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Background Info: Owner: John Donahue Brand Name: Model: Year: 1972 Fab/Assembly: Jeff Cochran Speedking USA Chrome: Very little Bodywork: Paint/Graphics: Underground Art Studios


Engine Specs: Manufacturer: Harley-Davidson Model: Shovel Head Displacement: 74 cubic inches Heads: Harley-Davidson / Jeff Cochran Pistons: Keith Black Cylinders: Harley-Davidson Fuel System: S&S E carburetor Exhaust: Jeff Cochran Cam(s): Sifton Lifters: Solid Pushrods: Harley-Davidson Special Features: Hand bent brass lines / Re-


mote oil filter by Jeff Cochran Transmission: Manufacturer: Harley-Davidson Model: 4 Speed kick start Shifting: Jockey Drive Side: Left Case: Harley-Davidson Gears: Harley-Davidson Foot Clutch: Jeff Cochran


Frame: Manufacturer: Harley-Davidson / Jeff Cochran Model: Swing arm modified to Hardtail Stretch: None


Neck Rake: None Motor Mount Type: Solid Shocks: None


Sheet Metal: Front Fender: None Rear Fender: Jeff Cochran Fuel Tank: Jeff Cochran Oil Tank: Jeff Cochran


Front End: Manufacturer: Harley-Davison Model: Springer Legs: Harley-Davidson


Wheels, Tires, & Brakes: Front/Size: 16” Wheel: CCI Tire: Firestone Brake Caliper/Rotor: None Rear/Size: 16” Wheel: CCI Tire: Pirelli Brake Caliper/Rotor: Jeff Cochran Drive Pulley: Jeff Cochran


Accessories: Handlebars: Jeff Cochran Risers: Jeff Cochran License Plate Mount: Jeff Cochran Headlamp: Jeff Cochran modified spot light Turn Signals: None Brake Lamp: Jeff Cochran Seat: Dave Theobold Gas Cap: Jeff Cochran Forward Controls: Jeff Cochran Foot pegs: Jeff Cochran Hand Controls: Jeff Cochran Jockey Shift: Jeff Cochran


3rd Place Best of Show St. Louis


Story and Photos by Loney Wilcoxson Some bikes that win our shows have a basically


straight forward background story. Guy imagines bike, guy finds builder, builder builds bike, and everybody lives happily ever after. There is nothing wrong with that story, hell; I would be tickled to death if it happened to me. On the other hand, sometimes when digging into the background on a feature bike I find a very interesting bit of history. John Donahue’s bobber is just such a bike. This bike’s story begins with a name many of


you will recognize. Jeff Cochran was this bike’s cre- ator. Oh, you don’t recognize the name? Let’s try an easier name. Does Sucker Punch Sally’s ring a bell? Jeff was the founder of Sucker Punch Sally’s. A ven- ture started in a one-car garage by a guy that just


wanted to build cool bikes. Jeff’s creations were an instant hit, and in no time at all you couldn’t pick up a bike rag without seeing a Sucker Punch Sally’s bike featured inside. As time passed Jeff became a vic- tim of his own success. The demand for his bikes became such that the approach he had always used when building a scooter wasn’t viable. The masses wanted his bikes now. “Now” doesn’t allow for all the one-off handmade parts that Jeff used in his creations. To keep up with demand an assembly line approach would be required. Semi-cookie cutter bikes just weren’t Jeff’s thing. Suddenly his passion be- came a job. Jeff decided it was time to sell the brand rather than sacrifice his standards when it came to bike building. He walked away from Sucker Punch Sally’s, and Speedking USA was born. No more assembly line


builds. Jeff takes orders for 12 or so bikes a year. The customer gives him a budget, and more impor- tantly, creative freedom to build the bike as he sees fit. This formula may seem a little rigid, but it works. Jeff’s bike orders can come from anywhere. When I called him for this feature, he had just recently com- pleted a bike and shipped said bike to Thailand. That is about as international as it gets. The sweet bike you see here came into being due to a request from Easyriders Magazine. The


Easyriders folks contacted Jeff to request he build a bike for one of their centerfold tours. He was happy to oblige them. After the bike served its tour of duty, it was offered for sale. That’s when John Donahue comes into the picture. John owns the Sundown Bar & Grill in Williamsburg, Iowa. John had a vision of the sweet little bobber wearing the colors of Anheuser Busch along with logos for his own watering hole. Jeff sold the bike to John along with a fresh set of tins so he could have the sheet metal trans- formed into his vision.


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