The Rustle Hustle

Photos By: Jeff Cochran

Article By: Chris Callen

Originally Published In The February 2013 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine

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I’ve known Taber Nash for quite a good long time now. I’ve seen him go from a punk kid with skateboard parts on his choppers, to having his own kid that he dressed like a punk. Now, he has a family that he’s raised into quite an exceptional one. From the first time I met him, when he was set up across from the Wreck in Daytona with a skateboard half pipe, and all through the time we ran the Limpnickie Lot together, even until this day, he hasn’t changed. Oh the world has changed madly around him, but Taber, the way he looks, approaches life and the bikes he builds are just the same today as the day we first ran off with the circus. For his bikes, that means the rough and tumble skateboard infused style of custom that house parts from all areas o f o u r childhood. There are the foot pegs and risers that look like they were cut off a baseball bat, gnarly BMX style knobby tires, and anything that goes against the grain. I became a big fan of Nash bikes quickly so when I got a chance to feature another one this month, I was all in.

This particular version of the Nash Ruffian Custom started as an idea to build a bike with a ton of power. Taber had an S&S 113 sitting around that he had rebuilt, and he decided to pair that with a Baker tranny to see what he could come up with. The principals would be: power, tight, and lightweight; a real skull peeler. It’s funny, but I should mention that the bike was being built for a customer, Russell, who is a friend of theirs that’s a firefighter in Phoenix. The reason that I didn’t mention the owner’s ideas for this build is simply that Taber took control. When Russell first came to him about building a bike, he had some vague ideas of what he liked, but nothing really went together. In the midst of this confusion, Taber took over, told the cat that he should trust him and Nash would deliver the goods. It ended up being a pretty lengthy build, doing it a little bit at a time here and there with no real deadline. The frame was built in Canada although he’s not sure who built it. Taber loved how stout it was and was sure that it would put up with some raunchy throttle twisting so he started with that. They grabbed some signature Nash parts like the Slugger risers and a newer design of their handlebars called Punchy bars, a rear fender and struts made in-house and a dual disc frontend; very uncommon for custom bikes of the day.

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Front brakes … hmmm? Now here’s a neat little tech feature on this sled: the wheels are from a V-Rod. This presented quite a challenge due to the rubber isolator in the rear wheel and the fact that they adapted it to run a chain drive; pretty bitchin’! They look great too with the chunky Mefo tires. These things are beastly and used on a ton of dirt bikes in Europe, but in spite of their appearance, Taber said that up on the highway they run smooth like glass at 85. The fuel tank was a set of five gallon fat bobs that they chopped the hell out of to give it its own groove. The sheet metal got a covering in Dirty Brown, by Caleb Smythe, to keep with that dirt bike look and the idea of the “Rustle Hustle” being a natural born mudder. Some killer stripes that were hand pulled by a young buck, and the Hustle was in! So I always ask what really stuck out as far as a challenge for a build and this one had a great story. The first time Taber took the bike down the street, he damn near crashed it. Like I said, brakes at all on customs today are rare, but this much brake is highly unusual. When Taber first grabbed a hold of all that brake stopping that skinny front tire, it went into a front slide and scared the living shit outta him. He managed to keep it up and get the bike dialed in before giving it to the owner. And what of Russell’s thoughts on what was created for him? He loves it! It ends up that he rides the thing to the fire station all the time and it constantly blows people’s minds being such a non-typical bike for the region.

Nash got its start in Vancouver, Washington, but recently you may have noticed the ads about this Nash Sickles Garage in LA. Well that’s the very same group. Taber does a lot of traveling now between the two locations, but the new joint in LA, which is part of the Perri Ink Cartel, is up and running strong. While they continue to do much of the manufacturing in Vancouver, the hopes are to move that facility to California a s well. For now Taber keeps racking up the frequent flyer miles running both locations. They continue to put out great bikes, and there’s a whole new line of parts coming soon, so stay tuned!

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Rustle Hustle Tech Sheet

Owner: Russ Mortenson

City: Phoenix, AZ

Fabrication By: Nash Motorcycle Co.

Year: 2011

Model: Nash

Value: $32,000

TIME: 16 Years


Year: 2011

Model: S&S

Builder: S&S

Ignition: Crane Hi4

Displacement: 113 ci

Pistons: S&S

Heads: S&S

Cam(s): S&S

Carb: S&S Super G

Air Cleaner: Goodson

Exhaust: Nash

Primary: BDL


Year: 2011

Make: Baker 5 Speed

Shifting: Regular


Year: 2008

Make: ???

Rake: 30 Degree

Stretch: None


Type: Glide 44mm

Builder: H-D

Extension: 2 Under

Triple Trees: H-D


Front Wheel: V-Rod

Size: 19”

Tire: MEFO

Brakes: H-D

Rear Wheel: V-Rod

Size: 18”

Tire: Yes

Brakes: H-D


Painter: Caleb Smythe

Color: Brown

Type: Good Paint

Graphics: Kyle Comeau

Chroming: Masic Industries

Molding: Caleb Smythe


Bars: Punchy Bars

Risers: Nash 4’ Sluggers

Hand controls: H-D

Gas Tank(s): Nash

Front Fender: None

Rear Fender: Nash

Seat: Nash

Foot Controls: Nash

Oil Tank: Nash

Headlight: Old

Taillight: Old

Photographer: Jeff Cochran

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