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Specifications


Background Info: Owner: Joe Benne Year: 2011 Fab/Assembly: Cutting Edge Cycles Chrome: St. Louis Plating Bodywork: Joe Benne Paint/Graphics: Joe Benne / Jason Spiegel


Engine Specs: Manufacturer: S&S Model: V 124 Displacement: 124 cubic inches Ignition: Crane Hi-4 Heads: S&S Pistons: S&S Cylinders: S&S Fuel System: S&S G Carburetor Exhaust: Cutting Edge Cycles Cam(s): S&S Pushrods: Cutting Edge Cycles


Transmission: Manufacturer: Unknown 6 Speed Shifting: Foot Drive Side: Right Primary Drive: BDL / Cutting Edge Cycles Special Features: Jaybrake Transmission Brake


Frame: Manufacturer: Cutting Edge Cycles Stretch: 4” Out / 6” Up Neck Rake: 43 Degrees Motor Mount Type: Solid


Sheet Metal: Front Fender: Cutting Edge Cycles Rear Fender: Cutting Edge Cycles Fuel Tank: Cutting Edge Cycles Oil Tank: Cutting Edge Cycles Chin Fairing: Cutting Edge Cycles


Front End: Manufacturer: American Suspension Model: Sabertooth Dragon Springer Style/Type: Inverted Springer


Special Features: Hidden brake cable Wheels, Tires, & Brakes: Front/Size: 21” Wheel: Performance Machine Tire: Metzler Brake Caliper/Rotor: American Suspension / Performance Machine


Rear/Size: 18” Wheel: Performance Machine Tire: Metzler 240 Brake Caliper/Rotor: None Drive Pulley: Performance Machine


Accessories: Handlebars: Cutting Edge Cycles Risers: None Grips: Accutronix License Plate Mount: Mirrors: None Headlamp: Cutting Edge Cycles Turn Signals: None Brake Lamp: Cutting Edge Cycles Seat: V.I.P. Upholstery Gas Cap: Cutting Edge Cycles Forward Controls: Accutronix Hand Controls: Custom Cycle Controls Gauges: Dakota Digital


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2nd Place Best of Show St. Louis


Story and Photos by Loney Wilcoxson The 2nd Place Best of Show winner at our St.


Louis show should look familiar to some of you, es- pecially if you were a fan of the Discovery Channel’s Biker Build-off series. This machine is none other than the creation that defeated Kansas City’s own Kim Suter. The bike was billed as being built by Gypsy Charro, the first woman “builder” to com- pete on the show. I guess if turning a bolt a two for the camera makes you a “builder,” my definition of builder has been way off for a long time. But that is a story for another time. The bike was assembled at Accurate Engineering with Accurate’s owner, Berry Wardlaw and Larry Curik from Lone Star Choppers and Mid-USA on the team. Need I say more? The bike has been an Easyriders cover and centerfold bike; a 2008 Easyriders Swimsuit Calendar bike;


and, in 2008, V-Twin Magazine voted it one of the top 12 custom bikes of all time. Pretty lofty praise, wouldn’t you say? Rodney Keil purchased the scooter and there is no denying its cool factor. Touches of bobber and


board track racer are both apparent in the machine. While there are plenty of vintage cues on the bike, modern-day technology is sprinkled in as well. Starting off with a custom hardtail frame from the creative hands of Billy Dodge, the addition of a


1928 Moto Guzzi springer front end gives the bike a vintage look right off the bat. Sheet metal consists of a tank by Russ Wernimont and a B’COOL rear fender. The bike was treated to its deep red finish by none other than Robert Pradke, the painter that Indian Larry so often used for his creations. On top of the Guzzi forks sit a set of genuine Harley-Davidson handlebars from a 1954 KH model. The pre-produc- tion wheels with bone-shaped spokes from Cory Ness, complete with perimeter braking surfaces, carry out the antique look while showcasing some modern-day machining skills. These unique wheels both wear Avon 120/70-21 rubber. The power plant chosen for the bike is an 80 cubic inch Knucklehead. Of course the engine came from Accurate Engineering and features two rear cylinder heads. This set- up allows for the two custom stainless steel intake manifolds reaching forward to the frame’s legs that both wear Mikuni HSR-42 carbs with custom velocity stack/ air cleaners. The one-off exhaust system is stainless steel as well. The engine’s output finds its way to a Bert Baker prepared 6-speed in a 4-speed case, kick start


transmission by way of a Primo open belt primary drive along with a Tech Products modified motor plate. The final drive is comprised of a belt leading to a Performance Machine drive pully. Much


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