Acme Choppers' Shovelhead


The Ahlquist brothers Wayne and Jay from Acme Choppers trucked out to SoCal last month to show their wares to an audience of 10,000 rabid bike fans at Born Free 3. In a sea of period-correct patina and hard-ridden Sportsters, this Acme shovelhead's engraved S&S motor, nickel- and chrome-plated chassis components and blingy neon paint were hard to miss.

When our friend parked his big-inch screamer at Biltwell HQ, we took the opportunity to shoot it for this week's CC Focus feature.



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Commented on 8-3-2011 At 04:57 am

that engraving is so sick..

Commented on 8-3-2011 At 05:14 am

very rad bike

Commented on 8-3-2011 At 05:16 am

Now, THAT'S a bike!!!

I love the stance along with the paint. Tough and pretty, all at once. Kinda like my wife! Great job.


Commented on 8-3-2011 At 05:56 am

She's a beauty, 1 in a million....

Commented on 8-3-2011 At 06:03 am

thats mega rad. love the thought that went into and that rear brake setup is awesome

Commented on 8-3-2011 At 06:15 am

wow what an awesome bike! great stance, i think id get lost looking at all the wonderful parts and pieces not to mention the engraving

Commented on 8-3-2011 At 06:41 am

With that almost-"steampunk" engraving it seemed a little odd to see simple knurled pegs instead of floorboards and unadorned hand conrols.

Commented on 8-3-2011 At 06:59 am

there is soooo much going on with this bike! easily one of the most well done elaborate bikes I've ever seen.

It made me question and think about my fab skills and if they would EVER be close to the lower level of this caliber....probely not

Commented on 8-3-2011 At 07:00 am

that engraving is fucking bad ass!!

Commented on 8-3-2011 At 08:55 am

I know that im not the first person to say this, but that engraving is pretty sweet. Not to mention, that rear break set up, the tank, and the paint. This bike is perfect, wouldnt change a thing.

Commented on 8-3-2011 At 10:25 am

That is one nice set up...

Commented on 8-3-2011 At 12:56 pm

reallly cool. kind of reminds me of a indian larry bike mixed with whats going on today in the chopper scene. really cool.

Commented on 8-3-2011 At 02:13 pm

this shit is totally outta control, complete custom, killer in everyway ,i hated the paint till i looked at it live while really stoned, after that its been in my top ten for sure

Commented on 8-3-2011 At 02:29 pm

Saw this bike at the Greasebag Festival. Un- fucking- believe-able!!!

Commented on 8-3-2011 At 03:26 pm

Fuckin' sick bike!

Commented on 8-3-2011 At 03:56 pm

Saw this bike at the Smoke Out East a couple years ago INCREDIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Commented on 8-3-2011 At 04:03 pm

Great couple of guys and a real cool bike!

Commented on 8-3-2011 At 04:42 pm

Amazing motorcycle.

Commented on 8-3-2011 At 04:46 pm

+1 for engraved engines...

Commented on 8-3-2011 At 05:27 pm

Just when you think theses guys can,t get any better they just blow your mind!

Commented on 8-3-2011 At 06:03 pm

I'm in love with the engraving....I think engraving an old mill makes the bike stand out from all others

Commented on 8-3-2011 At 06:31 pm

I was fortunate enough to see this beast at BF3 in person and the amount of detail that was put into it is unreal...Thumbs up ACME.

Commented on 8-3-2011 At 08:15 pm

The detailing on this machine is so meticulous. Absolutely brilliant in every way. (applause)

Commented on 8-3-2011 At 08:16 pm

Great bike , nice mixture of styles , you could look at it all day i bet and not get bored. Fabulous job.

Commented on 8-3-2011 At 09:36 pm


Commented on 8-4-2011 At 12:36 pm

A real work of art, handcrafted by true artists!

Commented on 8-4-2011 At 03:02 pm

I first saw this bike at the smoke out last year and could not get enough of it. It is really cool and the engraving is awesome.

Commented on 8-4-2011 At 05:42 pm

totally cool what you did with the grips and pegs..... bitchin!
The whole bike is wicked cool!

Commented on 8-4-2011 At 05:57 pm


Commented on 8-4-2011 At 10:05 pm

everything about that bike is just fucking sweet.

Commented on 8-10-2011 At 12:08 pm

really nice bike

Commented on 8-17-2011 At 08:02 pm

YA!!! what they said!

Commented on 4-9-2012 At 06:57 am

very nice way to start a monday morning

Commented on 1-23-2015 At 10:29 am

Big time brain food ! Very Feakin nice, Hats off to Acme !

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