ChopCult Pictorial: Bars and Risers


The engineering and creativity many builders put into their bikes is inspiring, and other times it's just plain nuts. Submitted without comment for your inspection and enjoyment: nearly two dozen bar and riser assemblies from last month's Born Free II bike show in Long Beach, California.

If you know something about any of the set-ups in this pictorial, please comment below. Thanks to everyone who subjected their steeds to the scrutiny of ChopCult's IT peanut gallery.

Owner: Zack Taylor 
Bike: Electric Buzzard
Year, make model of motor, plus engine mods,: Stock 77' shovel with 10:1 and a hotter cam.
Year, make, model of original frame, plus mods, if any: Stock '77 shovel frame with a weld-on hardtail
Fork spec: FL forks with cut and shortened tubes
The guy who helped with my build: Hank Decken
Front/rear wheel rim, tire and hub specs: 16" Steamrollers with Firestone meats
In Zack's own words: I bought this bike in its original form about two weeks after I sold the first bike I ever owned. I knew I wanted something that had some soul and would help me learn. I bought it blind—I'd never even kickstarted a bike before. I rode it for the season until the top end let loose and totally pooched it. My goal at first was to just get the motor running again. As soon as I pulled that motor I said fuck it and tore the whole bike apart in a couple of days. I decided I was going to make it my own the way I wanted, and to learn how everything worked as I put it back together. My buddy Hank let me work out of his shop for the whole build. He helped me with everything I struggled with. With out his help I would probably still be building this pig. 
I'm flossin with Biltwell risers and seat hinge, and Bench*Mark points cover 
Thanks: Hank Decken, Joe Lingley, Sean Larose


dkdkEveryone who's jumped head first into an old motorcycle purchase knows the feeling. The butterflies at approach, the adrenalin rush during sputter on first kick, or the soul-sucking disbelief when the whole deal shits the bed. Zack Taylor jumped into his Electric Buzzard the old-fashioned way: on a wing and a prayer.

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Commented on 8-2-2010 At 05:50 am

interesting, allways good for some insperation at chop cult

Commented on 8-2-2010 At 07:36 am

Some kick ass, unique examples there. I'm honored to see mine included.

Commented on 8-2-2010 At 08:28 am

i love that first one, so nice.. and thanks for including mine as well

Commented on 8-2-2010 At 08:29 am

Lots of great Ideas here!

Commented on 8-2-2010 At 10:07 am

Good shit.

Commented on 8-2-2010 At 11:40 am

ya some cool stuff.... I chuckled when the ten speed bars showed up.... to each his own.......

Commented on 8-2-2010 At 01:54 pm

always cool to see this stuff. i feel my juices flowing.

Commented on 8-2-2010 At 03:46 pm

The first one is way cool with the anti-spinny things on there. Thanks for putting this on.


Commented on 8-2-2010 At 05:06 pm

Love the secind set of bars. Who needs risers, when you can bend and weld!?

Commented on 8-2-2010 At 07:26 pm

Yea Slim got off on those things...

Commented on 8-3-2010 At 11:33 am

One of my favorite parts of a bike.

Commented on 8-3-2010 At 03:04 pm

if someone would invent retractable cables, I would probably change my bars every week. Nothing makes (or breaks) the total look of a bike like the bars and how they are positioned.

Commented on 8-3-2010 At 06:29 pm

A bunch of clever minds involved with these.

Commented on 8-4-2010 At 12:13 am

Great ideas, thank's

Commented on 8-4-2010 At 05:32 pm

My buddy Jay is responsible for the first 2 sets of bars. He is super fat but he can still stand up.

Commented on 8-4-2010 At 05:33 pm

Check out his gay blog:

Commented on 8-14-2010 At 10:09 am

Coming from a BMX background I LOVE the AMI Tri's in the first pic. Sweet!

Commented on 11-10-2010 At 06:53 am

third ones in look like TRJJ of bolts action...bars made by andy at pangea speed

Commented on 11-12-2010 At 03:26 pm

lots of farout bars; ya gotta give it up for dogbones!

Commented on 1-11-2011 At 05:41 am

are the bars here:
(the last photo) - old bicycle bars?

Commented on 6-13-2011 At 08:45 am

mucho bueno

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