Prison Harley-Davidson Dream Machine & Gia Girl

LIFE DID deal an ace from the bottom of the deck. I got 15 years in Victorian prisons, starting in Pentridge, the hell hole. Working my way through the system into my time, I began to get an idea of building a bike. I started looking at the torn and tattered old bike mags that were passed from cell to cell.

With plenty of time on my hands, I found myself writing to different bike shops.

Getting more ideas on what I wanted, I was even making folders and putting in cut-outs from different mags that I would come by. Sometimes, someone would send me some Ozbike magazines and they often had good ideas in them.

You can imagine how much I had gathered over the years, enough to mess with my head as to what I wanted. There were was so many nice bikes out there, it became difficult to know just what to choose. It wasn’t until I got home that I saw this Softail in the window of Fraser’s Motorcycles on Parramatta Road, Sydney. “That’s my bike,” I said. Just three weeks later and I was riding it.

Two years later I was having lunch at a hotel when I looked out the window and saw this black Softail with this massive back wheel that looked awesome. I began to look for the owner, who I never found. So I went outside and took photos from my mobile phone. Went home and started coming up with my own ideas for my bike. Three years later and you are looking at my ideas.

A big thanks to all the boys at MMVR Customs who were able to transfer my ideas from paper to reality. After many man-hours of modifying and customising I could finally see my dream coming to life. MMVR then finished it off with a one-of-a-kind paint job and awesome airbrushing.

Coming home after 15 years from a cold, damp hole, steel and concrete beds with a 2-inch foam mattress and barely enough food to feed a kid let alone a man, trying to get my head together and around little things we all take for granted, I found much had changed. I had never seen a mobile phone let alone used one.

A big thank you to my best friend Brett who I met in prison, and his mate Wishy who inspired me with the wild posters he would send in, which I still have today. Also thanks to all the other people who helped put this bike together. A special thank-you to Matt for putting up with me every time something went wrong. It took all these people and many more and a lot of money to make this dream come true.

To all you guys back there in that overcrowded, noise polluted, tinea-infested place you call home—ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!

Gia Girl

GIA IS 21-years-old and this is her first modelling assignment. Not bad for a rookie, eh? She is a hairdresser and makeup artist but wouldn’t mind to do more modelling in the future. Born and raised in Blacktown she makes us Westies proud of her.

“I saw Billy’s bike for the first time on the shooting day and I just couldn’t believe how hot it was,” she said. “I have always wanted to do some photoshoot on a bike and finally the dream has come true.

“It was fun day, especially since I’m not a girlie girlie, but the bike just brought the best out of me. 

“In the future I would like to travel around the world and have more fun in front of camera.”

Photos by George

My Name is Mimi

I’M original from Indonesia; live in Australia and always been around bike. My ex-hubby and family is a Nomad and now my boyfriend is a Rebel bike. Love the bike.

I’m doing a bit of modelling mainly for club for the wall posters. This is only one of my sample, many more, this is a my favourite. Left is Harley-Davidson Street Bob and right is Harley-Davidson 1970 Shovelhead custom. 

By the way, the photographer name is Glenn Mcilwraith. Hope you like it.

Cheers, Mimi.

Kiera Loves Motorbikes

I LOVED the shoot today, especially because I love motorbikes.

I ride dirt bikes. I know guys who go out every weekend to ride and I wanted to be included so I bought myself a CR125 and taught myself how to ride it.

Although the Central Coast is home at the moment, I was born in the States and I love travelling back and forth. I’m heading back in August to have my 21st in Vegas and I cannot wait.

I’ve been modelling full time and I’ve done a lot of different stuff from magazine work, promo work to Ralph and Auto Babe; and I’ve been published in other magazines like Zoo Weekly, Hot 4’s and Ralph.

Aside from work and motorbikes, I love going out to the clubs and shopping.

Photos by Wall-2-Wall

Make sure you check out the full feature on this amazing motorbike at Captain Australia is an Easy Rider.

Harley-Davidson Evo Fat Bagger

THE IDEA OF building another Bagger had appealed to me, and my mate Greg in Queensland was now into making fibreglass bagger kits and tank strips for Harley-Davidson tourers. He had also tracked down a cheap, one-owner, Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic in good original nick. Perfect for the job.

