Street Fighter Bikes Are For Grown-Ups

Alan is a former collaborator who 15 years ago helped me on some of my customs. Since then, at his Florida shop called “Santiago chopper”, he has built all kind of bikes, choppers, bobbers and trikes, his trademark. Then, at the age of 50 he decided that it was time to play again (mid life crisis?) and that the best way to do it was to build for himself a custom street fighter, the type of 2 wheels he was building…30 years ago.. Wheelies anyone? Well, his new bike is a Suzuki Bandit bought on the cheap on eBay whose frame was cut to keep only pieces of the frame around the engine. A Ducati front end and swingarm were modified to be installed on the new custom frame. Body is built from massaged MV Agusta parts. Wheels come from Ducati, control and brakes from Brembo, fluid reservoirs from Rebuffini. Alan didn’t tell me if he intends to organize a “Baby Boomers Fighters” MC, but knowing him, who knows? Santiago Chopper


6 Responses to “Street Fighter Bikes Are For Grown-Ups”

  1. 1 Jonathan Jun 13th, 2008 at 8:05 am

    Let’s all have a mid-life crisis, go for wheelies front of harley dealerships until the factory decides to produce a decent line of sport bikes. Then the youngsters will want to buy one… from Harley. End of the motorcycle industry recession.

  2. 2 Scott Jun 13th, 2008 at 10:28 am

    I have personally seen this bike, it has a freaking ridiculous speed. If that MVSucati was heading straight for you, there would be about 2 secs to respond. I think Alan is a little crazy *_* to be flying around Florida on that street fighter.

  3. 3 Erik Jun 13th, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    I’ve seen this bike and many of Allan’s other works and I have to say, he’s got the magic touch when it comes to bikes! If everything works out, I’ll be building a bobber through Santiago Chopper next year, but this streetfighter is a sick beast of a bike!

  4. 4 tmanmaui Jun 16th, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    It’s STILL RICE!!!!

  5. 5 adam Jun 17th, 2008 at 12:05 am

    Still rice??? by rice, do you mean PERFORMANCE based motorcycle?? do you mean motorcycles with up to date technology sold for a fraction of the cost of your so called ‘american made’ harley davidsons??

    Being one from the streetfighter side of things, i think its cool to see these chopper builders trying their hands at the streetfighter scene. its a logical progression for the stale american motorcycle movement. You want to end the recession??? stop doing the same performance hindering mods as everyone else is and do something different. push the envelope instead of falling in line.

    or just buy more chrome! your choice.

    (adam @ customfighters . com)

  6. 6 Valeska Apr 17th, 2009 at 12:59 am

    Rice? lol. What an ignorant, immature imbecile.

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