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Story by Mark Barnett and photos courtesy of Top Shelf Customs Monday, 24 October 2005 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 15 ] |
Brandin Clay, working out of Top Shelf Customs in Huntington Beach, California built up this 2005 West Coast Choppers CFL early this year and uses it as his daily rider and for weekend excursions. Working about ten miles from Jesse James’ shop, I imagine he saved a lot on freight, picking up his frame, tin, oil tank, pipes, risers, air cleaner, and bars from the Monster Garage’s bike parts outlet.
Story by Mark Barnett and photos courtesy of Custom Shop Cycles Monday, 24 October 2005 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 207 ] |
What do you call a NOS injected, supercharged dresser with four TV’s, eight speakers, 1800 watts of power, a 300mm rear tire, and 200 mini LED lights that can flash, fade, strobe, or simply light up? Easy, you call it “Overkill” and the fact that it comes with a matching customized Dodge pickup, a chopper, a mini chopper, and two trailers puts extra emphasis on that name. Built by car customizing veteran John Wargo who has recently added custom bike building to his offerings under the name of Custom Shop Cycles, this cruiser is one of the most outrageous dressers ever built. The bike started out as a tired 1991 Police dresser with 56K miles purchased in parts. The frame was lengthened four inches, raked out to 40 degrees and the swingarm widened six inches and lengthened five inches to handle the monster 300mm rear tire.
Story by Mark Barnett and photos by Ismael Studio Monday, 24 October 2005 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 99 ] |
We ran a red Redneck from Cruces Choppers in our magazine about a year ago. Ed Denzler, owner of Cruces Choppers, was cruising that bike back from Sturgis when he was chased down by Justin Estes, owner of the Las Cruces Gold’s Gyms. Justin said that he wanted one more or less like it and arranged to meet Ed after the rally to go over the details. Unlike many people who say they want one and don’t show up, Justin showed up on schedule with his deposit. They decided on an 8” up, 4” out Redneck Enginuity “Getting High” frame as the foundation with a pavement pounding 124” motor. A Tribal theme was to be worked into the bike wherever possible. Five months later, the finished product roared out of Ed’s store for a test run and photo shoot for this magazine.
Story by Buck Manning and photos by Wayne Steele Monday, 24 October 2005 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 53 ] |
Everything in life has a cause and effect. No matter how insignificant the cause, there is always an effect. Sometimes the desired effects come from strange, unrelated (or so it seems) causes. Denny Garley of TC Customs in North Richland Hills, Texas effectively found his way into the ever growing custom business by first seriously racing motocross for years, which eventually caused him to make a choice of how many more injuries he wanted to put up with from racing full time. Apparently enough was enough, time to do something else. Enter TC Customs, stage left. Denny’s dad, Lorenzo, already owned a successful business, Traditions Cycle, dedicated to building and maintaining fairly stock looking, high performance V-twins (what used to be called “sleepers” in muscle car days). It was natural that Denny took this a step further, combining his own interest in custom bikes and acquired mechanical knowledge and opened TC Customs, dedicated to fast, usable customs. So far, Denny has almost a dozen out there and according to him, most have many, many miles under their belts and are running strong. The feature bike, owned by Dore Rodriguez, is called “Envy” and like one of the Seven Sins it’s named after, it brings out that emotion when you see it. TC specializes in Pro Street style bikes as Denny personally feels they are the most usable, fat tire custom bikes for road use. The Pro Street Frameworks chassis has no crazy rake or radical fork length, giving an agile handling bike with a decent ride. The reasonable 240mm rear Metzeler combined with a 120mm/21” front on wide Xtreme Machine wheels and TC’s “top secret” geometry make for easy real world handling, “Yeah, it’s top secret, I experimented until I got the right combo and I’m sticking with it. It’s not a sportsbike, but a fun, fast, really responsive ride,” said Denny, “I gotta give a lot of credit to the Mean Street inverted front end and Progressive Air rear suspension for being able to really handle the power generated by the Rev Tech 110 inch engine.” Speaking of that engine, TC tends to use them almost exclusively because of their long warranty and great backing after the sale by Rev Tech. “All I can say is they’ve worked great for us and we’ve had a lot of miles put on them