Rides, Rallies and Events Recap


Owner: Eric Davis
City/State: Lee’s Summit, Missouri

Year, Make & Model: 2003 American Ironhorse Texas Chopper

Color: Atomic Green

Engine: Polished S&S 111 cu. in. – 1819 cc

Horsepower: 108.1

Carburetor: S&S

Fuel Tank Capacity: 3.5 US Gallons

Exhaust System: Sampson

Transmission: Polished 6-Speed Close Ratio

Dry Weight: 672 lbs.

Rake: 38 Degrees

Photos Mike Schweder and Stripe

Art Direction by Wayne Thompson

CC: Eric, what is your occupation?
Eric: I’m co-owner of Financial Freedom Mortgage LLC

CC: What hobbies do you have, other than motorcycling?
Eric: I enjoy going to the movies, camping, horseback riding, and snow skiing.

CC: Why do you ride?
Eric: I ride because I like the power and speed.

CC: How long have you been riding and what was your first bike?
Eric: I have been riding since the age of 10 and I am currently 35 years old.

CC: What was your first bike?
Eric: My first bike was a KX 80 Dirt Bike.

CC: How many bikes have you owned?
Eric: My first bike was a KX 80 Dirt Bike.

CC: How many bikes do you currently own?
Eric: One.

CC: What do you like most about your current bike?
Eric: The style and power.

CC: What is your dream bike and why?
Eric: own a chopper and that has always been my dream bike.

CC: What is your most memorable riding experience?
Eric: My most memorable riding experience was riding up in the mountains in Hawaii on a road only 7 feet wide, with cars coming the other way, what a rush.

CC: What is your least memorable riding experience?
Eric: My least memorable riding experience was when I broke my back on a YZ 490.

CC: Which motorcycle rallies & events have you attended, and which is your favorite?
Eric: I have a attended a ride for Down Syndrome Children, Hawg Wyld’s Bike Wash and David Mann’s Benefit.

CC: Which is your favorite bike night location and why?
Eric: My favorite bike night is Paddy O’Quilgey’s because it is close to home.

CC: Do you have any tattoos?
Eric: I have 2 tattoos covering each shoulder.

CC: Who is your favorite tattoo artist?
Eric: Ben Alvarez with Illustrated Man he is the best in KC. If you need a good cover up he is your man.

CC: Do you prefer riding in a group or by yourself and why?
Eric: I prefer to ride in a small group of friends, because we know each others driving habits and we know what each other will do next.

CC: Who are some of your closest riding buddies?
Eric: Micah Bartlett, Joshoa Hawkins, Kenney Atkins and
Jason Klint.

CC: Just for fun, which of your riding buddies is the best rider?
Eric: I am (Ha-Ha).

CC: Just for fun, which of your riding buddies is the worst rider?
Eric: Joshoa “I Need a Chew” Hawkins.

CC: Eric, thank you for your time, and appreciate the use of your bike…and your wife, for our August cover.

Interview by Mike Schweder

Photos by Mike Schweder and Stripe

Art Direction by Wayne Thompson

Our August cover model is Lisa Davis from Lee’s Summit, Missouri.

Owner: Clint Galloway
City/State: Desoto, Kansas

Year, Make & Model: 2004 Swift Bar Chopper/CF

Color: Stars & Stripes

Engine: S&S 113 cu. in. – 1853 cc

Engine Bore: 4 in.

Stroke: 4.5 in.

Compression Ratio: 10.1:1

Horsepower: 107

Ignition: Compufire – Single Fire

Carburetor: S&S Super G

Fuel Tank Capacity: 5 US Gallons

Exhaust System: Bubs - Baffled

Transmission: Baker 5 speed

Primary Drive: Primo Rivera Brute III

Dry Weight: 595 lbs.

Wheel Base: 76 in.

Seat Height: 24 in.

Ground Clearance: 4 in.

Rake: 38 Degrees

Brakes (Front & Rear): Performance Machine

Caliper: 4-Piston

Rotor: 11.5 in.

