Dan Rognsvoog’s “Twisted Clifford” Buell-Powered Chopper

This little red chopper is named for a big red dog

Slick and twisted. That’s this Buell-based rigid chop in a bright red nutshell. Dan “Cabana Dan” Rognsvoog’s custom scoot seen here packs a 2001 Buell Blast powerplant as the beating heart of a chopper that would look great even if it had an actual bloody beating heart inside it.

While your noggin digests that gory picture (for better or worse), we’ll move on. The chassis Dan fabricated for the bike he named Twisted Clifford is stretched 2 inches out and up and sets the tone for a long bike. Neither the bones nor the D&D springer fork are excessively large though. They’re just elongated enough to get the point across without going over the top—it’s a chopper, baby.

In keeping with that theme, it’s no huge shock the focus is on the essentials. Dan fit a Triumph gas tank to the frame and made a matching oil carrier to go with it. The only other bodywork you’ll see on Twisted Clifford is the fender out back, all of it being as red as its namesake, courtesy of Blue Moon Kustoms and Calico Pinstriping. They did a much better job than the gunk you’d find all over Twisted Clifford if Cabana Dan had used a human heart instead of a motor.

Twisted Clifford chopper

Twisted Clifford has minimal everything. Even its exhaust pipe is just enough and doesn’t get in the way of looking at it.

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Blue Moon Kustoms’ red flake paint job

Blue Moon Kustoms’ red flake paint job as seen up close on the oil tank.

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Dan Rognsvoog

That’s what proud and happy looks like.

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pipe hugs the twisted downtube

The pipe hugs the twisted downtube and tucks to the frame so you can admire the guts of the chopper.

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twisted front fork

Between that frame and this fork, I think you get where the bike gets its name.

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Calico Pinstriping

Calico Pinstriping getting all intricate over the red paint.

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twisted handlebars with red grips

And, of course, twisted handlebars with red grips to match the rest of Twisted Clifford!

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Twisted Clifford chopper

Clifford has more twists to it, as you can tell. One that’s not so obvious is the use of railroad spikes for footpegs.

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