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