Tire (Front): 90/90 H21

Tire (Rear): 250/40 HR18

Wheel (Front): 21” x 2.15” Billet

Wheel (Rear): 18” x 8.5” Billet

Photos by Mike Schweder

This month’s cover girl is Angela, from Grain Valley, Missouri.

I met Scott Ryals and his 1974 FLH Harley-Davidson a couple of years ago when I moved into my new home. I had just finished putting the first spring coat of wax on my bike when I heard the sound of an older Harley cranking up down the street. Within a couple of minutes, Scott and his pristine 1974 Shovelhead came rolling down the street. Of course, I had to flag him down and introduce myself as a fellow rider. After a short introduction, I was immediately taken by the excellent condition of his bike and the fact that he was riding it like it was a new bike, not an antique, 30 years old. Let me introduce you to Scott and his ride.

CC: What is your occupation?

Scott: I’m an Operations Manager for a heavy equipment company.

CC: What hobbies do you have, other than motorcycling?

Scott: I’m a pilot and really like to fly small planes when the opportunity arises. Also, golfing is a passion I pursue, as it gives me the opportunity to meet other players.

CC: Why do you ride?

Scott: For the instant feeling of freedom and the wind in my face. I ride with a few good friends, but I like to ride solo when I need to decompress.

CC: How long have you been riding and what was your first bike?

Scott: I’ve only been riding a short time, since 1999. This 1974 Harley-Davidson Shovelhead is the first and only bike I’ve ever owned. I guess you could say I cut my teeth on a classic, something many riders never get to experience.

CC: What do you like most about your current bike?

Scott: The great thing about this bike is that it is a classic. It is in excellent condition and no matter where I ride, it turns heads. If I park with 20 great looking bikes around me, everyone always comes to look at mine and ask questions about the bike and how great it looks for its age.

CC: What is your dream bike and why?

Scott: I would like to have a custom built bike. It would allow me to help in the design, reflecting more of my personality and attitude. Many of the builders are coming out with some really great designs and the painters are breaking new ground in color application. Personalization seems to be a driving force for most of us riders.

CC: What is your most memorable riding experience and why?

Scott: I’ve never been much of a long distance rider, but I do like to ride locally with friends or by myself. However, I do like to get together with friends on Wednesday nights and ride to a bike night somewhere in the Kansas City area. Bike nights are fun, as I get to show off my bike, look at a lot of other bikes and meet new friends.

CC: What is your least memorable riding experience and why?

Scott: Actually, I never really had a bad ride, although, I really don’t care to ride when the flying bugs are out in full force. A few bug splats are acceptable, though I prefer to get my protein from a hamburger at the local bar and grill.

CC: Which is your favorite bike night location and why?

Scott: I like riding to The Other Place in Overland Park, as it always has plenty of different bikes, good food, great atmosphere and a variety of people.

CC: Do you prefer riding in a group or by yourself and why?

Scott: Well, it’s probably a 30/70 split. I like riding with others around 30 percent of the time, and usually with two to four riders. However, I ride about 70 percent of the time by myself, as I find solo riding my best stress buster. As soon as I fire up the bike, the tension from the day begins to fade away, and once I start riding and feel the wind in my face and hear the roar of the pipes in my ears, I feel no pain.

CC: Who are some of your closest riding buddies?

Scott: I’ve been riding with two great friends since 1999, Scott and John.

CC: Just for fun, which of your riding buddies is the best rider and why?

Scott: My friend Scott has been riding since he was a kid. Over the years, he has owned and rode so many different types of bikes. He currently has several older bikes that he rebuilds and rides.

CC: Scott, thank you for your time and candor during this interview. We appreciate the use of your bike for our June cover. Your Shovelhead is truly a bike of beauty from the past; thanks for sharing it with us.

By Bart

Photos by Mike Schweder
Ride Free

This month’s cover girl is D'Lynn from Overland Park, Kansas.

