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A Little Patience – A 1960 Panhead

A Little Patience – A 1960 Panhead

Featured In The February 2015 Issue Of Cycle Source Article By: Roadside Marty Photos By: Robert Evans @Heydayforever When you look at this beautiful Panhead you can easily see how this bike could become very addictive. Frank Girod knows it better than anyone because after many years of dreaming and thinking about it, it’s finally […]

The High Life Project Part 6

The High Life Project Part 6

Last month we got the bike all mocked up, then tore down for finish welding, and then got everything sandblasted and prepped for the powder coater. So off we go to spend a day at the powder coater . Prior to powder coating, Mylar tape is used to protect the areas on the parts that […]

The High Life Project Part 5

The High Life Project Part 5

’m pretty stoked this month! We got the ACME Choppers’ Springer! Let me tell ya, this thing is sweet: great craftsmanship, nice lookin’ welds and it even has needle roller bearings in the rockers! So, ya know this things gonna be a smooth operator! First, we are gonna get the mock- up finished so we […]

Problem Child–January “14” Feature Bike

Problem Child–January “14” Feature Bike

Article By: Roadside Marty Photos By: Kerri Schindler hen the Motor Company first released the Twin Cam A and later the Twin Cam B motors, I don’t think they ever thought that one of them would end up as the beautiful chop you see on these pages. Then again, they better than anybody else know […]

Lamb of God–Full Throttle Rock

Lamb of God–Full Throttle Rock

  >   Article by: Paul Wideman January 2013 Issue This is my first time writing Full Throttle Rock, and dammit, it may well be all downhill from here. You see, I’m starting at the top. These cats are it for many headbanging guys and gals of our ilk. Blue collar work ethic, balls to […]

Glenn Hughes–Full Throttle Rock

Glenn Hughes–Full Throttle Rock

 Article By: Sara Liberte hen I was told I would be interviewing Glenn Hughes for Full Throttle Rock, I was immediately intimidated. I’m not gonna lie, I felt I had no place interviewing this music legend whose career has spanned well over 30 years. I don’t know much about music technically, I never studied it, […]

No Bullshit Panhead

No Bullshit Panhead

Article By: Chris Callen Photos By: Gene Stull Jeff Heisler is a good friend of my brother Roadside and lives near him in Pensacola. While Geno was there at the beginning of the year shooting “Purple Haze,” he came across Jeff’s Pan that is set-up like a lot of the cats would have done in my […]

Resurrection

Resurrection

Article By: Lisa Ballard Photos By: Sean Peterson If you went to the Slab City Riot or even Sturgis last year, you have probably run into Gilby Clarke. Most people know him as a member of Guns N’ Roses, I just knew him as Gilby. I am not shitting you, for months I just thought […]

The Endless Highway Part 2

The Endless Highway Part 2

  ast month, in part one of this little tale, I told you about 2 of 3 motorcycle drifters: Pan- head Billy Burrows and Bean’re. This month I will tell you about the last of the trio, myself – Scooter Tramp Scotty. Since the spring of 1994, I’ve stayed in no one place for lon- […]

The High Life Project Part 4

The High Life Project Part 4

  Life sometimes isn’t easy, so when you can find time to hang out in the shop with your friends and make cool motorcycles — that’s the “High Life!”   So after getting the rear fender mounted and radiused last month, Duke and I stood back and took a look. We both decided that the […]

The Endless Highway Part 1!

The Endless Highway Part 1!

  here was a time when the pressures of everyday life seemed like an endless drone that would hold me prisoner until the final breath. Then came the dream: Screw the bills; to hell with the boss; goodbye alarm clock; forget the lawn; I should just pack the scoot and ride off into the sunset […]

The High Life Project Part 2 !

The High Life Project Part 2 !

