By Mad Paris
No it’s not the Kenny Rodgers hit song but the latest fab from AZZKIKR Custom Cycle locate in Vancouver B.C. AZZKIKR was able to convert this 2010 Street Glide – they dubbed “Gambler”
– into a custom ride that not only looks good and turns heads at bike shows but more importantly can be ridden until the rubber flies off the wheels. The way the bike turned out is unlike anything they ever built before, and that’s just the way AZZKIKR likes it !
The history for “this” gambler started out as Chris, the owner of the bike who lives in Washington, had a fairly low mileage motorcycle on his hands. As Chris was a friend of Len the owner of AZZKIKR Custom Cycle, and after sharing a motorcycle trip to Mexico, the pair decided to overhaul the Street Glide into a serious rider. It would also be a great looking show bike using a unique computerized air ride system that Chris had applied on several of his cars.
By Barba Roja del Este
Sean MacLennan doesn’t name his builds, not really. I mean there’s the Root Beer Chopper. He calls it that way because of the paint. But most bikes just roll out the door nameless. His own ride is just called “the bobber”. If another bobber is in some state of assembly in the shop he’ll personalize it to “my bobber”. I’d call it the R&D Bobber because pretty much every innovation to roll out of the Sean’s Non Stock Custom shop has seen some road time on that frame. For MacLennan research and development begins in his head. An idea pops up in there and just won’t let go. He takes his idea to the shop and cuts, turns, hammers or heats it out of metal. It could be as simple as twisting copper tubing into a spring shape to make oil lines that look cool as well as act as an oil cooler. Simply brilliant ! Or maybe it’s one of his scaled down springer front ends or a suicide shift kit. At the next step, he slaps it on the bobber for a test ride. Note that the test rides aren’t always pretty. The first time the
bobber hit the pavement it “really” hit the pavement. Sean dumped his first build on its first ride within site of the
shop door. Not an impressive start to what has quickly become an impressive career. That episode didn’t faze
Sean; he picked up the bike, rolled it home, assessed the damage and fixed it.
By Konstantine Zakzanis
In 2000, Jesse James was the subject of “Motorcycle Mania”
which chronicled his everyday life as a motorcycle
builder on the Discovery Channel. Surprisingly, this peek
into his life became one of the highest rated shows in the
networks’ history and Motorcycle Mania II and III soon
followed, and unknowingly a new genre of reality TV was
created. As I grew to admire his work, it was “the copper
bike” that he built on MMIII that set the bar for all things
chopper. Having already met Jesse and been privileged to
own one of his hand-build masterpieces, formerly featured
in the pages of Revolution, it was the copper bike that I
so wanted and ever
chased him for.
By Pascal Richard
Baggers, Baggers, Baggers ! The evolution of this model never stops amazing me. Who would have thought ten years ago that touring bikes would cause such a trend ? I guess it’s somewhat inevitable since touring models have gained so much popularity lately but it begs the question : just how far will it go ? Without getting too caught up in the hype, (like the expression goes “sometimes too much is like not enough” !), you can build an excellent custom bike with these models.
Here is an excellent proof ! The latest creation from Goone Cycle in Alfred, Ontario. I’ve known Alain, (his nickname is Goone) for over twenty-five years and in the “milieu” of custom motorcycles he is
one of the builders I respect the most. He brings the utmost finishing touches to his motorcycles; every little detail is thought out methodically. This is also what Mario, the owner of the motorcycle you see here, said to himself as he rode his 2009 Road Glide to Goone’s : “With this Road Glide project I wanted to make heads twist – not just turn heads, twist heads” !