Owner: Eric McNutt
City/State: Raymore, Missouri
Phone: (816) 806-3260
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Fabrication: Celtic Customs

Year & Make: 2004 Custom

Model: Celtic Chopper

Assembly: Eric McNutt

Assembly Time: Ten months

Chromed by: Browns

Year/Model: 2002 Harley-Davidson Twin Cam

Displacement: 88 cubic inch

Carburetor: Harley Davidson

Air Cleaner: Taylor Engineering

Pipes: Celtic Customs

Year & Model: Harley-Davidson five speed

Shifting: Foot

Molding: Bill Duncan

Painter: Bill Duncan

Color/Type: Candy Root Beer, Black, Orion Silver, Pumpkin Pin Stripe

Type: Chopper

Builder: Race Innovations

Rake: 40-degree neck, 6 degree trees

Stretch: 3 out, 5 up

Swingarm: Race Innovations/Celtic Customs

Bars: Celtic Customs

Fenders: Celtic Customs

Headlight: Drag Specialties

Taillight: Drag Specialties

Pegs: Legends

Gas Tank: WCC/Celtic Customs

Oil Tank: Celtic Customs

Seat: Celtic Customs/Independent Classics

Grips: Performance Machine

Type: 41mm Deuce

Extension: 12 inches

Builder: Harley-Davidson Deuce legs, Perse trees, Frank fork tubes

Type: Black Bike 120 spoke radial lace

Size: 21inches

Rim width: 2.15 inches

Tire: Metceler

Brake: HHI

Type: Black Bike 120 spoke radial lace

Size: 18 inches

Rim width: 8 inches

Tire: Metceler 240

Brake: Willwood

Other Information/Features
Custom pipes, heat shields, and brackets fabricated by Celtic Customs.

Oil tank fabricated by Celtic Customs and molded into the frame.

Custom engine mount/coil cover.

Custom rear fender molded into frame

Custom front fender

Special Thanks To:
My family

Bill Duncan
Kit Fox and Jack Willig at Knobtown Cycle

Mike Wilson at Gail’s Harley-Davidson

I met Eric at the All American Bike Show at World of Wheels and told him I thought his chopper would look great on one of our upcoming cover pages. Now, that time has come.

CC: How did you get started building motorcycles?

Eric: My interest in motorcycles started when I was a kid. My parents got my brother and I into racing. I grew up in South Dakota and went to my first Sturgis Rally in 1980. As a kid, I was overwhelmed by the world of bikers. I started road racing professionally on the Pro AMA 600 Super Sport circuit and in the Championship Cup Series, expert class, during high school and did that for about six years I got hurt in a couple of really bad crashes and had to give up racing, but I wanted to figure out a way to stay involved in motorcycling. During some difficult financial times, I joined the army and was assigned to work on airframes. I did a lot of sheet metal work on helicopters for four years. When I left the military, I decided to combine my sheet metal experience with my interest in motorcycles. I bought a frame, sat around the garage for a bit, and started building on it. The bike I have now has low budget metal fabrication, since I don’t have any of the high tech tools to do the elaborate stuff yet. I put my show bike together over about ten months, buying parts whenever the money was available. I had no idea it was going to turn out like it did. I decided to make my own pipes and a lot of the brackets and such. I did the sheet metal work myself. The bike turned out to be pretty impressive, and it got me hooked.

CC: When did you finish the bike?

Eric: It was done last September and got it registered by the first of the year. I’m an outdoorsman and do a lot of hunting and fishing. I did a lot of traveling in the fall with my brother, so I didn’t do much with the bike at first. The first show I took it to was the Rat’s Hole Bike Show. I finished in the top twelve in the radical class, which I thought was pretty good for my first show. During the winter I entered several local shows here. I was amazed at how people reacted to the bike.

CC: Where else have you taken this scoot?

