The latest from Acme Choppers

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Jay Fortin aka Truckalope Jay sent over these pics from his last visit to Acme Choppers. I remember seeing the engraved rockers & cam covers over the summer when they were sitting on a shelf at the shop - they are so much more insane on the bike - straight up gorgeous. That swingarm shovel is fucking righteous. Click the pics to enlarge.

December 22nd, 2009 by grail21 in Shop Built Motorcycles | Comment (1)

Art Deco Motorcycling from Budapest

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September 25th, 2009 by grail21 in Shop Built Motorcycles, Bitchin' Bikes | Comments (2)

Wrench Monkees

monk07_01.jpg The Wrench Monkees have a new updated site and it kills it. Go check out their builds:
Wrench Monkees Shop

September 16th, 2009 by grail21 in Shop Built Motorcycles, Motorcycle Websites | No Comments

Work-in-Progress at Acme Choppers


September 6th, 2009 by grail21 in Shop Built Motorcycles, Moto Art & Pics | No Comments

Krugger’s Overmile


Krugger builds some spectacular bikes and his latest - the Overmile - is no exception. Sharp looks and built to ride mile after mile. 103″ S&S, Baker 6 speed, air ride suspension, Beringer brakes… simple, clean and tons of style. You just want to jump on and ride it across the country.

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August 26th, 2009 by grail21 in Shop Built Motorcycles | Comments (2)

LC Fabrications


One of the cool things about running this site is I get to hear from small shops and fabricators from all over the world. What’s exciting is that every once in a while these guys come out of seemingly nowhere and blow me out of the water with the quality, design and style of their work. LC Fabrications is a great example of that. I’ve known Jeremy (via email) for a while now and he continues to impress. My introduction to his work came at the 2008 Smoke Out when I was blown away by his modern Triumph, dubbed the TT Deluxe (previously mentioned here: TT Deluxe on Knucklebuster ) - the bike is simply stunning. Jeremy has continued to rock the mic over the past year - finishing 2 complete builds and introducing a bunch of new parts to his product line.

First up is the bike up top - another modern Triumph Bonneville, stripped down, hardtailed and given a dose of So. Cal style. It’s look of simplicity and clean lines is what pops this bike for me. You can read more about the build and it’s specs here, and check out some more pics of it below.

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Oh, and if you’ve got a modern Trump that you want to give the hard tail treatment to, LC Fab has got those, so make sure you check them out.


Next up - the Birmingham Bee-liner. All the trick little bits on this one are part of Jeremy’s build signature. That’s a 1967 BSA A65 mated up to a modified 73 OIF trump frame - or I should say GIF. That’s right - the backbone is filled with petrol, not oil. Like I said - trick. What else? The custom fabbed front end and exhaust jump out - but that’s just scraping the surface. You can read more about the build here and check out the pics below for more details.

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LC Fabrications just launched their new website (much improved from their last) so go check that out to see more of these builds as well as some of the others they’ve done in the past:

Photos by Bessie Black /

July 13th, 2009 by grail21 in Shop Built Motorcycles, Bitchin' Bikes | Comments (3)

Cro Customs Modern Indian Chopper


Caleb over at Cro Customs consistently builds killer scoots, and this one is no exception. 2000 Indian Chief, goosenecked with all sorts of trick bits, but what really does it for me is the front to back flow it has… the bike has soul. Some folks think that modern Evo’s can’t attain the same kind of soul that an older powerplant can - for a while I bought into that, but it’s bullshit. Bikes like this, as well as many others prove that theory wrong. Of course the engine plays a big part, but it’s not just about the engine. It’s about the overall design, the attention to detail, the vibe that the builder infuses into the bike with every choice they make. Cro gets it and every bike I’ve seen come out of his shop kills it like that. Undoubtedly one of my favorite builders out there today.

As for the bike… Cro has a great write up about the build on his blog….

