Builder Matt Jackson nails `80s club bike style cold
A shovelhead built on sleep deprivation, beer, & smokes
1949 Harley-Davidson Panhead Chopper
Custom 1975 Harley-Davidson FL Chopper
Between Rhett, Big Will, and Jason Hancock there isn’t much that The Butcher Chop boys don’t get done or do in-house at their shop. Rhett and the rest of the boys in Danville are all good as gold in my book. You don’t find many like them anymore. Each of them would drop anything to help a friend out no matter what. The “Tater Digger” here is a terrific example of what I mean when I say The Butcher Chop can do all the work in-house.
I picked up this bike as basket case about seven years ago, and even though I was building my first bike (a Twin Cam rigid), I knew that at $1,500 it was something I couldn’t pass. My original plan was to build more of a stock-looking Shovelhead with minor tweaks here and there, use up some of my spare parts I had lying around, and keep the original frame. I messed around with it for about a year whenever I had time and eventually realized that I was going to need to go a different direction in the build. I ended up ordering a stock rake 0 stretch rigid frame, and got it to a roller state. I then began to see in my head exactly what I was after.
96 H-D Sportster | Karn's Kustoms
Depending on your perspective, this story starts with either a cream puff or a turd. It ends, however, with a really cool hardtail bobber, no matter who you are. We’ll talk more about the cream puff/turd controversy in a moment. For now, what you really need to know is that this bike was created by Adam Karns from a ’96 Harley Sportster. He’d wanted to cut a Sportster in half and make it a hardtail bobber for years. Adam just never had the opportunity to do so with the other Sportsters that have passed through Karns Kustoms over the years. He finally bought this one just for that reason.
Klock Werks has new fenders for your Harley Dyna or FXR.
Riders are buying new Harley-Davidson motorcycles to kustomize and build their own classic look, and Klock Werks is excited to offer high quality products with simple bolt-on installation that anyone can manage right in their home garage. The Klock Krew is ready to ship pre-drilled 19” Front Fenders for Dyna, FXR, and Sportsters, as well as V-Rods and many other metric applications with minimal modifications. The revival of a trend that sat on the sidelines while baggers and choppers took the stage for years is here, and your bike deserves the best of the best!
I’ve known Rhett Holley and the rest of The Butcher Chop boys going on about four years now. Their shop is located in Danville, Virginia. In fact, you may have heard of Danville but didn’t know it. Johnny Cash sang about the place in “The Wreck of The Old 97.” Danville is where Old 97 jumped off the track.
As we rapidly approach the 3rd annual Hot Bike Tour and Invitational Bike Build-Off, many people wonder what John Shope will show up with this year. Being the former Grand Champion of the 2014 and 2015 Invitational Bike Build-Off, John has yet to disappoint. John is among the few worlds’ greatest bike builders invited to enter this prestigious build-off and knows if he is going to win, he needs to step up his game. Some of the builder’s invited this year include Nick Trask of Trask Performance, Brian Klock of Klock Werks, Carey Hart of Good Ride Rally and Jesse Rooke of Rooke Customs, to name a few. Each builder invited is well-respected and will be tough to beat
-Thursday, July 21, 2016
Article By: Matt Reel
Photos By: Kerri Schindler
Originally Published In The September 2012 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine