BACK IN Easy Rider times, I rode without the parent’s consent until the old man went and put $500 deposit on a brand new Triumph motorcycle, which he put the apes on, and that was the start of it. I’ve had a lot of British motorbikes since, and only had Harley-Davidsons the last 10 or 15 years. When you’ve been riding 40 years that’s not a long time.
I had a Sporty first up, and have had a couple of Fat Boys, and then this.
I was talking to Dave at Doc Hogs and saw what he was creating with this thing, and I’ve just gone, “Nup, that’s mine!”
We had to sit down and discuss ideas. I had a few of my own but he’s basically run with his creation of it.
His finishing work is absolutely brilliant, it really is. You don’t really notice all the different stuff in it until you get up close. Like the angular tank. It looks like a coffin tank but it’s not—it’s these different angles and shapes all built into it—it’s just incredible.
The exhaust system is made out of square tube and chopped up with lots of angles. They kept going with it, trying to get the lines right because it’s never been done before. At the end of the day, there was a lot of scrap metal left over. The air cleaner was the same scenario. They’re unique, something I’ve never seen before.
The fuel and oil tanks are combined into the frame; it’s all one piece; something that hasn’t been seen before. There was always something new on it; you could see what he was creating. Even before the paint job, when it was still in its raw form, it just looked insane.
The seat is made from crocodile skin.
I was over there while it was getting built every second day. It’s taken four years to build. I had an accident and got wiped out and was in hospital for quite a period of time with my leg so that held us up a bit. I couldn’t walk and I didn’t want this thing if I couldn’t. So we could have been finished a lot earlier but we just took our time with it after the accident.
It’s a RevTech engine, a replica of the Knucklehead 100 cube. Obviously, the look is old school—that’s why I went for it—but I wanted the reliability of a late model bike.
It’s all Evolution inside. The transmission is six-speed RevTech, RevTech primary, three-inch belt, and the front-end is 18 inches over—it goes forever and ever.
Joe Starline did the paintwork. It took a little while but in the end we were happy with it.
Obviously, the bike looks really long, but when you sit on it, it’s actually quite comfortable and quite controllable. I’ve only ridden it twice, for about 20 km. I’ve got to get the used to it, especially with the big wheel and long front-end.
I’M 20 and from Melbourne. I did move to Sydney for four months but came back home because I’m really a Melbourne girl at heart.
I’ve done modelling for about two years and recently did a shoot with People magazine. I normally just do portfolio work.
I’m still young, so other than modelling, I go out and party a lot—it’s a must for me. I just work and play.
I build industrial cool rooms for work. I actually put them together, pressurise rooms, etc, and sometimes we pull them down. It’s my best friend’s dad’s company and they were looking for labourers; it wasn’t hard to learn. I’m the only female labourer on the job.
I love bikes. I nearly died when I found out I was doing a shoot for Ozbike. Being up close to that big bike was amazing. I’ve been on the back of dirt bikes when we go camping and my uncle has a road bike, I’ve been on the back of that too, but nothing like this.
Photos by Wall 2 Wall