This Motorcycle Chassis Is Not For Sale

maverickJoe Cree, the boss of California Customs, is not selling this chassis. He just want you to know that what you see here is what he is using right now as a starting point for a new limited production bike series (29 units) called Maverick.

Joe tells me that in recent months he has noticed a market change, mostly due to the economic times we’re living in. That the market has shifted away from cheap, low budget Bobber style bikes, always in rigid frames, and often built with lower quality parts, and that it is time again for daily riders capable of comfortable long highway rides equipped with high quality parts and retailing below the $20,000 mark.

In his own words “I want to offer a very high quality, functional bike for the masses. Rigid frame bikes aren’t daily riders in most cases and are almost never used as long distance bikes for 2 people. So I decided to go after this market segment, offering a cool, custom built bike they can ride every day, wherever they may want to go.”

Joe Cree uses a rubber mounted frame built for California Customs by Daytec. a motor from S&S, not an 80” H-D crate motor, a Baker D 6-speed transmission, and other major brand names like Performance Machine, Hacker Custom Exhaust, Belt Drives Ltd, Avon, All Balls, Barnett Cables and Flanders Bars. Other features are a fully powder coated frame and custom paint. Many options will be offered. You will see the first completed Maverick here in my Blog for your appreciation and critics…California Customs. Phone: 408-954-8972 or toll free at 888-707-CUSTOM.

14 Responses to “This Motorcycle Chassis Is Not For Sale”

  1. 1 bikerspaceman Dec 23rd, 2009 at 10:06 am

    Most excellent! Back to a functional bike chassis. Just keep it simple and never compromize quantity for quality.
    Best of luck!

  2. 2 Sheridan Dec 23rd, 2009 at 10:47 am

    FXR’s rule!!

  3. 3 Curt! Dec 23rd, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Go Joe! Looks like someone has finally seen the light.

  4. 4 FHP Scott Dec 24th, 2009 at 9:47 am

    very nice!

  5. 5 Tom Maioli Dec 24th, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    Good job Joe,
    I ahve always believed the FXR was Harley’s best riding, best handling bike. Is that a low mounted oil tank in that photo? Another good idea. I’ll take mine with 28 deg. of rake.


  6. 6 sickboy Dec 25th, 2009 at 7:28 am

    FXR’s do rule- but I find the Kenny Boyce rubbermount superior to the HD version.

  7. 7 Jim C Dec 25th, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    “That the market has shifted away from cheap, low budget Bobber style bikes, always in rigid frames, and often built with lower quality parts” I never have understood why someone would buy the bikes he is talking about and I don’t understand why I see them in magazines as well. It is about time that someone actually brings a rideable bike to the market that is built with quality made in the USA parts. I am thinking I am going to call Mr Cree and talk some business. Other builders may want to take note as there are a lot of guys out here that are sick of cheaply built bikes that are being made out to be “cool” and what we are really looking for is what is being discussed in the blog above. Just my .02

  8. 8 Doc Robinson Dec 26th, 2009 at 3:23 am

    I agree with most of the sentiments above but would be willing to bet that nearly everyone “over” rigid bobbers is an older guy like me not a young gun. Rigid is still hot with the X and Y gen demographic.

  9. 9 A 1 cycles Dec 26th, 2009 at 11:02 am

    nothing cooler than pulling up to the bar with a chick on the fender!..but i have access to a few bikes…so im not stuck with it all the time..but i agree fxr was the best harley platform ever.

  10. 10 Chopper Kid Dec 28th, 2009 at 1:47 am

    It is a popular drag bike, anyways rigids suite my taste for looks the best. Hey like what you like but I think FXR’s are kinda ugly, but hey, its just my opinion

  11. 11 hellraiser Dec 28th, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    rigids are cool for the new kids that dont have a lot of cash to spend . and yes let them ride rigids like i have for 20 years and see if their back feels like mine . i have 4 bikes in my garage 3 are rigids and i always fins myself going to the right and warming up my bagger . i always know im going to get there and home with no problems .

  12. 12 Bobfather Dec 28th, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    Tom, this will be a 28 degree frame and yes, has a low mounted oil tank too. This bike will have the advantages of the FXR style bike but will have more of a Pro Street look and feel. Thanks for showing the chassis for me Cyril and yes, the first completed Maverick will be shown right here on Cyril’s Blog. Comfort, handling, high qwuality parts and affordability are the keys to this model for us. Not really looking to hit the X and Y generation, those rides do still seem to like the Bobbers and rigids, we build those too but I think the focus in our industry will once again be on reliable, high quality, functional bikes.

  13. 13 decr Dec 28th, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Great idea! Looks like a lot of positive feedback. Think you’re onto something. Good luck!

  14. 14 Bobfather Apr 12th, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    Wanted to post an update on this model. We are now going to offer this model with a V111 S&S motor as standard. Price is still below $20K too.

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