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2006 Thunder Mountain Sterling RM

January 31, 2006
Owner: Gail's Harley-DavidsonCity/State: Grandview, MissouriGeneral- Manufacturer: Thunder Mountain Custom Cycles, Inc.- Factory Location: Loveland, Colorado- Year/Model: 2006 Sterling RM Engine- Displacement/Type: 103 ci (1690 cc) Harley-Davidson Screamin' Eagle Twin Cam 103B - Fuel System: Available with Carburetor or Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection- Compression Ratio: 8.6:1- Exhaust: 2:1 Performance TunedTransmission- Year/Type: Harley-Davidson 5-speedDrives- Primary: Chain- Secondary: Belt Frame/Suspension/Dimensions - Rake Steering Head: 35 degrees- Fork: Optional Springer- Length: 95 in- Wheelbase: 68 in- Seat Height: 25 in- Ground Clearance: 3.55 in- Weight: 610 lb dry Capacities - Fuel: 5 gal- Oil: 3.5 qt Wheels, Tires & Brakes- Wheels: 60-spoke available…

Interview with Gail Worth

January 31, 2006
Thunder Mountain Custom Cycles has been building customized motorcycles since 1999 in their Loveland, Colorado, factory. The company expects to produce more than 1,400 bikes this year and currently offers the Sterling RM featured in February issue of Cycle Connections and three other models. A high percentage of the components utilized in each Thunder Mountain motorcycle are Harley-Davidson products, including major components such as engines, transmissions, and electronics. However, Harley-Davidson and Thunder Mountain are not affiliated in any way. Gail’s Harley-Davidson in Grandview, Missouri, is the exclusive Thunder Mountain dealership in the Kansas City Region. I recently talked with Gail…

Melinda Beebe’s 2004 RKR Customs Chopper

December 31, 2005
Owner: Melinda BeebeCity/State: Olathe, KansasGeneral- Year/Make: 2004 RKR Customs Chopper- Fabrication: RKR Customs (Randy Clouette, Ken Beebe & Rick Park)- Assembly: RKR CustomsEngine- Size (ci)/Type: 113 ci Ultima- Carburetor: S&S- Air Cleaner: D&M Custom - Spike- Pipes: Stainless CreationsTransmission- Year/Type: Midwest 6-speed, Right Side DriveDrive- Primary: BDL 4-inch open belt Frame/Suspension - Year/Type: 2004 Frameworks Pro-Street - Rigid- Rake: 51 degrees- Rear Suspension: Rigid- Forks: American Suspension Wheels, Tires & Brakes- Front Wheel: Chrome Horse - Bayonet- Rear Wheel: Chrome Horse - Bayonet - Front Tire: Avon Venom- Rear Tire: Avon Venom 300 - Front Brakes: K-Tech- Rear Brakes: K-Tech…

2005 Wild West Dragoon

November 30, 2005
Owner: Jack Miller American V-TwinCity/State: North Kansas City, MissouriGeneral- Year/Make: 2005 Wild West DragoonEngine- Size (ci)/Type: 117 ci S&S with roller rocker arms, forged pistons, chrome rocker covers, billet oil pump, compression release & full polished engine finish (also available in 111 & 124 ci)- Carburetor: S&S Super G- Pipes: Wild West 2 into 1 with turnout & heat shieldsTransmission- Year/Type: Baker 6-speed, RSD, Andrews gear and shaftsDrives- Primary: Rivera Brute IV open belt- Belt: Gates HTD PolychainClutch- Rivera Pro – 9 plate heavy duty Frame/Suspension - Year/Type: Wild West – Integrated oil storage in 2” O.D. backbone & seat…

Abby Lou Foundation's '05 Custom Chopper Giveaway Bike

October 31, 2005
Owner: Paul Joiner- Abby Lou Foundation LLCCity/State: Blue Springs, MissouriGeneral- Year/Make: 2005 Custom- Fabrication: : Hawg Wyld Cycles- Assembly: Tom Talley at Hawg Wyld CyclesEngine- Size (ci)/Type: 96 ci Rob McCass - Carburetor: 45mm S&S- Air Cleaner: Forcewinder with intake- Pipes: Vance & Hines Short Shots Transmission- Year/Type: Rev Tech six-speed Frame/Suspension - Year/Type: 2005 Surgical Steel Monoglide - Rear Suspension: Fully adjustable with nitrogen assist - Forks: Arlen Ness inverted - Triple-Trees: Arlen Ness Wheels, Tires & Brakes- Front Wheel: Performance Machine - Hustler- Rear Wheel: Performance Machine - Hustler- Front Tire: Metzler ME 880 Marathon 120 x 70…

