Ron Landers’ hardtail bike is like great tequila—it runs smooth and sneaks up on you (minus the nasty hangover in the morning). As Dave Perewitz’s fabrication point man, Ronnie has ample motive and opportunity to build just about any bike he wants but when it came to his personal ride, he chose to make this clean rigid with the look of a slammed softail.
He wanted this bike to be clean, simple, and unlike any of the local rides in his area and he chose a Paughco frame with 38 degrees of rake and 2 inches of stretch to act as the skeleton. It’s kept off the ground by GMA wheels both front and back (19 and 18 inches, respectively) with matching brake setups. Take a gander under the tank and you’ll find the 100” RevTech powerplant with Mikuni carb and 5-speed trans with BDL primary that make Ron’s baby run. He enclosed the tranny with Perewtiz covers to give it some style, while a set of shotgun pipes from Jeff Clark expel spent gasses and add to the simplicity concept in one fell swoop. A Crane Hi-4 ignition torches the mixture.
The rigid frame eliminated the need for rear shocks but the front end was a totally different animal. Ron used a clean 41mm Perewitz wideglide to pull double duty as suspension and to define the low profile. Since Ron also wanted smooth, he kept the skin pretty simple, using Wernimont fenders and gas tank but taking the time to carefully craft the oil tank as well as the hidden struts that keep the rear fender off of the 200 tire. As far as the finishing goes, Ron didn’t feel the need for a bunch of complicated graphics; the simple PPG Deep Blue paint that Jay zapped it with was exactly what the doctor ordered, while Chromemasters added some shine via a gorgeous plating job.
Since its completion, Ron’s bike has logged many a mile under its tires whether he’s bar hopping or out for a Sunday run. But regardless of the ride, one thing remains constant—the attention this simple (yet not-so-simple to build), smooth machine gets from onlookers who can appreciate those Zen qualities. Even the lookie-loos with much more elaborate customs of their own.