Part TWO  of the High Life  Project The Tattoo Duke Miller XS650 Build by Pandemonium Custom Choppers Daniel Donley.     ow! Time flies when you’re having fun! Duke stopped by for a couple days and we got some more work done on the High Life Project! Now that we have our frame hardtailed, we […]

Full Throttle Rock–Eddie Trunk

Full Throttle Rock–Eddie Trunk

  Eddie Trunk has done what every hard rock and heavy metal fan dreams of — he’s turned being a fan into a career. His sole mission was to do everything he could to promote the music and bands he loved. He began working at a radio station before graduating high school. Soon after, while […]

“Tercer Intento” The August Cover

“Tercer Intento” The August Cover

Check out the August Cover  “Tercer Intento,” or third attempt, is the brainchild of Michael Lewis of Violent Choppers. Michael, son of Rickey Lewis of Rick’s Custom Parts, is known for his impeccable metal working skills and was voted by our readers as 2012’s Cycle Source “Builder of the Year.” Building bikes for close friends […]

Don’t miss this issue with a Panster!

Don’t miss this issue with a Panster!

You know that story you hear about a rare find that someone made on an old bike or car, maybe a piece of art, only to find out later that it was even more rare than they originally thought? Well, such was the case with the Panster on our cover this month. So yeah, Pansters […]

Sneak Peek for June Cover Bike !

Sneak Peek for June Cover Bike !

ABOUT THE COVER The bike you see gracing our cover this month was not the first time for this builder. He was also on our cover two years ago, and even though he was relatively unknown, we knew then he wasn’t going away. Iliya Hamovic has a one-man shop in Brooklyn called Steelborn Choppers, and […]

15th Anniversary Bike Build Subscription Sweepstakes You could win this bike!

15th Anniversary Bike Build Subscription Sweepstakes You could win this bike!

You could win this bike, this year: a complete one-off custom built chop. That’s right. You can enter by filling out the coupon, subscribing to Bandit’s Cantina on Bikernet, or to the Cycle Source magazine. With a Crazy Horse 100-inch engine and a frame from Texas Bike Works’, this build is already flying together. From […]

Kiwi Board Tracker

Kiwi Board Tracker

In the March 2012 issue of Cycle Source we are so happy to present Mike from Kiwi Indian with his first national magazine cover. The bike is an incredible build and a testament to Kiwi Mike and his craft. In his time he has taken almost every part of the original Indian Motorcycle and re-engineered […]

Minor Threat

Minor Threat

Article By: Chris Callen Photos By: Kerri Schindler Deville’s Little Ironhead with Major Cool Dave Mizur of DeVille Cycles is a man of many hats which I soon realized after he described his daily list of tasks to me. From welding and machining, wheel building, engine and transmission work, leatherwork, whatever might come up in […]

Incognegro

Incognegro

Article and Photos by: Chris Callen In the life of a bike builder, there comes a time where just doing another solid,  custom bike becomes monotonous. As their skill level and style evolve,they come to a point in the road where they can take one path or the other. The one road provides a good […]

Mythical Chopper

Mythical Chopper

Article And Photos By: Jeremy Johnson There always seems to be that one lucky dude we all know that discovers a barn find from time to time. These relics may be stock Harleys or possibly an old metric bike that has been stored away for years in some old barn, garage or basement. Most of […]

El Flaco

El Flaco

Article By Paul Wideman www.bareknucklechoppers.com Photos By: Sara Liberte  www.garagegirls.com I grew up reading car and bike mags, and I always envied those guys that got to do what they loved every day. As I was trudging through school, and eventually college, pointing towards an engineering career, all I could think of was cutting, grinding, […]

Beer Runner On A Budget-Part 10

Beer Runner On A Budget-Part 10

Article By: Wayne At Wicked Willy’s Choppers www.wickedwillychoppers.com In part ten of the beer runner, we will build an oil tank for the trike. It is a very simple tank that will mount inside the swingarm, but it will be built just like any other tank we build for a dry sump motor. It will […]

Mounting A Custom Fuel Tank

Mounting A Custom Fuel Tank

Article By: Tyler Malinky When it comes to mounting a custom gas tank on your bike, there are many ways to skin a cat. With quite a few tanks coming with welded on but undrilled tabs, one of the easiest ways is to weld a couple of threaded bungs into the back bone of your […]

