Bare Bones Tracker By LA Speed Shop

Custom bike competitions are to show builders’ skills and to help them find new clients. After winning Las Vegas  Bikefest “Artistry In Iron” championship, Chris Richardson from LA Speed Shop had no difficulty finding a local client whose ambition was to get from him a rideable custom deserving to become next year’s winner in the same competition. Not an easy challenge when you know that the “Artistry In Iron” Las Vegas Champion is voted by fellow competing custom builders…


Client Ben Bingham and builder Chris Richardson agreed on a bare bones bike incorporating all design cues of original board trackers. A genuine 1927 Harley-Davidson JD-H frame was found on eBay, and Ben looking for a Knucklehead feel, this frame was modified to cradle a replica V-Twin engine and 4-speed tranny. Chris made his own split intake manifold and used dual WWII motorcycle carbs, another eBay find. This carbs are dressed with custom air cleaners  made from  Triumph drum brake air scoops, a very cool idea. Customer wanted the convenience of an electric start, so Chris used one from Tech Cycle which with an open belt drive and Rivera Primo clutch pack and hub. Exhaust system was bent and welded in-house.

On this project Chris decided to build from scratch a Springer front end that he topped with one-off vintage style upside-down low bars . He custom made his own spool hub and went with a 23” front rim with a special Firestone tire to fit.  Rear setup is a daisy hub with a 19” rim wrapped with a Coker tire. There is no front brake, the bike being slowed by a Flyrite rear Sprocter.

Regarding bodywork, the custom made dual gas tank is mounted via a hidden slide-on system. Oil tank is located into the rear of the right side gas tank, 90-degree copper oil lines bringing a very nice design touch to this side of the bike. Because original frame had holes in the backbone, Chris decided to mount 1927 Mercury Head dimes in those holes, his way to pay tribute to the past. Under the sprung solo seat, the space usually used for the oil tank is a custom made box housing the battery. A 5” aftermarket rear fender is held in place by a hand made mini sissy bar.

Mid-controls were an evident choice on such a bike with Chris Richardson machined his own signature pegs. He also came up with the idea to have his buddy Pascal, the seat maker from Riff Raff Leather, cover them, as well as the grips, in fine leather. Although flake paint jobs were not applied at the time of board trackers, the one created by Headcase Kustom Art (mixing copper flake over copper pearl with copper leaf and black with red pin striping) is absolutely gorgeous.

Since winning Artistry In Iron, Benji Stacks has also won first place in the freestyle class at The Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show in Long Beach, and also won first place in the Bobber Class at The Rat’s Hole show in Daytona Beach, Florida. Chris is currently working on a new project to unveil at this year’s upcoming “Artistry In Iron” show in Las Vegas in September. LA Speed Shop.  (Tony Giese Photography)

BENJI STACKS

BUILDER: CHRIS RICHARDSON/LA SPEED SHOP
OWNER: BEN BINGHAM, LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
ENGINE: 1947 REPLICA KNUCKLEHEAD
TRANSMISSION: REPLICA 4 SPEED
FRAME: 1927 ORIGINAL HARLEY DAVIDSON JD FRAME WITH ORIGINAL CENTER STAND AND LA SPEED SHOP PRESSED IN COPPER ACCENTS AND 1927 DIMES ON BACKBONE
PAINTER: HEADCASE KUSTOM ART
COLOR: COPPER FLAKE OVER COPPER PEARL WITH COPPER LEAF AND BLACK WITH RED PINSTRIPE
FRONT END: LA SPEED SHOP SPRINGER
HANDLEBARS: LA SPEED SHOP
CARB: DUAL WWII CHINEASE MOTORCYCLE CARBS WITH CUSTOM LA SPEED SHOP SPLIT INTAKE MANIFOLD
AIR CLEANERS: TRIUMPH DRUM BRAKE AIR SCOOPS CUSTOMIZED BY LA SPEED SHOP
IGNITION: ORIGINAL STOCK POINTS
ELECTRIC START: TECH CYCLE
ELECTRICAL: BERTO MUNOZ/MOBILE CUSTOM WIRING
DRIVELINE: TECH CYCLE OPEN BELT DRIVE WITH RIVERA PRIMO CLUTCH PACK AND HUB
PIPES: LA SPEED SHOP
HEADLIGHT: 4 ½” MINI DRIVING LIGHT
GAS TANK: LA SPEED SHOP HAND MADE DUAL TANKS
OIL TANK: INSIDE REAR OF RIGHT SIDE GAS TANK WITH CUSTOM LA SPEED SHOP COPPER OIL LINES
BATTERY BOX: LA SPEED SHOP
REAR FENDER: 5” AFTERMARKET
SISSY BAR: LA SPEED SHOP
SEAT: RIFF RAFF LEATHER
GRIPS: RIFF RAFF LEATHER
PEGS: LA SPEED SHOP WITH LEATHER BY RIFF RAFF
FOOT CONTROLS: LA SPEED SHOP MID CONTROLS
FRONT WHEEL: 23” RIM WITH LA SPEED SHOP SPOOL HUB
REAR WHEEL: 19” RIM WITH DAISY HUB
TIRES:  FRONT FIRESTONE, REAR COKER
BRAKES:  REAR FLYRITE SPROTER, NO FRONT BRAKE