Some short, turned-out pipes were sourced to allow the pannier extenders to be fitted without cutting any holes; only thing is, it’s now very loud. I’m a firm believer of “If you’re heard, you’re seen.” Don’t think the boys in blue would agree.

 A 19-inch alloy front rim and tyre were fitted to give the bike a chopperish feel. A low-cut tinted screen was also fitted to help with the effect.

The Ultra was painted black with a blue pearl. Looks great out in the sun.

The Evo engine was given a top-end freshen up, fitted with a Screamin’ Eagle cam and a late model carby along with a Hypercharger.

 Taff from Perth helped source all of the after-market chrome work which finished off the Bagger nicely. After all, it is a 1994 model.

When it came time to take it over the pits in Western Australia, the horn wouldn’t work, so being an Ultra Classic with all the bullshit wiring in the fairing, we bypassed the wiring by fitting an old dragster pushbike horn (thanks Mick). It took a bit to convince the boys at the pits, but it worked.

Mick in Maddington also got the bagger running sweet with some fine tuning and modifications.

The finishing touches were the Ozbike and Oz Biker Nation stickers, and the Ozbike number plate. After all, I work for the best bike magazine in Oz, why not advertise it. Now I can ride to any events and photo-shoots with all my camera gear safe and dry in the panniers.

This style of bike is not for everybody, but I like to be different, and I’m already thinking of my next build.

Thanks to Monique for being such a great model and making it an enjoyable day.

Words & pics by Gazza

Vanity-Lee Purrs Like a Kitten

I’M A SYDNEY girl, born and bred here. When people ask me my age I always tell them I’m young enough to have fun and old enough to know better.

I’ve been modelling since I was a teenager in high school and I got into it because my step-father was a photographer.

I started dancing when I was three too. I’ve done everything from ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, and I’m qualified in ballroom. I still dance, in fact, I’m actually on my way to dance now. 

When I’m not modelling or dancing, I love archery, rock climbing, bike riding, or anything extreme and of high adrenalin.

I’ve been on a couple of bikes, been around a lot of Harleys, but only as a passenger. Give me a good ride any day, as long as it purrs like a kitten.

Photos by Wall-2-Wall.

Make sure you check out the feature on Tony Cohan’s The Illustrated Man Chopper.

Dani and the Down Under Chopper

I’VE BEEN modelling for about five years. I’ve done all sorts of things from nude glamour to fashion, you name it. I’ve worked overseas in California. It was my first ever photo shoot which was for a website and that was a lot of fun. I never thought I’d still be doing it five years later. I danced over there in a burlesque show as well.

I love tattoos. Most of the ones I have are my ideas. I would tell my ideas to someone who was very talented to draw them up for me. I have a couple of crazy ones and a couple of band ones. I’ve had work done here and in the States. I’ve been getting them for way too many years; I started when I was under-age (sorry Mum). My first one was my star sign on my right shoulder.

I’m a big fan of old horror movies so the tattoo on my chest is a bat based on the Dracula story.

My favourite tattoo changes all the time but it’s probably my stomach, which is Blood on Blood, an old Bon Jovi song. It has a lot of meaning to my friends, and to me, it’s a bit of an old friendship.

I’m a movies buff. I’ll watch anything that’s not a romantic comedy. I love the old horror, old science fiction, and anything that’s going to make me laugh like Spooks from the ’80s.

I love bikes. There is nothing like riding down the beach on the back of someone’s bike; the wind, I love it!

I just wanted to say thanks for having me and it’s been awesome and I’m pretty stoked to be part of the Ozbiker Nation.

Make sure you check out the full feature on the Thunder Down Under Chopper.

Photos by Wall 2 Wall

Thunder Down Under Chopper

Dave the Owner 

I WAS INTO hot-rods before bikes. I had a 1929 coup which took out the best Victoria Street Rod recently. Then I got into bikes as well but ended up liking the bikes more than the cars.

My first bike was a Harley-Davidson, an ’84 Wide Glide. I had a couple of mates with Harleys and met more as I went. I had a good friend, Noel Anthony, who put me onto Dave at Doc Hogs. Dave helped me with my Wide Glide; we did a bit to that.

I always said, if I was ever going to build a chopper, I’d build it through Dave. Dave would say, “Yeah, yeah, yeah.”

“No, I’m serious,” I’d say.

So he said, “Well come down for a drink first.”

