Paul DeJong's Ironhead Chopper


A South African motocross mechanic I once knew used to describe poorly tuned dirt bikes as "running like a Dutch chopper." I'd never ridden a Dutch chopper before, but when the opportunity to go for a spin with my friends Paul DeJong and Maurice The Flying Dutchman amid the windmills presented itself last summer, I grabbed my raincoat and hit the bricks.

This is not the first motorcycle of Paul DeJong's to be featured on ChopCult. The owner of Holland's top BMX emporium may be Dutch, but H-D black and orange runs through his veins. In addition to this '67 Sporty, Paul and his wife Carry own a Buell, an '86 XL street tracker and another old ironhead.

To keep Eurocentric spoke sniffers off his back, Paul rides the Leirop and Valkenswaard GP tracks near his home on a KTM two-stroke motocrosser. Weather permitting, Paul's also been known to take his son Boyd's electric trials bike for spin. About the only thing with a motor Paul won't touch is a time clock. "The Coach" has his priorities, and working 9 to 5 isn't one of them.

It rained for most of our two-hour ride through southern Netherlands, but not enough to ruin the day. This is one of two Hoodlum Society bike checks from Aarle-Rixtel, and both stories will break on CC in days to come. In addition to these features, I got to hang out with action-sports photographer and chopper fanatic Maurice Van Den Tillaard. The Flying Dutchman agreed to do a "21" interview, and to share dozens of his inspiring photographs with CC readers. Maurice's story is a good one, and his stunning photos are among the best. Thanks to both Nederlanders for making my Dutch swing such a treat.


Bike builder/owner: Paul DeJong

Bike name: Avy's Bike (Paul's two-year-old daughter) 

Frame year, make and model: 1967 Harley-Davidson Sportster AND

Frame mods: Bolt-on hardtail

Motor year, make and model: Harley-Davidson XLH 900

Fork year, make and model: 1986 Harley-Davidson XLH1100

Fork mods: Stiffer springs, thicker oil, Honda CB500 triple trees, Timken tapered steering neck bearings

Front wheel specs: V-Twin mini drum 21-inch wheel, Pirelli Enduro tire

Rear wheel specs: Harley-Davidson Sportster 16" with drum brake; Firestone Champion deluxe 4.50" tire

Bodywork and tins: Coffin tank, Duane Ballard leather works on Biltwell solo seatpan

Painter: Royal Jack Custom Paint

Custom-fabbed bits: Made the '86 Sporty legs work with the Honda steer tube and trees; tweaked Universal MX clutch levers to operate clutch and brake; lots of old bicycle parts got turned into motorcycle parts on this bike: axle spacers, BB spacers, brake cables turned into throttle cables, that kind of stuff

Thanks: Duane Ballard for finishing the seat in time for McGoo to deliver it. Thanks to the Biltwell guys for hooking me up

Check out the Euro chopper scene on Paul's blog

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Commented on 9-21-2011 At 08:27 am

I got that same gas cap (sitting in my basement) I haven't found a tank that does it justice. It looks perfect on that coffin tank.

Commented on 9-21-2011 At 09:43 am

Anybody know how much it would cost to put a bike on a boat and ferry cross to Europe?

Commented on 9-21-2011 At 03:00 pm

Hot digitty!

Commented on 9-21-2011 At 08:31 pm

That is a sick bike.

Commented on 9-21-2011 At 08:46 pm

Good god thank you chopper Gods

Commented on 9-22-2011 At 06:42 am

tittays!!!! that front wheel is fucking rad. that whole bike is fucking rad!

Commented on 9-22-2011 At 03:24 pm

mad respect for the dejong brothers. bmx for life!

Commented on 9-25-2011 At 08:08 pm

I like the fact that you are still using the lunchbox oil bag.. Sweet ride.. can't wait till mine is done

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