Dale Talley's '03 Ghetto Customs Chopper & Cover Model, Ginny

September 30, 2005
Dale Talley and his crew at Ghetto Customs built this beautiful custom bike and have more bikes in the works. Dale also owns Dale's Auto Body and Upholstery in Kansas City, Kansas and has been customizing cars and trucks for years. Dale is Vice President of Group 13 Bikers, which has grown to over 50 members in only a few short months. When I contacted Dale and asked him about shooting his bike for our October cover, he was more than happy to oblige. He even offered to let us do our photo shoot at his shop, which worked out…

Dale Talley's '03 Ghetto Customs Chopper

September 30, 2005
Owner: Dale Talley City/State: Shawnee, KansasGeneral- Year/Make: '03 Special Construction- Fabrication: Owner - Assembly: Owner- Build Time: Two yearsEngine- Size (ci)/Type: 113 ci S&S - Carburetor: S&S- Pipes: Martin Brothers Transmission- Year/Type: '01 Rev Tech six-speed Frame/Suspension - Year/Type: '01 K.C. Creations Softail - Rake: 40 degrees- Stretch: 5 inches out- Swingarm: K.C. Creations- Rear Suspension: Legend Air- Forks: R.C. Components- Extension: 4 inches - Triple-Trees: 5 degree R.C. Components Wheels, Tires & Brakes- Front Wheel: PM- Rear Wheel: PM- Front Tire: Avon- Rear Tire: Avon 240- Front Brakes: PM- Rear Brakes: PM drive-side Finish - Molding: Owner- Painter: Owner-…

Don Post - Lessons in Compassion & Inspiration

August 31, 2005
Generous, unselfish and compassionate together are a combination of character attributes not frequently found these days. For most of us, there are only a few occasions in our lives when we are blessed in meeting people with an abundance of these qualities. When it happens though, we are extraordinarily touched and very aware of the significant role they play in helping others. Just as difficult to comprehend though is how misfortune somehow weaves its way into the lives of these special people. Last April, I met Penny Sharp, volunteer and co-chairperson for the Kansas City March of Dimes Bikers for…

St. Joe Harley-Davidson’s Casino Bike

July 31, 2005
Owner: St. Joe Harley-Davidson City/State: St. Joseph, MissouriGeneral- Designer: Clay McCreary- Fabricated by: Dan Hudgins “Rooster” - Year: 2005- Make: Harley-Davidson - Model: FXST - Assembly: Rooster- Assembly Time: 6 months (customer’s bikes come first)- Chromed by: Industrial Plating- Polished by: Southwest PolishingEngine- Year & Model: 2005 Harley-Davidson- Rebuilder: Rooster- Displacement (ci): 95- Cams: Bob Woods Designer TW-400G- Carburetor: Rivera Engineering 42mm Mikuni - Air Cleaner: Choppers Inc. Velocity Stack- Pipes: Martin BrothersTransmission- Year & Model: 2005 Harley-Davidson- Shifting: Foot 5-Speed w/Performance Machine hydraulic clutch.- Primary: DBL Top Fuel 3 3/8 Belt DrivePaint- Molding: Travis Caw & Rick Consolver (Ken…

Mark Merrill's Special Custom Harley-Davidson

May 31, 2005
Owner: Mark Merrill City/State: Kansas City, MissouriGeneral- Fabricated by: Mark Merrill - Year: 2002- Make: Special Custom Harley-Davidson - Model: Rigid - Assembly: Mark Merrill - Assembly Time: 4 months- Chromed by: Jackson PlatingEngine- Year & Model: 2002 Harley-Davidson- Displacement (ci): 80- Carburetor: S&S Super E - Air Cleaner: S&S- Pipes: Arlen NessTransmission- Year & Model: 2002 Harley-Davidson- Shifting: Foot 5-SpeedPaint- Molding: Mark Merrill and Swampy Pete- Painter: Swampy Pete - Color/Type: House of Kolor, black and candiesFrame- Year/Type: 2002 Rigid - Builder: Mid-USA- Rake: Frame 38 degrees plus 7 degrees over triple tree- Stretch: 2 inchAccessories- Bars: Chinca -…

