The Shovelheads of Lake Charles, LA: Chuck Smalley


On last spring's cross-country drive from the Dixie Roundup I stopped in Lake Charles, Louisiana, to talk motorcycles and po' boys with ChopCult members from this small port town 30 miles north of the Gulf of Mexico. Lake Charles native Chuck Smalley helped organize my photo shoot with his friends at Darrell's Bar and Grill of I-10. Chuck was pretty busted up from a recent accident on the job site, but that hasn't slowed down him or his crew. Chuck and his friend Ben Pugh were eager to show their shovels to ChopCult members, and we were more than happy to oblige. The only thing I regret about last spring's excursion through the Bayou state is failing to eat one of Darrell's famous sandwiches. Maybe next time, guys.

This is my first custom bike build, and everything about the project was totally fun. I tackled it at a buddy’s shop with help from a bunch of close friends and riding buddies. I want to thank Ben Pugh for the shop space and for all his help on a variety of details: everything from truing the wheels to welding and wiring. Thanks to Bucky’s Paint and Body for working on the tank and fender, and to Tommy Martin for helping me rebuild the motor. When it was finished I was blown away that it got “best chopper” at last Year’s Dixie Roundup 2.  



Owner/Builder: Chuck Smalley

Bike name: Pretty Hate Machine

Home town: Lake Charles, LA

Motor: 1979 shovelhead

Frame specs: Paughco, stock geometry

Fork specs: Lowered and polished Narrow Glide

Home-built custom bits: Shaved fork legs and trees; miter-cut dirt bike style handlebars; custom rigid solo seat mounting gussets; 2-into-2 X-pipe exhaust; stainless-steel fender struts, brake line clamps; stainless-steel top motor mount/ignition switch; internal wiring

Wheels: 21” x 3.5” alloy rims laced to stock H-D hubs

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Commented on 8-27-2012 At 07:38 am

Those bars are killer. And the fender struts are super clean. Dig it. Nice ride.

Commented on 8-27-2012 At 08:53 am

fuck man that's bike is so cool! love that rear wheel....

Commented on 8-27-2012 At 09:05 am

Real clean looking shovel!!

Commented on 8-27-2012 At 10:02 am

This is a very nice bike on many levels. The word "pretty" comes to mind when looking at it, which is ironic since it's in the name.

My only comment is that I feel a hand clutch and foot shift would have fit the bike's feel better than the jockey.

Commented on 8-27-2012 At 01:08 pm

I'd ride it!

Commented on 8-27-2012 At 04:29 pm

love this bike. was in the middle of doing 21's front and rear when i saw it. wish mine was a shovel...

Commented on 8-27-2012 At 05:36 pm

It's so awesome to see all of these bikes from my hometown, the only thing is, I NEVER SEE THEM OUT...where the hell are they all hiding?
Oh, well maybe one day my XS will be finished and I'll get a feature (:

Commented on 8-27-2012 At 05:50 pm

This bike generally hides at Bourbons....

Commented on 8-28-2012 At 12:59 pm

nice simple and clean id ride it

Commented on 8-28-2012 At 02:53 pm

i heard the bike normally hides at crystals!

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Commented on 8-29-2012 At 03:32 am

like every one said supper clean very nice

Commented on 8-29-2012 At 02:45 pm

I'm diggin that oil tank

Commented on 8-29-2012 At 04:06 pm

Very deserving of the "best chopper" at Dixie Roundup 2. Hope to see you guys back up here next year for DR3!

Commented on 8-29-2012 At 04:57 pm

Hey thanks fellas! Ridemore, we plan on making the DR3 as of now. We had a blast last year!

Commented on 9-2-2012 At 04:42 pm

Very nice!

Commented on 9-13-2012 At 09:28 am

thats a sweet shovel

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