Tony Hun­dahl’s ’80s-style Evo rigid

Street Chopper - - Contents - WORDS: MATT JACK­SON PHO­TOS: LERRY PENA

Ibuilt this bike for my good friend Tony Hun­dahl. Tony owns Rock of Ages tat­too shop here in Austin, Texas. I’ve al­ways ad­mired Tony’s work, and it was an honor to put to­gether this Evo chop­per for him. Tak­ing on this build was a lit­tle dif­fer­ent for us, as we tend to spe­cial­ize in ear­lier-style bikes (Knuck­les, Pans, and Shov­els), but I viewed it as a chal­lenge to take our style and add more func­tion­al­ity to it. I didn’t want to try to make it look like a ’60s chop­per, so I had to think a lit­tle out­side of my nor­mal box. It be­came heav­ily in­spired by club bikes of the ’80s with the dual disc Wide Glide and stance.

We built this bike from the ground up. The first move was sourc­ing a mo­tor, and thanks to Dan Carr at DC Chop­pers, we didn’t have to go far. Dan put to­gether a solid 80-inch Evo mo­tor for us with an EV 27 cam in it. We wanted the bike to be re­li­able and a daily rider so saw no need to go big on the dis­place­ment.

I did all the fab work and as­sem­bled the bike with the help of my one em­ployee, Ryan Craft. We had our buddy Pack­rat (for­merly of Bud’s Mo­tor­cy­cles) from Black Cat Metal Works build us an 18-inch rear wheel for the back of the bike, and we nar­rowed the Stingray fen­der to fit the ra­dius. This gave the bike a very skinny and nar­row look over­all, bal­anc­ing out the bee­fi­ness of the 8-inch- over Wide Glide front end.

I turned to Scott at Chem­i­cal Candy Cus­toms to han­dle the paint­work, a clas­sic black base and white flames, with runes on the oil tank. Scott has been in­te­gral to our builds at Jack­son’s Chop­pers and al­ways comes through.

We fabbed up the Co­bra-style seat pan and had Cato’s Cus­tom Up­hol­stery cover it in a di­a­mond stitch. Ev­ery day I walk into the shop, I take a look around and think about how lucky I am to be do­ing what I love and on my own terms. Most of all, though, I’d like to give a big thank-you to Tony Hun­dahl for let­ting me build this bike that is not only func­tional but looks bitchin’ too! SC

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