Ultimate Airbrush Motorbike & Morgan the Performer

OZBIKE: Your business, Ultimate Airbrush, has been going for a few years. Given that you paint custom bikes, is it fair to assume you have been riding bikes for some time?

Stuart: No, not really, but I love custom bikes. To me they are a sculpture, a work of art. They are awesome.

Ozbike: Apart from the painting, you actually ‘built’ the blue bike we have just photographed so you must have some mechanical skills.

Stuart: I am a spray-painter by trade and I have done panel beating. Because I work in the bike building industry, I have been watching what was being built for some time, and when I started to design this one, I took ideas from everything I’d seen and put it all together.

I bought a roller and then designed all the tin-work. I made it all out of cardboard templates and then cut the steel to shape.

Shifter at Andersons Custom Cycles helped me with the machining, especially with the swingarm and back hub—without his experience in how things line up I would have been in the dark—and Jamie helped with the pipes.

The back wheel is a 250. At the time that was a big wheel, and although you now have 300’s and 360’s, I like the 250 because looking at the bike from the back, it has a really nice shape.

Ozbike: Do you make much money painting other people’s bikes?

Stuart: It’s not about making money; it’s about the passion. The best thing at the end of day is seeing the customer’s face, seeing how proud they are to be riding that bike, and knowing I was part of the magic.

Although, I must say, I often see very nice custom bikes at shows and featured in magazines and the painter is hardly ever mentioned. The story goes on about what pistons and spokes it has, but all the hard work and effort that the painter puts in is never recognised.

My hat goes off to anybody who is actually out giving spray-painting a go. The money is not the best but the feeling you get afterwards—that’s worth every cent.

Ozbike: You run airbrushing courses for budding artists at Ultimate Airbrush. Aren’t you creating competition for yourself?

Stuart: I teach people how to airbrush and do the type of work I do because not many people show you all the secrets. They claim to show you but the end result is in the work itself.

I do create a little bit of competition but competition is healthy—it broadens the industry and allows people to have more choice because not everybody likes my work even though I can diversify and do a lot of different things. When I was starting out I found it very hard to find somebody to teach me so now I like to help people get started.

Morgan the Performer

I’M A Gold Coast girl. I’ve been living on the Gold Coast for about 12 years. I moved up with my family.

I’m a professional performer. I do burlesque performances. I work at Dracula’s in Surfers Paradise and I’ve been there for a while, but the performances I do are mostly at bars and clubs, whoever will take me, who will pay to put me on stage.

The 1940’s are my favourite performance wardrobes—but it’s all when I get down to a g-string and then pour a bottle of champagne over myself and the audience and have a good laugh.

I do like to have a laugh. I am a bit of a comedian. I just don’t see the point in being serious all the time really.

My mum and her fiancé both have a bike and I have been working around them for a while.

I have another spread coming up soon in Picture Magazine. I just want to get as many modelling gigs as I can and really enjoy myself. I’m heading overseas next year so hopefully I can get some modelling gigs over there as well.

studio photos by Walter Wall; words by Stuart Vimpani.

Girl Rides a Harley-Davidson Dyna Convertible

HI FELLOW riders. I’d had my Harley-Davidson Dyna Convertible for one year and I’ve done almost 10,000 km on her. The only modifications I made were change the handlebars to mini-apes and my seat to solo (much prefer to ride alone).

Originally from NSW, I moved over to Esperence, WA, to start again. I actually live at Gibson, population 200 at most. There is a lovely country pub here called The Gibson Soak which is where I work so if you ride my way, pop in for beer and say hi.

We have a lot of riders in Esperence and I have done some amazing rides with Goldfields Esperence Mates for Mates which is a charity group raising awareness of depression and suicide prevention; also Kalgoole Mates for Mates. These people are amazing and work hard for the cause.

For me personally, my Harley gives me a sense of freedom, and a slight sense of danger. I love the wind in my hair, the way it clears my mind and frees my soul. Can’t say how great it is to be rider.

