I traded a bike for this S&S pan in a Paughco frame a few years back, and this machine has been a total beast. It's now got shovelheads on it and we've played Mr. Potato Head with various fenders, tanks, forks, pipes, etc several times. I've ridden it to the bottom of Baja and back, through the Tail of the Dragon and all over NYC, not mention one end of CA to the other. A couple weeks ago, Otto hammered it from Iowa to Salt Lake City via 13,000' Bear Tooth Pass and countless miles in the rain. Needless to say, we are fans of this simple format. (Big S&S engine, basic frame, not much else)
|The GI Chopper|
So, when our buds at S&S asked if we wanted to build a bike around one of their engines, it only took a millisecond to answer back with a resounding "Hells Yes!" We mulled around different options, maybe an Evo since they never get any love, maybe a knucklehead? All good choices, but at the end of the day around here, we tend to lean towards the venerable old shovel engines. Now obviously this isn't your typical OEM 74" shov. Nope, this one is the 93" Alt/Gen style and we opted for single plugs and slightly lower compression just to keep things simple.
The plan? Well, the basic idea is this: build a no-bullshit chopper that can hammer down the highway for days at a time but have a higher finish quality than anything I've previously built. It'll have brakes up front (for once) and will be kick-only. Kinda like our helmets, it'll look traditional but use a lot more modern technology than immediately meets the eye. We're going to use parts from our own shelves as well as stuff from our pals at Lowbrow Customs and Drag Specialties. Of course we'll make some stuff from scratch and visit some of our friends along the way to tap into their expertise. The goal is to have it wrapped up by Born Free and ride it from So Cal to New Jersey for the 10th annual Gypsy Run.
|Otto's never been so happy.|
We will do a some blog and video updates along the way, and you can follow the hashtag #milemuncher to see updates on Instagram. Stay tuned!