STREET RIP­PER

A Com­mu­nity Of Rid­ers Fos­ters A Build

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Aus­tralia is a coun­try full of V-rods and ape­han­g­ered Dy­nas, so I built this bike to change a few mind­sets. I planned on build­ing this bike my­self, and that’s the way I kept it. I am the only per­son to lay a span­ner on this bike, and I can hap­pily say I trust it on one wheel do­ing hooli­gan shit.

From the day I got this bike, I had in my mind that I wanted it to han­dle a good thrash­ing, so I sourced only the best parts to build the bike you see to­day. What started as a sim­ple bar/riser setup quickly blew out to an ex­ten­sive build thanks to a set of gold Pro­ta­per bars. Be­fore talk­ing with my buddy Justin Case from Hard Case Per­for­mance, I had my mind set on black bars and ris­ers. A few ideas were thrown around, and a set of Hard Case ris­ers and gold Pro­ta­pers were on their way to Aus­tralia.

The day I fit­ted the bars and ris­ers, I sat back to have a beer, looked at the bike, and thought to my­self it needed some­thing else. A few more beers and two hours later the bike was stripped down to a bare frame and en­gine. The next day I dropped the tins and a Simp­son Ghost Ban­dit down to Smith Con­cepts in Syd­ney, Aus­tralia. I knew from the first time I saw Kyle’s “Smith Con­cepts” work that he was the man for the job. That be­ing said, I gave Kyle the okay to let loose with only two things in mind: time­less and gold.

I’ve built a lot of strong friend­ships through @hd_hooli­gans on In­sta­gram, and I am su­per thank­ful for that. I thought start­ing the ac­count would be a cool thing for my­self and other rid­ers to post their videos, pic­tures, and get the up-and-comers some ex­po­sure along the way with no bull­shit ads. I’ve kept it that way and have made a lot of mates along the way. The Bas­sani crew have been strong friends and sup­port­ers of the build, and I can’t say enough about the leg­ends and the qual­ity of their work.

Mem­phis Shades, Pro­gres­sive Sus­pen­sion, Hard Case Per­for­mance, Sad­dle­men, Speed-kings Cy­cle, Simp­son Hel­mets, Big Bear Chop­pers, To­pline Tubes, and Rebel Sup­ply Com­pany all have been strong sup­port­ers and have con­trib­uted to the build and helped take it to the next level. HB

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