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CHAOS CY­CLE BUILDS A SUGAR BEAR-STYLE LONG BIKE

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Chaos Cy­cle Builds A Sugar Bear-style Long Bike ..................................

Ge­orge Stins­man is the lead builder and owner, along with his wife Dee, of Chaos Cy­cle in Long Is­land, New York. Our cus­tomer Darius is a well-known pho­tog­ra­pher who has a strong in­ter­est in black cul­ture and his­tory of mo­tor­cy­cles. He came to us and asked us to repli­cate a ’60s-style chop­per with some mod­ern touches and im­me­di­ately a Sugar Bear springer came to mind. I’ve been want­ing to build a bike around one of his front ends for years.

We started with a 40-inch over Sugar Bear springer with his unique rock­ers and had An­thony from Chas­sis De­sign build a frame to match. Then we took the frame and mod­i­fied it to in­cor­po­rate oil cool­ers in the down-tubes to give a lit­tle ex­tra flair to the frame and add some func­tion­al­ity. Once the frame was all set we placed the fresh Shov­el­head in it along with the Baker Frank and tranny and went to work on all the brack­etry un­der the trans­mis­sion oil tank.

Af­ter we got it up and rolling, we started to make the tins in-house. I had long ad­mired a caliper Greg West­bury had made for his Biker Build-off bike, so I gave him a call and asked him if he had any­more. Coin­ci­dently he had re­cently dis­as­sem­bled the bike and was will­ing to sell me the ac­tual one he used. Next, we built a very

min­i­mal­is­tic sissy bar and sat Darius on the bike to set the han­dle­bars just right in­side some In­dian Larry throw­back ris­ers. We fab­ri­cated a seat pan and sent it to the best in the busi­ness for some leather­work by Chris­tian at Xian Leather, and once again he killed it. The tins went out to Ryzart for some candy magic paint­work. If you tried to fol­low the graph­ics with your eyes it might make you dizzy. Fi­nally, we topped it off with a f—king gas cap from Speed Dealer.

One of our goals was to keep the bike as skinny and nar­row as pos­si­ble, so we made some tight-fit ex­haust pipes shot­gun style that were tucked in tight once ev­ery­thing was fab­ri­cated. We sent the frame out to Pris­matic Pow­der Coat for some liq­uid black, and all the chrome went out to Bar Plat­ing in Con­necti­cut.

Darius is a tall guy so we were able to build a very stretched-out and raked motorcycle to fit him, as he is one of the few peo­ple who is even able to ride this bike. I’m only 5-foot-8, so I couldn’t even test ride the bike af­ter it was done. We had to have Darius come do the shake­down runs as I made ad­just­ments. The end re­sult was an 11-1/2-foot-long motorcycle that any­body who has seen Darius can at­test rules the streets of Brook­lyn. HB

“THE END RE­SULT WAS AN 11-1/2-FOOT-LONG MOTORCYCLE THAT ANY­BODY WHO HAS SEEN DARIUS CAN AT­TEST RULES THE STREETS OF BROOK­LYN.”

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