Every style element Ray went for has its roots back in the day, but with a very modern build quality that was not something 99% of the builders back then could do either with the tools or the lack of resources available. You have to remember that motorcycles were more of a blue collar thing and people of stature (read wealthy) were interested in anything but those noisy and dangerous murdercycles. Personally, I can’t remember anybody that wore a suit or a tie back then who rode. Today, that’s a totally different story and motorcycles have broken every economic barrier with a wide range of customs to die for.
If you haven’t checked out Jack Cofano’s photo gallery, now’s the time as Ray’s bike needs to be looked at more than discussed. The perfect stance, the terrific multi-color huge metalflake paintjob, the just-right sissy bar, and the clean jockey shifter all combined with a Panhead motor makes for a custom that’s not stuck in a time period time as much as a state of mind. Go ahead, take a look at Jack’s photos and see how this chop measures up to the perfect one riding around in your head.