LISA PRINCE

Lucifer: Renegade Turbo-Charged Monster Chopper

I HAD RIDDEN bikes for years and got involved with modifying or building bikes to take big motors; it progressed from there.

Right from the start we used a bottom-end that was designed and built by John Trease Race Engines in Melbourne, and initially we used another company in the States to do our barrels and heads. There were a couple of Americans involved with the designing back at that stage; these days we do everything here in Australia.

We recently changed to a more heavier style of barrels and hemi-style heads. The motor is 30 mm taller than a stock Evo; we thickened up the fins, changed the rocker boxes cosmetically; basically, we are trying to improve it.

Instead of having cast iron sleeves inside aluminium barrels like other motors, we machine our barrels to the desired size and then have them coated with a hard ceramic called Nikasil. We now use a Melbourne company to do our coatings and they are the best in the world; their coating has an inbuilt lubricant which also helps the heat distribution. Because there are no cast iron cylinders, the heat transfers out a lot quicker. Our motors run a good eight to ten degrees cooler than a standard Harley.

Steve Folkes in Sydney has been drag-racing one of our 113 cubic inch motors for the last five years. He is extremely competitive against other brands and he has never stripped it down.

We supply the Renegade motor with a 48 mm Mikuni carby and a Dyna 2000 I ignition system. We are working on a fuel injection system at the moment and it will be available in the future.

However, although it’s ready to run, it’s not going to go straight into a Softail. You have to make a small modification to allow clearance for a rear rocker cover bolt. You can either cut a wedge out of the frame and plate it, or cut your upright bar off, raise the frame half-an-inch and then re-plate. Most good custom bike shops should be able to get the work done professionally and have it certified.

All your original gear—transmission, clutch, etc—will work with the Renegade motor.

Our first motors were 124 cubic inches but when we sent them to the States, we had many requests for a bigger size. These days our motors are 147 cubic inches (2410 cc) which is pretty much bigger than anything else on the market.

You can expect 140—145 horsepower and 173 ft/pounds of torque out of the box. We have a guy in Melbourne who’s been playing with his motor and he’s getting 155 hp.

This is the fifth bike we have actually built—the others were bikes that you get out and ride. We went a little bit further with this one, to show what you can do with a Renegade motor if you are into the show circuit.

The frame was made by 8 Ball in the States. Apparently they had made it for a customer who pulled out of the deal. They offered it to us at the right price so we grabbed it.

We used one of our 147 cubic inch, dual-cam motors with diamond-cut fins. It runs into a five-inch Hi Tech belt drive primary with Blade cover.

We used an American Suspension, 16-inch-over front-end; and Cheyenne-style Renegade wheels with the latest Avon Cobra tyres taking the ‘blade’ theme all the way through the bike.

It sat around the workshop as a rolling chassis for a while. I even contacted a few bike shops to see if they would take on the project but they were busy at the time. Eventually, we did a deal with Mike Stafford at MGS Custom Bikes in the States who basically did the job at cost price.

We built the bike until it was about 75 percent finished, then shipped it across to the States.

Mike finished off the manufacturing of the tank. One side is an oil tank; the other a fuel tank. The cover conceals all the filler holes, feeder holes and oil lines. MGS also made the handlebars and all the oil lines and wiring are hidden from view. The rear suspension is mono-shock controlled by a hidden compressor.

American Turbo fitted the turbo charger making sure that it fitted underneath the fuel//oil tank and it all ran smoothly into one.

Once it was finished, it was stripped down and painted by Josh of JE Illusions. Josh is one of the most sort-after painters in the States so it was a privilege to have him put his skills to the test on this project.

Finally it was bolted back together and shipped back to us to do the final touches before the Gold Coast Bike Week where we picked up Best Engineered.

We will build custom bikes for people but only if they use one of our motors. We want to sell motors, and if we have to build bikes to get the motors out there for people to see, that’s what we’ll do.

My own bike, which I ride six to seven days a week, has plenty of grunt but is totally rideable and reliable. We basically build a drag motor for street use. If you want to take your bike out and wring its neck occasionally, you know your Renegade motor can take it.

pics by Walter Wall; words by Shane

Harmony

I HAVE done some other magazine work before—People, Picture, Mayfair, and Playboy—so I guess modelling is my forte at the moment. I’m actually studying business at uni but I definitely enjoy doing modelling so I do it every time I get the opportunity.

