From the moment I saw this bike sitting in the park, I knew I wanted to photograph it. She has this long, lean look to her that is so reminiscent of the 70’s style chopper and it just catches your eye. It’s always such a pleasant surprise to see custom choppers shooting down the highways and bi-ways of Southeast Arizona. During the show, I wandered back and forth past the bike several times and knew I had to set up a session. A mutual friend put me in touch with the owner, Hank Doss, and that was that. We had some difficulty in getting our hectic schedules to align, and when we finally did, it rained non-stop the entire time. We took a few shots during a break in the weather but wound up under the eaves of an abandoned and unappealing gas station. However, it was well worth the wait and working in the drenching rain to finally photograph Glitterbug in all her glory. Hank and his wife Rhonda are great people, and it was a pleasure to spend time with them while we worked.
Random Pro Tip: if you have to photograph a bike in the rain, make sure you have plenty of plastic bags to cover your light heads and gear! -Jennifer
Photos by Jennifer Farris
Owner name, location: Hank Doss, Sierra Vista, AZ
ChopCult Member profile: hdoss
Bike name: Glitterbug
Engine, year and make, model, modifications: 1969 XLCH
Frame: Arlen Ness Lowrider, fabricated by the late, great Jim Davis.
Fork: 12” over AEE Springer
Chassis mods: 45* Gooseneck
Tire/wheel size and style: 19” mini drum front, stock 16” rear
Favorite thing about this bike: True, period-correct 60’s/70’s style vintage chopper
Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc.: Retro metal flake paint and powdercoat
Any building or riding story or info you'd like to include: The frame is the first frame I ever owned, built a bike 20 years ago. Finally feel like I did the frame justice.
Thanks to my wife Rhonda, Jennifer Farris for pictures, and @bornintheusa101 for paint on the tank. -Hank
Article and photos by Jennifer Farris / @jenniferfarrisphotography