In an industry where builders are constantly pushing the envelope, creating something original is sometimes very difficult. Jake and Jerrod Walter of Walter Brothers Customs have tried to ignore what everyone else is doing in the motorcycle industry and just build what they like and what they feel flows.
This particular radical custom bike was built on a Redneck Engineering Curves platform, but that is where the similarities with any other Curves platform bike out there stop. Jake worked to make this his signature bike: A long, low, stretched-out chopper like no other.
One would think that Jerrod, the man behind the fabrication work, went to design school for some of the high-tech ideas he came up with for this Walter Brothers Customs original. In reality, he is just another Midwesterner who didn't see any bikes he liked, so he decided to build some himself. He and his brother Jake grew up farming in Illinois; Jake, an MMI graduate, handles all the mechanical aspects and Jerrod does all the fabrication. This is a full-time occupation for them, but they also find time to continue running the family farm that they were raised on. Learning values on the farm contributed greatly to their success. They were always told that almost anything can be handmade, and that if you wanted something done right, do it yourself. They rode dirt bikes growing up, but they didn't really get the custom motorcycle bug until 1999, when they were in their late teens. By their early 20s they were building show winners, and from there they have continued to push the limit of their builds from a design standpoint, and work on their fabrication skills.
Building a bike that is over 11 feet long takes a lot of preparation and thought to keep it proportional. There will obviously be spatial voids, but they need to be in all the right places; otherwise, the bike ends up looking like something was forgotten. With the frame and frontend being Redneck Engineering-based, Jake knew he would want to get his hands dirty and see if he could create a fuel tank that would accentuate the curvature of the backbone and the insane 6-inch stretch. It was radiused so that it matched the backbone completely and also took up just enough space to leave some light coming through the top motor mounts. With a bike that has 42 degrees of rake, 6 inches of stretch in the backbone, and 4 inches in the downtubes, reaching the handlebars could be a problem. Jake had a simple solution: He fabricated and machined several parts that fit right to the triple trees and came back in a smooth arc. This way the bars were comfortable and matched the lines of the rest of the bike with the proper clearances.