As I reported last week while on location at the Custom Chrome International Series held during the CCI Dealer Show in Santa Clara, CA, Kirk Taylor from Custom Design Studios was voted by his peers the North American Champion. Kirk’s personal preferences lean towards retro style choppers and bobbers but like many of us his first experience with motorcycles was riding dirt bikes, hence the desire to build a bike reminiscent of his youth, of his 70’s endure influences. He explained to me that “The Dirty Boot” was a slow burn project that he started on a few years back, time & money permitting…His original thought was: what would he run at the Sacramento mile in 1955 if it was not a KR Sporty or Triumph?” His answer: probably a 4-speed Panhead cradled in a wishbone frame.
After doing a raw finish mockup of his project, priming it to not rust, Kirk Taylor took it on the show tour, displaying it next to its completed bikes. And surprise, everywhere he went, his raw project attracted more attention and provoked more questions than most of his finished custom motorcycles…Kirk knew he was on something, probably because a lot of new and older riders have also, like him, a dirt bike experience while teenagers, hence a special emotional relation to this type of design. When money to complete this project became available, Kirk’s wife Lisa told him that “The Dirty Boot” small size and easy handling made it the perfect riding bike for her. So, she is now the official owner and I witnessed her taking care of it during the 2-day championship. And if only Kirk can be seen on stage receiving his trophy from the hands of CCI President and CEO Holger Mohr, it’s because the championship rewards only the builder. But you can bet that from time totem Kirk will dirt his boots spinning it. Custom Design Studios. (photography copyright Jerry Southworth, courtesy to Cyril Huze)
The tech sheet is as follows. Motor: 88″ RevTech Pandemonium with Cycle Engineering Pan Covers and Custom Design Studios velocity stack. Tansmission: Stock 4-speed FL Harley-Davidson. Oil tank: one-off Custom Design Studios. Frame: Santee rigid wishbone with stock dimensions. Wheels: HD 9 spoke with a black pearl p.v.d. (pressured vacuum dispersion) coating. Tires: Bridgestone Trail Wings 80/20 street & dirt. Forks: HD 35mm tubes & legs with billet trees and risers by Ryan Boyd. Brakes, rotors & sprocket : Performance Machine. Handlebars: Pro taper. Grips: 1/4 throttle race inspired by Eric “the ice man”. Controls: ISR. Cables: Motion Pro. Hydraulic lines: Goodridge. Primary drive: BDL 2″ open with FXR mid controls & bear trap foot pegs adapted by C.D.S. Chain: RK gold series. Seat: pan & shocks by Chopper Shox. Leather work by Duane Ballard. Rear fender: West Eagle aluminum british style. Struts: Kirk@ C.D.S. front fender: swap meet special adapted by C.D.S./ gas tank: indian enduro early 70’s vintage adapted by C.D.S. with a bill dodge gas cap. Exhaust pipe: C.D.S. lake pipe. Headlight: Headwinds carbon fiber with off road rock guard. Taillight: modified RSD vintage. Paint: Kirk Taylor & Courtney @ C.D.S. Color: PPG vibrance. Powder coat: RS performance coatings/anodizing: 2 dye 4