A motorcycle show featuring motorcycle builders, rare bike owners, painters, and photographers, honoring the industry and it's crafts by carefully curating it and presenting it to the interested masses. The show takes place in an industrial warehouse just blocks from Lake Erie, providing the perfect urban, gritty setting for this Great Lakes focused show. It is a free event. The Great Lakes region is filled with manufacturing, machine shops, and automotive industry. Despite the foul winter weather, or maybe because of it, gear head ingenuity abounds. Fuel Cleveland aims to drag seldom-seen rare motorcycles and top-quality custom choppers together, along with photography and paint work by some of the top artists in the motorcycle community, to be shown off to like-minded motorcycle enthusiasts. For more information check out the website and give us a follow on Instagram.
Fuel Cleveland Builder Series Profile: Name: Matt Anderson Shop: Gilby's Street Dept. Location: Elsworth, WI Build: 1971 Dual CB750 Chopper
Intro - 3.19.18
I learned of Matt Anderson and his crazy idea to build a 1971 dual engine CB750 a few months ago and it was instantly a no brainer to extend the invite to have him unveil it for the first time at Fuel Cleveland on July 28th, 2018. Though I haven't had the pleasure of meeting Matt yet in person, what encounters I have had with him over email, you can just tell he eats, sleeps and breathes custom motorcycles. I personally can't wait to see his dual engine come to a reality and see him ride it into the show.
Words from Matt:
First off, I just wanted to say thank you for giving me the opportunity to be a part of Fuel Cleveland, along with the growing culture of custom motorcycles and level of talent the bar has been raised to. I feel truly privileged to get a chance at this experience.
I have been around motorcycles my whole life. I grew up with a true blue biker for a dad. There was not a day then went by that I can't remember seeing my dad dressed in leather boots, Levi blue jeans, a black T shirt and big wallet chain hanging on his side. His one and only bike until I hit my 20's was a 1950 Hydraglide with a Shovelhead power plant. Watching my dad and hearing that motorcycle out in the garage revving.. I knew what I wanted to do with my life and who I wanted to be.
Along with my love of Harley-Davidsons I also was a fan of Honda CB motorcycles and have had just about every model of CL and CB they have ever made. One of my first bigger street bikes was a '76 CB750k when I was about 20. I rode it for about a year before I decided I needed to chop it up and make it my own... and just like that I was hooked on building custom bikes. Like many of us, my first build was low budget. Hell, all I had was some old farmers stick welder, a grinder, and a vision of what I wanted it to look like.
From then until now I have worked in two independent shops- Color and Chrome in Superior, WI and currently Gilby's Street Dept. in River Falls WI. Through this experience I have worked at honing my skills in repairing every make and model of motorcycle, as well as building hot rod engines and custom bikes! I am truly lucky to be a part of Gilby's and have had a great team of co workers for the last 5 years.
Working at Gilby's has given me a lot of opportunities to build and create some very cool exotic customs. Everything from superchargers, to multiple carbs, wild induction, and even crazy length frames. Big engines and big horse power is what I am all about and it's a perfect fit! So being that I have been building a lot of cool bikes for other people I wanted to do one for myself. A couple years ago I picked up a 1982 FXR. I rode it around for a year before the crank run out got so bad, the vibrations literally cracked the cases. So I decided to strip it down and build a nice rider. The FXR was an awesome platform and it was right when the FXR craze was really starting to get big. I finished it for Sturgis 2016 and it was an instant hit. My second show I picked up two magazines, American Iron and Bikers Net. That was an experience ! It also won best FXR at the Cycle Source show . Since Sturgis, I've showed the bike over this past winter and won several more awards with it. It really inspired me to push myself more as an independent builder.
Since then, I had a few bikes on the back burner. One being this 1971 CB750 twin engine jobber that I started back when all I had was a single stall garage and stick welder. Having been invited to Fuel Cleveland, I decided to use this bike for my build and go back to my roots that lays with choppers and Honda CB750's. I am building the bike out at my house in the cold and all just like the old days and keeping this build old school and true to what so many of us started out doing! I can't wait to finish it and ride out for the show with two engines, 8 carbs, 8 pipes, and big smile on my face having this bike go from where it all started to where it will take me next.
