the OG Moto Show, Born-Free, the California Moto Show, and the Hippy Killer Hoedown, but the Ventura Nationals is when life came around full circle. You see, James is a ChopCult member and used the classified section to find the first big piece for the bike, a Joe hunt mag. James' hopes are to take numerous trips this spring and we wish him nothing but open roads.
Photos by Jake Morrison
Owner name, location: James Luther Hesperia CA.
Chop Cult Member profile: JimBonez
Bike name: UNASHAMED
Engine, year and make, model, modifications: 1963 Triumph T 100 SR completely polished and rebuilt by BA MOTO out of Long Beach. Running a Joe Hunt Polished magneto. Custom exhaust built by owner.
Frame: 1967 Triumph front loop, Factory Metal Works hardtail with 4” stretch and 2” drop
Fork: 2” over springer front end custom built
Chassis mods: Hardtail with all mounting tabs and brackets fabbed by owner
Tire/wheel size and style : Rims are 16” rear 21” front, powder coated gloss black with stainless Buchanan spokes and nipples. Rear tire is a Shinco E-240, front is a Firestone 2.75-21.
Favorite thing about this bike: Honesty my favorite part of the bike would have to be the process of building and painting the bike. I enjoyed the many hours behind the hood tig welding and the hours in the booth painting the frame and tins.
Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc: Gas tank is a Cole Foster tank that I narrowed 2½” and raised 2”. One-off tooled leather seat that is just amazing with praying hands by Juan At Nomad Custom Leather. Cross sissy bar built out of ½” round bar built by owner. Led taillight from Prism that was welded to sissy bar. Stainless steel handlebars from Zombie Performance.
Any building or riding story or info you'd like to include: This is my first bike build. It comes from a background in building and painting hot rods and customs. I really enjoyed how detailed you can be while building each part, then they come together to complete a simple and beautiful machine that expresses that I'm unashamed. -Romans 116
Thanks to Nomad Custom Leather, British American Motors, Zombie Performance, House Of Kolor, The Factory Metal Works, Lowbrow Customs, and Prism Supply. -James
I want to thank James and the photographer, Jake, for their patience with this feature. Please give them both a follow. I also want to thank Aarron and Holly for allowing ChopCult to support their event over the years. Be sure to keep Labor Day weekend open to support the 18th Annual Ventura Nationals. Go to venturanationals.com to get involved and give the Ventura Nationals a follow on Facebook and Instagram. -Lisa
Photos by Jake Morrison