This U.S .Navy theme bike built by Dar Holdsworth of Darwin Motorcycles is one of 4 custom motorcycles unveiled at Rolling Thunder’s 25th anniversary on May 26, 2012 in Washington, D.C. Jay Allen managed the tribute build project with each bike built to honor a branch of the military. Dar being a U.S. Air Force Desert Storm veteran, son of an Army Vietnam Vet and grandson of a WW2 Navy Vet, had a lot of visual references to customize such a project.
While Navy Defense Media filmed this U.S. Navy tribute bike fabrication process to air later on the Armed Forces Network, Dar declared “We have been involved in some very important builds. But none more than this. What Rolling Thunder symbolizes to me is remembrance and honoring those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country.” “We, as a country, can never leave anyone behind and never forget. Our servicemen gave their all. And we are giving our all on this Navy bike to pay tribute. It is simply the very best bike we have ever built. We are honored to be part of this historic event.”
This US Navy commemorative bike is based on Brass Balls Bobbers Rocketeer F3 model using a Racing Innovations rigid frame, a 93″ S&S Knucklehead engine coupled to a Baker 6-speed transmission and a 2″ narrow belt system from BDL . Both gas tank & fender are made out of solid blocks of aluminum, a one-off fabrication job involving about 300 hours of combined machining time and hand work. Rear fender is mounted via internal struts and like the gas tank features beautiful ridge patterns. Oil tank side fins are also one-off CNC machine work, not a large cast production. Foot pegs were made from arresting cable used to stop planes when landing on the deck of the USS Enterprise before it was decommissioned.
All parts used are USA made and were provided for free or at a discount by the vendors listed in the following tech sheet. This US Navy bike and the 3 others honoring the Army other branches will now tour with the “Wall that Heals,” at various military installations and events, Veteran Affairs locations, major motorcycle rallies, and potentially taken overseas to the troops. Darwin Motorcycles.
S&S 93″ Knuckle, Baker 6 speed tranny, BDL 2″ primary, Wilwood front brake, 3 Guyz sprotor, MeanStreet Slammer Mid glide front end, Autometer gauge, Avon Tyres, Ridewright 50 fat spoke stainless brushed with aluminum hubs & rims, Kyle Hix seat, Excell controls, Sherwin Williams paint (match Navy Haze gray) on frame, Todd’s Cycle: Mini Martini tail lights, Alloy Art: Pan head light, Balistic lithium battery, Biltwell bars, grips, risers & pipe kit, Racing Innovations: Darwin Rocketeer frame, Motion Pro cables, Cycle Electric stator and regulator, Mid-USA, Tucker Rocky, Garage Leathers: Solo bag, Spectro Oils, Wizards polishes.