Empress Rising – Jason’s Timebomb Kustoms CB750

Empress Rising – Jason’s Timebomb Kustoms CB750

There is a lot I could say about this bike build and a lot of amazing people were involved in bringing her to life. It was an odyssey that spanned over three years. When all this started, I knew I wanted a long, raked CB750. I picked up a frame and new rear wheel from Rawhide Cycles. The springer is an old S&W I snagged from a guy on Instagram.

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Inside the Artist – Matt Sabbath

Inside the Artist – Matt Sabbath

You have to love the distinctive styles some artists are able to create. Styles that immediately make you go… oh yeah that’s that kat. This truly applies when talking about Matt Wilkins, aka @matt_sabbath. Being an artist myself, I appreciate someone like this. He has honed his style and skill set to develop a style that is instantly recognizable. Matt has been creating art for bikers, bands and country western stars for a few years now. He is also a member of the artist collective known as the Mystical Freaks.

Bold designs that speak volumes… and create images that stay with you. Matt has designed both posters and t-shirts for bike events in the UK and Europe such as the Hook Up Chopper Show. His work with the Waylon Jennings brand speaks volumes. If Shooter Jennings trust Matt with this so should you. Along with bands, moto brands, and even alcohol companies like Soundgrowler Brewing and Fireball Whiskey have also reached out to Matt, his work is everywhere. We had a chance to ask him a few questions, sit back, spark up and enjoy.

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Daril’s Dilemma – Borba’s Born Free Panhead

Daril’s Dilemma – Borba’s Born Free Panhead

As we all know, time stands still for no one. I was in the middle of moving my family from Hanford, California, to Texas when Mike and Grant asked me to build a bike for the biggest chopper show on the planet. How could I turn down such an amazing opportunity?

Timing was not on my side, but I made a commitment and pushed forward. I was part of Born Free 8 after winning the People’s Champ competition, so getting the chance to be an invited builder was something I had wanted to do for a long time.

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El Diablo Run 2021

El Diablo Run 2021

The desert heat can play tricks on a person’s mental stability. It must have been triple-digits midday on the 395 and no matter how much water you drank, it just never quite took the edge off.

Generally speaking, it’s a rule of thumb to not use a long ride event as a shakedown run on a new build. Who am I kidding… I needed a good excuse to set a deadline to finish my bike.

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Blueblood - Jackson's Choppers' Born Free 11 Knucklehead

Blueblood - Jackson's Choppers' Born Free 11 Knucklehead

This bike was built for Born Free 11 in 2019. My buddy, Don, and I had been talking about putting his Knucklehead together for a little while and when we got the news that I had been included in the list of invited Born Free builders, we decided that this would be the perfect opportunity. Don had already collected the 1947 motor, the ’46 transmission and a cherry ’40 frame (probably the nicest I’ve seen in person).

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Talking Choppers with Oliver Peck

Talking Choppers with Oliver Peck

I have had motorcycles pretty much my whole life. I rode dirt bikes as a kid. I got into Harleys about 15 years ago or so. I was an amateur hoarder back then, but quickly went into full-blown collector mode. Over the last decade, I have gone to every swap meet I could get to. Not just in Texas, but all over the county, on the prowl for old motorcycles and parts. It’s hard to pick a favorite, but I’d have to say my favorite is probably the 1971 FLH that I have had for 10 plus years. I was born in 1971 so I have that connection to it. The FLH isn’t 100% stock, but it was closer now than it was when I got it.

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