Eric: We took it to Milwaukee to the 100th Anniversary. At that time it was about 95% complete. My dad and I parked in front of Hal’s Harley near where Orange County Choppers had their bikes. An amazing number of people came over and asked about the bike. There was a lot of interest in the pipes I built, and several people wanted me to build pipes for them.

CC: What awards has your bike won?

Eric: It took two first place awards here in the Kansas City area. I got the best paint award at the Easyriders show. As a result, Easyriders paid my expenses for a trip the Heritage Rally in Charleston, South Carolina, to show the bike there. I finished third in the radical class. The rally was great, and I’d recommend it to everybody. We didn’t take extra bikes along to ride, since we planned to do some ocean fishing. Rough seas cancelled the fishing trip, so that was kind of a bummer. The scenery around there is really beautiful, and riding would have been great.

CC: Is the bike for sale?

Eric: I built it with the intent of selling it to provide some of the money to get my shop set up. I’m hoping to get that started this summer. But with the response I’ve gotten, I don’t think I’m going to sell it. It will be my own personal ride and will help me promote my business. I shouldn’t say I won’t sell it. Anything is for sale if the price is right.

CC: Have you started another project yet?

Eric: Yes, I’ve got another bike going, and it’s going to be pretty wild. Everything is going to be on the opposite side from normal. I’m working with some guys out of Des Moines, Iowa, to design the engine for it. It will have evo cases with round iron cylinders and a pan top. They want me to go with 130 inches or bigger, but it’s going to be a jockey shifted bike so I’d like to stay below 100 so I don’t get too far out of control with it . I have new shop equipment on its way, and I hope to get that bike done some time this summer.

CC: What’s your plan for your shop?

Eric: It will have about 3,500 square feet of space. The equipment will include a CNC vertical mill and lathe. I’ll have all the latest sheet metal forming tools, everything needed for any kind of custom fabrication. I have a nice welding station that will allow me to weld anything as long as it’s not under water.

CC: Will you have employees?

Eric: At first I’m going to pretty much do it on my own. My brother owns his own company, and he’s a good welder. He’ll do a lot of the welding for me, and I’ll be learning from him.

CC: You apparently have access to a great paint man.

Eric: Bill Duncan out of Louisburg, Kansas, does a super job. Kansas City has several really good painters. Some of the best paint work I’ve seen at all the bike shows I’ve attended was done here in K.C. I’ve had really good luck with Bill and plan to stick with him unless I come up with some wild and crazy idea that he doesn’t want to tackle.

CC: Where will you shop be located?

Eric: It will be on acreage the family owns on 157th Street in Belton, Missouri.

CC: How many bikes to you plan to build each year?

Eric: I hope to do at least two full-blown custom bikes per year at first. In addition, I’m looking at six to eight milder customs.

CC: How are bikes titled when they are built from scratch?

Eric: In Missouri, they are titled as special construction. As I understand it, if you have the frame modified on a regular motorcycle and it’s noticed during inspection, a special construction title is required. Unfortunately, that makes insurance pretty expensive. There are several groups working to increase the insurance companies’ awareness of what makes a bike safe or unsafe, so hopefully that situation will get better.

CC: How did you come up with the name Celtic Customs?

Eric: It’s from my family’s Scottish heritage. I have a strong interest in the history of the family. The symbol I use in my logo has been associated with my family as far back as I can trace.

CC: Is there anything else you would like to add?

Eric: I’d like to recognize some of the people I have looked up to over the years in the custom industry. Arlen Ness’ shop does amazing sheet metal work. Mike Pugliese out of Staten Island, New York, is building bikes in his garage. I competed with him at the show in South Carolina, and he’s just an amazing builder. There are many others including Donnie Smith, Dave Perewitz, Jessie James, Billy Lane, and others who are getting on television and drawing attention to the custom bike industry. These guys are raising the bar and challenging others to come up with neater and crazier things.

CC: Thanks, Eric. We’ll be keeping in touch and looking forward to seeing your future creations.

Interview by Stripe

Photo by Mike Schweder

This month’s cover girl is Candice from Lee's Summit, Missouri.