Wicked Choppers Wicked Storm

Something Wicked

When Chris Shoemaker of Wicked Choppers in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, envisions a custom chopper, his first thought is to design a bike primarily for riding but also build a bike with a one-of-a-kind look. Chris started customizing as a hobby when he modified his own H-D Fat Boy and entered it into a bike show during Daytona Bike Week and took First place. It was during this event that Chris decided he wanted his own chopper and building it was the best way to get what he wanted. This led to the founding of his shop Wicked Choppers. "Wicked Storm," the bike seen here is not the first custom that Chris has built. In all, he's built 23 custom choppers and the Wicked Storm is one of his best. Chris put all his vision into building this one-off chopper.

A solid, well-conceived, custom chopper frame was crucial to the success of building Wicked Storm. This is because a chopper's frame not only dictates how it will look, but how it will ride as well. To get the chopper look and ride, Chris selected a Pro-Street Frameworks frame, and then added 6 inches to the backbone and 8 extra inches in the downtubes. In addition to frame and sheetmetal modifications/fabrication, the rear taillight was discreetly molded into the back fender and blends into the metallic blue paint scheme.

One of the first unique design features you will notice about this chopper are the holes that appear to be open through the tank and downtube. In order to achieve this design and allow the tank to hold fuel, Chris added stainless steel, mirrored discs inside the holes to give the appearance of a drilled opening in both the tank and frame.

Every bike needs a set of wheels and Chris added some bling with a pair of Weld Racing wheels. The rear wheel is wrapped with a fat 300 series Avon tire and is led by a 21- inch on the front. To give the bike some extra detail and sort of help promote his company and the name of the bike, Chris had the word "wicked" inscribed into the primary cover.

The power inside the frame pulling this massive storm is a 114ci TP show-polished engine and shifts with a Baker six-speed transmission. One of the most impressive design elements on this chopper are its patented, illuminated, gauges integrated into the tank and are only visible when the ignition switch is turned on.

While Chris admits the design phase of this project took a long time, it produced a bike, which shows you something different every time you look at it. And every time Chris rips this bike down the street, the handmade pipes rumble like ominous thunderclouds, letting people know a wicked storm is on its way.

SPEC SHEET
GENERAL
OWNER Chris Shoemaker
SHOP NAME Wicked Choppers
SHOP PHONE (843) 294-2900
YEAR/MAKE/MODEL '06/Wicked {{{Storm}}}
FABRICATION Wicked Choppers
ASSEMBLY Wicked Choppers
BUILD TIME Three months
ENGINE
YEAR/MANUFACTURER '06/TP Engineering
TYPE/SIZE Evo/114ci
BUILDER TP
CASES TP
CYLINDERS TP
HEADS TP
FLYWHEELS TP
ROCKER BOXES TP
CARBURETOR Mikuni
AIR CLEANER Wicked Choppers
EXHAUST Wicked Choppers
TRANSMISSION
YEAR/MANUFACTURER/TYPE '06/Baker/6-speed
CASE Baker
CLUTCH BDL
PRIMARY DRIVE BDL
FRAME
MANUFACTURER Pro-Street Frameworks
RAKE 41 degrees
STRETCH 8- up, 6-out
SUSPENSION
MANUFACTURER FRONT Spyke
TRIPLE TREES Spyke
REAR
SWINGARM Pro-Street Frameworks
SHOCKS {{{Legend}}} Air RiIde
WHEELS, TIRES, AND BRAKES
MANUFACTURER/FRONT Weld Racing
SIZE-HEIGHT/WIDTH 21x2.125
TIRE/SIZE Avon/21
CALIPER HHI
ROTOR Weld Racing
MANUFACTURER REAR Weld Racing
SIZE-HEIGHT/WIDTH 18x10.5
TIRE/SIZE Avon/300mm
CALIPER HHI
ROTOR Weld
FINISH/PAINT
COLORS Metallic Blue/White
PAINTER Copperhead Graphics
PLATING/POLISHING Meclec
ACCESSORIES
FRONT FENDER Wicked Choppers
REAR FENDER Wicked Choppers
FENDER STRUTS Wicked Choppers
GAS TANK∩ Wicked Choppers
OIL TANK Pro-Street Frame works
GAUGES Wicked Choppers/{{{Dakota}}} Digital
HANDLEBARS Wicked Choppers
RISERS Wicked Choppers
HAND CONTROLS PM
FOOT CONTROLS Accutronix
FOOTPEGS Accutronix
HEADLIGHT Headwinds
TAILLIGHT Wicked Choppers/
Custom Dynamics
LICENSE MOUNT Yaffe
SEAT Wicked Choppers/Duane Ballard