Custom Rigid Chopper - Owned by Bob Harlow


At the age of eighteen, I bought my first bike and taught myself how to ride.  After two weeks of hiding it at my friend’s house, I rode it home only to the have my mother give me the ultimatum, “get rid of the bike or move out.”  I moved out that night and have owned a motorcycle ever since.  

Several years and several bikes later, I bought my first Harley.  After attempting to customize each bike with bolt-on parts only to discover ten other bikes just like mine, I decided it was time to buy a custom built chopper.  I bought one out of Florida and after a year, I had an altercation with an SUV.  Instead of rebuilding the same bike, I decided to start from the ground up—keep a few original parts and build a chopper more unique to me.  I wanted something truly unique, more like art… and Bruce Mullins of Skunkworx Custom Cycle was up for the challenge.

We chopped and stretched the frame to add 45 degree’s of rake, added a 12 over springer front-end, and then custom fabricated the controls including the suicide shift, foot clutch and brake.  We added a Rev-Tech 100 cubic inch polished engine and six speed transmission.  At every angle you can see a custom fabricated “Spade” from the sissy bar and foot controls to the hand tooled leather seat.  Next, we had to decide on paint.  I knew I wanted the candy apple green with heavy flake and Bruce came up with purple flames, pinstriped in red, for an even more unique look. Bruce and the guys at Skunkworx handled all fabrication, paint and assembly.

This chopper was built to ride daily, but I still enjoy putting it in shows.  It recently won the final Summer Custom Tour at Big Dog Motorcycles of Columbus.