Since 1999, Robert Hitch is the owner of Symmetry Customs a business whose forte is one-off radical frame & parts fabrication for domestic and imports. As such, he is the man producing a lot of custom work for other Florida shops like Lightning Rod Motorcycles, Santiago Chopper and Gregg’s Customs. On a concept drawing provided by Rick Bonnin, he just fabricated this cool “Whiskey Bandit” bike with a strong board tracker flavor.
Let’s listen to Robert describing to me how he handled this 300 hours + job. “The frame is made of 1 1/4″ x 6″ solid plate and was cut by hand with a band saw, then contour sanded with holes done as needed. It took 16 hours to complete this task. We then moved on to the rest of the main frame which was built in our frame jig that we made in house. Next was the swingarm, a little bit more challenging because of the way we mounted the swing arm outside of the main frame and it being a softtail geometry making it resemble its final single dimension you see on the pictures”
The shock was borrowed from a Honda 1000rr. We have built this style of front end before on previousprojects. Again we used 1″x2′ solid plate, just like the rear and welded it on a jig. Motor, transmission, oil tank, starter mounts were fabricated. Oil tank was conceived and formed for a 4-quart capacity. Mid Controls, battery box are also one-off made from scratch. Ultima provided the 113″ Elbruto engine, the 6-speed transmission as well as the 2″ Belt Drive System. Steve Carr from Lightning Rod Motorcycles helped wire the bike. Paint work comes from Scott at Attitude Custom Paint. Symmetry Customs.