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Malcolm's BT Evo Chop

 

Is there such a thing as a practical chopper? Probably not, but a bike that's drop-dead reliable, fast as hell and has the perfect stance? Well, that's entirely possible as Malcolm Giblin's machine here proves. Here's what the man has to say about his ride.

Mid controls are the only way to go on a rigid. You've got to be able to stand up, plus you don't want to look like the first 'C' in the OCC logo. I found the "Beaver" shifter rummaging through a junk bin at an old machine shop in El Monte, CA. It was some sort of finger-actuated-cam-lever from who knows what kind of machine. I made the brake pedal out of a hipster belt buckle I got in Los Feliz. The pegs and the rest of the odds and ends I made out of stainless steel and some brass at my uncle's shop in Pomona.

My favorite thing is all that space between the forks and the Speedmaster. I love those old HA photos that show their extended Wide Glides cradling slim 21's. Everyone these days is cramming everything in all tight together in the name of lane splitting, but you're only getting through the gaps your fat ass can squeeze through. Maybe I'm being a dick, but those ultra skinny bikes kinda remind me of the 300-pound guys with the souped-up Mustangs who spend so much time & money trimming weight off their ride but fail to notice the extra 100 punds in their ass. I like it when bikes have a good balance between positive and negative space. There's something to be said for having working room to fit your hands and tools if you break down on the road.  It's also nice to not have to take the whole bike apart to put a new battery in.

Since moving back to NYC I have a couple mods planned for this bike, including a full primary cover to keep my foot from being chewed up while nestled between the cabs on the Brooklyn Bridge. The bike will pretty much look the same, but what I have in mind will make it more practical for the city. Not really sure when I'll find the dough to complete these mods, but if my plan goes well, my skinny bike rant will lower the price of those beautiful Mullins trees and I can build the skinny bike of my dreams.

 

 

 

Engine: 2006 S&S 96" evolution w/ Super E & Harley Gears in a S&S 5 speed box.
Frame: Paughco 
Fork: Harley Wide Glide - stock length
Chassis mods: Motor/coil mount, reworked axle plates, cut all the gusset plates off.
Tire/wheel: 21" w/ pan starhub & Avon Speedmaster
                 16" w/ FXR hub/ Indian rim & Firestone Deluxe
                 Wheels built/trued by me with SS spokes
Favorite thing:  Mid controls are the only way to go on a rigid.  You gotta be able to stand up. Plus, you don't wanna look like the first 'C' in the OCC logo.  I found the 'Beaver' shifter rummaging through a junk bin at an old machine shop in El Monte, CA.  It was some sort of finger-actuated-cam-lever from who knows what kind of machine.  I made the brake pedal out of a hipster beltbuckle I got in Los Feliz.  The pegs and the rest of the odds and ends I made out of stainless steel and some brass at my uncle's shop in Pomona.  
My favorite thing is all that space between the forks and the Speedmaster.  I love those old HA photos of with all their extended Wide Glides cradling slim 21s.  Everyone these days is cramming everything in all tight together in the name of Lane Splitting, but you're only getting through the gaps your fat ass can squeeze through.  Maybe I'm being a dick here, but those ultra skinny bikes kinda remind me of the 300 lbs guys with the sooped-up Mustangs who spend so much time & money trimming weight off their ride but fail to notice the extra 100 lbs in their ass.  I like it when bikes have a good balance between positive and negative space. There's something to be said for having working-room to fit your hands/tools while broke down on the road.  It's also nice to not have to take the whole bike apart to put a new battery in.
Since moving to NYC, I have a couple modifications planned for this bike, including a full primary cover to keep my foot from being chewed up while nestled between the cabs on the Brooklyn Bridge.  The bike will pretty much look the same, but what I have in mind will make it more practical for the city.  Not really sure when I'll find the dough to complete these mods, but if my plan goes well, the above paragraph will make those beautiful Mullins trees prices drop, and I can build the skinny bike of my dreams.
Thanks to Bill and Magoo at ChopCult for featuring my bike, and go to www.Hoppermag.com if you're bored!