The beginning stages.
Currently I am working on putting a hard tail on the frame, making engine mounts and getting the over all look of the frame the way I want it.
You can follow Matt's progress on his build via his Instagram page @Mattgilbys_street_dept and also on this blog. Make sure not to miss this amazing dual engine chopper unveiled for the first time at Fuel Cleveland on July 28th, 2018!
What is Flat Out Friday? - "Flat Out Friday is an indoor, flat track, motorcycle race on a Dr. Pepper soda syrup surface. The dried syrup will allow the bikes to stick to the floor for maximum traction and speed."
Here are a few photos from Flat Out Friday 2017 in Milwuakee, WI.
The floor may be sticky but it still causes a lot of trouble for racers from all classes!
Thrills and spills, all in hopes to claim 1st place.
Taking off in the Pro heats.
More chaos, more spills!
Mini bike racing!
More Pro class with extremely skilled riders.
The man, Mark Atkins aka Rusty Butcher â€¢ Hooligan Class.
More Hooligan racing!
78 year old Chuck Dickenson flipped his bike into some hay bails and got up like nothing happened! Ruler!
Ronnie's Award winning Royal Enfield at the 2017 Smoke out: Photo by Mikey Revolt
Words from Ronnie: This ride had started from when I was a kid. When I was 4 years old my dad put me on a mini bike; he and my grandpa were both into bikes. I had the best of both world's, my dad and grandpa were both automotive body man and painters. Anything with a motor to me was my thing. Working at my Dads body shop started my career. Doing restorations on cars, custom paint work and then he showed me metal flake! I was hooked but doing cars started to suck because car people suck!!! In 2003 I built my first bike and it was awesome. The bug had bit me. I had still worked at a Pontiac dealership as a body man in Detroit but after that first bike, it was on. I went to the 2004 Daytona Bike Week and I won a couple shows and knew that motorcycles was my lane.
I started Chop Docs Choppers in an old shitty garage in Waterford, Michigan behind my house. In the beginning I started building some bikes for friends and doing a lot of motorcycle paint and repairs. As time went on, I was for the most part a start to finish shop; building/fabricating/painting. I worked at the dealership until 2009 when the Pontiac line got the axe. So at that point I rented a building and went full time with Chop Docs Choppers building custom bikes for customers, doing insurance work, spraying metal flakes/candy's/lace/leaf etc. Anytime I build a bike, and the customer has a vision when it's all said and done seeing the customer face with that ear to ear smile and they have a bad ass bike.. Fucking priceless...
In 2014 a friend of mine Jamie Hall called me up and said "Ron I found the last bike my dad was in the middle of building when he passed away and I want you to finish it for me." This bike had be missing for 10 years. I was stoked to get a chance to finish a legends work, the one and only Chet Hall!!
Chet Hall's last project he was working on before he died.
I went and pick the bike up. There was a swing arm, frame, gas tank, fender, a Panhead lower end and a 4 speed transmission. Got it back to my shop and called Fab Kevin. Kevin knew Chet very well and has given me pointers on how Chet built his bikes...speed holed and fast. He also mentioned that Chet had the same "Fuck" you attitude and that Chet and I would be on the same page. A special thanks to the Hall family, The Horse Backstreet Chopper and Mikey Revolt / Lowbrow Customs. I will be finishing this bike and unveiling this bike at the 2018 Fuel Cleveland.
Straightening her out.
Some of Ronnie's other builds you may recognize from over the years.
Name: Jason Ochoa Shop: Four Speed Mayhem Location: Fort Worth, Texas Build: S&S Knucklehead in 1945 frame.