You Know When It’s Real

You Know When It’s Real

Chris Callen, October 2011 Issue Did you ever meet another man for the first time and know from that first handshake that he was a 100 percent real man? I don’t mean a person that comes across as a tough guy , but one that looks you in the eye and has that straight forward […]

Hand Spinning Fenders

Hand Spinning Fenders

Article By: Paul Wideman Photos By: Nichole Grodski The first time I looked into metal spinning, I was in complete awe. I was a young gearhead and had always heard the old timers talk about “spun” fuel cells on the front of their dragsters. Not long after, I saw the Mooneyes’ oil tanks in a […]

Taco Bender

Taco Bender

Article By: Cycle Nazi Photos By: Ben Zales I usually come up with a quote to start. It’s a nice way to begin a feature and it makes sound smarter than I really am, but my mind is blank. I really want to come up with an opening statement that will melt your face and […]

Legend Air Install

Legend Air Install

Article and Photos by: Chris Callen With our boy Keith getting his ’95 Roadking up and running this spring, we’ve got a good look at the fact that he, like a lot of people these days, is in the position of bringing an Evo based bike back from the deterioration of a hard first, sometimes […]

Suicidal Imbecile

Suicidal Imbecile

Article By: Chris Callen Photos By: Jeff Cochran – www.speedkingphoto.com Brian Elliott is the kind of guy I like to call a sleeper. He quietly goes about the business of building his bikes, making his parts and speaks with a pretty even tone. That’s why you don’t realize what it is that he’s up to […]

Venting a Gas or Oil Tank Cap

Venting a Gas or Oil Tank Cap

Article By: Tyler Malinky If you’re building a custom oil tank, you can forgo the vent fitting and vent the cap to keep a super clean design. Also, if you need to vent a cap for a gas tank, this method also works great. What you need are a 1/8” NPT tap (which needs a […]

Maybe It’s Time to Man The F’Up

Maybe It’s Time to Man The F’Up

So there are times doing the work I do here that I’m almost ashamed to call it work. Much of it is the benefits and rewards of life in and around motorcycle people, and even with the long hours, it’s good. Then there are other times, like now, that I find myself in a dark […]

‘78 Basket Glide

‘78 Basket Glide

Article By: Chris Callen Photos By: Geno Stull I can remember when I was a younger man and the entire local motorcycle community would get together when one of the cats we knew was starting to put a bike together. It was like a biker version of a barn raising and everything from parts to […]

Elliot’s Tiger

Elliot’s Tiger

  Article and Photos By: Chris Callen So I have to give credit to Lisa for diggin’ this little Trumpet up for us. When we pulled into Vintage Torquefest a while back, there it was, a sweet little 1970 Triumph Tiger 650. The cat who owned it, 19 year old Elliot Grosshans, was quick to […]

Steam Roller

Steam Roller

Article and Photos By: Chris Callen This bike may look a little familiar to you, either from the BMR this year, where it was the hands down favorite, or from the last time that it was in Cycle Source Magazine’s April 2009 issue. Back then it was simply titled, “Buttas’ XL,” and as it sat, […]

Burn It Down

Burn It Down

  Article And Photos By: Alex Scott Melted tire stuck to burnt wheels, charred frontend stripped with rust, and a scolded engine detached and disassembled. There could be, perhaps, no other scene that Doug Balko could stumble upon that would better inspire a ground-up build on a half-century old bike. But, out of tragedy and […]

Thou Doest Protest Too Much

Thou Doest Protest Too Much

Having just returned from Daytona, and while I’m still reeling in all that is, was and shall be in the cockles of “Chopperdom,” my head swims with the many observations from the week. For many of us motorcycle people, the oldest rallies in the country, like Daytona, Laconia and Sturgis, are the hallowed halls of […]

Senor Potato Head

Senor Potato Head

Article By: Milwaukee Mike Photos By: Loki This bike is a lesson in diversity as it can go from pure chopper to long distance rider in a short amount of time with minimal tools. The man behind this creation is Brent Law. Brent is a talented fabricator with an eye for style and quality of […]

Still Swingin’

Still Swingin’

Article and Photos By: Chris Callen he man behind this old girl needs little introduction by the likes of me. Donny Loos has been turning old scrap iron into show beauties for twenty- five years this summer and the funniest thing about it is, today he finds himself right back where he started. You see, […]

You’re Holdin’ the Bars to Tight!

