Antisocial Scooter

Article And Photos By: Mark Velazquez

Originally Published In The March 2016 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine

Balance is a very hard thing to achieve. It can be a lifelong process you sometimes never even realize you are doing till one day you look back, and the end result smacks you right in the face. A case in point; is the story of JohnnyBoy from Beachwood, New Jersey. Like most of us, Johnny, in his “younger years”, hung out with his buddies. He lived in northern Jersey and learned to ride his first bike, a YZ-80. That’s where it all began. Eventually his true love for riding would pull him away from just hanging out, to doing what he still loves best today, putting miles on the road.

As time progressed so did Johnny. With his partner in crime at his side, his lovely and beautiful wife Gloria, he felt it was time to take his riding to the next level. Johnny wanted more power and speed to do the longs hauls that he knew in his heart would be part of their future life. He knew he had to build a bike that would stand the test of time and be a true reflection of who he was and what riding meant to him. After serving time in the Marine Corps (thank you for your service) from ’84 to ’88 riding was still in his blood, so in 1990 Johnny said goodbye to his Sportster and traded it in for a 1979 FLH. Although the shocks looked like peeled bananas, Johnny rode that puppy home but swore, he would never ride her like that ever again!

Counting on the influences from the likes of Paul Cox and English Don, as well as the Indian Larry scene that was happening down on the lower east side of NYC, the lifelong basket case project, was about to begin. With a vision in mind, the strip down to the frame began in the transmission shop of his long-time buddy Danny in Englewood, New Jersey. As good fortune would have  it, Johnny would find out that changes to the bike would not be the only changes to occur in his near future. Going out on a limb, Johnny left his teamster job to go into business for himself as a master tile contractor. He invested a boatload of money in the project to be and found out during the build that his first child was on the way. After the smoke cleared both bike and son are still in one piece, under the same roof and doing great!

When I asked Johnny what he did to his Shovel, his response was “EVERYTHING.” So, in a nutshell, here is some of that everything. The cases were cut for an S&S Sidewinder Fly Wheel kit. The engine was done by Bob over at Blockheads in Toms River, the front end came out of the garage of Richie Pan, and the rest was just a lot of long nights and some blood sweat and tears which to most of us is the best part of any build… once its done.

Let’s not forget the paint, because eye candy is eye candy, and this black and white scallop design was done by Ray Shred. Performance was, of course, the main goal in putting together this great road warrior bike, but Johnny wanted the visual to also reflect himself. Johnny believes a book needs to be read as well as admired to understand the story behind the cover.

I have to say I love this bike. Maybe it’s because I know the sacrifices behind the man both as a father and a rider. Life is a road you’re forced to ride, and when you get to the forks it’s only you that chooses the direction you will go. Somehow Johnny was able to ride both sides of the forks with no compromise. He has three bikes in his stable, was able to work his ass off and build a successful business, raise two great kids, Kevin who at the age of 25 is currently building a bike with his dad while attending the Police Academy and Cole 19, a current Jersey State wrestling champ and Ivy Leaguer at Colombia University.

And to top it all off he’s kept an amazing and loving friendship with his riding partner and wife Gloria! Let it be said the grass can be greener on both sides of the fence and these days Johnny and Gloria try get as many miles on the road as they can. To this day Johnny remains a true rider. So, if you know Johnny or happen to see him somewhere, it might be Laconia, the Indian Larry Block party, Sturgis or Cheap Thrills chances are he got there on two wheels! I will always be the first to say never judge a book by its cover. Sometimes what you see on the surface is not what the story is all about. Don’t let all the dust, tattoos, and badass bikes fool ya. In the end, there may be a deeper story behind the person pushing those two wheels.

ANTI SOCIAL SKOOTER TECH SHEET

Owner: Johnnyboy

City/State: Tom’s River, NJ

builder: Johnnyboy

Year: 1979

Model: Flh

Value: ?

Time: 25 Years

Engine

Year: 1979

Model: H-D

Builder: Bob@Blockheads

Ignition: Dyna

Displacement: 93”

Pistons: S&S

Heads: S&S

Carb: S&S Super E

Cam:

Air Cleaner:

Exhaust:

Primary: 1 1/2 Belt

Transmission

Year: 1979

Make: H-D

Shifting: 1 Down

Frame

Year: 1979

Make: H-D

Rake: Stock

Stretch: Stock

Forks

Type: HD Springer

Builder: Mike@47 Industries

Extension:

Triple Trees:

Wheels, Tires, Brake

Size: 16”

Front Tire: Firestone

Front Brake: Nah

Rear Wheel: Stock

Size: 16”

Rear Tire: Firestone

Rear Brake: PM

Painting

Painter: Ray Shred

Color: Black And White

Type: Scallops

Graphics:

Molding:

Chroming:

Accessories

Bars: Baby Apes

Risers: Indian Larrys

Hand Controls”

Fuel Tanks:

Front Fender:

Rear Fender:

Seat:

Foot Controls:

Mirror: 1

Oil Tank: Stock

Headlight:

Taillight: Limpy

Speedo: None

PHOTOGRAPHER: Mark Velazquez

and Ivy Leaguer at Colombia

University. And to top it all off

he’s kept an amazing and loving

friendship with his riding partner

and wife Gloria! Let it be said

the grass can be greener on both

sides of the fence and these days

Johnny and Gloria try get as many

miles on the road as they can. To

this day Johnny remains a true

rider. So, if you know Johnny or

happen to see him somewhere, it

might be Laconia, the Indian Larry

Block party, Sturgis or Cheap

Thrills chances are he got there

on two wheels!

I will always be the first to say

never judge a book by its cover.

Sometimes what you see on the

surface is not what the story is

all about. Don’t let all the dust,

tattoos, and badass bikes fool ya.

In the end, there may be a deeper

story behind the person pushing

those two wheels

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