01.09.18 - Intro
I got word through the grapevine a few months ago that the great man from Texas we all love Mr. Jason Ochoa was in the middle of building a Knucklehead. So, I reached out to see what the deal was and man, I learned more about Jason's shitty year he was having than the build at first. It made me feel even more shitty not being a better friend and keeping in touch with him more. He then told me a little about the Knucklehead and how he taking it slowly piece by piece and just taking it easy because of his accident. I had to raise the question about bringing it up to Fuel Cleveland to unveil it on July 28th, 2018 and with little to no hesitation Jason gave me a hell yeah!
Words from Jason: It's been one hell of a year for me and I can honestly say that 2017 can kiss my ass. I haven't worked on many bikes most of 2017 because of a motorcycle accident that messed me up pretty bad. After several operations and almost 5 months of healing, it didn't leave much time for me to continue working on bikes. Fortunately, while I was healing, I was able to get a great deal on a knuckle frame and motor with no idea of what direction I was going. Luckily my insurance cut me a pretty nice check for my wrecked Shovelhead, and I was able to use most of the funds towards the Knuckle build.
I am building a 60's inspired Knuckle that I hope will help me push my limits a little further this time around. This build will be a true garage built bike that I look forward to unveiling at Fuel Cleveland and then riding the living shit out of once I get it back home. I have some cool twists and details in the works and a killer paint scheme that my buddy Scott Hoepker from Chemical Candy Customs and I have lined out. There are no fancy tools, no lathes, just basic hand tools and shitty equipment just the way they did it back in the day. I am sure there will be many moments of me shouting, FUCK THIS and a few tools and parts thrown around the garage, but in the end it will all be worth seeing the bike I envisioned in my head completed. I can tell you there won't be any chrome or many shiny parts on this build, but it will still reflect my style of bikes that I have gravitated to in the last few years.
I am still by no means a builder by trade or as near as talented as a lot of the invited builders and I am ok with that, but I push myself to continue to learn something new every time I step foot into my garage whether it be from research, trial and error or friends. I have always been the kind of person that sets a goal and continues to work on obtaining that goal until I succeed. I am not going to lie, it has been a long journey and through a lot of learning what not to do and the help from some great friends, I continue to press on. This build will be a true garage build from beginning to end and more than excited to show it off at Fuel. I am very humbled and grateful to be included with such talent and the best part of it is I will be traveling with one of my best buds, Steven "Choppa" Bates, who will also be showcasing one of his latest builds at Fuel Cleveland.
A huge thanks to Mikey and Tyler for inviting me out for a second time around, I can truly say that I am humbled to be included with such great talent. I am also looking forward to seeing some old friends, which include Austin Martin and Jay Medeiros and meeting some new ones. See you soon Cleveland!!!!
Jason Ochoa - Four Speed Mayhem
Purple Haze - Photo by Matt James Aims
You may remember Jason came up for Fuel Cleveland in 2016 with his Purple haze Panhead. We are all really stoked to get to see Jason again here in Ohio, and he's bringing some friends with him this time. Make sure to follow along with his build on this page along with on his instagram @motopsycho73.
Meet Cabana Dan Rognsvoog from Southeastern Wisconsin. Not the latest internet sensation.
The big quiet guy from Wisconsin has been building off-the-wall customs since the late 90's. He first got noticed at the 1998 Easy Riders show in Chicago, with his 1979 Ironhead Sportster that had a bottle (nitrous) and a homemade turbocharger. After winning first in the Judged Radical Class, he went on to win 2nd place Sportster at the Columbus, OH invitational.
Cabana Dan in 1998
Lots has happened in the last 20 years. He's been featured at Michael Lichter's show at the Buffalo Chip and had bikes written up in Easyriders, Hot Bike, American Iron, American Cycle, and Thunder Press. He was one Cycle Source'sTop 10 Garage Buildersâ€ a few years back. He was also the featured builder at the Black Hills Bike Show and a frequent winner at the Donnie Smith Bike Show.
Photo by: Michael Lichter
A welder and machinist by trade, he builds for the love of the craft and as his artistic outlet. A 1913 Harley-Davidson restoration, a triple engine Harley Hummer land speed bike and everything in between are in his portfolio.
