The engineering and creativity many builders put into their bikes is inspiring, and other times it's just plain nuts. Submitted without comment for your inspection and enjoyment: nearly two dozen bar and riser assemblies from last month's Born Free II bike show in Long Beach, California.
If you know something about any of the set-ups in this pictorial, please comment below. Thanks to everyone who subjected their steeds to the scrutiny of ChopCult's IT peanut gallery.
Owner: Zack Taylor
Bike: Electric Buzzard
Year, make model of motor, plus engine mods,: Stock 77' shovel with 10:1 and a hotter cam.
Year, make, model of original frame, plus mods, if any: Stock '77 shovel frame with a weld-on hardtail
Fork spec: FL forks with cut and shortened tubes
The guy who helped with my build: Hank Decken
Front/rear wheel rim, tire and hub specs: 16" Steamrollers with Firestone meats
In Zack's own words: I bought this bike in its original form about two weeks after I sold the first bike I ever owned. I knew I wanted something that had some soul and would help me learn. I bought it blind—I'd never even kickstarted a bike before. I rode it for the season until the top end let loose and totally pooched it. My goal at first was to just get the motor running again. As soon as I pulled that motor I said fuck it and tore the whole bike apart in a couple of days. I decided I was going to make it my own the way I wanted, and to learn how everything worked as I put it back together. My buddy Hank let me work out of his shop for the whole build. He helped me with everything I struggled with. With out his help I would probably still be building this pig.
I'm flossin with Biltwell risers and seat hinge, and Bench*Mark points cover
Thanks: Hank Decken, Joe Lingley, Sean Larose
dkdkEveryone who's jumped head first into an old motorcycle purchase knows the feeling. The butterflies at approach, the adrenalin rush during sputter on first kick, or the soul-sucking disbelief when the whole deal shits the bed. Zack Taylor jumped into his Electric Buzzard the old-fashioned way: on a wing and a prayer.