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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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General
Fabrication: Celtic Customs

Year & Make: 2004 Custom

Model: Celtic Chopper

Assembly: Eric McNutt

Assembly Time: Ten months

Chromed by: Browns

Engine
Year/Model: 2002 Harley-Davidson Twin Cam

Displacement: 88 cubic inch

Carburetor: Harley Davidson

Air Cleaner: Taylor Engineering

Pipes: Celtic Customs

Transmission
Year & Model: Harley-Davidson five speed

Shifting: Foot

Paint
Molding: Bill Duncan

Painter: Bill Duncan

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

Frame
Type: Chopper

Builder: Race Innovations

Rake: 40-degree neck, 6 degree trees

Stretch: 3 out, 5 up

Swingarm: Race Innovations/Celtic Customs

Accessories
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

Forks
Type: 41mm Deuce

Extension: 12 inches

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

Wheels
Front
Type: Black Bike 120 spoke radial lace

Size: 21inches

Rim width: 2.15 inches

Tire: Metceler

Brake: HHI

Rear
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.

This month’s cover girl is Jayme from Overland Park, Kansas. When we met Jayme, we knew she would be the model that would bring our April cover page to life!

CC: What is your profession?

Craig: I’m a painter.

CC: Do you have any hobbies other than motorcycling?

Craig: I enjoy hanging out at the beach with my family.

CC: Why do you ride?

Craig: It’s in the blood!

CC: How long have you been riding?

Craig: I’ve been riding motorcycles for more than 22 years.

CC: What was your first bike?

Craig: It was a Yamaha 400.

CC: How many bikes have you owned?

Craig: I’ve owned a total of three bikes.

CC: How many bikes do you currently own?

Craig: This bike is my one and only.

CC: What do you like most about your bike?

Craig: It’s designed just right for me.

CC: What is your dream bike?

Craig: This is it!

CC: Have you entered your bike in any bike shows?

Craig: Yes. I took 1st place in the Custom class at the Bikers for Babies® bike show, 1st Place in the Full Custom class and 1st place for Best Engine at the World of Wheels bike show, and 2nd place in the Builder’s Class at Gail’s Harley-Davidson Premier Invitational Motorcycle Show.

CC: What is your most memorable riding experience?

Craig: To me, all rides are memorable.

CC: What is your least memorable riding experience?

Craig: The bike wreck my wife and I were in back in 1985 when we were still dating.

CC: Which is your favorite bike night location?

Craig: Frankie D’s. It’s always a good time with good friends.

CC: Do you have any tattoos?

Craig: Yes. I have a combination beach and mountain scene on my right shoulder that represents my wife and two daughters, Rene and Ashley.

CC: Who is your favorite tattoo artist?

Craig: KC Tattoo. They are the best!

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

Craig: It doesn’t really matter, as long as I’m riding.

CC: Who are some of your closest riding buddies?

Craig: Hollywood, Shawn, Geno and Tom.

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

Craig:Hollywood, because we’re buds and he’s always up for anything!

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

Craig: Tom. We call him Whiterock because anytime he gets around gravel he might go down.

CC: Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?


Craig: If you’ve never ridden and are thinking about it, just do it! Otherwise, you don’t know what you’re missing.

Craig’s bike will be on display at the Easyriders Bike Show at Bartle Hall in Kansas City, Missouri, so make sure to stop by and check it out!