The Harley Hummer Land Speed Bike
Cabana Dan got introduced to motorcycles through his uncle, a Racine (WI) motor officer. Then, he met his neighbor, Marv. Marv had cool Harleys, knew beautiful women, and threw wild parties. As the story goes, the rest is history.
Why "Cabana" Dan? He earned that nickname when he was crew chief for a top fuel Harley drag racing team in the late 90's and 2000's. The pilot was based in Florida and his girlfriend always urged Dan to move to FL. Dan's reply was, "if you can find me a rich old woman who has one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel, I'll move there and be her cabana boy." No rich old widows yet, but the nickname stuck.
Cabana Dan's latest creation is a turbo Shovel, "Blew Bayou". The bike is built on a plunger frame and a homemade front end. The turbo is a one-of-a-kind creation hand-built in Dan's garage. Several of his "support team" played important roles with this build. Jayme Schmidt of Blue Moon Kustoms and Calico Hand-Painted Pinstripes showed why they're the best out there when it comes to paint and pin-striping. Terry at Bert's Polishing made the whole bike shine. Ron & Carl came through with amazing chroming. You will be able to see this amazing build unveiled at Fuel Cleveland on July 28th, 2018.
Cabana Dan's future is as bright as the chrome on the turbo Shovelhead. He's building a 1920's custom H-D Peashooter for Michael Lichter's 2018 Buffalo Chip show. In Sept 2018, he'll be on the crew of "Team Effort," on the 2018 motorcycle Cannonball. Team Effort is running a 1911 Excelsior Single belt-drive, piloted by Chris Tribbey. The Cannonball will run from Portland ME to Portland OR.
Cabana Dan runs between SE, WI and Sturgis, SD, where his Motor Maid wife Leah lives.
Here are a few of Cabana Dan's other builds you may have seen over the years.
Fuel Cleveland Builder Series Profile: Name: Austin Andrella Shop:Austin Martin Originals Location: Akron, OH Build: 1975 Norton Commando 850 MKIII
12.13.17 - Intro
Austin Andrella is no rookie to the builder world, showcasing all over the nation and winning countless awards for his beautiful creations. He is quickly becoming a house hold name in the industry as one of the top builders in the nation. His ability to look outside the box with excellent craftsmanship that gives off not only form but function separates his builds from most others. Though his name is getting bigger he still builds right out of his own garage located behind his house in Akron, Ohio. The biggest part that blows all of us away is how he manages his time. How can one build such beautiful bikes all while holding a demanding full time job (traveling all the time) and also being a wonderful husband and father to not 1 but 3 girls!? Austin is just an amazing human being with tons of talent and a heart of gold.
Austin told us he was trying to build something different over the winter, a Norton Commando 850. He asked if we wanted to unveil it at Fuel Cleveland, with no hesitation we said hell yeah! If it's anything like his other builds, it will be something crazy but filled with style and an instant classic.
Austin at Fuel Cleveland 2017 showing off his multiple award winning 1976 Yamaha XS650.
Words from Austin:
My name is Austin Andrella owner of Austin Martin Originals just south of Akron Ohio. I've been building motorcycle since 2003. I'm excited to be back for a third time to Fuel Cleveland. I feel this is one of my all time favorite shows and and not just because its local. There's a real sense of community to hear in Ohio when it comes to motorcycles not to mention Lowbrow Customs always seems to take care of me and a is very supportive of the backyard shops.
This year I will be building a 1975 Norton Commando Mark III. Here are some of the ideas I have planned. The Frame will be equipped with a S4 Ducati single-sided swing arm, Kenio Wheels, modern girder front end. We plan on re-phasing the motor to 270 degrees, bumping it up to a 902 CC. The motor will also be completely Vapor honed like brand new. I'm either going to make split tanks one side gas, one side oil or make the oil tank the tail section; I haven't decided yet. I'm putting an arched back bone and single down tube to make up the frame so I need to figure out where to put the oil tank instead of under the seat because the shock for the swing arm will be there. I also plan on doing a hand clutch/jockey shift combined setup on the left side of the tank. I drew up the mounts to merge the Ducati swing arm on to the frame which will also be equipped with a jackshaft because swing arm too wide for the actual frame, so this oughta be fun. Thanks again to Mikey Arnold, Tyler & Kyle Malinky, Jesse Bassett and everyone at Lowbrow Customs for the opportunity to be a part of this kick-ass show, I'll keep you posted!
