The Plum Smuggler


Few bikes have gotten as much press in recent months as Kutty Noteboom's Plum Smuggler, and for good reason. With loads of epic '60s-style bikes coming out of the woodwork, this lawn dart of a digger sticks out like a boner in church pants.

In early 2009 Kutty and his friend Duane Ballard challenged each other to build wild-ass choppers. Their reasons were to buck current building trends, and because both guys share heavy respect for the men who built the bikes that came before theirs. For his Pink Taco Duane chose his usual donor: a CB750. Of course, Kutty picked a slab shovel for the Plum Smuggler. If you aren't sure what a Pink Taco or a Plum Smuggler is, check out the Urban Dictionary.



Engine: 80" 1968 HD, built by Lauren's Engine Works

Transmission: 4-speed hooked to a BDL clutch and primary

Frame & Fork: Scratch-built by Freddy Hernandez

Tires/Wheels: 19x3.5 rear/21x3.0 front. HD juice drum rear, spool up front

Engraving: Mark Cooper

Paint: Billy Crewl

Graphics: Dave Whittle of California Designs

Molding: Keith Dean

Seat: Duane Ballard

Air cleaner & "69" tai light lens: Chopper Dave

Fab work: Gas tank, oil tank, bars, controls, fairing, license plate mount, pipes, pegs, grips, and hours of random stuff by Kutty Noteboom/Hippy Killer

You can see more of Kutty's creations at

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Commented on 5-3-2010 At 06:11 am

those are two sweet bikes.

Commented on 5-3-2010 At 07:29 am

nice scoots

Commented on 5-3-2010 At 07:52 am

This bike, along with the Pink Taco, is so cool. The story behind the builds are awesome as well. Two friends building killer sleds!!!

Commented on 5-3-2010 At 08:36 am

Kutty does some awesome work and Duane's seat's are NICE

Commented on 5-3-2010 At 09:11 am

simile of the week: "like a boner in church pants"

maybe it should be the catalyst for a new chopcult contest.

great work, bill! really.

Commented on 5-3-2010 At 09:27 am

Amazing. I bought the issue of street chopper with the Plum Smuggler on the cover without thinking twice!

Commented on 5-3-2010 At 09:57 am

are there any photos or video of this bike being ridden? i'm trying to imagine what that looks like.

Commented on 5-3-2010 At 10:02 am

Ask and ye shall receive.

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Commented on 5-3-2010 At 10:47 am

wild bikes, can def apprecieate the skill

Commented on 5-3-2010 At 11:24 am

I (heart) the engine engraving. And purple shrink tuning? Talk about attention to detail.

Commented on 5-3-2010 At 01:40 pm

i would sell my soul to the devil for that bike

Commented on 5-3-2010 At 04:28 pm

great bike, love the engraving but the fairing looks a little funky to me.awesome overall!

Commented on 5-3-2010 At 06:00 pm

I grew up riding when these were first coming out by Ness and a few others...

These two are excellent examples of the craft!!!

Commented on 5-3-2010 At 07:11 pm

I'm not into bike that have a bunch of molding but I can apreciate the work and detail that went into these two. you can't go wrong with those names either.

Commented on 5-3-2010 At 11:46 pm

Nice shovel! I was a teen when this style was popular. My mom even got me a subscription to a mag, but I don't remember what it was of course!

Commented on 5-4-2010 At 10:23 pm

Good work on getting a faring to look decent on a chop I say.

Commented on 5-11-2010 At 05:02 pm

I love Kutty's poster of his wife in his garage. She's so hot... Wait... He doesn't frequent this board right? The digs is pretty killer too.

Commented on 12-27-2010 At 08:08 am

Kutty always builds beautiful bikes he need more coverage in more magazines to let the rest of the world know

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