In 2010 Custom Chrome Inc. will celebrate its 40th Anniversary (save the date March 12 to 14 for a big celebration). Very few companies in the custom motorcycle business have the privilege to have survived 4 decades through a constant change of the US and international economy and of the taste of bikers regarding the type of bikes they want to customize and ride. (Wish Custom Chrome would send me a copy of their 1st catalog. It’s an open request…). Such a celebration deserves a very special 2010 Parts Catalog and President Holger Mohr had the good idea to commission 2 custom motorcycles, one representative of his company in its early days in the 70’s when they first started out (of course a Chopper) and one reflective of one of today’s stronger trends (a Custom Bagger), both bikes evidently using custom parts out of the Custom Chrome catalog.
The builders are respectively Cole Foster from Salinas Boys Customs and Kirk Taylor of Custom Design Studios. These 2 awesome bikes will be part of the new catalog to give you inspiration for a new project and will tour with the CCI display all along 2010. Below how Builder Cole Foster describes his collaboration with CCI.
“I got a call from Steve Veltri and Holger Mohr. The plan was to build a 1970’s Chopper as period correct as possible and using parts and products from the CCI catalog. I started with a Paughco rigid frame, Jammer Shovel style engine and a RevTech® 4 speed kicker transmission as the platform to build around. Then, 16″ & 21″ star hub wheels were sourced from the CCI Catalog and mated to a Paughco narrow Springer front end. The frame showed up while I was on a motorcycle safety tour with the USO visiting U.S. Naval bases in Europe. Aaron and Andrew chopped the frame out a few inches and raked the neck to 46 degrees. Upon my return from the tour, it was a rolling chassis and it had the stance I was looking for. With a little over a month to finish the project and the pressure of having it ready for Michael Lichter to shoot for the upcoming anniversary catalog cover the Salinas Boys rolled up their sleeves and went to work. We dug deep into the catalog and picked out all the dinosaur parts we could find that matched the 70’s era theme we were looking for. Here’s what we found: hydraulic rear drum brake, stock style forward controls, tin primary, horseshoe oil tank, Mustang fuel tank and much more. We massaged and fabricated the Jammer and Custom Chrome parts to ensure they flowed the right way and gave the bike that true 70’s feel. A fabricated seat pan was then sent off to Christine and the crew at LePera for leather. Then we worked on the handlebars and sissy bar to make sure all the finishing touches were just the way we wanted them. Those and some other items were then sent to “Sherms” for chrome plating to get just the right finish and they had them back in just 4 days! We pulled a few goodies out of our own stash of vintage parts too. After all of the fabrication and assembly work was complete, components were sent Kirk Taylor for paint on the new old girl…”
More pictures and details on these 2 bikes very soon. Custom Chrome Inc. (Michael Lichter Photography)