I don’t have many hobbies—except sunbaking and shopping with friends. Sure, I love shopping for shoes like every other girl, but I actually love buying underwear. I would buy underwear over shoes any day. It makes you feel good if you have a pretty pair of underpants on.

Bat Bike Out Of Hell & Chloe

I USED TO have Japanese bikes and hated Harley-Davidsons. But when my mate offered me a spin around the block on his Fat Boy, I loved it—so the next day I went and bought one for myself! I didn’t want to spend that much on a bike but I got such a rush out of it, I thought, I might as well—and the Japs bikes went out the door; in came the Harleys.

I started with a Fat Boy, a stock bike. But then I started seeing choppers riding around. One in particular had a 250 rear tyre and I got excited—it was time to build my first chopper.

I bought a frame, a 300 rear, all the parts, bits and pieces. A friend of mine at Cobra Craft fabricated a tank and exhaust; he did most of the fabrication on the bike. It was my ideas with his hands.

Queen Street Smash Repairs painted the chopper silver and purple and I started entering shows with it—I won all these shows.

Eventually I decided I wanted something even better, that’s when I started to build this one with the 330 rear.

Most of the fabrication was done by a good friend of mine in the States, at place called The Chopp Shop.

I got it back to Australia and assembled it at Cobra Craft. Queen Street again handled the paint.

I designed it as a rough sketch but it developed into something else—you’ve one thing in your mind, and as you’re going along, you start developing new ideas. We had three different engines in the bike. First was a 127 ci El Bruto but it looked too plain; we changed it to 113 TP but it had too much chrome; we finally settled on the 107 S&S motor with the diamond cut and black finish.

There’s lots of very sharp points on the chopper to give it a spacey look. Different people see different things in the bike. Some see the claws of a beetle, some say a scorpion, some people call it the Bat Bike—I’ll leave it to your imagination.

Building choppers started out as a very expensive hobby—you build a bike and enjoy it, you sell it and get your money back; hopefully, you make a bit of profit.

photos by Wall 2 Wall; words by Jamal

Chloe

I’VE BEEN dancing for almost three years. I was at dance class since I was very young. I went to a performing arts high school, amongst other high schools, and when I turned 18 and I could legally take my clothes off for money—actually, it’s not about the money—I’ve always loved to perform; I love dressing up, acting out some character—and the money’s good too.

I’ve had a bit to do with bikes. I’ve danced at all the major bike shows. When I was doing a photos shoot for People and Picture magazines, I got to ride pillion on one of the most expensive road bikes at a race track. I can’t remember the speed we got up to but it was fantastic.

I’m truly a bike girl. I love Harleys and choppers. I appreciate Jamal’s bike so much. It’s really hard core.

Lucy is on Razor’s Edge

TAMA (or T for short) has owned this bike for five years; 12 months of those five years saw the bike go through an amazing transformation.

The motor and gearbox were fully rebuilt by The Grunt Factory. A later model top-end was fitted and the donk has been bumped up to a beefy 1430 cc.

An enclosed belt now transfers the power from the motor to the gearbox and a chain drive was employed on the rear so a wider arse-end could be fitted without all the hassles of off-setting the drive train.

The frame was literally cut to pieces and then re-assembled to give the bike that long low boulevard cruiser look. This task was left in the capable hands of Pommy Nick at Niccon Engineering, Slacks Creek. He is also responsible for the stretched fuel tank, guards, oil tank, 42-degree rake, and that awesome moulding which makes each component seem to flow together so well.

The handlebars are a work of art in themselves and the in-built Dakota digital speedo keeps things nice and tidy in that department.

The wild paint job was laid on by Stewy at Ultimate Airbrush; the end result is fantastic! With its crimson red razor wire design on the bright white base, it highlights the extensive moulding on the bike and compliments the sharp edged theme. Attention to detail is in abundance here with the coils even getting the same paint scheme.

