A few years ago, I built the “Copper Chopper” for the Ray Price Bikefest as an invited builder. I received the invite because I showed a memorial bike the year prior that took second in the bobber class. The motivation for this build came years ago, when I’d been emailing back and forth with Jesse James. I was in the beginning stages of building the first “Extortion 17 Memorial Motorcycle” that has been auctioned off for fallen military families the past three years (three different bikes totaling over $70K raised).
The bike just kind of came together over a four-month span with the brunt of the work being done in the last four weeks. I started out with the foundation. I called George at Spartan Frameworks and asked if he could make a frame for me. When he asked what I wanted I asked him what he was itching to make. I feel if you give the person the freedom to do what they please (in certain circumstances), you will get a killer product because they are more vested in doing something they’re interested in instead of the same old stuff. He said he was itching to do a “long bike,” so I said go for it. From there I just started thinking of what I liked.