Thanks to a recent surge in two-wheel popularity, there are many extremely talented motorcycle builders who use small shops and outstanding fabrication skills to create some of the nicest customs the market has ever seen. Unlike some of the bigger names in the business, their creations aren’t just assembly line, sell to the highest bidder business boosters either; they’re carefully planned, highly detailed machines which culminate through the blood, sweat and tears of passionate, perfection-driven enthusiasts. Take PB Choppers, of Moravia, Iowa, for example. Started 13 years ago by visionary Jim Wubben, this ‘performance barn’ outfit would eventually win big trophies, score substantial features and book clients like Roger Penske, Rusty Wallace and Bruton Smith. This bike, assembled in conjunction with Speedway Children’s Charities, was built to commemorate Sam Bass’ Into The Night interpretation of Charlotte Motor Speedway’s first race under the lights. And, as a no-expense-spared hobby piece, it takes PB Choppers ‘best of everything’ approach to a whole new level!
If you were into ‘32 Fords, and had the means to create your own version of the ultimate Deuce utilizing all modern amenities, chances are you’d use virtually no original parts. Rather, you’d select the best aftermarket components available and construct a visionary dream car. Well, the ‘Custom Harley’ world offers the same advantages, as literally every component needed to build the ultimate bike is available from the American aftermarket. This custom’s build began when a PB Choppers Race Link 250 frame was fitted with a PBC Slither tank and awesome PBC Smoothie fenders. When the bike’s clearances were properly met, that frame and sheetmetal became a 3D canvas for Monte Moore to recreate Sam Bass’ celebrated Into The Night artwork. And the end result is a spectacular and tasteful tribute to the golden age of NASCAR!
With that dramatic paint curing to perfection, the bike was completed by a number of purposeful and professional tweaks that added timeless visual sizzle. Up front, a show chromed Perse Performance fork hangs a polished Battistini wheel between a polished Headwinds headlight and MH90-21 Avon Venom X tire. At the side of that wheel, a high quality Hawg Halters brake system squeezes a polished, dual-piston caliper around a giant, drilled and slotted rotor. Above that caliper, stylish chrome handle bars hang small Arlen Ness mirrors in front of Hurst brake controls and slick Arlen Ness Battistini grips. Behind those grips, the bike’s smooth, multi-color frame cradles a highly detailed S&S V-twin that mixes a polished casing with a classic, instantly recognizable sound. At the back of that engine, a polished Belt Drives LTD. primary spins between Arlen Ness Battistini pegs and a custom PBC tail light. Above that light, an artfully detailed fuel tank anchors a Matt Hotch gas cap in front of a custom Danny Gray seat. And below that seat, a second Hawg Halters caliper hovers next to a 250/40R18 Avon Venom R that spins around a second Battistini wheel.
The heart of this awesome creation is a 96 cubic inch S&S Super Stock engine that utilizes Compu-Fire 40 amp charging, Crane Hi-4 ignition and a high performance camshaft to create roughly 105 horsepower. Founded in 1958, S&S Cycles is one of the biggest and most trusted motorcycle engine builders in the world, and this chopper’s V-twin is one of the most popular engines they produce. At the top of the polished block, a finned coil cover splits the difference between sleek chrome rocker boxes. On the right side of the frame, a proven Shorty carburetor pulls wind through a polished S&S air cleaner. Below that carb, chrome rod covers lead the eye to an S&S cam cover, a PBC Horse Shoe oil tank and PBC Race Tube exhaust. And the V-twin’s power flows through a chrome Baker 6-speed that mixes solid shifts with reliable cruising.
The sale of this stunning chopper includes an official Sam Bass book that details the painting PBC artist Monte Moore channeled.
This impressive custom is best summarized with the phrase “no gimmicks”. Cosmetically, its show stopping paint stands with the best bikes on the road. Mechanically, its proven drivetrain and excellent hardware make even the harshest critics stop and stare. And financially, its incredible price simply can’t be beat! Are you ready to experience celebrity-level cruise status and years of open road freedom? Give your friends at RK Motors Charlotte a call!