Custom 1981 Harley Davidson Excavator Head Chopper

Often, on a custom bike or a typical vehicle, there’s more to it than you can see. At first glance or from a distance, you won’t get the big picture, or if you look closely, you won’t see a lot of complex details. For example, Hawk Roche’s 1981 Harley-Davidson Chopper I saw at Mama Tried.

From a distance, the fork may look like a normal chopper with extreme stretch, but the bike has more than a cartoon look. That said, the height of a motorcycle is definitely commendable.

Hawk Roche talks to MPN Jackie Van Ham at Mama Tried

Lawshe is the owner Vintage Technologies, A small business where he manufactures one-off motorcycles for his customers. A long-standing project by Harley-Davidson has allowed him to become an expert in this field and produce some notable motorcycles.

“The bike is called Azureous, and the stem of the name means blue in Latin,” Lawshe told us. “I wanted to make a blue bike and something a bit exotic and big. One of the main inspirations is that all the components work like a live organic version of a turn crank machine that is confusing in shop class. Had to have a running cutaway engine that could be seen to be. I originally wanted to do more exhibition-type things and put it in a big display case. But then the rest of the bike started. “

“Many of the cam chests were completely cut out along with the oil system and cooling system. I wanted to get the pure and naked necessities of it. We have a tough meal It is a ’81 bagger that took

“Bare Essentials” is no more accurate because the auto-clutch component is exposed and there are no pedals or levers throughout the bike.

Nicknamed Chopper is Azureous, which means blue in Latin.

“There are just a few electric brakes and trailer-type magnetic couplers that come in with more than half the shoes,” says Lawshe. “The seat pan area has a small electric modular that reduces the voltage to the desired length, so it doesn’t just lock the brakes.

“Centrifugal clutches allow us to gas it, so when you put things in gear, it won’t go until you goose the throttle. So for the kick start operation of the mechanical clutch There is a little lockout.

“The transmission is moved up and down and is a single spar frame. All the tubes of the fork and 17 inch invader are framed with a knife and the spokes of the wheel are filled with air. For some kind of frail and minimalist design it. Was adopted. “

Photo courtesy of Fuel Cleveland

Part of the reason for this particular build was to introduce Lawshe’s work on a parts line under the brand Pure Choppers. This line focuses on providing builders with “pure essentials” parts. This is basically a reverse engineered and shattered part by Lawshe to show the core of the engine. Cutting off the cylinder head and all other unwanted parts will give you a clearer view of the combustion chamber and cylinder wall.

“I eat and breathe Harley-Davidson, so it’s really fun to make a bike like this,” he says. “I want everyone to have fun”

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