We had a drink a couple of times and I told him my ideas. I had pictures from Ozbike, and friend’s photos from bike shows, and ideas from here and there.

Then I split up with the missus and thought, ‘That’s it, I’m going for it,’ so I went to the bank and got a loan.

“Dave, I’m here,” I said. “I’ve got the money—let’s do it!”

Ever since I’ve known Dave he was a down-to-earth bloke, an honest bloke, and all the work he did on my other bike was brilliant so I really trusted him. It’s been good. He’s taught me a lot about bikes.

This chopper was built from scratch. I had a heap of ideas and told Dave about them and he knew where I was heading. He got the frame in and we went from there, adding the pieces as we went along. He’d say, come have a look at this, and I’d either be nar or yeah, and he just put it all together and that’s what we come up with.

I wanted a chopper look but still wanted it to handle really good, and I wanted a different front-end than everyone else had. I wanted the wide arse-end, but not too wide because I wanted to be able to ride it hard.

Dave said, “You’ve got a fat arse so you need a decent tyre to cover your own arse!”

The paint job was my idea, which was the hardest part, I reckon, telling people what you want. You imagine it in your own head, then you’ve got to try to tell people how you want it and see what they can come up with. I thought that would have to be the worst part of the job, if it comes back and wrecks all Dave’s work. It came up pretty close to what I imagined so I was damn happy.

I haven’t ridden it yet; it’s only just been finished. It’s getting the engineering part done and we’re waiting for the RTA to give us the Vin number. That’s another thing—Dave does it all properly, there is no shonky business, so they can get registered.

I’m biting the bullet to ride the bike, I’m hanging out, believe me, I’m hanging out.

Dave the Builder

DAVE WANDERS in and says, “I wanna build a chopper.” He’s actually been saying it for about five years, but today he puts the money on the counter and says, “Let’s get started.”

We used an Ultima frame because it already had the stretch and rake that he wanted, that out and up. It’s about four inches up and six out, with a 38-degree rake.

It’s not a Sporty fuel tank; it’s more of a chopper, extended, longer tank.

It’s got a RevTech 100 cube Drive Line package in it: six-speed gearbox, Evo style engine, S&S velocity stack, RevTech belt drive, high torque starter motor.

The rear guard was fabricated to fit the bike and belt-drive rear end. The rear-end is 250. 

He went for more of a traditional look with the 60-spoke wheels, Mean Street front-end, Burleigh bars, Dakota digital speedo which sits down on the top of the head attached to the engine mount, and Bassani exhaust.

Dave always had this thing that he wanted something Australian so Thunder Down Under is his theme. It makes the bike unique.

Photos by Wall 2 Wall

If you’d like to see more photos of Dave’s Thunder Down Under Chopper, go to Dani’s feature.

Courtney and the Harley-Davidson Moon-Eyes Concept

WE BUILT this custom Evo especially to compete in the 25th Annual Moon Eyes Show in Yokohama, Japan. This is a massive show in Japan. The Japanese have taken over the Moon Eyes brand and made it into a massive culture, and we were lucky enough to get over there and be part of it.

We went over the year before, checked out the show to make sure we would be able to get over there and compete, came back, had a game plan.

We worked hand-in-hand with Ian at VPW Performance Parts in Melbourne. He managed to get a container and so forth—six bikes, one container, from Australia; a lot of the guys were from Melbourne; one from Albury/Wodonga.

It took two weeks to get our bike to Melbourne, get it locked and loaded; 25 days to get over to Japan; and a few days before the show we got the bikes out of the container, cleaned them all up ready for the biggest show on the show calendar throughout the world.

We all managed to come away with participation trophies, Longest Distance Travelled, etc; it was a big achievement for Aussie blokes to take their bikes over and get them back unscathed.

We built the bike in a 10-month period. It is based around an Ultima frame: 200 rear, two-inch-over, 35-degree rake.

I had a RSD wheel lying around and decided to do something different with it. I sand-blasted the paint off and it came up a nice raw aluminium colour; I put some matt-clear over it to bring up that traditional magnesium style.

The rear wheel is off a Harley-Davidson Night Train. Same thing: stripped it down, sand-blasted it, matt-clear to match the front wheel.

To get the stance right, we used a narrow-glide front-end shortened down a little bit. We smoothed it all out; took the fender stays off.