Interview by Mike Schweder
Photo by Bart

Owner: Craig S Frye
City/State: Smithville, Missouri

General
Fabrication: Ultra Craft Customs

Year & Make: 2003 Custom

Model: Pro Street

Assembly: Reece & Heath Good of Ultra Craft Customs

Assembly Time: Eight months

Chromed by: S & H Plating

Engine
Year/Model: 2003 Rev Tech

Displacement: 100 cubic inch

Carburetor: Mikuni HSR 42mm

Air Cleaner: K&N Force Winder

Pipes: Ultra Craft Customs

Transmission
Year & Model: Rev Tech Five-Speed

Shifting: Foot

Paint
Molding: Ultra Craft Customs

Painter: Brian Plihal at Wiz Bang Customs

Color/Type: Orion Silver, Viollette Pearl, and Lime Time Green/House of Color

Frame
Year/Type: FXR

Builder: Kenny Boyce

Rake: 42-degrees

Stretch: Five inches

Rear Swingarm: Kenny Boyce/Ultra Craft Customs

Accessories
Bars: Ultra Craft Customs

Fenders: Ultra Craft Customs

Headlight: Drag Specialties

Taillight: Paul Yaffee

Speedometer: Dakota Digitals

Pegs: Performance Machine

Gas Tank: Independent/Ultra Craft Customs

Oil Tank: Used bagger-style transmission with oil tank in bottom

Seat: High End

Grips: Thunder Heat Performance

Forks
Type: 39mm

Extension: Four inches

Builder: Harley-Davidson legs with HHI Triple Trees & Franks Fork Tubes

Wheels
Front
Type: Arlen Ness

Size: 19 inches

Rim width: 2.15 inches

Tire: Avon

Brake: Arlen Ness

Rear
Type: Arlen Ness

Size: 17 inches

Rim width: 5.5 inches

Tire: Avon

Brake: Arlen Ness Rotor with Ultra Caliper

Other Information/Specs
Reece and Heath started with a five inch stretch Kenny Boyce frame with a 31-degree rake. The neck was then cut and raked to 42-degrees.

They fabricated the custom pipes, bars and seat pan. One of many unique features about this bike is the fake oil tank that was built to hold the battery and electronics (the actual oil tank is in the transmission).

The rear frame was completely reworked by welding the fender into the frame and moving the shock mounts and fender mounting inside the fender.

Swift Motorcycle Company is the maker of this beautiful red Bar Chopper “SF” and sweet refers to our February cover model, Angie Inglima. Both the bike and Angie can be found only at Hawg Wyld Cycles in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Angie works in the showroom at Hawg Wyld and will help you find that perfect part, accessory or motorclothes item.

I got my first look at the Swift Bar Chopper and Punisher models at this year’s Cycles N More Bike show. While at the show, I had the pleasure of meeting Tom Talley, owner of Hawg Wyld Cycles. Tom gave me the lowdown on these beautiful eye-catching factory customs and told me he is the only authorized Swift dealer in the area. Tom also went on to tell me how each bike is assembled and how each one carries a three year unlimited mileage warranty, which is practically unheard of in the factory custom industry.

Both the Bar Chopper and the Punisher come standard with an S&S 113 cubic inch motor that is assembled in-house in Swift’s state of the art facility in Phoenix, Arizona. The rigid frame models (RF) come standard with a Baker 5-speed transmission, while the suspension frame models (SF) come with a Baker 6-speed.

Where the rubber meets the road, you can choose between the Avon 250 mm rear tire with an Avon 21 inch front tire or one of Metzeler’s 240 mm V-Rated high performance rear tire with a matching 21 inch front.

Do you prefer a bold solid metallic color paint job or do you like something a little wilder? Spray Kats (Swift’s sister company) has some of the best graphic artists and painters in the business, who offer an endless variety of paint schemes and options.

Of all the Swift models available, my personal favorite is the Bar Chopper, which is why we selected this red beauty to grace the pages of our February cover. Tom currently has this red Bar Chopper “SF” in stock, a black Bar Chopper “SF” and a Punisher “SF” with a unique bare metal-style paint job. While we were nosing around Tom's shop, we noticed two Bar Choppers sitting in the back room with sold tags on them. One was yellow with multi-colored flames and the other had a very unique platinum color with flames. Both bikes were just sitting there, waiting for their proud owners to come by and take them home. According to Hawg Wyld manager, Eric Meyers, Swift bikes start out as low as $23,000 and go up from there, depending on the model and options you choose.

Hawg Wyld Cycles also has a large selection of Harley-Davidson motorcycles in stock, and can handle all of your parts, accessories and apparel needs. And when it’s time for your next custom paint job, Tom’s son, Chris, is a very talented and respected painter, who is ready to help you design that next masterpiece.

These new Swift bikes won’t last long, so if you want one of your very own, you’d better hightail it down to Hawg Wyld Cycles at 406 S. Douglas in Lee’s Summit, Missouri before it’s too late!

Story by Mike Schweder

Photos by Mike Schweder and Stripe

The first time I saw this bike was on a motorcycle lift in my neighbor, Dave Miller’s garage. The gas tank, seat, and a few other components were disassembled; however, even with the missing pieces you could tell this was a one of a kind bike. Here in front of me, which as far as we could tell, was an original 1958 Harley-Davidson Duo Glide with a suicide shift and less than 900 miles on the odometer? Unbelievable!

This beautiful bike is owned by my next door neighbor’s 85 year old father, Jack Mouse of Independence, Missouri. Apparently, many years ago, an acquaintance owed Jack some money on a bad debt, and when the guy was unable to come up with the cash the only thing he had left to offer up was his Harley. Well, to make a long story short, Jack accepted the bike as collateral until the guy could come up with the money. He never did, and Jack ended up with a goldmine!

So as you can tell, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to photograph this beautiful piece of American history for our January 2004 cover page to “Kick Start the New Year!”

Story and photos by Mike Schweder

Cover photo by Stripe

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