Make sure to follow along with Austin and his every move with this build via his Instagram page @austinmartinoriginals. We will also post updates throughout the months leading up to the show of his progress on this thread. We eagerly can't wait for the unveiling of crazy '75 Norton at Fuel Cleveland on July 28th, 2018!
The beginning mock up stages... and yes that is a single side Ducati swingarm.
Bending the frame top rail.
I started designing and fabbing the new frame with an arched backbone and single down tube.
We first learned about Brandon Wurtz of Rawhide Cycles from this past 2017 Show Class Magazine People's Champ competition. Instantly falling in love with his classy style and use of different motors on his builds, it was a no-brainer to ask him to be apart of Fuel Cleveland 2018. Brandon told us he had a new idea in mind and wanted to build a 1970 Honda Cb750 to unveil at the show along with restoring a Survivor Honda 1970 Cb750 he had just recently got his hands on called "The Rising Sun". This bike first debuted in Chopper Magazine back in 1974 and still close to its original state. It's gonna be something really cool to see what Brandon and his guys come up with on the new build and how it compares to the Survivor chopper.
Brandon and his friends livin - Photo by: Asher Moss
Words from Brandon: I got my first motorcycle when I was 7. My dad took me down to the Honda shop and bought me a brand new Z50. I was a tiny kid so it was the only bike that fit me. It took about a week before I learned to wheelie and about 2 weeks before I grabbed a handful of throttle straight into our fence. That was the beginning of my obsession. When I was 20, a friend of mine had a vintage Yamaha that was a total pile. I fell in love with vintage bikes after I rode that thing and it's a big part of the reason I have this shop. The bigger reason I am where I am today starts with my family. My grandpa drag raced, and my dad does still so I got into jr. drag racing and did alright at that for a few years. Growing up around hot rods and race cars since I was a baby taught me a lot about tools, shops, being a perfectionist.
I moved to San Francisco with my lady in 2008 and started working on vintage bikes in 2010 when I was 25 at a vintage Honda repair and restoration shop, Charlie's Place. We moved the shop to Los Angeles, California in 2012 where Charlie is still too busy to know what to do with himself. The dream to open my own shop someday started the day after I started working at Charlie's Place. I saw that he had mastered his trade and had complete control and freedom in his field and I wanted that for myself. After 6 years of intense work at an extremely busy shop, I loaded up my wife Emily and our brand new baby girl, Ada Jean and we moved back to Idaho. I got a shop next door to my dad's powder coating shop, Allegiant Powder Coating and opened Rawhide Cycles.
The shop is based in Nampa, Idaho just outside of Boise. Our specialty is 1960's and 1970's Japanese motorcycle repair, restoration and custom-built bikes. We opened February of 2016. The first big project was a custom restoration I tore down and rebuilt in 35 days starting February 15th, 2016. The bike was a 1971 CB750, the Golden Goose for the Boise Roadster to show the local scene the type of work I do. I've been slammed with work since then. I hired my first employee, Ryan Stallcup right after that show. He's a super talented fabricator and mechanic and he built the frame for the bike we're building for this show.
We're super stoked to have an invite to Fuel Cleveland to showcase something we're building from scratch. We just built a frame with a 50* rake and we plan on building our first springer, which will be 30" over. We're going to build a 1970 CB750 chopper that is period correct to the late 1960's, early 1970's in the style of a lot of the early psychedelic influenced show choppers. We'll run a narrow Lowbrow Frisco Sporty tank, a Manta Ray fender, build a king queen seat, narrow 6 bend bars, and a super tall sissy bar. 19" rear wheel, 21" front and about 10' long. Thanks to Mikey Revolt, Lowbrow and Fuel Cleveland for the opportunity!
