James Roper-Caldbeck builds some of the cleanest vintage Harleys in the business. Working from a small workshop in Copenhagen, Denmark, he focuses on quality rather than quantity. But the most surprising thing about this machine—crafted around a 1964 FLH panhead motor—is that it was built in five weeks.
According to James, “The bike was just sat in the corner, made up of parts from the shelves, or parts left over from past builds. It had a cheap knuckle/pan frame, an old Sportster front end, rusty 21” and 19” rims and bent bars. You get the picture.” The picture doesn’t sound promising, but in January, two things spurred James into action: he decided he wanted to show two bikes at the Mooneyes Sweden show, and he became obsessed with aluminum.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 16, 2012) - Spanning the course of four months and visiting 12 cities across the country, the Progressive® International Motorcycle Shows® has announced its 2012 Grand National Champion of the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike United States Championships in Daytona Beach, Florida. Jeremy Cupp of LC Fabrications from Mount Crawford, Virginia, was named the 2012 Grand National Champion in the Freestyle Class beating out a field of 19 competitors. His 1976 Harley-Davidson XL quickly became a show favorite from the time it was wheeled onto the show floor at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach Wednesday morning. He received the largest number of total votes. READ ON
The frame was stripped and stuffed away in a trailer for years before a friend found it for sale for $900 and got it into Brian Boan's shop. The parts came together slowly -- $120 for a chain here, $3,000 for a belt drive there -- as Boan spent day after 16-hour day creating something out of nothing. About a year and thousands of hours of shop time later, someone at a show in Charlotte, N.C., tried to buy the finished product for $250,000. READ ON: