Each year we put out an issue of Lowbrow's motorcycle magazine, Weirdo. We put the word out each year for customers to send us photos of their bikes, and we include a handful of Harley-Davidson Sportsters, Big Twins, Triumphs, Yamahas and the like in the Customer Bike Spotlight sections scattered throughout each issue. Take an in-depth look at some of the custom motorcycles built by Lowbrow Custom's customers that are featured in issue of Weirdo volume 7.
Todd Caissie - 1979 FXS Shovelhead
- Motor: 79 80" FXS Shovelhead
- Transmission: Ratchet top 4 speed kick only
- Frame: Vintage D&D
- Front end: 2" under Harley forks
- Gas Tank: Modified Lowbrow Customs Narrow Sporty Frisco
- Hand controls: Kustom Tech
- Grips: Cole Foster
- Taillight: Fab Kev
- Handle bars: Zombie Performance
- Pipes: Suicidal Cycles
- Oil Bag: Suicidal Cycles
- Fab work: Suicidal Cycles
- Paint: Myk Roc
- Seat: Curtis Rafino
- Wheels: Evil Sprit Engineering
Shane Kelso - 1938 Knucklehead
- Motor: 38 HD bored 74in .070 over
- Trans: 48 HD 4 speed Andrews close ratio gears
- Frame: 60 HD with hardtail by Dave Speed Metal Denver
- Front end: 41mm Visionary narrow trees 4 over
- Fender: Gasbox Fender
- Gastank: Cycle Standard Narrow Axed Chopper Tank
- Hand controls: n/a
- Foot controls: Nick Labriola
- Grips: Vans
- Taillight: Cant remember
- Handlebars: My buddy Keith in AZ
- Pipes: Labriola Machine
- Oil bag: Bowling ball
- Fab work: Myself, Nick Labriola, Dave Barker
- Paint: Craig "Biff" Weber [Denver]
- Seat: Billy Murphy [Denver]
- Wheels: 18 rear juice, 21 spool up front
Jim De Lauro - 1968 Bonneville T120R
"I bought this 1967 Triumph for $140. It had been sitting in a backyard since 1976 rusting away. Any original parts that could go back on, went back on. Same rims, cases, chain guard, and side covers. The oil tank was hot tanked for 3 weeks to get it back to a useable state." - Jim
- Motor: 650cc rebuilt done by DNA Motor Lab in Hayward.
- Transmission: stock 4 speed.
- Frame: Stock powder coated by Cal Hi-Tec Finishing
- Front end: 6’’ slugs removed and rebuilt back to stock.
- Fender: stock s/s
- Gas Tank: original (sealed)
- Hand controls: Emgo Stock Style Brake and Clutch levers
- Grips: GT Grips by Lowbrow Customs
- Taillight: original
- Handle bars: EMGO 7/8" Western Bend
- Pipes: British Standard TT style pipes
- Oil Bag: stock…sat in a radiator shops hot tank for 5 weeks to get all the 30+ years of sludge out.
- Fab work: Jim De Lauro
- Paint: Matt Pitta at 510 Color Werks
- Seat: Redone by RK Leighton in England
- Wheels: Original, blasted all the rust and chrome, powder coated them black and laced with Buchanan s/s spokes.
- Gauges: Rebuilt by Nisonger
- Ignition: Pazon Electronic Ignition
Brian Petronchak - 1966 Triumph TR6
- Motor: Triumph 650.
- Transmission: Triumph 650 4 speed.
- Frame: 1966 Triumph.
- Front end: Pre-unit Triumph.
- Fender: Lowbrow Customs 4-3/4" wide Mantray Fender
- Gas Tank: Mustang
- Hand controls: EMGO
- Grips: Lowbrow Customs GT Grips 7/8"
- Taillight: No School Choppers
- Handle bars: Biltwell Tracker Handlebars 7/8"
- Pipes: British Standard
- Oil Bag: Lowbrow Customs
- Fab work: Revelry Custom Cycles
- Paint: Flamethrower customs
- Seat: Revelry Custom Cycles
- Wheels:16” in rear 21” in front
Alexey Babenko - 2001 XL1200 Harley-Davidson Sportster
My name is Alexey Babenko and I'm from Moscow, Russia. I own a small shop in the center of the city thats called Iron Chain. I’m a big fan of Japanese custom scene as of late so I decided to build this 2001 HD XL1200 last winter. My goal was to build a city bike that was easy to ride, comfortable, light and fast. I worked on the frame, shortened the swing arm that made the wheel base smaller. Overall the bike handling became a lot sharper and it is truly lighter making for a better city bike.
Anthony Valdez - 1976 Harley-Davidson XLCH Ironhead Sportster
- Motor: 1000cc
- Transmission: Right side shift.
- Frame: Paughco.
- Front end: Paughco.
- Fender: Wassel ribbed fender.
- Gas Tank: Cycle Standard - Sportster stock style tank.
- Hand controls: Cycle Standard Throttle assembly.
- Grips: Lowbrow Customs Classic Grips.
- Taillight: Trailer supply marker light.
- Handle bars: Custom z bars, I swap between 7” and 12” when I’m feeling frisky.
- Pipes: Custom tig welded.
- Oil Bag: Cheapy from Ebay.
- Fab work: Custom exhaust, sissy bar, shortened springer.
- Paint: House of kolor, tamco clear, paint huffer flake. Paint work done by Born to Run Customs, Seattle WA.
- Seat: Haifley Brothers Bates Style Tuck-n-Roll Solo Seat.
- Wheels: Hallcraft Satellite 19” front, 16” rear
Christian Newman - 1975 Honda CB550
Built in 2011 this was Christian’s first motorcycle project. It was obtained at a garage sale, and turned out to be one of his father’s old bikes! This was one of his earliest welding projects. The bike is hand shift, foot clutch and has an internal throttle. The frame is largely stock save for removing the rear section and welding in an old BMX handlebar for a rear hoop and adding some higher footpeg mounts. Also features an inverted fork and aggressive tires.
Scratch made components: Handlebars, exhaust, foot controls, brake rotor adapter, fork conversion stem, rear hoop, side closeoffs, headlight mounts, seat pan and cover, shift arm.
Note worthy components: GSXR 750 forks lowered 2”, Galaxy Grips, Vintage tractor taillight
- Motor: Stock, steel dragon velocity stack
- Trans: Stock
- Frame: stock w/ rear hoop made from BMX handlebars
- Front End: GSXR750
- Fender: Stock, relocated to swingarm
- Gas tank: stock. Many dents, most unintentional.
- Hand controls: streamline internal throttle, foot clutch, hand shift
- Grips: Oury moto grips
- Taillight: taken from an old tractor in a dumpster.
- Bars: Christian Newman Fab
- Pipes: Christian Newman Fab
- Oil tank: N/A
- Fab Work: Christian Newman
- Paint: n/a
- Seat: fChristian Newman Fab w/ mom’s sewing machine
- Wheels: stock, front adapted to GSXR disc brake