TAKE A Scotty’s Chopper frame and use it as the backbone for a chopper and the end result is one very cool looking custom bike. With Scotty’s guards, oil tank and fuel tank thrown into the mix, and sporting a 3D flame overlay on each piece, it certainly brings another dimension to the overall appearance of this machine.
The bike came into fruition when the guys from Twin Tech Motorcycles noted a steady influx of imported, loosely termed ‘choppers’ coming onto the scene. That’s when Rick came up with the idea of building a bike that accommodates the following points: an affordable price, a pleasure to ride, one-of-a-kind, and most importantly, it can be registered.
It just so happened that Rick and the boys had one of Scotty’s frame kits in stock. So the build began…
Now if you’ve seen their work before in Ozbike, such as the more recent Alien and Flame choppers, you would soon realise that things don’t get done by halves at Twin Tech Motorcycles when it comes to building a bike.
Four months later, the bike was rolled out of the workshop in its current form. The first thing that strikes you is the paint! A gold base with silver flames which enhances the alloy overlays, gives the whole paint scheme an outstanding 3-D effect. The softail style frame, guards and tank are all Scotty’s Choppers items with some mods to suit the theme and all done in-house.
A fully polished S&S Evo 96 cuber breathes out through a set of Vance & Hines Big Radius pipes.
The right-side-drive quick-shift six-speed box is hooked to a hydraulic-operated clutch and enclosed primary.
The five-inch stretch in the backbone of the frame and a set of six-inch-over Mean Street 63 mm inverted forks with 38 degree rake keep things aimed in the right direction.
Forward controls are Performance Machine classics. PM four-piston calipers front and rear handle the stopping power on the Performance Machine Hooligan wheels; a 21-inch on the front and a 18-inch x 250 mm on the rear with matching rotors and pulley.
The right-side-drive rear wheel incorporates the disc rotor neatly tucked away behind the pulley and tidies up the left-hand side of the rim.
The creds for the paintwork go to Craig Morgan from Custom Spray Painting Concepts (0438-931-171). You really have to see the 3-D effect for yourself to truly appreciate it.
What also impressed me was when Rick removed the seat. The wiring set-up is a testament to Twin Tech’s attention to detail and was a damn sight neater than you would find on many new bikes in a dealership. The same goes for the build quality of the rest of the bike. Putting it together right is something that only comes from a lifetime of experience in keeping bikes on the road.
Our Chicky Babe
THANKS TO the lovely Kerryn for taking the time to help out with the photoshoot.
Kerryn has done promo work for Jack Daniels and this was her first modelling job on a custom bike. And what a great job she did on the day! Still managed to keep smiling even after being bitten by a Jurassic Bull ant! What a good sport.
words & pics by Chuck U Farley