The Devil’s Right Hand | Custom 2007 CDS Cowboy Chopper

Pop’s Garage Fabrication Redux

2007 CDS Cowboy Chopper

2007 CDS Cowboy Chopper

Photos: Hollie Lytle, Lytle Foto

This bike has real history for me. When I was a know-nothing kid at the confused age of 21, I was able to work with Kirk Taylor at Custom Design Studios in the Bay Area of Northern California. I had just graduated from MMI in Phoenix a year prior but had hardly retained my everyday functions. Kirk was kind enough to employ me part time and show me the ways. I learned so much in those 10 months I was under his employment.
This was a key moment in my life—a turning point. We all have them. Some for better and some for worse. This was when and where my fire was lit. I wanted to build motorcycles. And Blood on Blood gave me my first taste. Blood on Blood was this bike’s first christened name, after a Johnny Cash song. Devil’s Right Hand, another Cash song, was my way of keeping the soul of the original build alive. The bike was first built for the Artistry in Iron competition in Las Vegas, and it was amazing. The whole process from start to finish was amazing. I couldn’t get enough of it. This bike in its original form, to me, was a 10.

2007 CDS Cowboy Chopper

2007 CDS Cowboy Chopper

Photos: Hollie Lytle, Lytle Foto

So why change it? Why take something iconic and distort, twist, and reform? Why not? It had been eight years, and the bike needed some love. In those eight years I had continued to follow my passion for metal forming and bike building. I had moved to the Atlanta area to work for another great visionary, and then last year I decided it was time to open up my own shop. I was tired of the limitations of working for someone and wanted to stretch my legs, as they say. So when I was approached by the owner of Blood on Blood, it felt like it was all meant to be. At first, the owner only wanted to change a couple of things. He wanted to remove the air ride from the seat and change out the front end. But as it goes, in this industry things just snowballed. The next thing you know, the bike was on the bench naked as could be. We were down to the engine, transmission, frame, and tins.
One of the more notable and key aspects of this bike was the engravings done by Tay Herrera. We knew these had to stay. He had done such beautiful work on the oil bag, heat shields, clutch cover, brass knuckle kicker, and the gas cap, which had the owner’s initials carved into it.

Paughco 6 over Front End

Paughco 6 over Front End

Photos: Hollie Lytle, Lytle Foto

At first, the bike was going to stay red, but when we eliminated the forward controls and reformed that area we knew a change of color was a new option. The forward controls were replaced for some aggressive mid-controls. Hours of love and thought went into every aspect of this build, and for me it all started with the mids. Comfort with aggression. The mids were made in-house out of stainless and then polished. Toe pegs were turned down on the lathe out of solid brass, and the pegs are modified Bison Motorsports honeycomb. The linkage, along with both brake stays, is made from hand-twisted stainless hex rod. Got to keep it classy!
The front end was a special-order 6-inches-over Paughco springer. We ended up flipping the rockers to get the right riding height, which also gave it a very cool look. The bars were purchased from Zombie Performance and narrowed an inch. The engine is a RevTech 110 with Xzotic pan tops.

CDS Headlight

CDS Headlight

Photos: Hollie Lytle, Lytle Foto

With all that power we needed some badass stopping power. We went with PM calipers front and rear—so shiny! The hand controls and rear master cylinder are Beringers. The Baker six-speed with kicker transmission is lifted up to allow for the Indian Larry hidden starter kit.
When it came to making the exhaust, I wanted to try something a little different than what I had done before. I’m obsessed with the ripple pipe sections made by McDonald Handmade. I contacted him and had him make up some stainless sections with a flared tip. The coating on the exhaust is a custom-colored, high-heat piston coating. The brass tips were a last-minute eBay score, which truly set the pipes off.