The ostrich skin covered seat was made by Muzza; it sits nice and low and doesn’t interfere with the lines of the bike.

The final assembly was left to John’s Customs at Currumbin and the electrics were handled by Holga.

Thanks go to T and Sherree for their help on the day and to the lovely Kerri for modelling for us. Great bike, top people, and a shit-hot day for a ride down to the coast.

feature by Chuck U Farley

Traditional Hot-Rod Road King Custom

WORKING AS a professional photographer in the custom motorcycle business, it’s kind of hard to hold back from tearing into my own bike and rolling out my own personal style custom creations. Well, actually, it’s impossible, to say the least! When I’m constantly around kick-arse customs, and have great friends who offer up great prices on parts from their bike shops, then my own creativity takes control.

For more than 10 years I planted my arse on an Evo Softail and constantly added new parts whenever time and extra funds would allow. When the new riding season rolled around, I decided it was time to step up in the world and buy a Twin Cam. Upon a quick stop at my local Harley shop, I found a plain black carbureted Road King that was calling my name.

For many years, I was perfectly comfortable on my old Evo, with slammed suspension, ape-hangers, and custom paint, so it was hard to picture myself riding a ‘bone stock turd.’ While riding the bike home for the first time, I knew instantly that it had to be torn apart and built my way.

That following winter, the Road King spent four months in pieces.

I’ve always been in love with the traditional hot-rod style, and the idea of red wheels wrapped with whitewalls started to sink in. When I mentioned the red wheels and whitewalls to my friend Patrick, our ideas started to go crazy. Right away, Patrick went to work on the paint work while I ran the wheels to our ol’ friend, John Earhart, for red powdercoat and chrome spokes.

The front wheel was originally off a Heritage Softail so John also had to machine the hub to fit the one-inch axle on the Road King.

Meanwhile, I tore apart the front forks and shaved off the right side caliper mount.

I’ve never been a fan of the ugly Twin Cam air boxes so I went with the aesthetic seven-inch round air cleaner.

At the last moment, Patrick ran across some major problems with the hardener in the final stages of the matte clear coat, and everything had to be wet-sanded back down to the black base coat to start all over. But, after nearly four months in his shop the first time around, he managed to lay the flames out the second time within a couple weeks.

It all worked out good in the end because the day I rolled it out of my garage, I rode it out to a local bike show where it took 1st place in People’s Choice.

My lovely wife must have really liked that first summer in the saddle with this bike because it didn’t take much to convince her to shed her clothes and fill our heads full of fantasies while she straddled her body on the bike. We’ve recently started a ground up custom all her own, but for the time being, she’s happy as hell to go for a ride on this one any chance she gets.

words & pics by Nate Ullrich

Kristy with the Trespasser Custom Bike

MY LIFE is very fast. I live hard, I play hard or work hard. I am always doing something—if I am not stripping, I am doing a photo shoot; if I am not doing a photo shoot, I am renovating; if I am not renovating, I am doing all three.

I illustrate children’s books. I started when I was 12. I am now 26 and I have done eight books. I have made them into a book format; I have just got to find a publisher to publish them. I have been looking for about eight months. It’s pretty hard; you have got to find the right people.

In terms of stripping, I do three nights a week. You pretty much get there at 5 am, you start at 6 and you are there until about 4 to 6 am depending upon what night it is, how busy it is, for about the last seven years. You are paid to work and then whatever you make is yours. I am pretty much the type of person who goes there, makes some money and leaves, that’s it.

I buy, renovate and sell houses. I do about four a year and I am on my fourth this year. I buy a piece of crap and renovate it myself, put it on the market pretty much straight away and then you see how long it takes to sell. The selling bit is the hardest part of the waiting period because you can’t start a new one until you sell the last one.

In the future, I want to get away from the adult side into the home side. I want to finish with my renovations, give up my dancing, settle down, start a family, and probably get my books published.

pics by Walter Wall.

Check out the full feature on Doc Hog’s Trespasser Custom Bike.

