Just A Very Simple Custom Motorcycle…

It’s the way T.D. Ward, owner of the shop Rods & Rides near St Louis, MO defines his latest creation. A simplicity that judges of bike shows are always inclined to reward. Another good example of what is trending  in the custom motorcycle industry: old school style with a touch of new and lots of power when you twist the throttle.

Don’t put on your bike anything not necessary to make it run properly. With this philosophy in mind, T.D. Ward demonstrates again that you can build a great bike without adding decorative visual gimmicks. The shopping list is quite short. It includes a 35-degree with 2″ stretch drop-seat rigid frame, a pair of 23″ wheels from RC components, a blacked out 127″ engine and 6-speed tranny from Ultima, a Springer front end, a minimalist solo mono spring seat. Add to theses parts a very well fabricated on-off gas tank and your bike will become the envy of your friends on the road and bike shows. Rods & Rides Motorcycle Company (photography copyright Onno  Wieringa for AMD Championship Of Bike Building)

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14 Responses to “Just A Very Simple Custom Motorcycle…”


  1. 1 Steve Carr Sep 5th, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Clean mean green machine!

    Great bike.

    Steve Carr

  2. 2 Ray Sep 5th, 2012 at 11:25 am

    I like the fact that the rear fender is not green, making it disappear like there is none.

  3. 3 Scootertrash Sep 5th, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Very cool bike!

  4. 4 Blackmax Sep 5th, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Not a fan of clip on handlebars
    but one outstanding effort …..
    Very Nice

  5. 5 T.D. Ward Sep 5th, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    Thank you for the support, this particular machine and a few others from the AMD world show are available and can be delivered anywhere in the world.
    Thank you again for everything,
    T.D. Ward

  6. 6 Patof Sep 5th, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    Why on earth would you put such a crappy powertrain on such a nice bike? Have had nothing but poor results with these units. Bike looks really good, don`t get me wrong, craftmanship is awesome.

  7. 7 Lyndon Hyde Sep 6th, 2012 at 1:51 am

    Yet again another award winning Motorcycle by Rods And Rides.
    Keep up the great work T.D they just keep getting better and better.
    Soon to be heading down under to hit the Australian market.

    VICTORY BY DESIGN AND CRAFTMANSHIP !!!

    Lyndon

  8. 8 Apache Choppers Australia Sep 6th, 2012 at 1:55 am

    Proud Authorised Distributor for Rods And Rides Motorcycle Co.

  9. 9 ger conlon Sep 6th, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    its a real neat bike..im still trying to find the oil tank ?????
    patof, is it the motor and gearbox that you are saying are crap?
    just wondering as i have used them in a few bikes with no problems yet 🙂

  10. 10 Nobody Sep 6th, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    @Ray No kidding, I had to scroll back up and look.

    also puzzled as to where the oil tank is. am I looking too hard and it’s right in front of my nose?

  11. 11 Scott k Sep 6th, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    I think its under the trans

  12. 12 T.D. Sep 7th, 2012 at 7:38 am

    The oil tank is located under the transmission. As far as the drivetrain, I have built hundreds of machines with the same combination and have had great results. I wouldn’t change a thing…

  13. 13 Wetasafish Sep 11th, 2012 at 12:21 am

    Very cool

  14. 14 CafeSportyTC Sep 11th, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    looks like fun, i think i would go with rear-sets though… looks like its going fast. like a modern board tracker. fun fun fun

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