KNIGHT MOVES Brad Burke’s ’77 Sportster
BRAD BURKE’S ’77 SPORTSTER FROM THE STREET CHOPPER ARCHIVES
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