KNIGHT MOVES Brad Burke’s ’77 Sport­ster

BRAD BURKE’S ’77 SPORT­STER FROM THE STREET CHOP­PER ARCHIVES

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The 1980s were known as the era of ex­cess, and cus­tom mo­tor­cy­cles for that mat­ter were no dif­fer­ent. Take for in­stance this cus­tom Sporty Dig­ger that Brad Burke built with the help of Bay Area Cus­tom Cy­cles (BACC). Brad bought a BACC rigid Sport­ster frame and a bas­ket case ’77 Sport­ster mo­tor in 1981 and pro­ceeded to dump $10,000 ($ 31,500 in to­day’s money) into the cre­ation you see here.

The build started with a trip to see Arlen Ness for some sheet metal. Once the Ness tank, oil bag, and rear fen­der were molded and fin­ish welded the lot was taken to the now-fa­mous Paint By Horst for some of the most col­or­ful and in­tri­cate paint­work we have seen to this very day. Then the mo­tor was sent to Donny Rich’s for some ma­chin­ing and S&S fl ywheels. It re­ceived a to­tal show chrome treat­ment, and the mo­tor was com­pleted by Carl Simms. Rudy Pena was re­spon­si­ble for all of the fab­u­lous en­grav­ing on the en­gine as well as the rest of the bike where it is seen. Up front Brad used a BACC springer cou­pled with a 21-inch Akront rim that was an­odized blue to match the rear 16-inch wheel. Round­ing off this build was a set of Hurst Calipers, FUBAR pipes, BACC pull­back bars, and a Drag Spe­cial­ties two- piece seat. Upon com­ple­tion Knight Moves went on to be one of the top show­bikes across the coun­try well into the mid1980s. SC

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