Brownie’s Street Racer V-Rod & Chandelle

BROWNIE is really big on racing powerful motorbikes.

“I originally bought a V-Rod because I liked the racy style,” he said. “I rode it as a street bike for a while just for the pure performance. Straight out of the box she had 120 horsepower. When I started drag racing the V-Rod, I decided I wanted more power — it doesn’t matter how much you got, you always want more. I’ve since fitted a big bore kit (it was originally 1130 cc; now it’s 1320 cc), a set of Jones race cams from America, flowed heads, and Destroyer throttle bodies and injectors.”

The electric shift comes as a kit from Vance & Hines. There are two buttons on the handlebars: green for shifting up; red for shifting down. Obviously you only use the green button for drag racing.

“The shift light on the dash starts flickering at 9200 revs and you just hit the green button to shift up a gear. The dash light is great. It allows you to concentrate on the track and everything else that you’re doing without worrying about the tacho.”

The big tyre is all about traction.

“If it’s giving you a little too much wheel-spin, you can go a bit wider so you’ve got more rubber on the track.”

The fibreglass rear guard is all new too; Brownie had to make a wider guard to fit over the bigger rear tyre.

Brownie runs a chain instead of a belt because it gives him more options for changing the gear ratios for the track.

“Admittedly, at this stage, I’ve only run one set-up but I’ve got a couple of other sprockets coming out from the States for different changes for different tracks. Hopefully, the lower gearing will give it a bit more pull off the line and the end result will be quicker times.”

That’s the theory anyway.

“My current best time is 10.76 seconds. With the gearing changes and a bit more tuning, I’m hoping get down to low 10.”

Chandelle

I HAVEN’T really done any modelling before. I’ve done more promo stuff. I’m going to sign up to Suicide Girls, a website with mainly tattooed or unique girls.

I got my first tattoo on my wrist when I was 18, and then when my Nanna passed away, I got another one on my foot in memory of her, and then I just got everything I liked and started tattooing myself.

I like to cruise, party, go to the beach. I broke up with my ex about six months ago and I’ve been having lots of fun since.

I love bikes. I can ride a Thumpster and a 125. I haven’t got a licence at the moment. I lost it for DUI the first time; the second time was for lack of demerits. As soon as I get it back, I’ll go for my blacks and get my bike licence, and then I’m going to buy a road bike. Keep your eye out for me on the road…

Photos by Wall 2 Wall

Triumph with Sidecar & Golden Retriever

MEL WAS bought up a country girl. Her father had great expectations of her growing up, marring a farmer and giving him grandchildren. Luckily for him he had another daughter. Why? Because Mel never married.

She had to move to the big smoke to find work and took a job as a courier in a van. She was based in the Valley in Brisbane and delivered around the Brisbane CBD. She took to the job like a duck to water even though she didn’t know the city from the Valley.

One day she had to make a delivery to a newspaper who were on deadline. It was peak hour plus RNA show-time traffic chaos and the motorcycle couriers had left for the day. Here was Mel’s chance to show them what this girl from the bush was about. She grabbed a step-thru with an auto clutch and off she went to Queensland Newspapers. It wasn’t far but she had to avoid traffic and travel up, over, and along footpaths on a ride that would put a roller coaster to shame. She made it there and back in one piece but was bitten by the bike bug. She was only 17-years-old.

Since then Mel has had a few bikes, a few scars and many broken bones, and a bike licence. Her first bike was an early 1960 Yamaha 180 cc that cost $150 to buy and $12 dollars to register.

When Mel turned 21 she bought herself a 1971 Honda 450 which she owned for 23 years before it was stolen. Her bike next was a 10-year-old 1983 GSX 750 Suzuki.

In 1974 as a driving instructor she rode an ex-police Honda 750/4.

Now that Mel is 50-years-old and still 5 foot 2 inches, they don’t seem anywhere as big as they were then.

