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CT Newman's Show Stopping Stainless Knucklehead

I met Christian Newman just as he was finishing a pretty wild Nissan Skyline-powered BMW 325is; shortly after this he transitioned from cars to motorcycles, and I knew that he was going to blow some minds. One of his first serious builds was for the first Greasy Dozen in 2012; he built a turbo Shovelhead, with tons of custom parts, most all fabricated by him.

Not too long after completing the shovel, I remember Christian saying he had started building a girder front end for his next project which would be powered by a knucklehead. I saw some photos and posts of him bending and polishing stainless, machining parts, and getting some of the stainless castings back, and could tell this wasn't going to be a typical girder. I had stopped by a few times, and after seeing it polished and complete as a dining room table decoration, I knew this bike would be talked about for years before he even started. Christian isn't only a very talented engineer, but he taught himself how to be an incredible machinist as well. He spent his lunch breaks, evenings, and weekends building this bike for a solid year. I think the pictures will tell the rest of the story and illustrate his extreme attention to detail and fabrication skills.

CT Newman Knucklehead

 

I even got to sit down and ask Christian about some of his work:

CT KNewman Knucklehead

 

Did you have any influences on the style or ideas while building your bike? I think my style evolved as time went by because of what I was able to create was constantly growing. The complexity of the parts increased as the build went along. I tried to ensure that each piece could stand on its own while still being part of a whole.

Knucklehead chopper

 

Knucklehead chopper

What was your favorite part of the bike to build? Probably the headlight support bracket. It’s just this dinky little arm, but it’s made from a few layers with a groove cut in it for the wire to run through. Most people don’t notice or think the headlight just isn’t hooked up.

Knucklehead Chopper

 

Least favorite or hardest part to fabricate: The headlight. I built it from many layers of stainless and the amount of time I spent welding and grinding was rough, but the final product was worth it. It took about 50 hours to make.

Knucklehead Chopper

 

Owner/builder: Christian Newman

Make Model: 1940 HD Knucklehead

Frame/chassis: Stainless steel custom

Front end: Stainless steel custom

Knucklehead chopper rear wheel

 

Wheels: Custom asymmetric hubs w/ Buchanan spokes

Paint: Andy Zeon

Knucklehead Chopper by Christian Newman

 

Seat: Ginger McCabe: New Church Moto

Exhaust: Stainless custom

CT Newman Chopper

 

Transmission: Custom 4 speed, from scratch kicker section.

CT Newman Custom Chopper

 

Knucklehead Chopper

 

custom Chopper

 

Knucklehead custom chopper

 

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Be sure to follow Christian on Facebook and Instagram.

Thanks,

Brandon / @runningrichco

Note: This article was originally published 5/18/2022

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