Backroad BBQ Run III

Backroad BBQ Run III

During a normal summer, there is nothing that would convince me to ride to the coast of North Carolina for a campout. Between the unbearably high humidity and the swarms of bloodthirsty mosquitoes, it can be downright miserable just stepping outside to get the mail. Of course after being quarantined for a few months, the idea of riding anywhere sounded pretty good, so that’s how I found myself riding down the highway on my ’ol panhead beside Greg DeHoot on his shovelhead chopper (see issue 3).

All things considered, the ride down to Trenton for the third annual Backroad BBQ Run started out really well. We got an early start, so the temperature was nice and cool, the skies were clear and there was hardly any traffic. About an hour into the ride, my bike realized it was 2020 and remembered that things were supposed to suck, so while I was running 60 miles an hour down the road, the backend started sliding around like a snake on hot sand. I managed to get her stopped in the middle of the highway only to discover a completely flat rear tire. Thanks 2020. 

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Foster's Hog

Foster's Hog

And now, a few words from Foster Eberhart.

This is my hog. There are probably a few out there like it, but this one is mine. This bike starts out where my Shovelhead left off. I have this thing where once I get attached to a machine, I'll never sell it in one piece. Don’t like the idea of some joker out there riding my scooter like it’s his or something. So, parted out they get.  That way, each piece goes to help a brother out there build his own idea of a cool chopper.

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Haynie’s Farout FL

Haynie’s Farout FL

This is Justin Haynie and his 1950 FL. Justin lives in Denton, Texas. It’s a town where the chopper scene is pretty slept on, but with so many here who are into these old bikes, it was easy for Justin to get inspired and have the urge to build one himself. Being an old BMXer and flat tracker, the transition was bound to happen.  Here is what Justin had to say about his beloved 1950 Harley-Davidson chopper.

It started like many, a pile of parts in the corner of my garage that took what seemed to be years to acquire. I scored the bottom end out of Killeen, Texas, on a shady Craigslist deal that worked out for the best. My good friend and extremely talented machinist/builder, Jerimiah Jurgeson of Conflict Machine, helped me get the frame. I stole the transmission off another pile that I already had. Now that I had the bones and heart, I decided I wanted it to breathe the 1960s.

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Mama Tried Quarantine Proof

Mama Tried Quarantine Proof

Mama Tried started on a whim in 2014, after the demise of an outdoor event I had been doing for years called Rockerbox. Rockerbox was big on the FUN, it was a huge party with wild crowds and tons of bikes. But being a “ride in” event, there was no real “show” aspect to it. It was a good time, but I wanted to switch gears to more of a curated thing.

I was just starting to get into street bikes after years in the AHRMA and flat track/dirt scene. I really wanted to show off the craftsmanship of competition bikes. I was also seriously falling in love with choppers. Warren was coming at it from the other direction, being around choppers his whole life, he was groovin' on race bikes, dirt riding, and being at the track. It was a good match. That was when Warren and I decided to do an indoor invitational event and the Mama Tried Motorcycle Show was born.

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Lemmy - Gary Irving's Motorhead Shovelhead

Lemmy - Gary Irving's Motorhead Shovelhead

I’ve heard people say that it takes fifteen years of hard work and dedication to become an overnight success, and for Gary Irving and his meticulously built shovelhead chopper, this statement couldn’t be truer. Although the bike only took a fraction of that time to build, the story begins much earlier.

Gary came to the U.S. from the United Kingdom in 1994, with only his clothes on his back and enough money to buy a 600cc Honda Shadow motorcycle that he rode all over the country for about three weeks. Eventually he ran out of money and decided to hunker down in a town called Santa Cruz, California, where he worked custom painting surfboards for local shapers. Eventually, Gary landed a job using his artistic abilities and became a painter and muralist for a local custom motorcycle manufacturer. During that time, he began to collect parts to build his own chopper including a 1949 Panhead motor. His vision was a masterpiece, a bike adorned with murals, engraving and the imagery of his favorite band, Motörhead.

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Bang Time - Tony Bang's 1972 XLH

Bang Time - Tony Bang's 1972 XLH

When we first met Tony Bang (@bangtime) about 13 years ago he was just a young lad rippin’ around on a little XS650 chopper. After a few years of hangin’ and bangin’ on the XS, he was ready to make the jump to some good ol’ American Iron. Tony always lived near Downtown Los Angeles and would hang out with all the LA chopper boys at “the Chun” (If you don’t know what the Chun is, make sure to pick up issue 4). Hanging on the wall there was (Shr)Eddie Cleveland’s old busted up 1972 XLH Ironhead. Shreddie had gotten into a pretty bad accident on it at one time, and moved onto Big Twins, so the crashed up Ironhead found its place hanging on the walls of the Chun.


Tony’s XS650 days were coming to an end and he was itching to get on a Harley. That’s when he set his eyes on that Ironhead. He did have one problem though… Tony had no money to buy it. However, he did have a pillowcase full of weed that he stole from his brother. So, Tony pitched a trade to the scoot’s owner, his friend, Simon. He’d trade the busted-up ’72 XLH wall art for a pillowcase full of grade A Ganja. Remember, this was pre-dispensary… so it was actually a pretty decent trade. Simon refused the trade though, and instead, offered to just give the bike to Tony. After all, it’s better to see one of your bros on it that see it hanging on the wall forever.

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