Jeff Allen

Two Custom Big Twin Motorcycles From Texas

Texas Two Step

This article was originally published in the October-November issue of Cycle World's Big Twin magazine.


Next time you’re passing through the Texas Panhandle, make a pit stop in Amarillo and check out a few of the area’s more interesting attractions: old Route 66; the Cadillac Ranch; the yellow rows of Texas wheat (ouch); or best of all, the Soncy Road Body Shop’s Texas Twosome.

Mark Warrick, creator of the pair of bikes seen here, has garnered quite a following for his Amarillo-based customizing business. He operates out of his Soncy Road Body Shop, which, as the name suggests, also does its fair share of metal-bending and mending on the area’s four-wheel population.1

Silver chopper built by Mark Warrick

The base machine of Mark Warrick's silver chopper was built from scratch.

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Looking at Warrick’s two customs, you’d never guess that he’s a mere 29 years old. But the high quality of his work says that in the customizing game, he’s a veteran. He’s been fabricating custom Big Twins since 1991 while also building street rods and dealing with the everyday crash work that keeps his bustling body shop plenty busy. In that time, he has established a reputation for building simple, clean, quality motorcycles, and he lets that reputation speak for itself. Besides a few appearances at Laughlin, Daytona and a handful of local bike shows, Warrick doesn’t advertise his services. Kind of defeats the stereotype of the boastful Texan, doesn’t it?

Silver custom chopper details

Check out a few of the area's more interesting attractions: Old Route 66, The Cadillac Ranch, and the Soncy Road Body Shop.

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In the few months since completing the chop­per pictured here, Warrick has gotten several orders for replicas, with more coming in every time the bike is shown. “We feel we have our own style going,” he says. “We try to build a nice, clean bike without a lot of gaudy geegaws. Our aim is quality, not quantity, and we’re happy to build just five bikes a year.”

Many of Warrick’s customers are locals and people for whom the shop has built cars in the past. But some of his creations go West, to California, home of the chopper style, which Warrick has interpreted in his own version of the classic, long-forked custom.

Silver custom chopper in action

Warrick's silver chopper has plenty of show and go, compliments of its 96-inch engine composed mostly of S&S innards topped off by Patrick Racing Billet cylinder heads.

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The silver chopper shown here is the first Seventies’-style bike Warrick has made. It pays homage to the decade of indulgence, with a couple of modern additions, like an engine that doesn’t leak, molding that won’t flake off due to vibration, and brakes that slow you down, like, now. It also has a few features that would have flat stunned ’em in the Seventies, like that full-coverage front fender (yes, it does rain in Texas), the 80-spoke Hallcraft wheels and the hidden rear axle mounts. The most outstanding feature on the silver bike, though, just may be that huge Typhoon carb velocity stack aimed forward at the approaching hordes of insects in the wind.

SILVER CHOPPER Base machine Built from scratch
DESIGNER/FABRICATOR/BUILDER
Mark Warrick Soncy Road & Highway 66, Amarillo, TX 79159
PAINT AND CHROME
Molding Mark Shoemaker
Paint Soncy Rd. Body Shop
Graphics John Stromberg
Chroming Peerless Plating, Oklahoma City, OK
Polishing Full Moon Shining, Amarillo, TX
ENGINE
Year 1998
Model Big Twin
Builder Patrick Racing
Displacement 96 cu. in.
Cases S&S
Lower end S&S
Rods S&S
Pistons S&S
Heads Patrick Racing Billet
Valves Patrick Racing
Cam Carl’s 680
Pushrods Jims
Lifters Jims
Ignition Crane Hi-4
Carb Carl’s Billet Typhoon
Air cleaner Angled velocity stack by Soncy Rd. Body Shop
Pipes Samson
TRANSMISSION
Type Delkron cases, Andrews gears
Primary drive Belt drive by Billet For You
Clutch Barnett
FRAME
Year 1998
Make Ness
Type Ness/Daytec
Builder Arlen Ness
Modifications 4” rise, 3” stretch, 40º rake
FRONT FORK
Year 1997
Make H-D
Type Wide Glide
Builder Soncy Rd. Body Shop Billet For You 5º offset triple-trees
REAR SUSPENSION
Make Ness
Swingarm Ness
Modifications Flush axle mounting
FRONT WHEEL/TIRE
Wheel Hallcraft 80-spoke
Tire Pirelli
Tire size 21”
Rim width 1.85”
Brake PM 6-piston caliper, Ness 13” disc
REAR WHEEL/TIRE
Wheel Hallcraft
Tire Pirelli
Tire size 17”
Rim width 5.5”
Brake Billet For You left-side caliper
ACCESSORIES
Handlebar Flanders
Risers Soncy Rd. Body Shop
Grips Billet Concepts
Gas tank D&D
Oil tank Modified Daytec
Front fender Modified Jesse James
Rear fender Soncy Rd Body Shop
Headlight Headwinds
Taillight Billet for You LED
Turn signals none
Electrics Aaron Hollan, Soncy Rd. Body Shop
Speedo/tach none
Seat Bobby Fox custom
Foot controls PM
Rider pegs Billet Concepts
Rear pegs Billet Concepts
Black custom chopper in action

Cutting loose the 106-inch S&S motor launches the Pit Bull custom down the road with alacrity. Clean, simple lines and a high degree of functionality are some of Warrick's prime objectives.

