The G.I. Chop got its name from Bob at Temecula Motorcycle Service when Barnacle Bill brought it in for work, and Bob commented, “That looks like a bike a G.I. would’ve built when they returned from Vietnam.” (Because of the longer fork tubes and un-chopped frame geometry). Barnacle traded a Sportster he built for it and messed with a couple of things before riding it all the way to Cabo and back without a hiccup. Since that time, the panheads it came with were replaced with shovelheads, and it had a couple of different tank swaps and the seat has seen a few incarnations and maybe a different air cleaner or three. Bill built a new sissybar a couple of years back; Otto added a new Tokico brake on a Fab Kevin mount. Bars get changed like underwear (every three months). Other than that, swap out the oil on occasion, transmission changes itself, and run it hard. That S&S lump has been great to them. All go, no show. Looks best at 70mph leading a pack of newer bikes through Baja.
Photos by Geoff Kowalchuk
Owner name, location: Otto - Murrieta, CA
ChopCult Member profile: Otto
Engine, year and make, model, modifications: S&S Shovelhead motor 2000 Special Construction title
Forks: 39mm tubes in stock sporty trees
Tire/wheel size and style: 21/16
Favorite thing about this bike: She’s a runner!
Next modification will be: Gas
Otto / @suckafreemiked
Photos by Geoff Kowalchuk / @twofoursixer
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