Make sure to follow along with Brandon and his every move with this build via his Instagram page @brandonwurtz. We will also post updates throughout the months leading up to the show of his progress on this thread. We eagerly can't wait for the unveiling of these two 1970 Honda CB750s at Fuel Cleveland on July 28th, 2018!
Setting up the rake - Photo by: Peter Lovera
"Rock-n-Roll!" - Photo by: Peter Lovera
Axel plates set - Photo by: Peter Lovera
Ryan Stallcup welding the Axel Plates. - Photo by: Peter Lovera
Ryan Stallcup welding up the fork tube. - Photo by: Peter Lovera
The beginning stages of the 1970 Cb750 that we will unveil at Fuel Cleveland 2018. - Photo by: Peter Lovera
The state of the "The Rising Sun" right now- Photo by: Peter Lovera
"The Rising Sun" in Chopper Magazine 1974
A couple of Brandon's previous builds.
"Jolene" 1973 Honda Cb750 - Photo by: Peter Lovera
Fuel Cleveland 2018 Builder Series Profile: Name: Brian Pentronchak Shop:Reverly Custom Cycles Location: Pittsburgh, PA Build: 1970 Triumph TR6c
11.21.17 - Intro
We met Brian Spentronchak at Fuel Cleveland 2017, he brought with him to the show a beautiful 1966 pearly white Triumph TR6 that he had finished up a few months prior to the show. He randomly reached out to us via email with some great pics of the bike and we couldn't say no to him because the bike was done so well. Also, let's not forget to mention Brian is probably one of the nicest guys you will ever meet. A couple months ago Todd at Lowbrow Customs was selling a pretty beat up Triumph chopper for really cheap. Brian swung by and swooped it up before anyone even had a chance to look at it and told us he wanted to build it for Fuel. With us knowing what Brian brings to the table with his talents, we happily extended the invite again to Brian for a "Triumphant" return and for him to unveil this build on July 28th, 2018 at Fuel Cleveland.
Words from Brian: I've been riding dirt bikes since I was 7 years old, which led to racing motocross up until I was about 18. After riding and racing for all those years naturally I wanted a street bike. I bought my first crotch rocket when I was 19 and had a blast riding with friends doing stupid shit like riding 90mph wheelies on the highway and ripping the amazing twisty back roads here in Western Pennsylvania. After literally breaking my neck a year after buying my first street bike I decided to take a break from riding for a few years.
Brian's first Harley - 2008 Street Bob he modified.
I eventually picked up a Triumph speed triple and got back into riding and fell in love with motorcycles all over again. At this point most of my buddies rode modern Harleys and I was curious to see what they were all about so I picked up a 2008 Street Bob. I really fell in love with the laid back riding and just enjoying having the wind in your face and without having to be riding balls to the wall. I've worked in a custom car shop for 15 years as a installer/fabricator so fabrication and designing parts is something I'm familiar with just in a different way. I built some custom parts for my Dyna such as handlebars, exhaust, and a few other things but never did a full build. I started building bikes after visiting a friend in Florida for Biketoberfest about 3 years ago. I had never really been exposed to the vintage chopper scene until then and after going to a few shows and seeing how much soul these old bikes have I immediately fell in love.
1966 Triumph TR6 Brian Built and showcased at Fuel Cleveland 2017 - Photo by: David Carlo
When I got home from that trip I started trolling Craigslist for something to build and found a bunch of Ironheads and Shovelheads but I've always had a love for the vintage Triumphs. I eventually found a 1966 Triumph TR6 so my wife and I drove across the state to Harrisburg and picked it up. It was my first full bike build and I was a little intimidated at first but after I got the ball rolling it all just kinda came together. Places like Lowbrow Customs made it very easy to build when it came to getting parts such as weld on tabs, threaded bungs, and all the other pieces it took to build. When the bike was finished I returned to Florida to visit my buddy for bike week very proud of the bike I built but had no idea how many other people were going to love to. It won a few awards and even got a full feature in Cycle Source magazine.
