THE KLINGON BATTLECRUISER

Ron Simms’ Sport­ster-pow­ered star­ship

Street Chopper - - Contents - WORDS: STREET CHOP­PER STAFF PHO­TOS: BOB CLARK MODEL: DIANE PLAYAN

“Its abil­ity to draw a crowd of both bike freaks and peo­ple who could care less about our sport is un­be­liev­able,” Bob Clark wrote of this Bay Area Cus­tom Cy­cles’ (BACC) dig­ger when it first ap­peared in Street Chop­per back in the Novem­ber 1977 is­sue. When you cre­ate a bike that does that, you’ve done some­thing right.

Like the Vader Raider dig­ger, Ron Simms’ Klingon Battlecruiser runs on an Iron­head Sport­ster mill. Both are fine ex­am­ples of that style, but that’s where the sim­i­lar­i­ties end. There’s even the whole East Coast/ West Coast ri­valry thing go­ing on. JAR Chop­pers in Bay­side, New York, gave the world the black-and- sil­ver Sithed- out Star Wars chop­per, while this ear­lier Klingon ver­sion is straight-up North­ern Cal­i­for­nia born and bred. More­over, this Simms chop sports fen­der-to-neck color un­like its cousin we talked about ear­lier.

I’d be will­ing to bet money some­one some­where built an old Bat­tlestar Galac­tica- themed bike based on that show too. I’m just not sure I want to find it… SC

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