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Subtler, but just as stylish, the black Pit Bull bike is another example of Warrick’s lean, simple, Soncy Road style. With broad chest and narrow hips, the S&S-engined Big Twin looks lean and muscular. And there are real muscles aplenty in the 106-cubic-inch motor that was assembled by California engine builder John Liligard.

Warrick added his own special touches to the Pit Bull’s Kenny Boyce frame. The rear shock mounts incorporate the fender stays and are machined of billet aluminum, fluted to match the contours of the rear fender and complement the spokes of the Boyd’s wheels. A simple but effective velocity stack helps the 45mm Mikuni carburetor breathe plenty of prairie air. Rubber mounts keep those big-engine vibes away from the rider’s rear end during long highway hauls (very important, since Texas is more than 800 miles wide), and modified Cycle Smith footboards allow the rider to move his feet around.

Black custom chopper details

Texas eases the life of the state's custom-bike builders by not requiring turnsignals or speedometers.

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Texas eases the life of the state’s custom-bike builders and owners by not requiring turnsignals or speedometers. After all, fellow motorists would much rather see you wave an arm than activate a little blinker light when you pass. And the Texas State Troopers will be quite happy to use their conveniently located equipment to tell you if they think you’re going a little too fast. For a small fee, of course.

After producing bikes like these, Mark Warrick has shown he has considerable metalworking skills, enough to build some of the cleanest, most alluring Harley customs you’ll see anywhere—enough, even, to restore the buried Caddies at the Cadillac Ranch, should such an unlikely need ever arise. But he in­tends to expand those skills even farther in the near future. “We try to keep our customs on a fine line so they still look like motorcycles,” says Warrick, “but next year will see our first full bodybike”.

Betcha it will be an exceptionally clean and original one.

NAME Pit Bull
Base machine 1998 Big Twin
DESIGNER/FABRICATOR/BUILDER
Mark Warrick Soncy Road & Highway 66, Amarillo, TX 79159
PAINT AND CHROME
Molding Mark Shoemaker
Paint Soncy Rd. Body Shop
Graphics John Stromberg
Chroming Peerless Plating, Oklahoma City, OK
Polishing Full Moon Shining, Amarillo, TX
ENGINE
Year 1998
Model Big Twin
Builder John Liligard
Displacement 106 cu. in.
Cases S&S
Lower end S&S
Rods S&S
Pistons S&S
Heads S&S
Valves S&S
Cam S&S
Pushrods S&S
Lifters S&S
Primary cover Ness
Ignition Crane Hi-4
Carb 45mm Mikuni
Air cleaner Velocity stack
Pipes Samson
TRANSMISSION
Year 1996
Type FXR, Andrews gears
Primary drive Primo belt
Clutch Barnett
FRAME
Year 1998
Make Kenny Boyce
Type Pro-Street rubber-mount
Builder Soncy Rd. Body Shop
Modifications Neck boxed, 2” stretch, 35º rake
FRONT FORK
Year 1998
Make White Bros./Ceriani
Type Inverted
Builder C&S Machine
REAR SUSPENSION
Year 1998
Make Ness
Swingarm Ness
Modifications Billet parts by Bobby Walden
FRONT WHEEL/TIRE
Wheel Boyd’s
Tire Metzeler
Tire size 120 /90-18
Rim width 3”
Brake Ness caliper, PM floater rotor
REAR WHEEL/TIRE
Wheel Boyd’s
Tire Metzeler
Tire size 180/55-17
Rim width 5.5”
Brake Ness caliper, PM rotor
ACCESSORIES
Handlebars Flanders
Risers Soncy Rd. Body Shop
Grips Ness
Gas tank Battistini’s
Oil tank H-D Softail, modified
Front fender Jesse James, modified
Rear fender Jesse James, modified
Headlight Headwinds
Taillight Billet For You LED
Electrics Soncy Rd. Body Shop
Speedo/tach none
Seat Bobby Fox custom
Foot controls H-D
Rider pegs Cycle Smith floorboards modified by Soncy Rd. Body Shop