John Senopole's Spine Crusher

In today's ever-changing, fast-paced world, communication has moved from emails to direct messaging. One would go nuts trying to keep up with everyone's needs, myself included. Once in a while, you open a dm from a person who wants to share their latest build with you. I was thrilled when John Senopole reached out via our Facebook page. I immediately asked John to allow me to feature his bike and give us the lowdown on his shop, Cycle Passions, located in Freehold, NJ.

"I started Cycle Passions LLC in 2004. I was tired of the mega multi-dealership mentality, where the mechanic is nothing more than an assembly line parts-changer, and the customer is just another number on a key tag. I think back to when I was a kid and my parents would stop for gas at the local station. The attendant would come out; he knew your name, he washed your windshield, checked your oil, and sent you on your way feeling happy. That is how I think it should be. Your motorcycle is a very personal part of you, you and your bike deserve personal attention." As you see below, the Spine Crusher is pure class built by a person who takes pride in his work. If you live around Freehold, NJ, be sure to visit Cycle Passions. Enjoy!

Photos by Carolyn Senopole

Builder and owner: John Senopole, Cycle Passions, LLC

Engine:1999 Buell M2 Cyclone built up to 1250 cc

Frame: Paughco

Fork: Paughco

Chassis mods: Too many to list

Tire/wheel size and style: Front 21" spoked, Rear 16" spoked

Favorite thing about this bike: The seat and sissy bar

Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc.: Custom-made oil tank, battery box, side panels, all bracketry

Any building or riding story or info you'd like to include: I've always loved the old school choppers since I was a kid and always wanted one. One day I decided, why wish that I had one when I can build one.

Thanks to the following people who contributed to the building of this bike – whether it was a helping hand or an inspired idea, you are part of this success! Dann Dunn from NRHS Bruce Vafiadis (my Service Manager extraordinaire who donated his belt for the battery box), Gerry Lyle, and John Espinos.



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Commented on 9-3-2019 At 12:29 pm

Very cool, I've always liked sporty choppers.

Commented on 9-4-2019 At 06:43 pm

In a world of Haifley Bros. hard-tails, a Paughco frame just makes me smile. Nice job.

Commented on 10-2-2019 At 08:33 pm

Very clean. Even down to the wiring there's attention to detail.

Commented on 12-5-2019 At 03:00 pm

Really nice work!! I wish I would have just put a buell motor on my sporty trike instead of trying to build it up to get the same amount of horsepower.

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