What do you say about a custom chopper builder who consistently turns out award winning Harley Choppers? Right Fucking On! For over 40 years Mike Toupin has been pouring blood, sweat, tears, and loving inspiration into every custom motorcycle he builds and this was clearly evident at the 2011 Easy Riders Bike Tour at the Los Angeles Convention Center with Bobb-It taking 1st place in the crafty custom category!
This category was designed to show the younger crowd the kind of custom motorcycle you can build for under $10,000.00 in parts, and although there is defiantly a lot of leg work involved in searching swap meets and bike shows to gather the parts for the build, the end result is certainly worth all of the hard work.
Bobb-It was only a pile of parts and a few rough ideas when Mike and the fellas at Chopper Design Group began the initial design process; starting with an 80 inch 1999 Evo motor and 5 speed trans joined to a Krafttech rigid frame with a 38 degree rake this new creation rapidly began to take shape with the addition of redesigned Dyna forward controls, GMA hand controls, hand made fenders and a king sporty tank. The power plant was was show polished, and completed with adjustable push rods, Mikuni carb, and Dyna 2000 I ignition & coil set. Bobb-It sports a smooth molded frame with sexy Kandy pagan gold paint, kandy tangerine scallops and purple pinstripes.
This award winning design is proof that anyone can build and ride a one of a kind custom Harley without breaking their bank or selling their soul to the motorcycle gods, and while many in pursuit of a more exotic custom design should also rest assured that their needs and dreams are in good hands with Mike and the rest of the crew at Chopper Design Group. In addition to their 1st place win at the Los Angles Convention Center, a photo shoot is under way as a featured bike in an up coming issue of Easy Riders magazine, so be sure to grab a copy!
Mike Toupin is a dedicated custom painter/designer that believes in sharing his knowledge and helping other builders. “if we don’t pass on our knowledge to the younger crowd, then the true art of custom motorcycle design will soon disappear” said Mike Toupin when asked what is the most important aspect of custom Harley design industry. “i guess you could say we have to give it all away in order to keep it” said Mike.
Mike Toupin and his crew are hard at work working on 2 new designs that are to be debuted in the next few months, and you can be sure that these new custom creations are sure to blow your mind! Oh and in case you didn’t know, The Bobb-It is for sale, and serious inquires can be directed to our contact form.