Bass Kustom Brings Racer Style To A CFL Frame

Chopper frame turned café racer

When Bass Kustom got this West Coast Choppers CFL rigid-frame project, the shop turned it into a killer rigid-framed custom with café racer genetics. Powered by an S&S Cycle Shovelhead, the V-twin is a sweet blend of classic style, brass motorcycle parts, and hard work.

Lately, Bass Kustom has been busier than my uncle’s belt at Golden Corral. Owner/builder Brian Bass does a lot of hot-rod and car stuff now, but he still loves the motorcycle projects from time to time. This one came to him in 2012 from Chris Andrews out of Fort Worth, Texas, who contacted Brian about a project he’d already started, based on a West Coast Choppers CFL (Choppers for Life) frame. It was basically a roller, and Chris wanted someone to finish it up because he was at a point where he was just too busy to devote the time needed for completion.

Brian told us, “He already had some great parts, and asked me to use as much of those as possible to get the look he wanted… which I felt was sort of a racy/café style, but with a rigid frame.” In the end Brian essentially used the frame, fork, engine, trans, fuel tank, and seat pan from the existing project, and changed just about everything else: “I like the fact that Chris let me go nuts fabricating parts on this bike.”

Brian made the mid-controls, modified the frame, shaped the rear seat pod, reworked the seat pan and the sprung seat mount structure, built a really cool upper motor mount, built the asymmetrical oil tank, fabbed the stainless exhaust, reshaped some of the tank, and designed tank emblems with the flying A logo, to name a few major details. “The hardest part,” he continued, “was getting that racy café look with the rigid frame. That and getting the bike built fast enough because I run a one-man shop.”

Brian Bass gives big thanks to Chris Andrews for the opportunity to build this really bitchin’ bike.

CFL Chassis Cafe Racer

Hmm. No stretched tank? No long fork? No web gussets? This is not what we’re used to seeing with a CFL chassis.

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Primo primary and Baker transmission

Owner Chris Andrews’ rigid café racer runs on a S&S Cone Shovelhead connected to a Primo primary and Baker transmission.

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brass mid-mounts

Look at those beautiful brass mid-mounts! That primary setup is pretty cool too.

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Custom Cafe Racer

The frame was painted in PPG Bronze urethane base coat with PPG satin clear. The balance of parts are gloss black and satin black PPG. Chrome and nickel plating was done by Catalino Morales.

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Twin Morris magnetos

Twin Morris magnetos. Magneto and engine tuning was handled by Panther City Classic Autos.

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Rosso Corso custom gas tank

Tins are Rosso Corso (racing red) in PPG basecoat with PPG gloss clear, along with PPG Diamond White base-coat panels with satin PPG clear. Paint on the tins was handled by George Deruvo over Brian Bass’ bodywork; Bass painted the frame and small parts. He also did the pinstriping and gold leaf. Tank emblems were machined by JJ Beaver and the gas cap was created by Crafty B.

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builders signature

The artist signs his work.

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brass foot controls

The foot controls weren’t the only parts that got the brass treatment.

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cafe styled back fender

Although that back fender has some café vibe to it, it’s still its own brand of funk.

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seat pan and post

Just look at all the detail work Bass poured into the seat pan and post!

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