When I got home from that trip I found myself constantly working on my friends bikes building exhausts and doing other modifications and even making custom parts for people who had seen my work and that's when Revelry Custom Cycles started. It's not a full time thing mostly just my friends and I drinking beer, getting loud, and building motorcycles which is where the name Revelry came from. Although things have dramatically calmed down around here since my wife and I welcomed our first child into the world this past summer.
The TR6c purchased from Todd was beat.
I've never been good at putting my ideas on paper so for me building a bike is a trial and error process just trying different things until I find something I'm happy with. My plan for the bike I'm currently building is more of a lane splitter style trying to keep everything real tight and skinny. I enjoy bikes that are over the top but that's not really my style, I'm more of a "less is more" kinda guy. I love clean and classy with details you really have to look for spread throughout the bike.
So far I have mocked up a Lowbrow Customs tank, fender, and bolt-on hard tail. The frame has been cleaned up and the motor is getting ready to be rebuilt. I've built a custom exhaust using 2 of the Biltwell build your own kits. I bent up a small sissy bar and I am now in the process of building some handlers and getting the spring seat mounts done. I still need to do all the final welding because everything is just tacked on for now and then I will be sending the tins over to Steve Hennis for paint.
Make sure to follow along with Brian and his every move with this build via his Instagram page @revelrycustomcycles. We will also post updates through out the months leading up to the show of his progress on this thread. We eagerly can't wait for the unveiling of this 1970 Triumph TR6c at Fuel Cleveland on July 28th, 2018!
Kelley Runion stopped by Lowbrow Customs a few weeks ago on his way to make a trade of a life time. What was that trade you ask? How about a freshly done 2005 Sportster chopper for a 1959 Panhead, yeah I'd make that trade too. We were immediately intrigued by the whole idea and asked Kelley to keep us in the loop. After getting the bike he hit us up and told us he was able to lock down the trade and acquire the Panhead! With such a cool story, Kelley not only being super talented but a great family man and the bike looked like it could be something really amazing we had to extend the invite for him to be apart of Fuel Cleveland 2018. We absolutely can't wait to see what Kelly and his 3 boys come up with on this build, start'em young as we always say.
Words from Kelley: Everyone that knows me knows that I have dreamed of one day building a Panhead. Didn't matter what year, just a Panhead. Well, that day has come but it took a journey to get here.
Kelley's sons putting in the work on Kelley's first ever build.
The '59 Panhead
Modifying my bikes and later building them started out of necessity and later turned into a passion. That same passion has already been handed down to each of my three sons who each in their own way have a heart for bikes, both riding and wrenching as well as knowing the history of what got motorcycles to the place they are now. Ive been blessed to be able to blend family time with what I love to do and being invited to be a builder for Fuel Cleveland has definitely given me some street cred with my dudes. They'll be following my build thread with eagle eyes to catch a glimpse of themselves in action. They have been a pivotal part of my previous two builds and i'm stoked to have their input on the '59 as well.
The '59 made its way to our garage recently through trade. I had just finished building an '05 chopper and for some reason got it in my head to scour craigslist for anyone selling a panhead for under 10g. I must have sent out fifteen or so requests across the entire US to see if anyone was interested in partial trades. As you can imagine...they weren't, except for one dude. One crusty old biker in Virginia had a panhead sitting in his kitchen for the last 2 years. It belonged to he and a buddy and since his buddy passed he just let it sit. He had seen the bike I built on social media and after hearing from me was down for the trade. Had to sweeten the pot with a couple of guns I no longer shot but it didn't take long for my middle son and I to load up the sporty in the back of the truck to make the trek 12 hours away to Virginia. We made a pit stop along the way at Lowbrow Customs to pick up some swag but other than that it was east bound and down. Needless to say we made the swap and here we are.
