Bryan Schimke’s moto origin story started with a phrase uttered by father figures that’s inspired many of us. No, not, “With great power comes great responsibility.” That’s Spider-Man’s shtick. I’m talking about the time-honored favorite, “That’s a bad idea.” There’s no better way to get someone to do something than by telling them not to do it. In Bryan’s case, his father telling him that (or something close) not only led him to riding motorcycles, it snowballed into Schimke building them, starting TPJ Customs, and, ultimately, being an invited builder for the Hot Bike Tour. “I have been friends with many of the staff over the years,” Bryan says. “I’ve been in a lot of the magazines thanks to all the good guys and gals over there. We were invited to the very first Hot Bike Tour build-off and have been at every tour but one.”
For 2018, he wanted to build a streetbike with a Harley-Davidson motor. A road ripper to get on and ride anywhere, any time. What he started with was nothing but wheels and a motor. Everything else was built in-house.
Realizing that custom streetfighter started with fabricating a home for the 2004 Twin Cam and those Kawasaki ZX-14 wheels. Specifically, a chassis with only a 26.5-degree rake to keep the bike nice and nimble. The frame gave the bike the perfect stance and feel for what Bryan wanted. And there’s serious stopping power here: Both wheels sport Beringer brakes, with a dual rotor setup leading the charge.
Keeping the bike at optimal fighting weight was a big part of the plan too. No fenders were harmed in the making of this motorcycle. TPJ created a Sportster-style gas tank and gave the bike just enough seat to put your butt on. Other than those two necessities, though, that’s all the bodywork you’ll find here.
After evolving into a complete mock-up with a ProTaper handlebar, grips, and Beringer hand controls, the bike was torn down for paint. Gilmore Graffix laid down Matte Gray pigment to that end; the overall look is very industrial. It’s not exactly a rainbow of color, but that wasn’t the goal. This machine revels in its no-nonsense looks. Someone may have told Bryan Schimke that was a bad idea, but we all know how that turned out the last time someone said that…
|Shop Phone||(209) 339-7043|
|Build Time||A while|
|Year/Type/Size||2004/Harley-Davidson Twin Cam/88ci|
|Air Cleaner||TPJ Customs|
|Wheels, Tires, and Brakes|
|Tire/Size||Pirelli MT 60 RS / 120/90|
|Tire/Size||Pirelli MT 60 RS/180mm|
|Powdercoating||Precision Stripping and Coating|
|Gas Tank||TPJ Customs|
|Foot Controls||TPJ Customs|
|Turn Signals||Your arm|
|License Mount||TPJ Customs|