After years of looking at photos of classic style choppers, Steven Lee “Slim” George decided to put together one of his own. The goal was a traditional style chop with some newer tech for added reliability. Killer chop builds tend to start with finding a suitable frame. Steven had heard rumors of a vintage piece that might be available, and ended up scoring a “Jimmy Allen Special” custom-built classic. “The frame was built before I was born by Jimmy Allen and Big Donnie. It was passed down to me to carry on the tradition of hand built, not bought bikes”, Steven Lee elaborates. Since Steven rides at least 10k miles a year, rain or shine, he decided on the ever-reliable evo motor for the power plant. He rummaged up a 4-speed gearbox, gave it a rebuild, then finished it off with an open primary and a jocky-shift.
Steven knew he would be utilizing a jocky-shift set-up and no front brake, so he fabbed a custom “Hill-Stop” e-brake line-lock system to help out on those steep hill stop lights. (It’s licensed and in development for production, so be on the lookout to snag one for your chop soon.) He wanted the tightest narrow front-end around, so he searched high and low for the exact parts he needed. With some fab work, he got it all lined up how he wanted and on the bike. Steven then finished it off with some custom made, classic-styled rims. The end result is pretty bitchin’ if we do say so ourselves. Since most of the parts Steven scored were inherited, hand-made, or used, he named his chopper a very fitting “Slim-Pickins”. Steven still has a few custom touches he wants to add to “Slim-Pickins”, but for the time being he is gonna be riding his bad-ass chopper all over the Pacific Northwest.
Owner name, location: Steven Lee George. Oakland, Oregon
Chop Cult Member profile: Slimsteve
Bike name: “Slim-Pickins”
Engine, year and make, model, modifications: 1985 Harley Evo Custom
Frame: Jimmy Allen Special
Fork: 12” over 41mm with Mullins Chain Drive Super Narrow Trees. Alley Choppers 6” over “Barney Style” fork lowers
Chassis mods: Classic Northwest style Chop, 8” up and 3” out.
Tire/wheel size and style: Led Sled 21” 5-spoke Invader up front Led Sled 16” 8-spoke Challenger rear
Favorite thing about this bike: Frame was chopped by the Late, Great, Big Donnie/Jimmy Allen. Love the overall shape. Skinny, long and high...just like me. And it’s comfortable!
Next modification will be: Still thinking and riding on it, but I love where it is at right now. I guess I could polish a few things.
Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc: “Hill-Stop” E-brake system. Custom seat. JBROS oil filter relocator. Various hand-made stainless and aluminum parts.
Thanks to my wife, Royal, Ace Irwin for his fabrication skills, Matt Halkyard for wrenching, Spud Gibbons, and Ryan Owens for the killer paint. -Steve
Photos and article by Blane Johns / @blanejohns