Cole Foster Super 70’s Flashback Chopper

This is the other custom bike commissioned by Custom Chrome to commemorate their 40th Anniversary. This one built by Cole Foster from Salinas Boys Customs whose assignment was to build a 70’s chopper as period correct as possible. In addition to some one-off custom parts fabled by Cole himself, like the handlebars and sissy bars, and of course the unique paintjob by Kirk Taylor, most of what you see was picked out of the Old School parts found in the 2010 Custom Chrome Catalog. So, if you are in the 70’s era look for your bike, below a partial list of what you will need to order and assemble.

Santee 4-speed Wishbone frame, Santee Chrome Wrap Around Style Oil Tank, Paughco Mini Mustang Gas Tank, Polished Aluminum Ribbed Rear Feder, Jammer 88″ Generator Shovelhead Engine, Jammer Chrome Ribbed Teardrop Air Cleaner, RevTech 4-Speed Transmission, CCI 40-spoke Star Hub Wheels (front 21 x 2.15″, rear 16  3.50″), Avon Speedmaster front tire, Avon MKII 16″ rear tire, etc. Salinas Boys Customs. (photography copyright Michael Lichter)

13 Responses to “Cole Foster Super 70’s Flashback Chopper”

  1. 1 Freelance work Apr 12th, 2010 at 7:45 am

    Great Custom bike, looks smart 🙂

  2. 2 Calif Phil Apr 12th, 2010 at 8:23 am

    I checked it out at the CCI aniversary show. Very Cool!

  3. 3 jack1340 Apr 12th, 2010 at 10:46 am

    nice bike . toujours au top cole ! bravo

  4. 4 RUB Apr 12th, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    love the old school handlebars .

  5. 5 Slantartist Apr 12th, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    This is not my favorite build by Cole, but he is, & has always been my favorite builder.

  6. 6 Grey Beard Apr 12th, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    Nice looking “custom” bike.
    Back in the 70’s if you wanted headlights like those, you took the back up lights off a late 60’s VW.

  7. 7 nicker Apr 12th, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    Not every one used Pullbacks in the 70’s.
    That scooter would be way more cool (and usable) with drag bars.
    IMHO anyway.


  8. 8 busfreak Apr 13th, 2010 at 10:36 am

    Back in the 70’s if you wanted headlights like those, you took the back up lights off a late 60’s VW.
    Your right on GREY BEARD.
    The 67 vw had those back up lights.

  9. 9 aft customs Apr 13th, 2010 at 11:58 am

    We were at Coles shop last weekend. He really has a great eye for style. He had several vehicle builds going & was freshening up a bike.What a lot of you may not know is how humble he is.He shared some patern making tips with us wich was really cool as well.

  10. 10 uhl Apr 14th, 2010 at 7:39 am

    Fresh and clean, Cole knows balance of flash and restraint. nice

  11. 11 The Producer Apr 14th, 2010 at 11:13 am

    We did an interview with Cole on the Hog Radio show about 2 months ago. His interview is available to listen to. Spent 45 minutes chatting about his life and career as a builder.

    Cole’s Father Pat Foster was a big Southern Cal Drag racing guy back in the 60’s and 70’s. Cole spent a lot of weekends helping his Father at the track. Those early days propelled him into working on cars and eventually led him into working on bikes as well.

    Cole hand builds many parts that go onto his bikes, he is a true craftsman.

    The Producer

  12. 12 jatinder pal Apr 15th, 2010 at 8:30 am

    Cole Foster is one of the most talented builders,i saw his aluminum Drag bike/Sport bike which is totally cool.
    He is not one of those catalog cookie builder.
    Keep up the good work.

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