40 years in business! Bring the Bubbly. But not before you finish a 70’s style chopper build. Yes, this October, Street Chopper Magazine 40th anniversary issue will do a cover feature on this bike built with parts coming from the who’s who of the industry. And I must say that if I had to pick only one new bike to illustrate the 70’s custom motorcycle style, “Ruby Black Back” would reach the top of my short list.
As it should be for such a project, it was started from a basket case Harley-Davidson 77 Shovelhead with for objective to turn it into a true “Raked and Flaked” chopper that Street Chopper Magazine could have featured in its first issue…40 years ago.
Because the original frame was bent, Flyrite Choppers made a new one inspired by their Scorcher model, then it was highly polished (tough job) to prepare it for chrome plating. Engine was fried but cases were saved and S&S Cycle provided a 93″ stroker kit and Joe Hunt the Magneto. Stevenson’s Cycle gave his very cool Shovelhead split rocker boxes and the copper lines. Primary chain drive is from Tech Cycle prepared and modified by Paul Cox to accept a chrome 530 chain. For transmission a Baker 6 into 4 was dropped in the chrome frame. A custom length narrow Springer stainless front end was fabricated by 3 Guyz Customs, and for an authentic chopper look, Scotty built the Invader Wheels the same way he was already building them for the chopper crowd in the 70’s. They are dressed with Avon Tyres, MK II in rear and Speedmaster up front. For body, the choice was a Detroit Bros Instigator “frisco” style gas tank holding 2.2 gallons, and rear aluminum fender and triangle headlight were provided by West Eagle.
To see more and learn about “Ruby” complete fabrication process pick-up in 2 weeks a copy of the 40th Anniversary Street Chopper Magazine.