Jeff Wright is a straight-up freak. In his home town of Des Moines, IA, nobody gets what he does. Even though the custom bike world encourages originality, typically there are certain boundaries to what someone can do...a 1976 Shovel with sportbike controls, suspension, and brakes is typically considered coloring outside the lines.
Going for a '50s stripped-down bobber aesthetic-and starting with a '70s FL-while using the most modern performance parts available makes for one hell of an interesting blend. It all started with the JMC swingarm (the centerpiece of many '90s Pro Street FXRs). Jeff fit it to the stock frame and mounted up some insanely expensive Ohlins shocks. Gold and yellow signature hues of the rear suspension influenced the look of the rest of the machine, with anodized Sun Rims, a one-off gas cap, and touch of gold leaf on the tank drawing the colors through the rest of the bike.
There's also an understated "holey" theme to the bike as well, with parts of the frame and several of the integrated mounts sporting some drilled-out sections. The front fork tubes were plated with titanium nitrite, which not only cuts down on stiction, but also ties in with the other black parts of the bike as well. Believe it or not, the whole frontend is stock Harley-Davidson issue, but ground, welded, and powdercoated into the look it has now. In fact, many of the pieces on the bike are modified stock parts, while the aftermarket stuff is anything but your typical billet bonanza. The headlight is from the original AMF Shovel, cut-down, smoothed, and powdercoated. The dual Morris Magneto setup is from Goblin Millworks, while the covers are from Chopper Dave's Casting Company.
When the bike was basically done, it was shipped out to Chopper Dave for the finishing touches. Out at his California shop, he built the 100-inch stroker motor, Goodridge brake lines, wiring, and the tuning. In fact, he was the first one to ride the thing. Said Dave, "When I first fired this bike and rode it, I thought, Holy crap, this bike rules! If it wasn't the loudest bike on the f***in' planet, I'd tell Jeff that someone stole it and keep it for myself!"
The pipes that saved Jeff's bike from Dave created their own set of challenges. With their routing to the left side, they forced the left peg higher than the right, into what Jeff calls a "barstool" riding position. By the time you read this, the white Shovel should be tooling around Des Moines, among confused natives who have no idea what to make of it.
||| |---|---| | BIO| Owner Jeff Wright | Year/Make/Model| 1976 Harley-Davidson | | | FLH| | Build Time| One Year| | Assembly| Church of Choppers | | (CoC, www.churchofchoppers.com)| | Fabrication| CoC| | Value| Not for sale|
||| |---|---| | ENGINE| Year/Type/Displ. 1976 Shovelhead | Builder| Aki Sakamoto/ Chopper Dave| | Cases| S&S;| | Flywheels| S&S; (special order stroker wheels)| | Connecting Rods| S&S;| | Pistons| S&S;| | Cylinders| S&S;| | Heads| H-D (mod: dual plug)| | Camshaft| Andrews "B"| | Valves| H-D| | Pushrods| Andrews| | Lifters| solid| | Oil Pump| S&S;| | Carb| S&S; Super E| | Gaskets| Yes| | Air Cleaner| Chopper Dave's Casting Co. (CDCC) | | Ignition| Dual Morris Magnetos w/CDCC caps| | Exhaust| CoC| | Oil/Oil Lines| rubber| | Finish| Raw|
||| |---|---| | TRANS.| Year/Type 1976 4-spd w/hydraulic clutch & Chopper Dave kick shifter | Primary Drive| Rivera| | Clutch| Rivera Pro Clutch| | Case| Sputhe| | Gearset| Andrews| | Finish| Polished|
||| |---|---| | FRAME| Year/Type 1976 FLH | Rake| Stock| | Stretch| Stock|
||| |---|---| | FORKS| Triple Trees H-D Wide Glide | Tubes| Race Tech Ti-Nitrite coated/valved| | Sliders| H-D | | Extension| None| | Modifications| shaved sliders and trees, assembly by Hickman Racing| | Finish| White Powdercoat|
||| |---|---| | SUSPENSION| Swingarm JMC | Shocks| Öhlins| | Axle| Yes| | Final Drive| Chain| | Finish| Anodized/polished|
||| |---|---| | WHEELS•BRAKES•TIRES| Front | Builder/Size| CoC (Sun Rims) 21-inch| | Tire| Avon Venom 120x21| | Caliper| Tokico| | Rotor| H-D floater| | Rear| | | Builder/Size| CoC (Sun Rims) 18-inch| | Tire| Avon Venom 150x18| | Caliper| Dual Tokico| | Rotor| H-D Floater|
||| |---|---| | PAINT| Paint White | Graphics| Jay Lydon & Randy Kent| | Painter| Jay Lydon & Randy Kent| | Powdercoating| Performance Powdercoating|
||| |---|---| | ESSENTIALS| Handlebars/Risers Pro Taper | Cables| Goodridge| | Headlight| H-D (chopped)| | Fuel Tank| H-D (Sportster)| | Oil Tank| Moon Eyes| | Rear Fender| H-D Softail| | Hand Control| Brembo (Ducati)| | Foot Controls| CoC and CDCC| | Pegs| Drilled BMX Pegs| | Electrical| Chopper Dave| | Seat| Zero Engineering/ Backdrop| | Taillight| CoC LED|