Red Show Stopper Sled

Matt’s used the finest tried and proven parts to build his custom motorcycle.

MATT Graham had owned his fair share of hot cars and decided that the time had come to own a sharp-looking custom of the two-wheeled variety. After owning a Yammy R1, a R6 and a Harley-Davidson Fat Boy, the bike bug had well and truly bitten and it was time to fork out the big ones for a real head turner. A mate of Matt’s, Jason Borg, basically built this bike in his garage in Sydney. From a good starting point of a 2012 Big Bear frame, the bike took shape under the skilful hands of Jason, and to his credit, a real show-stopper emerged.

Now Matt’s bike, or the components that make it up, are a list of some of the finest tried and proven parts that are available on the market. The 110 cubic inch RevTech motor breathes through a Performance Machine (PM) air-filter and disperses the spent gasses via a set of Vance & Hines pipes.

The power is transferred to the six-speed Ultima gearbox courtesy of a BDL three-inch open primary drive. 

Final drive to the 250 mm rear PM wheel is by chain. The matching front PM wheel sits nicely in-between a set of Ultima inverted forks.

PM brakes are employed front and rear to pull the show up when the odd country pub appears on the horizon.

The rear guard is welded onto the swing-arm, with some extreme custom sheet-metal-work performed to accommodate that crocodile skin seat.

The frame has been cut and lowered one inch for the seat, and the front-end copped an additional seven degrees of rake to further accentuate the overall long look of the bike.

Other accessories include a Dakota digital dash, Arlen Ness bars and risers, and PM forward controls.

The custom paint is PPG silver dollar, with PPG candy apple red top. A custom PPG silver tribal theme flows from front to back with some tasteful hand pin-stripes to finish it off.

For the time being, Matt is happy to just ride the hell outta it and when the paint starts to show its age, maybe go a candy green next time around.

Matt said, “I would like to thank Jason Borg, Justin Nair, my late mother Anona who used to cover for me when I was on a ride and not at work, and my lovely friend Nickea.

Nickea has done a bit of modelling before and was kind enough to pose with Matt’s bike on the day of the shoot.

“It was so cool to get the experience to shoot photos with the awesome Ozbike magazine. I had a blast! There’s nothing better than bikes, a few drinks and good company. Thanks guys.”

Pics By Jo; words by Chuck U Farley

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