In almost all busy custom bike shops you may observe a bike sleeping in a corner, sometimes collecting dust during years. It may be an old trade, a bike belonging to an employee or one of the shop owners. Then, work schedule permitting, always comes a time when this bike is moved center stage, on one of the main lifts, going from abandoned to becoming the main new shop project.
This build by Azzkikr Custom Cycles, a young shop based in Surrey, British Columbia, is not the typical work that owners Len and Gord Edmomdson are producing. Because we are in Canada, a country with a short riding season but where bikers love to ride very long distances, most of the orders they receive are for very customized Harley baggers, many of them receiving the 23″ or 26″ front wheel conversion. But as a custom builder, nothing more exciting than to work on a project very different from those occupying you daily professional life.
This 1990 Sportster started out as just a throw together quick hardtail conversion (Bitter End Weld-On tail section) to give some new life to an old bike taking up too much room at the shop. Harley engine and tranny were kept, but stock front end was replaced by a Springer. Brass and steel were twisted (notice the handlebars and the rear fender brace/sissy bar), a seat pan, oil tank, battery and electric boxes and a lot of little parts were fabricated. Copper lines, new mid-controls were installed. Seat is the work of Rafino Custom Seats. Then after mockup test assembly it was time to go to paint, a job done in-house by Karl at Azzkikr Paint Division. Karl being of Japanese descent, he chose to create a collage of fades and flakes with for center piece a Japanese war flag. Result is somewhat flashy without looking overdone. Azzkikr Custom Cycles .