with no real problems,” states Denny, “They’re just a good deal for the money.” All that power runs through a BDL drive to a Baker six-speed while the Martin Brothers Medusa pipes entertain the rider while all this is going down. Stopping all this fun (when necessary) are the cool looking Hawg Halters brakes fore and aft. Pro Street is no shrinking violet style but a zoomy looking, drag inspired design that continually appeals to a lot of riders out there. Long and low will always be in and the tasty sheetmetal tightly hugs the frame and wheels. TC fabricated the tank and modified the Fat Katz fenders and Pro Street oil tank to integrate well with the sleek overall design. Denny likes to use as little Bondo as possible as he feels the final finish will last much longer, “I spend a lot of my time getting the bodywork correct and hardly use any Bondo at all.” Now for the ever important flash finish, what color to paint it? Simple answer, you’ve definitely heard the phrase, “Green with Envy,” well the candy organic green sprayed by Scott “The Shark” over a chrome paint base brings that phrase to life. Graphics by Chrome Blades tops it off with a clean, simple saddle by Liz of Ash Creek Leather giving your butt its own special place. Making night time riding possible are the simple, yet elegant Headwinds headlight and Eddie Trotta tail light. Overall it’s a flashy, yet clean design that fits in with Denny’s philosophy of what he considers the most important (and often overlooked) aspect of custom motorcycles, “If I can’t ride it, really ride it, I have no use for it.” Hey, I gotta totally agree. Looking for a bike built by someone who guarantees you’ll be able to use it and not just look at it? Well, why don’t you check out TC Customs website, www.tccustombikes.com or give Denny a call at 817-281-8055. ] Builder Denny Garley’s come a long way from motocross racing at the national level to trying to break into the crowded world of building custom motorcycles. He differs from a lot of newcomers by having a strong mechanical background which started around his dad’s high performance V-twin shop to becoming a full time mechanic for the factory Yamaha Team effort. “My heart is in Pro Street, I want to redefine and advance this segment of the industry. I want to make them easier to work on, easier to maintain, and to be able to ride them anywhere without the excuse, ‘they’re a custom.” You can’t help but believe this as Denny’s website has the proclamation, “Bikes Built to Ride” plastered right across the home page. Obviously, he wants to make that point first. “I’ve surrounded myself with a few guys who specialize in certain aspects of building a custom, whether it’s welding, electrics, or painting for instance. We pay attention to every detail.” Like every other recent entrant in this crazy business, Denny would love to have some of that lucrative TVspotlight, but he states, “Oh sure, I could build some wacky unridable design to get lots of attention, but like I said, if I can’t ride it (and enjoy it) , I’ve got no use for it. I’m here for the long run.” SPECIFICATIONS Builder: TC Customs Owner: D. Rodriguez Year/Model: '04 Pro Street Build Time: 3 months Frame: Pro Street Frameworks Forks: Mean Street Stinger Inverted Rear Shocks: Progressive Air Engine: RevTech 110" Pipes: Martin Brothers Medusa Transmission: Baker 6 speed Primary: BDL Wheels: Xtreme Machine Brakes: Hawg Halters Fuel Tank: TC Customs Fenders: Fat Katz / TC Customs Bars: TC Customs Hand Controls: Climax Controls Foot Controls: Accutronix Paint: Scott "The Shark" Molding: TC Customs Graphics: Chrome Blades
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Story by Sedrick C. Mitchell Monday, 24 October 2005 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 32 ] |
Retro style custom bikes have become very popular in the custom motorcycle industry. These old style bikes are put together with one foot in the past and the other in the future. A small handful of custom motorcycle builders have gracefully combined current technology with old motorcycle styling to create some electrifying machines that are reliable, comfortable to ride, and loaded with many features.
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Story by Buck Manning and photos courtesy of Foundation Customs Monday, 24 October 2005 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 32 ] |
Writing features on custom bikes can sometimes be a daunting task. You never know what you’ll be writing about until handed a passel of pics and specs and it’s not always on bikes that are up your alley. Being objective with your own interests can sometimes be tough to hide. Now when you get an assignment that not only is a personal home run, but a grand slam, you’re still supposed to be just as objective. Yeah, right…
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