Although Thug Custom Cycles’ maestro Tom Keller calls his latest creation a Bobber, I will continue to call it a Chopper. Semantic aside, this new 23″ front wheel creation can be categorized as “new school” which is today’s definition of what is being currently created keeping some genes from the past but using the latest custom parts offered by the after-market world.
Building from the ground up one-off custom motorcycles without ever duplicating your own work is for sure the most difficult business model for any builder. Still, Tom Keller seems to have found the right balance between offering his clients unique creations without the pitfalls of over doing it to the point where clients dream but cannot afford your creations. No doubt the reason why Thug Custom Cycles is still in business and one of the very few remaining custom shops in South Florida.
Components are as follows. Motor: S&S 93″. Frame: Kraft Tech with 2″ up and 38-degree rake. Driveline: 3″ Open Belt System from BDL with Trick Shift 6-speed transmission. 80-spoke wheels (23″ front, 18″ x 5.5″ wrapped with Metzeler 200 mm tire). Gas tank: Chop Rods. Hand controls from Brembo. Foot controls from Stampeed. Brake calipers: HHI. Front end: DNA Springer 2″ over. Rear Fender, mini sissy bar, Exhaust, seat pan, bars, all custom made by Thug. Painter: Rick Corgan. Build Time: 3 months. Thug Custom Cycles.