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YOU REMEMBER THE OLD ADAGE ABOUT CUSTOM BIKE BUILDING – WHATEVER YOU THINK YOUR BUDGET IS, DOUBLE IT; WHATEVER YOU THINK YOUR TIMESCALE IS, TREBLE IT? CHRIS FROM NCC ESSEX (NOW) KNOWS THIS ONLY TOO WELL…

Well, the time bit at least. He bought his FJ hardtail from another club member when he started to go through the prospect process to join the National Chopper Club – he’d had customs prior to this, obviously, but this was his first proper club-worthy bike. It was a good ’un when he got it, and served him well for his first year, but he knew all along that he was really riding someone else’s bike, and needed to make it his own.

At first, his plan was to just change the ’bars, and sort out the electrics, and give it a bit of a re-style, and he wanted it done ready for the club’s 2019 International Run which was, at the time, six weeks away. In his own words: “Being a relatively new member, and not being particularly au fait with the vagaries of custom bike builds, I thought ‘Six weeks? Plenty of time, I’ll piss it!’ so, before running it past anyone, I thought I’d have a few beers and remove a couple of bits for painting.

“A couple more beers, and I really was kicking on, and before I knew it I had a rolling chassis with a motor in it! I carefully removed the bird’s nest loom intact after about an hour, and took a step back to admire my work, and decided to fire off a couple of pics to my former sponsor Jim (Ord, whose own bike is later this issue), thinking to myself, ‘He’ll be dead impressed with that!’.”

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