The Orgasmatron, Tim White’s 1978 Shovelhead, has long been a family affair. She is a well-loved machine with parts and pieces that have been traded and accumulated through family and friends. As a well-loved bike should, she frequently sees the sun while burning down Arizona highways and backroads. Her construction was a labor of love and memories made through many hours spent in a shop or garage sharing beers, laughter and knowledge. Orgasmatron is a runner, and meant to be ridden; she’s not a show stopper, no candy-coated paint or bells and whistles but, she is what all choppers are meant to be, a respected machine. The joy of riding and garage-building is an experience that Tim shares with his father and his father-in-law, one that he looks forward to passing on to his new son.
Owner name, Location: Tim White, Safford, AZ
Engine, year and make, model, modifications: 1978 Shovelhead
Frame: Spartan Frameworks
Fork: Spartan Frameworks
Tire/wheel size and style: 16” rear tire, 21” front tire
Favorite thing about this bike: The history of the bike is the best thing about it. Many of the parts, and the bike itself, have been passed down through friends and family.
Next modification will be: Custom fender and sissybar
Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc: The shifter is a doorknob that was mysteriously acquired from an old hotel.
Any building or riding story or info you’d like to include: My favorite things have been ripping down roads with my family and friends, I look forward to many more years of this.
Thanks to George Counes at Spartan Frameworks for the customs parts and build knowledge, Jennifer Farris Photography for the photos, and the Chopper Gods for blessing me with a well running motorcycle. -Tim
Article and photos by Jennifer Farris