Readers, I know you pretty well and can guess most of your reactions on any post I publish, especially when featuring extreme custom motorcycles pushing the boundaries of what is perceived as acceptable, aesthetically or technologically. Don’t have to explain why Custom Builder Dana Hallberg called this bike Redonkulous. Like me, he knew that reactions would be split in 2 camps. Those qualifying his work as ridiculous at defined in the Merriam Webster dictionary: silly & unreasonable. And those who will use the word ridiculous as explained in the Urban Dictionary: unbelievable, something at the top level of greatness, insanity, or beauty.
“I want to be the first to do this” is the credo of all Custom Builders each time they start a new project. Before the last Sturgis, Dana Hallberg wanted to put his shop Deadline Customs on the map, and to do so wanted to be the first shop, non-wheel manufacturer, to build a bike with a 30″x 4″ front wheel from Metal Sport fitted with the Vee Rubber 300/18 tire on a standard length front end installed on a 51-degree rake and 13″ stretch Lowlife frame! Do you think extreme or ridiculous?
And yes, Dana made it happen, being the 1st in the world, as far as I know, to compete at the Sturgis AMD World Championship with such a setup. To be as Redonkulous as possible, motor is a gorgeous finish treatment 155″ monster from R&R Engines working with a Legend Rivera transmission. Frame was cut under the transmission and a completely new rear section was fabricated to accept a custom swingarm fitted with a modified air ride handling smoothly the suspension of the 18″ x 10.5″ rear wheel. Front end was provided by MeanStreet (Brawler model) and brakes by JayBrake (J Series). After getting honors in Sturgis, this bike just won 2 times in a row the Freestyle Class during the Progressive International Mortorcycle Championship of Minneapolis and Chicago. Redonkulous results, too. Deadline Customs. (Photography courtesy and copyright Horst Roesler and Frank Sander)