2004 Lowlife Independent Cycles - The Devil Made Him Do It...And Orange County Choppers Inspired It!

Underground builders are undoubtedly the lifeblood of this industry. Small shops and even guys working out of their garages are among the ones who continue to push new boundaries of style and design. They build with unbridled passion and an absolute disregard for the status quo. One such builder is Robert Carroll, and his latest creation is the She-Devil.

Hailing from the great Northwest, Robert isn't your typical dyed-in-the-wool biker type, but rather one of the new school of custom builders who has managed to cast a fresh light on custom bikes. Oddly, Robert credits his penchant for watching the Orange County Choppers crew on the Discovery Channel for the initial inspiration to construct this machine. Working with a talented painter and fellow Washingtonian, Mike Lavallee, the two of them dreamed up She-Devil. Robert spent the next six months hand-fabricating the entire bike himself. In many cases, not only did he construct the components, but he actually had to buy and learn how to use the tools to do it. In the process, he created Puget Sound Choppers so the innovation could continue. Not bad for a freshman effort!Beginning the project with a Lowlife chassis from Independent Cycle, Robert went right to work cutting and fabbing. Unlike off-the-shelf products, the unique bodywork was constructed from raw sheetmetal and hand-formed to the unreal shapes you see here. The flowing lines of the frame were tweaked to suit Robert's vision of two-wheeled elegance. Sitting on a 300-series rear tire and Weld Venom wheels, She-Devil is suspended by Legend's Air Ride in the rear and Perse forks up front. The trick triple-trees are also from Perse, and Puget Sound Choppers hand-fabricated the bars. Controls are by Ness and mounted to the bars with all the wiring running internally. Foot controls are mid-mount from Independent Cycle and linked to the transmission via a one-off She-Devil Linkage that Robert hand-carved from aluminum block. Utilizing a belt-drive primary, also from Independent, PSC linked the Baker six-speed trans to a very healthy 113-inch motor from the folks at TP. The 4-inch bore of the TP is fed through a 45mm Mikuni, and spent gasses are expelled via Martin Brothers Trend Kill pipes to produce a robust 113 horsepower with 120 lb-ft of torque that's ready and willing to turn that monster rear tire into molten rubber.

With all the big parts in place and the bike fully mocked up, things started to get really interesting. The long, low, and mean look Robert was after was coming to life, and the bike was now ready to receive the intense paint job both he and Mike Lavallee had dreamed up. Stripped back down to its essence, She-Devil's frame and body were first turned over to G&L; Auto Body for final smoothing and filling. From there it went to Killer Paint Studios in Snohomish, WA. The plan was to create something like nothing else-and they certainly succeeded with the insane detail encompassed in the She-Devil paint. You may recognize the Killer Paint Studios name from TV shows such as Monster Garage or Overhaulin', where Mike has done several high-profile projects. After spraying on five base coats of House of Kolor Kandy, he began airbrushing the staggering detail work. Taking inspiration from many sources and even utilizing an actual model at one point, he has more than 100 hours of work in the paint job alone. The lifelike flames have become a trademark of Killer Paint and are used generously throughout the bodywork. A virtual wall of fire frames the realistic detail of five unique airbrushed she-devils, as well as countless other facets. But the detail work doesn't end there.

From the beginning, Puget Sound had opted only for top-shelf parts and enlisted Bill Wall Leather to make the unique seat. Beginning with a handmade seat pan, Robert molded and shaped his own foam before shipping it off to Wall. Knowing the seat had to be as radical as the bike, he stitched togther a combination of stingray, shark, and cowhide accented with sterling silver lettering. Further detail parts such as the Ness headlight, Dakota Digital speedo, and LED taillight round out what is undoubtedly one of the wildest choppers we've seen in a long time. Layer upon layer of detail work has produced a bike that crowds can't stop marveling at-and all of it from a builder just getting started. Maybe we need to call the guys over at the Discovery Channel....

SPEC SHEET
GENERAL
OWNER ROBERT CARROLL
SHOP PUGET SOUND CHOPPERS
PHONE (253) 988-4794
WEBSITE WWW.PUGETSOUNDCHOPPERS.COM
YEAR/MAKE/MODEL '05 INDEPENDENT LOW LIFE
FABRICATION PUGET SOUND CHOPPERS
ASSEMBLY PSC
BUILD TIME 6 MONTHS
ENGINE
YEAR/TYPE/SIZE '05 TP 113ci
BUILDER TP PERFORMANCE
CASES TP
FLYWHEELS TP
RODS TP
PISTONS TP
CYLINDERS TP
HEADS TP
VALVES TP
ROCKERS TP
ROCKER BOXES TP
PUSHRODS TP
PUSHROD TUBES TP
CAM TP
LIFTERS TP
CARBURETOR MIKUNI 45
AIR CLEANER THUNDER CYCLE
IGNITION CRANE HI 4
EXHAUST MARTIN BROTHERS DESIGN
TRANSMISSION
YEAR/TYPE '05 RSD SIX-SPEED
CASE BAKER
GEARS 6-SPEED
CLUTCH RIVERA PRO CLUTCH
PRIMARY DRIVE INDEPENDENT
FRAME
YEAR/TYPE '05/INDEPENDENT LOW LIFE
RAKE 40 DEGREES
STRETCH 4 INCHES
SUSPENSION
FRONT PERSE
LENGTH 2-1/2 INCHES OVER
TRIPLE-TREES PERSE
REAR
SWINGARM INDEPENDENT
SHOCKS LEGEND AIR RIDE
WHEELS, TIRES, AND BRAKES
FRONT
BUILDER/SIZE WELD VENOM/21-INCH
TIRE/SIZE AVON 120/70
CALIPER PSC CUSTOM
ROTOR WELD
REAR
BUILDER/SIZE WELD VENOM/18X10
TIRE/SIZE AVON {{{300}}}/35
CALIPER PSC
ROTOR WELD
FINISH/PAINT
COLORS RED/BLACK
PAINTER KILLER PAINT
GRAPHICS MIKE LAVALLEE
MOLDING {{{GL}}} BODY WORK
PLATING/POLISHING ART BRASS
POWDERCOATING NONE
ACCESSORIES
FRONT FENDER PSC
REAR FENDER PSC
FENDER STRUTS PSC
GAS TANK & CAP PSC
OIL TANK INDEPENDENT
GAUGES DAKOTA DIGITAL
HANDLEBARS CUSTOM PSC
RISERS PSC
MIRRORS ARLEN NES
HAND CONTROLS ARLEN NESS
FOOT CONTROLS INDEPENDENT
FOOTPEGS INDEPENDENT
HEADLIGHT ARLEN NESS
TAILLIGHT PSC
TURN SIGNALS PSC
LICENSE MOUNT BILLET 4U
SEAT BILL WALL LEATHER/PSC