Even though I’ve been sitting in the Editor’s chair for a year in a half, I have learned one valuable lesson: I can’t do everything by myself. I’ve been fortunate to cross paths with individuals that give a damn about this site and our community. Most of you know, and/or are personal friends with Allen, Brandon, JetBlack, Mikey, Bear, Kim, Jason, and Nick. They are known in the industry as ChopCult contributors, but I truly feel like they are my brothers vs. co-workers. They each play a vital role for ChopCult, whether moderating the forums, shooting an upcoming feature, editing, as well as being a ChopCult representative within their community. Each one brings a special component that allows me to focus on my other many duties.
I thought it was time to shine a light on each of the contributor’s personal rides. The beauty about ChopCult is that there are MANY custom bikes out there and each one of our contributor’s rides deserves a feature for their ongoing support for ChopCult.
The first bike to debut under the “What We Ride” features comes from So Cal CC contributor/ photographer Nick Faught. I had the pleasure of landing on Nick’s personal blog many months ago, from a link on Lady Hump’s blog. Yes folks, there are blogs out there that are still active. I really liked Nick’s vision and reached out to him to help cover the Hazzard County 2 event for me. Nick delivered a kick-ass feature, and we’ve been working together ever since.
I hope you enjoy his ride as much as he does.
I bought this bike brand new off the floor with cash from my re-enlist bonus in the Navy. So, you could say this bike cost me a few bucks and 6 years of my life. I grew up around motorcycles but not customs. I originally had no ambitions of customizing it other than the standard pipes change out and jetting the carb. After a few months, I gave it a new paint job after the original baby blue color completely disgusted me. I started to get fed up with not being able to find any good events or rides that were not poker runs or bike nights until a friend of mine sent me over to ChopCult and the rest, as they say, is history. That was pretty much when I decided to break the bike down and go the chopper route, but was still on the fence about pulling the trigger. I was then cutoff on the 5 while riding up to Orange County and laid the bike down…that was when I said “fuck it” and started cutting her up. Since then, the bike has changed faces dozens of times and is finally at a point where I am semi-happy with it. After years of little trips and local rides, I still needed to put a good beating on it to test the fucker. Last year, my best friend and I took our bikes up to Washington and back over the course of a week. To my surprise, the bike made the whole trip without a single issue whatsoever. Other than running out of gas, that is, but that happens every other ride I go on, it seems. End of the day, it may not be pretty, but it is a runner and is fun as hell to ride. - Nick.
Owner name, location: Nick Faught – Corona, CA
Bike name: The Wicked Bitch of the West
Engine, year and make, model, modifications: 2008 Honda Shadow Spirit 750cc
Frame: Stock, rear frame rails and front support rail cut off
Fork: stock 41mm. Legs shaved and polished
Chassis mods: Nothing special. Just struts.
Tire/wheel size and style: Rear: 15” Avon Roadrider / Front: 21” Avon Speedmaster
Favorite thing about this bike: My favorite thing about this bike is the reactions I get from people. It usually starts with “what is it?” The surprise and sometimes disgust that it is a Honda is hilarious…they are usually more surprised to hear it’s a 2008. I like to think this bike is a good representation of me. It is definitely one of a kind, if nothing else.
Next modification will be: Well, this thing gets a makeover every other month, it seems; so, by the time this feature comes out it may look completely different. Although, one thing I want to do next is get some 4+ fork tubes for it by Forks by Frank.
Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc.: One of the cooler parts for me, on this bike, is the skate wheel brake light (currently not working). Actually, I got the process for making this here on ChopCult on one of the How To Threads. The pipes, sissy bar, hand shifter, and clutch pedal were all done in my garage, with mainly an angle grinder and a little Lincoln 140 MIG welder. The handle bars are Bend-a-licious pullbacks by Zombie Performance and the gas tank is a narrow Alien tank I got from Lowbrow Customs. Vintage Miller headlights and the seat I got from the Long Beach Swap Meet that was originally on my Ironhead build but cannibalized onto the Honda.
Thanks to: Thanks to ChopCult, Zombie Performance, Lowbrow Customs, El Diablo Moto, and everyone else that has helped me out with parts or advice.
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Nick, I truly appreciate your help, time and talent!