Here's the plan unless I change my mind...which I've been known to do; We're starting with a '59 panhead motor bored .60 over. We've got a '58 4 speed ratchet top trans that we will run with a rocker clutch and jockey shifter eliminating the hand control and mousetrap that came with the bike. Turns out after cussing the frame which I thought was either a 54 wishbone or at worst a repop that underneath all of that bondo and atrocious welding was an OEM '48! The frame is kinda like that dude that you can't stand until you find out he's a good welder and builds bikes then you're like "oh, he's kinda cool, just different!" The plans are to either narrow up a set of 3.5 gallon fat bobs or to run Lowbrows WX tanks and try to retro fit a harley dash. I wanna see the rocker covers and I'm just not ready for stock tanks just yet. Maybe when i'm old-er. Planning on narrowing a repop hinged rear fender and running it without the lower section and unless I sell one of my kids and can afford an OEM springer ill run a Mid-USA replica. The plans are to try and maintain some of the stock look of the bike with some obvious additions and take aways. Ive had this vision in my head for years and I hope to be able to pull it off.
It's an honor to be a part of Fuel Cleveland and I hope this bike in some way represents the spirit of what its all about. Long live the dude in his garage that just figures it out. Make sure to follow along Kelley's every move with this build via his Instagram page @champcosupply. We will also post updates through out the months leading up to the show of his progress on this thread. We eagerly can't wait for the unveiling of this 1959 Panhead at Fuel Cleveland on July 28th, 2018!
The Trade an 2005 Sportster for a 1959 Panhead!
Stripped down revealing how cruel the 70's were to stock frames
"Seriously...why?!" - Kelley
While cleaning the 70's off of the frame came to find out it is an OEM 48!
Getting it clean and figuring out what needs to get cut off and what needs to be replace. Trying to keep as much of the original frame as I can
Location: Denver, CO Build: 1967 Gen Shovel Bobber
11.6.17 - Intro
Carlos Amador hailing from Denver, Colorado is an up and coming builder who has the drive and passion for building high show quality motorcycles that you can still ride every single day. His craftsmanship and creativity are top notch and his work speaks for itself, not to mention he has won multiple awards for his first two builds. When Carlos came to us with his plans on what he wanted to build for Fuel Cleveland, we couldn't have been more excited to extend the invite and see his vision become a reality.
Words from Carlos:
Being invited to Fuel Cleveland is a honor, especially being a rookie builder who just graduated welding school in May 2015. I've always been into motorcycles as a kid, with a grandfather and a uncle that rode bikes when they where young especially my grandfather who rode a lot after WWII on his Harley-Davidson Flathead. I rode a lot of dirt bikes when I was younger but didn't get into riding choppers till I was older. I told myself I'm not riding something stock and that I would only ride what I built with my own two hands. So after graduating school I did an apprenticeship at bad ass Industries where I built my first bike called "The Daily Driver" which was featured in Cycle Source. That bike was the beginning and inspiration to opening up my own shop and the name Daily Driver Choppers just fit well. My second build was called "The Ringmaster." Which received a bunch of awards this past summer and I couldn't be more happy on how it came out. The bikes I build are not just for show though, they are truly riders, I rode "The Daily Driver" to Born Free from Denver and then to Sturgis 2016. The Ringmaster's motor is still getting broken in since the rebuild but I plan on doing some long trips and putting on the miles on that 10ft chopper.
Carlos and "The Ringmaster" at Born Free
For Fuel Cleveland 2018 I was thinking of doing a simple clean Bobber style motorcycle inspired by one of David Mann's photo that I love. It's not going to be exact and I'm going to put little bit of my twist to the bike as well. As far as paint and my own twisted fabrications that I'm going to do, it should come out killer and something a little different. I found an old frame that I have been cleaning up and fixing up over the past couple of weeks. I will be making my own controls etc.. And for the motor I'm going to use a 1967 Gen Shovel. Well, I hope everyone enjoys the holidays, I'll keep sending in updates and hope you follow along with my build. See you all at Fuel Cleveland 2018
Make sure to follow along Carlos' every move with this build via his Instagram page @dailydriverchoppersllc. We will also post updates through out the months leading up to the show of his progress on this thread. We eagerly can't wait for the unveiling of this 1967 Gen Shovel at Fuel Cleveland on July 28th, 2018!
David Mann inspirational sketch Carlos is basing his build around.