Passion for custom American cars and motorcycles decided Australian born Shaun Ruddy to make the big move from the Sunshine Coast in Queensland to Las Vegas, Nevada. A fully certified Fabrication Engineer, Spray Painter & Panel Beater in his native country of Australia he and wifey already owned and operated a full motorcycle building shop and a custom parts and accessories retail store. In their frequent travels to the US, they both noticed that there seemed to be an amazing array of vehicles that would suit the Australian Market. So, they decided to stay in North America, settling in Las Vegas to build bikes under the name of Phat Choppers and also exporting down under, under the name of Phat Ridez, the best custom vehicles they could find.
I am not sure why Shaun Ruddy chose a Jawa Motorcycle from the Czech Republic as his platform for this project. As a matter of fact, he doesn’t matter to me. If I feature “Toe Cutter” it’s because it’s an interesting customization exercise for a great result on a small budget, offering 494 cc of city fun and turning heads everywhere it goes. Youngsters love it and if it brings a few new bikers to the scene, mission accomplished… Phat Choppers www.phatchoppers.biz
Bike Name: Toe Cutter. Builder: Shaun Ruddy. Year / Model: 2011 Jawa. Engine: Jawa 494cc. Frame Make / Type: Custom Phat Choppers Chrome Moly. Front End: Phat Choppers with swinging front fork assembly. Drivetrain: Direct Drive Layshaft Design. NEB Race Clutch. Starter: Hudson 12v Gear Reduction Remote Start. Wheels: Front Talon 23″ x 1.6″ 36 Spoke HO71 Hub, Rear Talon 19″ x 2.15″ 40 Spoke HO47 Hub. Tires: Front 23″ x 2.75″ Mitas Speedway, Rear 19″ x 3.75″ Mitas Speedway. Brakes: Front, N/A. Rear: Phat Choppers – PM Master Cylinder/Caliper. Painter: Devious Designs Las Vegas. Air Brushing: Perry Mallet Australia. Chroming / Plating: A1 Plating – Las Vegas. Fuel Tank, Rear Fender, Fuel Cap, Aluminium Panels & Spikes, Handlebars with internal throttle & clutch, Grips, Seat, Controls, License Plate, Air Cleaner and Rear Fender all by Shaun Ruddy. Headlight – 4 1/2″ Bullet. Phat Choppers. (photography copyright Onno Wieringa, courtesy AMD Championship for Cyril Huze)