Owning a hybrid usually doesn’t mean owning a chopper, but in the case of Chop Shop’s “El Shovelle” it sure does. The Chop Shop’s Harley Van Kirk turned out a shovel-powered rigid chopper dripping with a dirt-track MX vibe. Blending two very different realms of the custom world, bikes like this are growing MX choppers into their own subgenre of the choppersmith’s art.
Originally built to compete in the 2011 AMD World Championships of Custom Bike Building, it was designed again a few years ago and turned into what you see now. “The most challenging part of this build was probably trying to turn what I had originally drawn out on paper into what you all see here today,” he told us. “A few things changed out of necessity, but for the most part we ended up with a pretty cool little ride. The other main challenge was the time constraint. I had the chassis done about nine months ahead of time, but for some reason I decided to wait eight months to get after the rest of the build. So needless to say Turbo Mike and I spent the better part of the month leading up to the AMD Show living at the shop. Nothing like burning the midnight oil. Isn’t procrastination great?”