Old Shcool Japanese Chopper Projects
by Ryan DeGagne
(Chesapeake, VA, usa)
suzuki bobber mock up
The projects I am working on now is a 1983 suzuki gr650 tempter bobber, a 1981 suzuki gs650l custom (my first bike and a never-ending project), and a 1971 honda cb500 powered (at the moment), and a 1979 yamaha. And last but not least a wheelchair accessible hondamatic 750 trike. This project should have been completed by feb 1 09 but has not even been started yet. I cant wait to destroy that ugly side car!
I hope to have the 83 tempter finished by march. I would like to show it at the VA Beach bike week and hopefully sell it this spring to begin another project.
My 1981 gs650 has been seen all over New England. It gets a complete makeover every year, and even though I added over 100 lbs of weight while doing custom work, this shaft driven sled will do over 130mph! Not bad for an ugly brick.
The Yama-Honda will probably become a drag racer. Some day the dinosaur 1971 cb550 will be replaced with a turbo charged goldwing, but right now it sits amid a pile of handlebars, sissy bars, tires, and windjammer fairings in the shed.
My Name is Ryan DeGagne. I am an experienced welder and fabricator, artist, and I graduated from the M.T.T.I. motorcycle/powersports program in early 2008. I lived in fall river Mass, and worked for Windmill Cycles in Dartmouth, Mass, until I was laid off in the winter due to the struggling economy. I Moved to Chesapeake Va. (where I grew up) And now plan to make the East Coast the frontline for my assault on the custom motorcycle world. At 22 years old, I realize I have a lot of dues left unpaid, But I am determined to Make a name for myself, or die trying.
Everyone wants a custom American V-twin, but if you have read this far then you know that old school jap's is where its at. And I'm not just talking your standard Cafe Racer here either. I'm Talking about BANG for your BUCK one-offs that anyone can appreciate.