2004 Softail-Style Scotty Ziegler Customs

Out of the Toy Box

We'd heard all about a San Diego-based fabricator and his revolutionary, radical-looking billet frontend. In fact, the bike was brought to our attention while we were some 500 miles north of America's Finest City. A laptop photo was all we needed to get on the phone and attempt to track down the man responsible for such an outside-the-box design. After some digging, we discovered that the mystery man was none other than ber-designer Scotty Ziegler. Anyone with children probably has some of his award-winning toy designs scattered about their living room. He's also into designing extreme four-wheeled vehicles, too-the kind that one might envision coming straight out of a cartoon or comic book, except in this case they're built to be driven.

We were given directions to an isolated retreat high in the mountains where, after walking past a waterfall, we found Scotty creating away in his cave. Yes, that's right-his fabrication shop and studio is a working cave that's built into the side of the mountain, complete with a large rock door and the requisite stalactites hanging from the ceiling. This is where he comes up with new ideas, including the bike you see here.

Scotty started out with a Softail-style frame from Eddie Trotta that was cut up and modified heavily to provide the platform Scotty wanted to work with. With the help of Robert Veronneau of Mask Motor Works, Scotty designed the futuristic composite-blend fuel tank that seems to grow out of the frame's backbone. It's smooth, with details that would be extremely difficult to produce in metal. To keep the rear rubber close to the fender, the metal was attached directly to the swingarm. A scimitar-like metal end piece on the swingarm mirrors the flow of the frame's rear as well as the overall sweep of the bike.

However, the crowning achievment on this bike is the frontend. Constructed from billet aluminum, it features an internal suspension, along with a trailing link at the axle that places the front wheel behind the massive forks. A clean Ness caliper fits unobtrusively within the fork assembly, which clamps down on a Ness mini-rotor. To help slow the roll from the powerful 121-inch TP mill, rear braking duties are carried out with an Exile combination sprocket/disc setup with an Exile caliper.

This is one unique bike fabricated by a man with endless imagination. He wanted it to be different, radical yet ridable, and he hit the nail on the head with this one.

SPEC SHEET
OWNER Scotty Ziegler
SHOP Scotty Ziegler of California
PHONE (619) 440-8525
WEBSITE www.scottyziegler.com
YEAR/MAKE/MODEL '04/Scotty Ziegler/Custom
FABRICATION Scotty Ziegler
ASSEMBLY Scotty Ziegler
BUILD TIME Four months
ENGINE
YEAR/TYPE/SIZE '04/Evo/121ci
BUILDER Total Performance Engineering (TP)
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
AIR CLEANER Scotty Ziegler
EXHAUST Scotty Ziegler
TRANSMISSION
YEAR/TYPE '04/Six-speed RSD
CASE Baker
GEARS Baker
CLUTCH Primo
PRIMARY DRIVE Primo
FRAME
YEAR/TYPE '04/Eddie Trotta/Scotty Ziegler
RAKE 45 degrees
STRETCH 8 inches out
SUSPENSION
FRONT Scotty Ziegler & Robert Veronneau
LENGTH Long
TRIPLE-TREES Scotty Ziegler & Robert Veronneau
REAR
SWINGARM Eddie Trotta/Scotty Ziegler
SHOCKS Works Performance
WHEELS, TIRES, AND BRAKES
FRONT
BUILDER/SIZE Arlen Ness Hammer/21-inch
TIRE/SIZE Avon/120/21
CALIPER Arlen Ness
ROTOR Arlen Ness
REAR
BUILDER/SIZE Arlen Ness Hammer/18x10.5
TIRE/SIZE Avon/{{{300}}}
CALIPER Exile
SPROTOR Exile
FINISH/PAINT
COLORS Yellow/Gold Pearl
PAINTER Scotty Ziegler
GRAPHICS Scotty Ziegler
MOLDING Scotty Ziegler
PLATING/POLISHING Equality Plating
ACCESSORIES
REAR FENDER Scotty Ziegler
GAS TANK & CAP Scotty Ziegler &Robert; Veronneau
OIL TANK Scotty Ziegler, in frame
HANDLEBARS Scotty Ziegler
RISERS Scotty Ziegler
MIRRORS Arlen Ness
HAND CONTROLS J&P;
FOOT CONTROLS Scotty Ziegler
FOOTPEGS Scotty Ziegler
HEADLIGHT Alure
TAILLIGHT Russ Wernimont Design
LICENSE MOUNT Scotty Ziegler
SEAT Scotty Ziegler &Lars; at High End Products