Tech Products Primary

Tech Products Primary

Photos: Hollie Lytle, Lytle Foto

We wanted to keep the tooled-leather seat done by OB Leatherworks. The seat pan had been rolled out by Bryan Schimke at TPJ Cycles, so that had to stay also. I ended up using Chopper Shox to support the seat and help preserve the customer’s back. Keeping with the leather theme, I made a belt to hold down the battery cover. I was able to make the buckle on the belt by twisting stainless hex rod. The buckle turned out to be way more complicated than I thought it was going to be.

2007 RevTech Pan top/Evo bottom 110

2007 RevTech Pan top/Evo bottom 110

Photos: Hollie Lytle, Lytle Foto

Joe Patterson at JDK Collision did the paint. Joe knocked it out of the park on this paint job. When we decided to change the color of this bike, we had talked about gold—not only gold but a metallic gold, almost like honey—and a black with unfathomable depth. Joe’s execution was perfect. I remember sending a picture to Kirk when the bike was complete and being very nervous about his reply. But as usual, Kirk was super chill and happy with the way things turned out. The best part was how excited the customer was to ride this golden chariot around the streets of Atlanta.

Pop’s Garage Fabrication/CDS Gas Tank

Pop’s Garage Fabrication/CDS Gas Tank

Photos: Hollie Lytle, Lytle Foto

Pop’s Garage Fabrication Exhaust

Pop’s Garage Fabrication Exhaust

Photos: Hollie Lytle, Lytle Foto

2007 CDS Cowboy Chopper

2007 CDS Cowboy Chopper

Photos: Hollie Lytle, Lytle Foto

2007 CDS Cowboy Chopper

2007 CDS Cowboy Chopper

Photos: Hollie Lytle, Lytle Foto

Specifications
General
Owner G.M.E.
Shop Pop’s Garage Fabrication
Website popsgaragefab.com
Year/Make/Model ’07/CDS/Cowboy Chopper
Fabrication Nick Erickson/Kirk Taylor
Build Time 8 months
Engine
Year/Type/Size ’07/RevTech Pan top/Evo bottom/110
Builder Pop’s Garage Fabrication/CDS
Cases None pending
Cylinders RevTech
Heads RevTech
Rocker Boxes Xzotic Pan Tops
Carburetor Mikuni
Air Cleaner Honeycomb
Exhaust Pop’s Garage Fabrication
Transmission
Year/Type ’07/Baker/6-into-4
Clutch Tech/Bandit
Primary Drive Tech Products
Frame
Year/Type ’07/Cowboy Chopper CDS
Rake/Stretch 34º/4 up, 2 out
Suspension
Front End
Length Paughco 6 over
Triple Trees Paughco
Swingarm Rigid Frame
Wheels, Tires, and Brakes
Front
Builder/Size Drag Specialties
Tire/Size Metzeler/21 in.
Calipers Performance Machine
Rotors Biker’s Choice
Rear
Builder/Size Drag Specialties
Tire/Size Metzeler/18 in.
Caliper Performance Machine
Rotor Biker’s Choice
Sprocket PBI Sprockets
Finish/Paint
Manufacturer House of Kolor
Colors Silver Mini Sparkle/Pagan Gold Candy/Root Beer Candy/Deep Black
Paint/Graphics Joe Patterson/JDK Collision
Plating/Polishing Pop’s Garage Fabrication
Powdercoating Miller’s Powdercoating
Photography Hollie Lytle, Lytle Foto
Accessories
Rear Fender Pop’s Garage Fabrication/CDS
Gas Tank Pop’s Garage Fabrication/CDS
Handlebars Pop’s Garage Fabrication/Zombie Performance
Grips RSD
Mirrors Speed Dealer Customs
Hand Controls Beringer Brakes
Foot Controls Pop’s Garage Fabrication
Pegs Pop’s Garage Fabrication/Bison Motorsports
Headlight CDS
Taillight Fab Kevin
License Mount Fab Kevin
Seat TPJ Customs/Tommy T., CDS R.I.P.

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