Engine: 2006 S&S 96" Evolution with S&S Super E carb and Harley gears in an S&S 5-speed transmission

Frame: Paughco

Fork: Harley Wide Glide, stock length

Chassis mods: Motor/coil mount, reworked axle plates, cut all the gusset plates off

Tire/wheel: Front: 21" w/ pan starhub & Avon Speedmaster. Rear: 16" w/ FXR hub/ Indian rim & Firestone Deluxe. Wheels built/trued by me with SS spokes.

Thanks: to ChopCult for featuring my bike

www.Hoppermag.com


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Commented on 9-29-2010 At 02:59 pm
 

"but fail to notice the extra 100 punds in their ass" HEY!!! I resemble that remark!!!! Hahahaha

Nice scoot man.

Commented on 9-29-2010 At 03:05 pm
 

Crazy brake set up. Ive never seen two calipers on the same rotor. Nice...

Commented on 9-29-2010 At 03:57 pm
 

Nice ride.

Commented on 9-29-2010 At 04:40 pm
 

I rode next to theis bike for a few miles on the GR4. Great stance and some crafty work going on there. I hear you on the east coast and west coast differences. You just have to adapt to the conditions. Nice bike. Tim

Commented on 9-29-2010 At 06:30 pm
 

it was good seeing you in Brooklyn, didn't you used to have a front brake?

Commented on 9-29-2010 At 06:55 pm
 

Cool bike, cool guy, 'nuf said.

Commented on 9-29-2010 At 06:59 pm
 

Cool bike, I like the hipster brake pedal

Commented on 9-29-2010 At 07:48 pm
 

how does that starter ...like that ive always wanted to ....but never did it...
i ass-ume it works or you wouldnt have it?

due tell!
i love an EVO in bikes like this!

Commented on 9-29-2010 At 08:57 pm
 

Thanks, everybody. I'm stoked that people dig my bike. I forgot to mention the brakes are from Fab Kev. Great brake mount and great dude. And the starter just works...so far it hasn't needed that jackshaft bushing support (for 2 years). Good seeing you, too, Rob. I think every time I've seen you, it's been in a different state. The front brake - I could never get it to work right, so i just ditched it.

Commented on 9-29-2010 At 09:56 pm
 

Dig the bike. Not much room on the footpegs for standing or keeping the foot out of the primary!

Commented on 9-29-2010 At 10:48 pm
 

Had the honor of meeting Malcolm on the GR. Great guy. His camera/riding skills are unbelievable. Great bike too.

Commented on 9-30-2010 At 12:46 am
 

Yup, this evo is cool stuff. Lotsa neat little things going on.

Commented on 9-30-2010 At 12:50 am
 

Some real cool bits that make up a fun looking bike.
good stuff.

Commented on 9-30-2010 At 03:55 am
 

I've seen this before...
Street Chopper I think
something about strippers.
Righteous bike anyways

Commented on 9-30-2010 At 06:15 am
 

it is practical! looks very nice! and I can see that you have build it just for your needs! so you kinda love this thing! and so it is a perfect bike!

Commented on 9-30-2010 At 02:20 pm
 

awesome malcolm is a radical human and the bike is sick........malcolm give me a call lets ride!!!!!!

Commented on 10-1-2010 At 06:26 am
 

Yup street choppers strip club bobber- I think it looks even sicker now!

Commented on 10-1-2010 At 11:13 am
 

"Everyone these days is cramming everything in all tight together in the name of lane splitting, but you're only getting through the gaps your fat ass can squeeze through."

And I was begining to think I was the only one with this train of thought.

Commented on 10-6-2010 At 08:02 pm
 

Nice chop. Man those brakes are sweet.

Commented on 1-15-2012 At 07:01 pm
 

Nice and clean..Great point with the wide glide front end. see you on the road

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