Mel bought her 1997 Triumph Thunderbird Adventurer with its 900 cc triple engine back in 2002. The sidecar was fitted by Oz Sidecars in Melbourne. It has a leading link front-end which makes the steering like power steering. Mel had a rear tire fitted to the front and tow bar fitted at the back between the bike and chair for towing a trailer. She also had a leash bolted to the floor of the sidecar to prevent JT, her Golden Retriever, jumping out as per police requirements. She just clocked over 50,000 km and hasn’t had any mechanical troubles.

Mel is a proud member of the Ulysses Motorcycle Club and the Women’s International Motorcycle Association. She has been helped by an outlaw gang member, and a policeman. She said she never saw them again but their common interest was bikes.

She has been told twice after accidents that she would never ride again but she defied the odds. Even though, thanks to many accidents, she can’t travel far before stopping and putting her spine back into place, she still loves riding and does not own a tin top.

In the near future Mel and JT plan to ride all over Australia seeing places she never thought she would. The accidents have taught Mal many lessons, especially how to survive; luckily, she has missed more tin tops then have hit her.

If you catch Mel out on the road some place, give her a coeeee! She is one bloody nice lady, and her dog JT is one hell of a cool K9.

words & pics by Jules @ Top Gun

Bespoke Flat Track Racer

THE MAJORITY of this Flat Track Racer is Harley; otherwise it’s hand-made in the Fraser Motorcycles workshop.

It started life as a Softail Slim. We stripped the wheels, paintwork and body-work to start it from scratch.

It’s got a stock Harley Springer front-end from the Crossbones model; a Sporty tank off a 48 model; 21 by three-and-a-half inch front and rear wheels which we had painted and powder-coated; a stock 103 Stage-One motor; Harley drop-down mirrors; and a small front fender used as a rear fender.

We fitted a set of Harley indicator shells with plasma LEDs — one is high and the other is low beam — instead of using a normal headlight.

Burleigh Bars custom made the handlebars to appear like they’re upside down.

We took the engine covers off and replaced them with Roland Sands Design (RSD) engine covers, and some textured black Harley stuff like the rocker box covers.

It has a little bit of powder-coating on the levers, brake pedals and stuff like that.

We’ve installed a Bassani exhaust system and covered it with Harley heat-wrap.

That’s a RSD air filter, and new Harley seat, and we’ve taken the running boards off and replaced them with pegs.

It’s an olive green paint scheme off a 1918 Harley so it’s from the era that the bike is meant to represent.

The number 60 is relevant because it represents 60 years of Fraser Motorcycles.

The bosses here, John or Darren, asked me if I had any ideas on builds. I drew up a plan and a budget and we went from there. I don’t have an open cheque because it has to be sellable at the end of the day.

It’s a Bespoke Build because that’s something we do here — we hand make bikes for anyone’s individual taste or idea. Anyone can come in and say, “I want this and I want that,” and we can build it for them.

Once we’d finished the olive green Flat Track Racer, it went on the showroom floor and someone walked in the next day and bought it, which is really great.

Photos by Wall 2 Wall; words by Elliot at Fraser Motorcycles

Ayala

I’M ORIGINALLY from Gladstone, Queensland, but I’ve lived in Sydney now for about eight years. I have a beautiful, blonde hair and blued-eyed sister, Carly, who still lives Queensland and I’ve also still got a lot of friends in Gladstone who all have bikes so a shout out to them.

I’m a pretty humorous and organised girl. I model full-time now. I started catwalk modelling when I was about 10-years-old but I only got into it because Dad made me. I’m 178 cm tall and used to get teased about my height so Dad made me get into basketball and modelling. Turns out I was good at both. I can’t do catwalk modelling any more as my boobs are too big and I don’t play basketball any more either but I’d love to get back into that.

Both my Dad and Step-Dad own Harleys so I guess you could say I’ve grown up around bikes. I love jumping on the back but I’m too much of a girl to ride one on my own. I have a mini Harley that Dad gave me when I was a kid; I used to love to blatt around with that.

Apart from modelling full time I also do presenting, acting, promotions and events. I love my work and I love to exercise as well. I practice Maui Thai boxing and do boot camp every morning at 6 am in the Eastern Suburbs.

Today was good fun; it’s a quick shoot and there wasn’t too much pressure involved like there usually is.

