Old Skool of Hard Knocks
Montreal Choppers, builder of “Old Skool of Hard Knocks”
Montreal Choppers presents its latest creation: “Old
Skool of Hard Knocks”. For this project, the designers
imagined a “bobber” style bike sporting the theme of
a futuristic and avant-garde “speed bike”, something
that would have been created in the 1950’s. The
ultimate goal was to create a machine that would
incorporate retro elements inspired by the hot rods
found in that era, but with some modern elements
incorporated as well.
The designers at Montreal Choppers had “carte
blanche” to execute this project. They took great
pleasure in letting their imagination run wild. To get
the project going, they brought together ideas that
had been floating around the shop for a long time.
Their vision of this project was to incorporate the
oil tank within the gas tank of the bike. This was the
major element that served as the basis of inspiration
on this project.
CYCLES, builder of Deception
I guess it’s been about 5 years
since I decided I was going to
build my own bike. I’m a fairly
big guy and was fed up of riding
bikes that just didn’t fit me. The
response we received from
that first bike led us to believe
that this could, hypothetically,
be molded into a business. I
retired from the company where
I was currently employed, and
we opened Howler Custom
Cycle in the spring of 2004.
Shortly after the store opening, we were contacted by Brian
Simms who was looking for a pretty specific bike. After a
few phone calls, that build took off and “the Gargoyle” bike
ultimately gave our shop a status show winning bike that you
could actually ride to work everyday, not just park in your
garage to polish and admire. We did a few shows with Brian’s
bike with the intent of getting our name “out there”, and we did
very well that year. The shop was off and running.
Concept & Design
Cycle, builder of Gladiator
This project began when Jean-Guy discussed the potential and modification
possibilities of his 2006 Road Glide with Georges Thomas of Concept & Design
Cycle. The goal was to modify the bike according to Jean-Guy’s taste and requirements.
First point to consider: Jean-Guy was the type that was always looking for maximum
output – which barely gave the throttle a moments rest (between power shifts
from his hand to his foot!). Georges knew that the R&R 155 cubic inch
motor – which is as aesthetic and smooth as it is reliable – along with
the 6-speed Baker transmission would be the perfect choice.
The time then came to fit these components into the original
Road Glide frame, which obviously involved
modifying the height and length.