Two Drunk Injuns, Build an Indian for a Squaw
Where do I start? About 6 months ago I was approached by Cary “Carrot” Larouche about doing something with his wife’s 2000 Indian Chief. ” She wants a kind of Zero style thing”. Second red flag for me. The first red flag was that the bike was an evo. Cary had already pulled most of the bike apart. I thought for a second and said ” Well, it’s really not my thing, but my buddy JD is a fan of Shinya’s and is totally in to the goose neck deal. Let me talk to him and see if he is down for it” Red flag three. I generally work alone.

Go read the rest here: Cro Customs Blog

June 1st, 2009 by grail21 in Shop Built Motorcycles, Bitchin' Bikes | No Comments

It’s not just Bratstyle


We need a better term than “Brat Style” to call these style of bikes because it’s not just those guys that are building killer examples of these Japanese road bombers. Case in point: Crazy Orange - their bikes are the sweetness. Check em out: Crazy Orange


May 28th, 2009 by grail21 in Shop Built Motorcycles, Bitchin' Bikes | Comments (9)

G&L Choppers XS650 scoot

Rich Rendon had the guys at G&L choppers built him this tidy lil XS650.
No joke, shit is tight brosef. I dig it.


May 7th, 2009 by grail21 in Shop Built Motorcycles, Bitchin' Bikes | Comments (2)

More from Acme Choppers

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Should be finished by summer. The seat is super comfortable.

March 22nd, 2009 by grail21 in Shop Built Motorcycles, Moto Art & Pics | Comments (4)

Bratstyle Japan

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In case you were wondering… Bratstyle? Yup. Still killing it.

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December 24th, 2008 by grail21 in Shop Built Motorcycles, Bitchin' Bikes | Comments (3)

Duas Caras Cycles from Japan

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Duas Caras from Japan brings the awesome with these two bikes.

October 20th, 2008 by grail21 in Shop Built Motorcycles, Bitchin' Bikes | Comments (5)

Smokeout 2008 : Photo : 115

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October 19th, 2008 by grail21 in Shop Built Motorcycles | No Comments

Chaos Cycle Mudhound

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Our pal George from Chaos Cycle in Long Island, NY checked in with some pics of his latest build. The bike (dubbed the Mudhound) was built for a chop off that had George pitted against “a high dollar cnc, laser cut, OCC look alike that probally paid more for their rear wheel then I had out of pocket to build mine” (his words). Guess who the crowd picked as the winner? Congrats on the win George, always nice to see the low dollar take a win from the overpriced tomfoolery that still seems to pervade the industry.

Check out Chaos Cycle at

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September 22nd, 2008 by grail21 in Shop Built Motorcycles | Comment (1)

Custom Boardtrack Frames for Sportsters


Our pal Benny from Boneshaker Choppers in the UK checked in with some info & pics of the new project he’s starting up. Boardtracker frames for Sportsters - righteous. I’ll let Benny give you the low down:

These are are own, all made in house. The basic premise is similar to the Flyrite stuff, you can build a bargain basement one with an old 4 spd donor bike, you can go nuts and build an all out deathtrap with a stonking motor in it, or we can build them for you and supply them ready to ride. The idea being a vintage styled bike that you aren’t afraid to thrash the living daylights out of.

I teamed up with the Harvey brothers and I am building two complete bikes to show around and get a bit of interest. We are building them under the name Thomas-Harvey wich is a part of Boneshaker Choppers. We have a website but it’s still in early stages, here’s the address:

I know there are boardtrack inspired chassis about but they mostly lean towards the chopper side of things, with curved tanks and gay bits. Ours are pretty basic, no compromise bikes loosley based on 1915 KT Racers. There will be two models - the Racer, which you can see in the photos and we will be doing the Thomas-Harvey Flyer wich will have leaf spring forks, narrower tanks etc. and be a bit prettier. Things are still in the development stages but we are looking for selected dealers and are taking orders for the chassis and complete bikes now.

Bitchin. Nice to see more custom platforms geared towards Sportsters.


September 16th, 2008 by grail21 in Shop Built Motorcycles | Comments (3)

Atomic Customs Built Panhead Chopper


Trent from Atomic Customs built this bitchin’ Panhead chopper for Tim from and then Gary Griffin from Good Luck Photo took some seriously killer pics of it.