The Bespoke Flat Track Racer and Ayala were photographed in Torque Bar & Grill, the restaurant next door to Fraser Motorcycles in Concord. Torque Bar & Grill is a bustling, retro hangout with regular live rock ‘n’ roll nights, dishing up ribs, steaks and burgers. Make sure you drop in for lunch next time you are in the area.

Old No 31 Night Train

OLD NO 31 started as a Harley-Davidson Night Train. I was just going to ride it around but they’re not the best looking when they’re standard — I don’t like chrome and shiny colours — but I didn’t think I was going to completely strip it down and re-style it. But, you know, it’s the same with everything — you just do one thing and then the next thing and then the next. I made a few inquiries and decided that Darryl from Farnon Fabrications (0400-300-797) was the best man for the job.

I wanted to keep it all ultra clean; very simple. I saw a bike I liked on the PM website, and I liked the bikes from Roland Sands (USA), so that’s where we started looking for ideas. Darryl had some ideas of his own, and I had some ideas too, so we just sort of put our heads together.

We did it in a couple of stages. Darryl put the 250 on the rear and pipes; just the normal stuff. After that he put on the 23-inch front wheel and a five-degree rake to get the front wheel away from the down tubes. More recently he installed the original, early-model, Harley springer front-end and mini-apes.

I didn’t like the big Night Train petrol tank with the dash so we went with a petrol tank from an old Triumph Tiger. I’ve always been into dirt bikes so I really liked the way the tank turned out.

Once we’d ripped out the dash we didn’t have anywhere for the speedo. Darryl suggested we put it in the headlight and constructed a tube for it to go into.

The exhaust system is from Miami Custom Exhausts from the States.

The air filter is from Roland Sands which we also ordered over the internet.

The sprung seat was trimmed by Bad Ass Trim Co and was necessary to give it the look I was after. Everybody who does a sprung seat these days puts a cover over the battery. We left it open so you can still see the wiring and battery; really makes it look old school.

The rear chain was one of the first things we did, when we put on the 250 rear.

I don’t like open primaries so Darryl suggested we just take out the chain and put in a drive belt and dry clutch. I wasn’t sure how it would look with the cut-away primary cover but left it up to Darryl, and as usual, it worked out well; it certainly looks different.

We wanted everything black — motor, etc — but the silver is the original colour and we decided to stick with that. 

The mural on the back guard was done by a mate of mine ages ago. I’m not sure about it and will probable respray the back guard in the future.

I’m not going to do anything else to it — although giving it a bit more power might be good. I am very happy with the way the bike has turned out and I’m on it every chance I get. I’ve done about 7000 km on it and I’ve never had a problem with it.

Photos by Wall 2 Wall; words by Pat.

Kat

I’M FROM Wollongong. I’ve spent my whole life there. I just love Wollongong because it’s kind of like a mini-Sydney. It’s got everything you need, but at the same time, it’s not as busy. Also, it’s got, I think, better beaches.

I just love going to the beach. I tried to surf once but kind of fell off the board a few times. I would like to try it again though. I am a big water baby. There is a lot of freedom going under water. No one can talk to you or annoy you. It’s just you and yourself.

I have a cat, Missy. She is a little bit of a psycho. She doesn’t like very many people, except me. My brother and my sister both have a dog and my mum has birds so it’s kind of like a farmhouse at home sometimes.

I started modelling when I was travelling in Canada. It was basically just to get a bit of extra money and I had a lot of fun and so I kept doing it when I came back here. I guess people just see my work and they contact me. It’s kind of weird sometimes to have people message me and it would be like, “Oh, I saw your work on this website and I want to work with you.” It’s gone really fast for me, actually. I have only been doing it just over a year.

A lot of people have said that I look like a dancer but, other than going out partying and dancing in the clubs, I’ve never done any structured dancing. I did gymnastics when I think I was about five but that’s about all. Everyone asks me if I did ballet which is kind of weird because I am definitely not that kind of girl.