You’re Holdin’ the Bars to Tight!

  With the BMR freshly behind us, so many memories are swimming around in my skull: time spent with brothers I may only get to see once a year; the crazy shit that went on during the late hours; and the priceless days with my brother Keith who was on his first long trip in […]

Adam’s Rail Job

Adam’s Rail Job

Article By: Chris Callen Photos By: Joann Bortels The sweet seventies styled chopper you see here was not only the “Best in Show” winner at BMR this year but happens to be owned by one of my good brothers, Adam Doyle. Adam is twenty-nine although most times he’s probably the most grownup one of the […]

Beer Runner on a Budget–Part 8

Beer Runner on a Budget–Part 8

Article By: Wayne at Wicked Willy’s Choppers Here in part 8, we will finish our foot clutch that we started last month. We will make an end for our cable and also make up a set of kickass handlebars that flow with our tank and have enough pullback for this long trike. Then I will […]

Baker Seven Speed Install–Part 2

Baker Seven Speed Install–Part 2

Last month we left you with some info about the Baker DD7 transmission. We talked a little about gear ratio, and what to expect when you get the DD7 kit from Baker. The disassembly and reassembly went pretty good, everything went as planned and like Baker said, we did not have to grind or shim […]

Beer Runner On a Budget–Part 7

Beer Runner On a Budget–Part 7

Article By: Wayne at Wicked Willy’s Choppers Here in part seven of our trike build, we are going to start our foot controls. I will be building a custom foot clutch using our own forward controls. This will take two parts because I will show you how to measure and make your own cable out […]

Spare Parts Honda

Spare Parts Honda

Article By: Duane Ballard Photos By: Lisa Ballard Crusty and Fred, who built the bike seen in theses images, have been riding longer than most of our readers have been alive. Fred has 60 years of riding under his belt and Crusty follows with a close second at 58 years. Crusty is an old desert […]

Space Truckin’

Space Truckin’

Article and Photos by: Chris Callen Kendall Lutchman is someone that you might have started to hear more about lately. This young dude from the Chicago suburbs has been quietly going about the business of building some of the baddest shit out there. His signature Schwinn neck plates are a dead give-a-way that his hand […]

Jeff’s ‘58 Pan

Jeff’s ‘58 Pan

Article By: Paul Wideman www.bareknucklechoppers.com Photos By: Jeff Cochran www.speedkingphoto.com I guess I write from a little different perspective than most writers in the motorcycle publication biz for two reasons. The first being I have no real training and no journalistic background. The second is that I make my living in the business about which […]

Tangerine Dream

Tangerine Dream

Article By: Dudley Photos By: Chris Callen ithout question, each of us remembers our first bike. Whether it was a complete basket that left you stranded half the time, or maybe you were one of those fortunate enough to afford a strong runner. Either way, it was your first scoot, and if you’re like most, […]

Spic-N-Span Shovel

Spic-N-Span Shovel

Article By: Jeremiah Levendusky Photos By: Jeff Cochran www.speedkingphoto.com Perfection and precision are accomplished only by practice and persistence. Nothing or no one holds more true to that than my good buddies at Papa Clutch Customs. I have been lucky enough to witness another excellently executed build by these cats from Ainsworth, Iowa. I would […]

Baker Seven Speed Install-Part 1

Baker Seven Speed Install-Part 1

  When I first heard of the Baker DD7, I was like most of the others out there and said, ‘Why would someone add another gear? Wasn’t 6 enough?’ Well, I’m not like the others so I had to find out why. I got to speak with Bert Baker about this and was told it […]

Relocating Gas Tank Filler Neck

Relocating Gas Tank Filler Neck

Article By: Tyler Malinky Relocating or replacing the filler neck in your gas tank not only gives you a custom look, but can help get the most capacity out of your gas tank. Todd wanted to use this Narrow Alien gas tank, which is 2.1 gallons, on a chopper he is building. The tank sits […]

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