Custom Bike Features

Devil’s Advocate

Scott and Ron had their Big Bear chopper kits ready to go together when the importer passed away. Luckily, Wild Card Customs in Queensland came to the rescue.

OZBIKE: Tell us about yourself. How did you get into motor bikes?

Scott: Dirt bikes in my youth; street bikes in my 20’s. I was without bikes from about my late 20’s to early 40’s, then my brother-in-law, Ron, who has always had Harleys, talked me into getting a Harley, and now the Big Bear.

Ozbike: You had Harleys before so why change over to Big Bear?

Scott: They are a bit more exotic. I still have two Harleys, love them for riding, but the Big Bear is about turning up and being seen.

Ozbike: Image is everything?

Scott: Yeah, it’s about the look, I love.

Ozbike: Okay, so is it a stock bike?

Scott: Absolutely. There are a couple of little add-ons but they are all Big Bear parts — the shift linkage and a couple of things like that are above standard — but really that’s how it comes out of the box — 100 cubic inch S&S motor, Baker transmission.

There is an option of going with a 300 rear tyre and chain drive but I’m glad I got the 280 rear tyre with belt drive; it’s a lot smoother.

Ozbike: How far have you ridden on it so far?

Scott: I have done about 6000 km. I have had a couple of all-day runs up to Newcastle and back and out to the Hunter Valley and it’s a lot better than I pictured it in my head. I didn’t have the opportunity to ride one really before I bought it so I was absolutely rapt that it was easy to ride.

Ozbike: How did you get into Big Bear?

Scott: I went away to the USA with Ron and another mate, Greg, looking for bikes that would suit us, and we decided to go with Big Bear for a couple of reasons: they built large volumes of bikes so we felt they would be well sorted; the price was right; and they had just started up a couple of dealers in Australia.

Initially, we chose a guy down in Melbourne, Ultimate Choppers. A terrific fellow but, unfortunately, he is not with us anymore. We were in the middle of the deal at the time, and with his death, a bit of money went missing.

Luckily, Wild Card Customs in Queensland came to our rescue. Basically, we took our kits to Wild Card Customs who did a deal for us and got us on the road.

Ozbike: So they actually put the kits together for you?

Scott: We ended up going into their store — we had our kits in our possession at the time — and they had two bikes sitting on their floor that suited us. My kit was a Devil’s Advocate Chopper and Ron’s was a Devil’s Advocate Street Bike. They had two sitting on their floor! We swapped — they took our kits and we rode off with their bikes. True.

Ozbike: But you still paid for it to be put together?

Scott: Yes, but it wasn’t excessive so we were very happy with the deal. All credit to them. I would highly recommend Wild Card Customs.

Pics by Wall 2 Wall; words by Scott Murray

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