We had a Dunlop rear slick off a race bike and decided to put it on for the show. The front is a Firestone Front Runner drag tyre. We wouldn’t run either on the street but decided they looked good on our show bike; it’s kind of a bare-bones drag bike/custom.

The rear guard is a nice hugger for the 200 rear-end.

The Lowbrow Sportster tank is Frisco-mounted; very traditional Japanese styling; they run all their tanks right up.

I had a Harley-Davidson Dyna which had a pretty strong Evo motor in it. We pulled that out, pulled it down to make sure everything was alright internally; took all the crap off it; got rid of the electrics.

I got a six-speed box to go behind it. We machined the starter locator so it was all smooth.

We ran the rear exhaust pipe out the left side of the bike; the front following the traditional side.

I sat down with a good friend of mine, Ben at Extreme Creations, where we CNC’ed up a lot of the parts. We got rid of the primary set-up and basically made it a chain-to-chain primary on the low side of the bike. Ben helped us design it so everything still worked without running the traditional casings.

Pretty much every part of the bike has been customised in some way. We haven’t pulled a part off the shelf that hasn’t then been chopped in half, welded and sectioned, to make it completely different.

I worked hand-in-hand with my worker and left-hand man, Tom McBeath. We set ourselves apart as far as customising a bike ‘and’ painting it as well. We are known as a paint shop but we’re looking towards a future of putting out a couple of nice bikes to sell.

Finally, I wanted to thank PPG Paints Australia who sponsored the motorbike and helped us get over there, and Sheridan and my family for supporting me in this endeavour.

Words by Kyle Smith at Smith Concepts; photos by John Turton at Celebrity Obsession

Courtney

I’M 21-years-old and currently living on the coast of NSW.

I’ve always has a strong love of all things motorbikes, cars and metal. Since a young age, I was always running up to the hotrod cars in a toy store instead of the Barbie Dolls and forever begging to be let onto the back of a Harley-Davidson.

I’ve since explored this passion and refined my dreams to owning a ’65 Shelby GT350 Mustang and have maintained my love for a beast of a Harley-Davidson to one day call my own.

I have been lucky enough to work with some beautiful motorbikes through my modelling career including this stunning custom created by Smith Concepts. To be able to not only own such a great motorbike but to be able to truely make it your own through customising—the construction, paint job and overall aesthetics—is a really great process and I’m glad to see more and more people getting into it. 

In the future I’d love to do more shoots with some different beauties and maybe even start a project of my own!

Blue Ironhead Sportster & Julie from Darwin City

I FOUND this 1976 XL Ironhead Sportster in Humpty Doo parked up in a garden, under a tree. I approached the owners only to be told their ‘garden art’ was ‘not’ for sale. I asked them to put it undercover; they agreed and it was moved to the veranda.

After a few more visits and beers, 12 months later I received the Sportster and a few spares, one being a rigid-arse-end conversion.

I started work on it immediately and got it running, much to missus’s disgust. I put three-inch longer forks on it, and I rode it as a rat bike for another 12 months.

Riding with a mate of mine, Mick (Captain Underpants Motorcycle Restoration), I convinced him to help me with a full restoration, with two conditions—no ape-hangers and not black. He agreed and the resto began.

 The Ironhead Sportster was fully stripped down and the rigid-arse-end bolted on, which made it three inches longer and two inches lower.

We freshened-up the motor and gearbox; the kick-starter was fully rebuilt.

The modifications to the frame included adding custom-made brackets to suit the fuel tank, rear guard, chain guard, exhaust and forward controls; all of these parts were also custom-made. The oil tank was moved three times.

Finally, being happy with all the modifications and the welding completed, the Sportster was stripped again. The chroming was done and the frame, tank and guards, etc, painted. Pinstriping by Ally. 

The full rewire was by Captain Underpants Motorcycle Restoration. Thanks also to Dave from Hidden Valley Harley-Davidson for help in sourcing parts. All up the complete restoration took about seven months. 

The Ironhead Sportster won Best Custom Bike at the Humpty Doo Bike Show that year.

words by Kevin Thoma; photos by Rick Benson

Julie from Darwin City

HELLO. I’m 25-years-old and I have been living in Darwin, Northern Territory, for about five years; originally from the Gold Coast, Queensland. 