The bike is really straight up classic, all the bits and pieces fit and flow together really well. The megaphone muffles great and yup, that’s a Warbird taillight chillin on the sissy bar.

The photo above and the first photo below were shot by Gary. The others are from Trent.

August 20th, 2008 by grail21 in Shop Built Motorcycles, Bitchin' Bikes | No Comments

Cro Customs: Will’s Hood Rat

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Caleb at Cro Customs built this bad ass shovelhead for his pal Will. Caleb sent me just a short note about it…

My good friend JD helped out in the final days, pulling together the light mount, pipes, tank and other odds and ends. This thing was thrown together from Will’s pile of parts in a week or so.

What could you “throw together” in a week or so? Exactly. Saying he nailed it is beyond obvious. For some reason this bike reminds me of thrash metal. Looks raw, fast and ready to mosh… that’s right, mosh.

Check out more pics by clicking read more.
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August 13th, 2008 by grail21 in Spotlight, Shop Built Motorcycles, Bitchin' Bikes | No Comments

Falcon Motorcycles


Ian Barry builds some gorgeously simple british motorcycles.
Clean, elegant and tough all rolled into one. A functional work of art some might say.
Check out the his work on the website for his shop: Falcon Motorcycles

April 28th, 2008 by grail21 in Shop Built Motorcycles, Motorcycle Websites | Comments (3)

Boneshaker Choppers Panhead

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Let’s open up April with a solid fist to the jaw shall we? Benny from boneshaker choppers sent in this sweet low slung zero engineering / chica inspired pan. Lots of killer details, some subtle, some right in your face - it’s a nice mix. No doubt it’s got the “looks fast and mean standing still” thing going on. Click the read more link below to see a bunch more pics and read the whole story, with tech specs from Benny.

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April 1st, 2008 by grail21 in Spotlight, Shop Built Motorcycles, Bitchin' Bikes | Comments (2)

XS650 Chopper by G&L Choppers

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Listen up chumly, I’m gonna turn the mic over to Josh, he’s gonna give you the downlow on this this righteous XS650 chopper.

This 1977 XS650 D was built by G&L Choppers in Colorado Springs, CO with
help from the owner Ron B. from Castle Rock, CO. We originally built
the frame and the battery box last year for Ron. The rest of his first
go around was built in his garage taking three weeks. He then rode her
to Sturgis. This year Ron came back to G&L Choppers to upgrade his
forwards controls with our set. At least that’s where it started. With
the help of Ron we totally transformed his original build into what you
see before you. Here’s a short list of what was done.

Owner: Ron B. Castle Rock, Co
Bike: 1977 XS650 D
Frame: G&L Choppers
Electric Box: G&L Choppers
Carbs: 34mm Mikuni’s w/G&L Choppers Turnout intakes
Pipes: stockers Mikes XS
Fender: G&L Choppers/Owner Ribbed style rear
Tail light: Side mount Model A style G&L Choppers
Headlight: 5 3/4
Wiring: G&L Choppers
Tank: Sportster mounted by Owner
Bars: Clip on bars
Forward Controls/Pegs: G&L Choppers
Right Hand Jockey Shifter: G&L Choppers
Paint: G&L Choppers (HOK) Kandy Root Beer Base over Gold Base

Richard Ford, owner, G&L Choppers

Hands down, this is one of the nicest XS650 choppers I’ve laid my peepers on. I talk about the lines of a bike a lot because to me, with out a good flow from front to back, the whole thing is shot. No doubt that this one’s got the flow. The throw back retro paint design fits in perfect, it’s a simple design but it’s got a lot of style. The clip-ons and sporty tank work real good together, bugger looks mean. The battery box and fake oil tank is done perfectly, I can really dig that as someone who is having to deal with the same thing on my project. Shit is hot, dig into it.

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March 11th, 2008 by grail21 in Shop Built Motorcycles, Bitchin' Bikes | Comments (3)