I actually talked to Walter quite a while ago about doing a shoot for Ozbike because I’ve been interested in motorcycles since a young age. I said I would love to be pictured with one, and now I have been.

Sinister Rocker C & Roshie

I HAVE BEEN riding since I was about 20 or 21 years old. My first bike was a CBR 250RR, then I moved onto a CBR 954 Fire Blade for about five years, then I bought a Aprilia RSV 1000.

A few years later we bought my Dad a Harley for his birthday and I realised pretty quickly that I loved riding it more than the sports, so I went looking for my own and haven’t looked back.

Two years ago I stumbled upon the beautiful Harley-Davidson Rocker C hiding up the back of the local Harley dealer showroom and knew I had to have it. The bike was so attractive standard and only had a few basic mods at that time such as pipes and grips. I bought her on the spot and the journey began. 

I headed to see the guys at MCA Auburn and bought full set of Sinister Elite Chrome rims, 21 x 2.5 front, 18 x 8.5 rear, matching front and rear rotors, and pulley, which made their way from the States. The increase in wheel size meant a custom front guard painted and airbrushed was needed.

I couldn’t stop there so next up Performance Machine front and rear four-piston chrome calipers. 

For a sweeter ride I sorted out Legend Air Suspension with a three-inch drop from standard and adjustable ride heights. 

The drop in height meant a custom one-inch shorter stand was needed otherwise the bike sat dangerously straight when resting. 

Time for some aesthetic and practical modifications: chrome belt guards and inner primary, Battistinis shift linkage, grips, shift peg, brake peg and foot pegs, forward control kit, Willie G derby cover, timer cover and ignition cover. 

She originally came with T-bars but I thought it needed something more so I switched up to 16-inch Roland Sands King Ape bars with diamond back brake and clutch lines, and Arlen Ness Rad iii hand controls with chrome Harley switch blocks. 

The mirrors with LED indicators built in sat too high on top, so I had them flipped to hang underneath which worked perfectly. 

The final touches, for now, are a Scorpion air cleaner and Vance & Hines pipes.

There’s not much on the bike that I haven’t touched or turned to chrome. Lots of hard work to keep her clean, but with all the work it’s best when she shines. She looks pretty much perfect for me now which would suggest no more mods to come. But never say never, can’t say something new won’t catch my eye.

Words by Adrian Rossi

Roshie

I LOVE BIKES, especially if there’s a girl on top of it. I mean, a guy on a bike is hot and there’s always this air of mystery and danger to him, but there is nothing hotter than a tiny chick with a massive machine between her legs, hair flowing in the wind… I’ll stop there, I ‘m getting carried away with the image. Unfortunately, I’ve only ever been on the back of a bike or around this one for the shoot.

I love to laugh so if a guy can make me laugh, you’ve probably already got me.

I model full time so I shoot almost every day, but I had never done a shoot on a bike before today and it was really intimidating at first, actually. I was terrified that I was going to accidentally knock it over because I’m such a klutz. 

I sort of fell into modelling after a photographer friend begged, for almost six months, to shoot with him. I was very intimidated because he was a fashion photographer and only shot these slim, elegant, tall and stunning models. I’m five foot six and simply didn’t think I was qualified to do a photo shoot. However, I found my niche, and have never looked back. I mainly shoot alternative stuff and hope to get more heavily involved in latex fashion so, if you know anyone, I am your girl. 

I was born in South Africa, moved to England where I spent most of my teen years, and then moved to Australia which is my favourite country so far. 

I’m studying to become a pilot; I love flying; always have. 

I don’t have any pets for the reason I’m very bad at looking after things; I had this cute cactus, briefly, but it turns out they die really easily.

In my spare time, I love playing with fire; I eat, breath and sleep it. Okay, maybe not sleep but I spin using a contact staff, double staff, breath massive fire balls, and I can also light my skin on fire and trace it around my body. It’s pretty dangerous but there lies the appeal for me, I guess. 

I only work with professional photographers and take bookings through my Facebook page, which also hosts hundreds of my photos from shoots. Check it out at www.facebook.com/roshiemodel

Photos by Wall 2 Wall