I’ve done a little modelling here and there, but this is my first time being published with a motorbike in a magazine. I have an Only Fans page (https://onlyfans.com/onlyjuliefans) and I’m currently working at a dance/strip club in Darwin City. I am passionate about photography and I run my own online business.

I love everything to do with fitness/wellbeing and personal growth. Everything I do is to benefit and improve myself and my lifestyle. My main goal in life is to be the best version of myself that I can be and to just be grateful and happy with everything I go through in life, good and bad. This teaches you to appreciate when things are going well but understand that when things aren’t, it won’t last forever so keep at it till you’ve reached a better place.

Follow me on Instagram @julie.nicaisse 

Sophie and the Blue Harley-Davidson WLA

HI. I’m a very creative person who loves all things art. I’m a photographer, artist, and amateur musician. I am a very positive, bubbly, and driven person and I love promoting being comfortable in your own skin. 

I’ve been modelling since I was 16. I love it because I feel confident in myself and I love wearing different outfits as I love fashion. I am usually dressed pretty tomboy-ish so to wear such pretty things today feels special to me.

I’m particularly excited about this shoot as I love cars and motorbikes, especially Harleys. It’s also my favourite colour so this shoot is perfect for me. 

I hope to be successful in my creative pursuits and one day live off all the abilities I have. 

Make sure you check out the full feature on the Sky Blue Harley-Davidson WLA.

photos by Julius Goboly.

Such Is Life With Motorbikes

MY LIFE WITH bikes began back when I purchased my first, a 750 Norton Commando, and I thought I was untouchable at age 17. As the years went on, I headed over to New Zealand and picked up a Russian bike — that piece of crap lasted one week and I traded it for a Triumph Bonneville — now that was a bike — with two years of travelling New Zealand, that bike never missed a beat.

Over the years I had different bikes. In 1987, I dropped a bike and watched it go under an eight-wheeler. This gave me such a scare that I went off bikes for many years after.

Throughout my life, I still had that desire to recapture the dream of owning my own bike again but finances never allowed. With the kids moving on, I had money back in the pocket and that urge got the better of me and I knew it was time to get back in the saddle.

I hooked up with a 1200 custom Harley-Davidson Sportster. With no disrespect to other makes, for me, Harley-Davidson was the best I had ever ridden and I still love every bit of it.

Last year I called into Central Coast Harley-Davidson just to buy a shirt and chill out with the staff there who are always friendly and make you feel you have known them for years. The problem with that day — I walked out after buying a new Fat Boy Softail. I must say, the excitement was overwhelming! All that was left now was to go home and tell the misses — that crap didn’t go down well but the bike always wins.

Riding around on this bike for me was like Kyle Sandilands driving his Rolls Royce — I couldn’t imagine anything better.

Not long after I attended a Show & Shine at Central Coast Harley-Davidson — that’s when I spotted the best looking bike I had ever seen. This bike was owned by a top guy named Jason, and as expected, he took out first place on the day. I became that inspired by his bike, I figured I would start on mine and hope the missus didn’t notice.

The journey began with the help of truly great friends at Central Coast Harley-Davidson. We began the chroming cycle with a couple of parts that had to go to Queanbeyan, ACT, but the wait was worth it.

The biggest problem was the paintwork; not an easy decision to make. Tony, a friendship I truly value from Central Coast Harley-Davidson, recommended Joe Webb from Bad Image so I did some research and decided he was the one to do the job. Deciding what to do was the next dilemma. A family member suggested a Ned Kelly theme based on my chequered past and defiantly no argument there, so I figured that’s the way to go. I cannot speak highly enough of Bad Image; Joe’s attention to detail is second to none, giving me exactly what I was looking for.

The opportunity to show the bike off came along, so it was time to put together the photo shoot. Once again Tony came to the rescue. Location became a bit of a problem until Greg, our club member, arranged for me to use Old Sydney Town as the backdrop; and the young lady, Kareena Black, who supported me for the shoot is a true friend and I will be forever grateful. I cannot thank everybody concerned enough. The day was long and hard but perfect.

So now that I have achieved my goal. I just cruse along enjoying the freedom, and the great thing about this is the looks I get — and you look into their eyes and see their envy, and with that, it makes me reflect on the words of an Australian legend: Such Is Life.

Story by Kelvin; photos by Roger C.

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