2005 Big Bear Chopper

April 30, 2005
Owner: Jack Miller American Thunder V-TwinCity/State: North Kansas City, MissouriGeneral- Fabricated by: Mike Lance- Year: 2005- Make: Big Bear- Model: Venom Chopper- Assembly: Mike LanceEngine- Year & Model: 1997/S&S- Displacement (ci): 96- Carburetor: S&S - Air Cleaner: S&S- Pipes: Arlen Ness Slashers Transmission- Model: Harley-Davidson- Year: 1999- Shifting: Foot 5-SpeedPaint- Painter: Chris Cofield of CC Custom Graphics. Frame- Year/Type: Big Bear Choppers 2004 Venom Chopper- Builder: Big Bear Choppers- Rear Swingarm: Big BearAccessories- Bars: Big Bear- Fenders: Big Bear- Headlight: Headwinds- Taillight: LED - Pegs: PM Performance Machine- Gas Tank: Big Bear- Oil Tank: Big Bear- Seat: Big Bear- Grips:…

Hellraiser Choppers' 2005 WINFUEL™ Chopper

February 28, 2005
Owner: WINFUEL/Alex GoenCity/State: Cedar Knolls, New JerseyGeneral- Fabricated by: Ilya Blond of Hellraiser Choppers, Lenexa, Kansas - Year: 2005- Make: Custom Chopper- Model: One-Off Custom- Assembly: Hellraiser ChoppersEngine- Year & Model: 2004 Midwest Ultima El Bruto 120- Displacement (ci): 120- Carburetor: S&S G with Joker Machine velocity stack- Pipes: Stainless Creations Transmission- Model: Accessories Unlimited RSD- Shifting: Pro-OnePaint- Molding: Tommy “Too Much” Martin - Painter: Tommy “Too Much” Martin Frame- Year/Type: 2004 Dropseat- Builder: War Eagle- Rake: 66 degrees- Stretch: 7 inches- Rear Swingarm: War Eagle 300 RSDAccessories- Bars: Stainless Creations internal throttle- Fenders: Hellraiser Choppers- Headlight: Accessories Unlimited- Taillight:…

Don Dearmore's '04 Old Skool Bobber

January 31, 2005
Owner: Don Dearmore City/State: Leawood, KansasGeneral- Fabricated by: Rick Combs of Combs Custom Cycle , Lawrence, KS - Year: 2004- Make: Old Skool- Model: “Bobber”- Assembly: Rick Combs- Assembly Time: Three months- Chromed by: A&A PlatingEngine- Year & Model: 2004 Rev Tech- Carburetor: Mikuni 42 HSR- Air Cleaner: Velocity Stack- Pipes: SanteeTransmission- Year & Model: 2004 Rev Tech- Shifting: 6-speed foot shiftPaint- Molding: Rick Combs- Painter: Rick Combs - Color: Metalflake Red/Black Pearl House of KolorFrame- Year/Type: 2004 Kraftech- Builder: Kraftech- Rake: 34 degrees- Stretch: 2 inches in the backbone- Rear Swingarm: RigidAccessories- Bars: 12” Apes- Fenders: Mid-USA- Headlight: Mid-USA-…

Kim Suter's '05 Custom Big Inch Bike

December 31, 2004
Owner: Kim Suter/KC CreationsCity/State: Overland Park, KansasGeneral- Fabricated by: Paul Harper- Year: 2005- Make: Big Inch Bike- Model: Custom- Assembly: Paul Harper- Assembly Time: Eight weeks- Chromed by: A&A PlatingEngine- Year & Model: 2005 S&S 145' Motor- Carburetor: Dual Mikuni- Air Cleaner: Velocity Stacks- Pipes: KC CreationsTransmission- Year & Model: 2005 Baker- Shifting: 6-speedPaint- Molding: Jason Chennault- Painter: Scott Thomas & John Nicholas- Color: Platinum MetallicFrame- Year/Type: 2005 Big Inch Bike 330 Custom- Builder: Sam Wells of Racing Innovations- Rake: 45 degrees- Stretch: 3 inches up & 7 inches out- Rear Swingarm: RigidAccessories- Bars: KC Creations- Fenders: KC Creations- Headlight:…

