SWEETIES & SCOOTERS
With pace of the world being ridiculously fast—stupid even—every so often it’s nice to take a minute, relax, and take a look back to appreciate all that has come before. Of course the classic look of the ‘50s is one that just doesn’t get old.
That Santa makes his rounds in a high-flying sleigh is pretty common knowledge. But Biker kids know the real story. The jolly old elf actually makes his Christmas Eve deliveries on a fine candy-cane red Harley. Of course, that Harley is outfitted with a sidecar to hold all the presents Santa has to haul around, and, he’s got to have room for a favorite helper, too.
Sometimes, taking the familiar and changing it up a bit turns out better that setting out to create something new and different. At least, that was the case for Rocky Rickford and his 2008 Fat Boy. Stationed at Fort Carson, Rickford liked his new motorcycle, but lets face it, there are a lot of Fat Boys out prowling the roads. He wanted something a little different, without having to go 100% custom.
There’s something about true Old School Bikes that just cannot be denied. Not “old school style” but truly Old School Bikes. Just ask Mike Berglund.
Berglund pieced together this blast from the past staying true to the method of the times—making do with what he had, and getting the bike he wanted. The result is the 1971 CB750 custom hardtail chopper you see here.
Every now and then, a little stubbornness in the right places results in a beautiful thing.
In this case, it was the creation of Randall Nelson’s hand built Knucklehead, an old school bike he named Rasputin’s revenge.
Rasputin was a lot of things, but mostly he never quit,” Nelson said. “Even when the Tzar tried to kill him a couple time, he just kept coming back. He never quit; he was a survivor. I kind of identify with that. I don’t quit either. Under the circumstances, I think the name is appropriate.”
Is there anything as American as a Shovelhead with a pretty girl hanging on it? Well other than Mom, baseball and apple pie…not much says “PROUDLY MADE IN THE USA” like this combination, which we thought was appropriate for this month.
Mara likes Choppers a lot. So when she saw the beauty Avada resident Tony Fleming built, she didn’t have to be asked twice to take a seat.
Tony likes choppers, too. So when he decided to build one, he didn’t mess around. With his wife’s blessing (married guys need that sometimes), he dove into the project with his pals at Albright bikes.
Six months later, out rolled a shiny red and chrome street monster that gets more than a little attention.
You never know where you’re gonna find a work of art, so you’ve gotta keep looking for it. Joey Bernstein of Wild West Cycles in Colorado Springs has created a bona fide piece of garage art that might roll up next to you on the street one day. If he does pull up next to you, it’ll be hard to miss.
Bernstein has put together a nine-foot long pavement prowler that screams Old School at first glance, and then screams it louder as you look closer.
Mixing the nostalgia of old school with the performance of modern technology makes for a sweet, and unique, motorcycle. Just to prove that, Mark Miklos at Maddog Custom Cycles built The Denver Knuckle, a blend of classic style and top notch engineering that makes this bike do nothing but stand out from the crowd.
And just for good measure, we put the lovely Mandy on this scooter just to make sure and get your attention.
If this motorcycle were a kid’s toy, it’d have to be a transformer.
This fat-tired beauty began life as a 1982 Harley-Davidson FXWG—a wide glide. One of the most popular bikes produced at one time. Picture it—low-slung, sleek lines, thin and wind slicing….
It looks a little different now, after the guys at Deluxe Motorcycle in Wheatridge got ahold of it. Now, it’s been transformed into a fire-breathing, asphalt-smoking, fattened-up bobber with a 91-inch Shovelhead motor and a bunch of modifications that make anything but ordinary.