You’re probably aware that the older brother of Cycle EXIF is a motorcycle blog called Bike EXIF, a profile of the world’s best classic, custom and vintage motorcycles. It’s only because of that exposure to custom bobbers that I took a second look at the gold and silver show pony that popped up in my inbox. And boy, am I damn glad I did. A complete departure from mail order lowriders with twisted struts and 140 spoke rims, the time and effort put into this project by everyone involved has elevated this bike from raw materials into a machine that’s not just ridden, it’s venerated.
It’s almost worth posting a photo of a 60s Show Triumph to give you a better idea of how close this bike is to it’s inspiration. But I won’t, have a look at this one for a good idea.
Underneath the Pagan Gold and (real) silver foil paint is a fabricated 1960 Schwinn Corvette frame with a solid steel ‘tank’ that’s been reinforced with fiberglass. Corey Conyers of Crown Customs in Wichita, Kansas was responsible for the fab work, and the paint was applied by TMarkus Designs of North Hollywood. The saddle’s a bespoke upholstered Brooks that’s been foamed and sewn by Rob Bryant of One Too Many Designs. Rob’s created over 100 seats for West Coast Choppers, and he hasn’t put any less effort into this one, just because it’s for a bicycle. It’s stitched with gold leather and fastened with aircraft rivets. Good to see some old school BMX parts in the mix as well, with a Proline post and a smoothed and polished Redline clamp.
In line with the chopped and bobbed look, it’s got a 24” rear wheel and a 26” front. There’s a Schwinn Truck hub in the front and a Bendix coaster brake hub in the rear. Which, you should know, is the best hub for skids. The front’s held on with a J C Higgins / Elgin springer fork, so that’s solid enough. Schwinn Phantom goose neck, and get this, you’re holding on to a set of custom milled maple grips. They’re Felt cranks with aftermarket drillium, however I don’t believe the point is saving weight. And good spotting, they’re polished MKS track pedals. Every time I look at this bike I see something new, check out the socket axle pegs.
After the comparison is made, it almost feels like the one missing element is a 50cc engine. But then, if you followed it through to it’s logical conclusion, you would actually end up with a 60s style Show Triumph. So let’s leave it as an immaculate bicycle. This bike is a real tribute to the skills of everyone involved. Especially the boys at Vern’s Plating, who did all the chrome and, last but not least, Blake Adams of Road Kandy, who co-ordinated the entire project. No wonder it won 1st place in the Non Motorized Class at the 2009 Grand National Roadster Show.