Schwinn Inspired Custom Motorcycle

After introducing you to the shop Rods & Rides and to their “Ol’ 37” custom, another of their bikes that they were showing during Daytona Biketoberfest, Called the “S” bike, S is short for Scwhinn, inspiration for this creation being the famous bicycle company… and, everybody has already noticed, some of the customs produced by custom builder Jesse Rooke.

Frame was not built in house, like for most of the bikes that the shop is building. The frame was purchased through a good friend Mike Simms form MMW. Mike said to Rods and Rides owner T.D Ward “You build some sick stuff, see what you can do with this one”. T.D wanted the bike to be similar to the Rooke design but with less tail section and a true old school Schwinn bicycle look. The bike also had to have a gangster look to make it appealing to him.  

Chosen driveline was the one used on most of R&R bikes use.  A trio Ultima El Bruto 127” engine, Ultima transmission and Ultima primary system, the choice of this brand being justified by T.D Ward as a wish to work with a neighbor in St. Louis, Missouri. Something you will not notice on the “S” bike pictures is the use of an EFM automatic Clutch to get the cleanest look possible. Shifter was conceived to simulate the old bicycle shifter used back in the day and was created from pieces by Jason Hicks from Just Hawgs. A fine tribute to Schwinn … and Jesse Rooke. All details in tech sheet below. Rods And Rides. 314-423-1812

“S” Bike. Owner: T.D. Ward. City: St. Louis Missouri. Fabrication: T.D. Ward & Jason Hicks. Year/make: 2012 RODS & RIDES. Time: 8 Weeks. Chroming: St. Louis Plating Co. Engine: Year/make: 2012 Ultima Displacement: 127”. Transmission: 2012 Ultima modified with EFM Auto Clutch. Shifting: Hand. Painting: Painter: Brad Bole (Blackburn Collision) Type/color: PPG/ Secret. Frame: Year/make: 2012 MMW. Rake: 40 something. Stretch: Out of control. Shocks: BBC Valve Springs. Bars: Wicked Apes Handlebar Controls: None Fenders: RODS & RIDES Headlight: CC Taillight: Mid USA Foot Contols: KD Engineering Gas Tank: MMW Oil Tank: MMW Oil System: Ultima Seat: Rich Phillips Grips: Harley Davidson Front End: MMW Wheels: 21” Front, 18” rear Tires: Avon Brakes: CC Photos: T.D. Ward

21 Responses to “Schwinn Inspired Custom Motorcycle”

  1. 1 Jason Hallman Nov 21st, 2011 at 8:41 am

    Certainly cannot deny the quality of the “fit” & “finish” of this one! Not something that I would go cross country but a nice looking bike never the less! Good job guys.

  2. 2 Iron Horse Nov 21st, 2011 at 9:20 am

    While the bike looks very cool, with that style front end and the trail forever changing as you travel down the road (especially on the roads in the Midwest), that thing must be a real Mother to ride…but that’s just me.

  3. 3 joe donn Nov 21st, 2011 at 9:53 am

    very cool
    nothing else needs to be said
    but when can i get one

  4. 4 TattooedinTexas Nov 21st, 2011 at 10:36 am

    I like it…beautiful work…

  5. 5 hk Nov 21st, 2011 at 10:36 am

    i dig it ,nice build

  6. 6 Eric Maurer (evobuilder) Nov 21st, 2011 at 10:37 am

    MMM built that frame to resemble a Rooke frame? That IS a Rooke frame, or at least an EXACT copy. Cool bike but what am odd way to explain the kmocked off frame.

  7. 7 Toby Nov 21st, 2011 at 11:27 am

    Those bars are Wicked Apes? They look like Yaffe’s.

    Good eye on the variable trail Iron Horse. Especially, with that engine, one might go wig-wagging down the road under hard acceleration.

    Bike looks cool though.

  8. 8 Bleeding Ears Nov 21st, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    The detail work is very nice. The basic concept stinks.

    I like LOUD pipes!

  9. 9 Manhattan Choppers Nov 21st, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Stunning… well done Mr.JR

  10. 10 MostChillin Nov 21st, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    I know it was mentioned in the article but it looks like a Rooke copy. Not a bad thing but it’s been done by Jesse many times over. I guess copying is the sincerest form of flattery…

  11. 11 Kustoms and Choppers Magazine Nov 21st, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    I like the look of it, it may not be a practical bike to ride but it just looks fun.

  12. 12 nicker Nov 21st, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    Back to the beginning.
    Powered bicycles is where it all started.


  13. 13 Eric Maurer Nov 22nd, 2011 at 1:09 am

    just noticed this bike is running Steve damraider’s mid controls….. man, I cannot say enough good things about Damraider’s controls. They are absolutely awesome!!!

  14. 14 Nobody Nov 22nd, 2011 at 3:13 am

    Nice piece of art..

    ..shit for a bike though. small petrol tank, big displacement motor.

  15. 15 Heavy Metal Nov 22nd, 2011 at 7:31 am

    Nice workmanship. “The gangster look”…..comical. What is the gangster look? The comment on the trail, this bike obviously was not built to be ridden but I see what you mean.

  16. 16 Bluesman Nov 22nd, 2011 at 9:45 am

    Very nice piece of artwork! Lotsa hard work, dedication, determination & more went into this masterpiece. Of course they weren’t thinking of riding cross-country or any long hauls…’s about making a beautiful machine. Justa few things I don’t understand……I mean Jesse’s the man and all that, but WTF’s up with no heat shields to cover up the bluing? We all know those famous Hell Bent pipes are “HOT” as hell on the ole right leg, but look so cool……but the main issue or idea I would’ve went with is a black CSC “Rapide” headlight and matching air cleaner……It’s still cool tho…I like it!

  17. 17 bigalyts Nov 22nd, 2011 at 10:42 am

    Gorgeous, will never get 500 miles on it, ever! Yeah, I see that there is no speedo

  18. 18 Grey Beard Nov 22nd, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    Craftmanship looks excellent, as for the finished product, looks like it was inspired by Fisher-Price, the Big Wheel.

  19. 19 The Supreme Team Nov 22nd, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Regardless of your gripes about whose frame it is or is not, whose style is copied or not (err…which Jesse?), it’s still a damn good looking bike. Great job guys.

  20. 20 Septic the Sceptic Nov 22nd, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    Big Al, never mind doing a 500 mile trip, it’ll never do 500 miles in it’s life.

  21. 21 Road Rash Nov 23rd, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    Looks more like Jessie Rook inspired and not Schwinn ??????????????????

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