Smokey McGill’s “Anaconda” Ten-Passenger Harley-Davidson Powered Limo Trike

November 30, 2004
When we contacted Smokey and told him Santa, Ms Claus and the girls were looking to trade in a slightly used sleigh and eight scraggly reindeer for something really cool and much more practical to deliver all the toys with this year, he said, “How about the world’s longest ten-passenger Harley-Davidson powered limo trike?” After a quick test ride, a deal was made and Santa, Ms Claus and the girls were on their way! I’m not sure what Smokey is going to do with his end of the deal, but I’m guessing that after putting the reindeer out to pasture…

Smokey McGill’s “Anaconda”

November 30, 2004
It doesn't seem possible that almost a whole year has gone by since the Anaconda made its premier debut on February 13, 2004 at the 44th Annual CARQUEST Auto Parts World of Wheels. When I was building the Anaconda I had no idea it would be so popular. 2004 in ReviewIt has been a busy year for the Anaconda. I haven't had much time for anything else, due to all the Anaconda’s appearance requests. I would like to take this opportunity to share with you what we've done this year, as well as my plans for the future. After appearing…

Shane Sherman's '03 Suzuki GSXR 1000

October 31, 2004
Owner: Shane ShermanCity/State: Overland Park, KansasGeneral- Fabricated: Quicktime Motorsports in St. Louis, Missouri- Year:2003- Make:Suzuki- Model:GSXR 1000- Assembly:Quicktime Motorsports- Assembly Time: One year and one week- Chromed by: Prepped by Quicktime Motorsports and dipped by Classic ComponentsEngine- Year & Model: 2003 Suzuki- Displacement (ci):3mm over stock 1000- Carburetor: Fuel Injection- Air Cleaner: Air box with NOS dry shot- Pipes: Hindle by Brock Davidson Racing Titanium/StainlessTransmission- Year & Model: 2003 Factory- Shifting: 1 down 5 up with airshift Paint- Molding: Factory- Painter: Custom Paint and Powder Coat in St. Louis, Missouri- Color/Type: House of Color Tangelo with some custom tint and…

Pablo Palao's '04 Hellraisers Chopper Spyder Bike

September 30, 2004
Owner: Pablo PalaoCity/State: Kansas City, Kansas Fabricated by: Hellraiser ChoppersYear: 2004Make: Hellraiser Choppers Spyder BikeModel: Hardtail ChopperAssembled by: Hellraiser ChoppersAssembly Time: Five monthsChromed by: NoneEngineYear & Model: S&S 113” Show PolishedRebuilder: Ilya Blond at Hellraiser ChopperDisplacement (ci): 113Carburetor: S&S Super GAir Cleaner: S&SPipes: Martin BrothersTransmissionYear: 2004Shifting (foot/hand & speeds): 6SP Foot PaintMolding: Tommy “TOO MUCH” MartinPainter: Tommy “TOO MUCH” MartinColor/Type: Red – Black WebFrameYear/Type: 2004Builder: Hellraiser ChoppersRake: 40Stretch: 6Rear Swingarm: HardtailAccessoriesBars: Hellraiser ChoppersFenders: Hellraiser ChoppersHeadlight: HeadwindsTaillight: DragSpeedometer: NonePegs: MidwestGas Tank: Hellraiser ChoppersOil Tank: Pro-Street Frame WorksSeat: George at ClassicMirrors: CCIGrips: CCIForksType: MidwestExtension: 16” OverBuilder: Hellraiser Choppers WheelsFrontType: AvonSize: 80/90/21Rim width:…

Eric Davis’ ’03 American Ironhorse Texas Chopper

July 31, 2004
Owner: Eric Davis City/State: Lee’s Summit, Missouri Year, Make & Model: 2003 American Ironhorse Texas ChopperColor: Atomic GreenEngine: Polished S&S 111 cu. in. – 1819 ccHorsepower: 108.1Carburetor: S&S Fuel Tank Capacity: 3.5 US GallonsExhaust System: SampsonTransmission: Polished 6-Speed Close RatioDry Weight: 672 lbs.Rake: 38 DegreesPhotos Mike Schweder and StripeArt Direction by Wayne Thompson