Good cooks have a special talent to improvise last minute yummy recipes using only left overs. Good motorcycle builders do the same with spare parts laying around the shop or garage. If it was possible to control the true cost of recycled parts used to build a custom bike, I would organize a bike show to elect the best of the cheapest custom motorcycles built from the ground up. Let’s say, under $5000.00.
And this $1500 recession proof machine built by Alan Bernard at Santiago Chopper would probably be a favorite to win…a recycled gold plastic trophy from the 1st Big Daddy’s Rat’s Hole Show. The tech sheet goes like this: an old Kawasaki for $400. A rusty frame from the 70’s for $50. A front end bought on eBay for $250. Old forgotten and found again parts around the shop estimated at value$750. A quarter of flat black paint $12. Pinstriping $80. A welder, one grinder, 12 sheets of sandpaper and 3 weekends of elbow grease. Alan told me that the bike is fun, fun, fun to ride. See it during Biketoberfest splitting lanes between Ormond and Daytona Beach with a pit stop at Willie’s Tropical Tattoo Bike Show.