He’d scored a 1200 Sportster engine at a point previously and, once he and Tom’d formulated a plan of what was going to be used, it was taken up to the estimable String at Raw Steel Choppers with a picture or two and a set of very definite instructions, and he handcrafted a suitably skinny rigid frame exactly as Matt required. It has, at the front, a set of specially commissioned springers by Dragon Soul Customs in Hurst in Berkshire (rapidly becoming the go-to guys for springer forks in this country) that cradle an Ultima Manhattan 23” wheel that matches perfectly the one a twixt the rear rails (they also do these in 26”, but they cost £1,000 more than the 23s!). These were one of the must-haves of the build – Matt’d seen them on the ’Net, and knew that they’d look just perfect on the bike he had in his head.
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I’M A SEMI-PRO SHED BUILDER, WHO BUILDS UNDER THE NAME DIRTY DICK’S… I SAY ‘SEMIPRO’ BECAUSE I’VE ONLY, AT THE TIME OF WRITING, SOLD TWO BIKES (AND, USUALLY, I GET PAID IN BEER FOR ANY OTHER WORK I DO).
I BOUGHT MY ENFIELD, A 2001 350 BULLET, IN SHROPSHIRE IN JUNE 2019, WITH JUST 11,000 MILES ON THE CLOCK. IT WAS IN TRIALS TRIM, BUT I ALREADY HAD IN MY HEAD WHAT I WANTED TO DO WITH IT – MAKE IT INTO A ‘50S-STYLE CUSTOM, BASED LOOSELY AROUND AN INDIAN SCOUT THAT I’D SEEN PICTURES OF.
OVER THE LAST YEAR OR SO, MANY OF US’VE HAD TO FOREGO THE JOY OF SEARCHING FOR PARTS AT AUTO-JUMBLES, SHOWS AND BREAKER’S YARDS, RELYING ON EITHER THE HIT-AND-MISS OF INTERNET AUCTION SITES, OR TURNING TO OUR OWN STOCK OF PARTS, WHEN LOOKING AT BUILDING OR MODIFYING A BIKE.
PEOPLE ALWAYS SAY CUSTOM BIKES’RE EXPENSIVE, THAT ONLY THE RICH CAN HAVE ‘EM, BUT IF YOU REALLY WANT ONE THERE’S ALWAYS A WAY…
LEAF IT OUT
THE SUZUKI LS650 IS PERHAPS BEST KNOWN FOR HAVING ONE OF THE LEAST SUITED AND MOST RANDOM MODEL NAMES IN MOTORCYCLING HISTORY – THE SAVAGE.
I DECIDED I NEEDED A BIKE FOR MYSELF AS A KEEPER (RATHER THAN THE USUAL BUILD IT, SELL IT, FUND THE NEXT ONE), BUT TIME AND FUNDS WERE GOING TO GET TIGHT. I WANTED A ‘60S/’70S-STYLE HARDTAIL WITH A DECENT-SIZED MOTOR, SINGLE OR TWIN, AND SOMETHING I DIDN’T HAVE TO DO ANY FRAME MODIFICATIONS TO.
SOME FOLK SAY WORK’S A NECESSARY EVIL, OTHERS MAKE THE MOST OF THEIR SITUATION. A GOOD FRIEND ONCE SAID TO ME THAT IT’S THE LITTLE VICTORIES THAT COUNT WHEN AT WORK, USING THEIR MACHINERY TO MAKE BIKE PARTS, BLAGGING FREE STATIONARY, OR JUST HAVING A POO ON THEIR TIME…
BACK TO THE EIGHTIES!
AFTER THE STYLISTIC EXCESSES OF THE 1970S, THE 1980S SAW A KIND OF DIRECTION CHANGE IN CUSTOM BIKE BUILDING – ONE WHICH RESULTED IN NO SMALL PART FROM THE ABUNDANCE OF FAST, RELIABLE FOUR-CYLINDER MOTORCYCLES FROM THE LAND OF THE RISING SUN.
MY GOAL WAS TO CREATE A CAFÉ RACER WITH STYLING FROM THE FIFTIES – ROUND CURVES THAT’D MAKE IT POP.
3 DIRT DIGGERS
OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS DIRT DIGGERS, HELD AT THE EDDIE WRIGHT SPEEDWAY STADIUM IN SCUNTHORPE, HAS BECOME THE NUMBER ONE, ALL-COMERS-WELCOME BIKE RACE IN THE UK.
MAN ON A MISSION!
AS FILMING FOR MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 7 COMES TO A CLOSE, TOM CRUISE SEES A FUTURE WITH COSTAR HAYLEY ATWELL.
MATTHEW PERRY PLANS NO-FRILLS NUPTIALS
LOVESTRUCK Matthew Perry is eager to be more than “Friends” with galpal Molly Hurwitz, and the sober sitcom cutup is happily planning a lowkey summer wedding with the 29-year-old talent manager, sources spilled.
THE HAMPTONS' BIGGEST LOSER
This used to be his playground! Matt Lauer was a fixture in the tony Hamptons area of New York’s Long Island, summering with then-wife Annette at their $44.8 million waterfront estate.
MARIAHVS.J.LO: THE NEXT ROUND!
A PAIR OF DIVAS!
FORGIVE & FORGET?
IN A MOST DRAMATIC TURN, BACHELOR MATT JAMES ADMITS HE’S STILL SEEING RACHAEL KIRKCONNELL.
For one family, it was time to start living in their house, not just existing there.
CRAZY LUCK NEW BAG RECORDS
Russell Gordon grew up in Ypsilanti, Michigan west of Detroit, Michigan. Russell was the oldest of 6 children raised by his single mother.
Hospice Industry INFLUENCERS
Attending to a person in their hour of death is one of the most honorable and sacred things we can do for one another. Through state-of-the-art technology, education, and a deep devotion to compassionate care Maxwell Healthcare Associates aims to forever change the way we live our final days.
Crane's Beach House
Guest Quarters: A few hours before I checked in, I received a text message that Crane’s Beach House had an opening, and I was upgraded to its luxury villa. Needless to say, I was eager to see what awaited behind the doors of Villa No. 7; the door, by the way, was sealed with a “sanitized and sealed” sticker, and I later found the same sticker sealing the refrigerator door and toilet as well.