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20 Responses to “Bare Bones Tracker By LA Speed Shop”


  1. 1 Oldude Jun 11th, 2012 at 7:51 am

    That is a masterpiece! Great build.

  2. 2 GuitarSlinger Jun 11th, 2012 at 7:57 am

    That !!!!!!! ………..Is one seriously Tasteful Custom

    Two thumbs up …. and then some .

  3. 3 James Maund Jun 11th, 2012 at 8:28 am

    Carb intake air horn available from maundspeed.com.
    HOT BIKE!!!

  4. 4 reyn mansson Jun 11th, 2012 at 8:43 am

    The more I see of copper the more I like it. The first heavy use I remember was a shop from Canada that was at Daytona in 07 with a retro look and lots of copper.

  5. 5 Jeff Cochran Jun 11th, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Chris is a very talented individual, I really enjoy his work. Plus he is a great guy.

  6. 6 Cory Jun 11th, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Great looking bike…

  7. 7 John E Adams Jun 11th, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Magnificent work Chris.

  8. 8 Cantrell Jun 11th, 2012 at 10:11 am

    Now We’re Talkin’ What’s not to like!

    Cantrell

  9. 9 AFT Customs Jun 11th, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Great job as always Chris. Saw the bike in Vegas. Looks better in person.

  10. 10 DUHL Jun 11th, 2012 at 11:35 am

    beautiful work Chris!
    love it

  11. 11 ValueTeck Enterprises Jun 11th, 2012 at 11:41 am

    I like it!

  12. 12 Fritz Jun 11th, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Great taste and exceptional builder.

    Wow! What an artist!

  13. 13 Kirkland Jun 11th, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Like the bike.
    And the close-up of a V-Twin, Tedd Cycle knuckle motor. More deck area around the tappet blocks is good. The heads are Taiwan ductile cast iron (my current build uses a set) and probably the tappet blocks are as well. Everybody has “Anders Nygren’s mind” to thank for that and no one else. His idea and everybody benefited from it.
    The cam cover is as close to real as anything ever made post ’47. And the lower valve spring covers (tin cans) are beyond successful-deep-drawn stamping belief. You gotta thank Team-Ted for that. 🙂 – as good as OE (‘cepting for the pound tweaking and RTV-ing of the top cover lids).
    This is the first close-up of their motor. 74 cubic inch we presume. Nice…. Run?
    It makes me very happy (anyway) to see knuckle’s popular again. Thanx!!

  14. 14 David Blevins Jun 11th, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    A very beautiful bike. Tastefully done.

  15. 15 Kirkland Jun 11th, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Warning on copper though. It work hardens and if subjected to movement may crack. Stationary tubing should fare OK though. It does so in service.

  16. 16 UnknownRider Jun 11th, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Now this is one fine ride!! I would be proud to ride that everywere.

  17. 17 nicker Jun 11th, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    Very cool ride.
    (starter motor….why?)

    -nicker-

  18. 18 Kevin Boyle Kustoms Jun 11th, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    Sweeyt!!!!

  19. 19 hk Jun 12th, 2012 at 10:20 am

    incredible build ,another great find !

  20. 20 Martin Twofeather Jun 12th, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    That’s a piece of art….

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