Chopper builder Bill Holland has probably forgotten more about long girder forks than I’ll ever know. The Executive Choppers front man was there when the things were born; he worked extensively with the legendary John Harman, whose shop some say perfected the chopper girder. It’s a distinction Harman shares (separately) with Arlen Ness.
This 2009 rigid chop was all Holland’s doing, and it’s a perfectly executed long bike that any chopper freak would dig. Holland not only made the 9-inches-over girder fork, but he fabricated the bones too. This skeleton is stretched 2 inches out and 4 inches up, with the neck raked 43 degrees to really kick that front suspension far out, chopper-style. The badass bike rolls on Billet Boys wheels shod in Avon rubber, a 21-inch wheel up front and a 16-inch out back.
While the chop may not pack an old Knuckle or Pan under the backbone, I’d bet its 96-inch S&S Cycle Evo V-twin gives this scoot plenty of reliable power all day long. Holland runs a Thunder Cycles velocity stack and his very own Executive Choppers pipes on it for breathing duty.
Naturally, the chopper is more than the sum of its excellent parts. It’s a blend of classic style with a type of V-twin that wasn’t available when the girder fork first became a big thing in the chopper world. Just check out these cool photos of it by Michael Lichter and see for yourself.