Jeremy Jimenez’s Chop ‘til You Drop Custom

Written by  By Vincenzo D. Vincenzo Photos by Jack “I do everything until I drop” Cofano Thursday, 09 May 2013 15:28
Published in Ultra Customs
So where have all the fancy custom choppers of the extremely recent past gone to? It seemed like one minute they were everywhere and couldn’t be built fast enough to satisfy a public demanding their piece of hipsterdom and the next, well, they were gone. Yesterday’s article of the day was a Barnett’s Magazine print feature written by none other than Mark Barnett about an OCC bike built in 2003 to the tune of 60-large. OMG as the kids say. It’s kinda sad that you can find the same stuff in basically as-new condition now selling for $8,000-$12,000 tops. Custom bikes will never replace gold as a good investment, but that doesn’t mean you gotta give it away. Maybe it’s just a hang on to it thing and somehow get your money’s worth riding it. In this little piece of the world we refer to as the custom motorcycle world, what goes around, comes around. Baggers and bobbers are the hot thing at the moment, but the key word here is moment. Give it a few more years and bikes like this might be the new custom bike currency again.  


   Jeremy Jimenez works in what was (maybe it still is) the hot bed of custom motorcycles, a body shop called Ultimate Rides in Holly Hill, Florida.  I swear more custom bikes came out of body shops than repair shops and when you think about it, it makes sense. Anybody who’s handy with hand tools can do the mechanical work on a Harley-style V-twin, but when it comes to paint and sheet metal, there’s a whole ‘nother learning curve going on there. Cutting, bending, shaping, welding, and painting metal is not for the timid. What Jeremy’s done here is as typical a build as was done then as a typical custom bagger build is today. There’s styling cues from the first decade of the 21st century like a very, very fat rear tire, a long and low rigid frame, a big-inch highly-polished show motor, beefy, but smooth  forks, and a paintjob featuring skulls, flames, and tribal patterns. Nothing too out of the ordinary, but Jeremy did do a really fine job finishing everything to a high standard. Actually, that is out of the ordinary in my opinion as many, many bikes were abysmally slapped together and many say that was one of the reasons for the chopper’s downfall. Who knows?

   Well what is cool is that owning a bike like this probably only puts you ahead of the curve. Sooner or later, this style will be back with a vengeance as it always has and you’ll be leading the pack once again. In the meantime, ride it like you stole it. Actually, if you buy one of these slightly older custom bikes at today’s prices, you did steal it. Just ask the man who you bought it from.

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