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Two Wheel Tuesday: The Number 43 Custom Edition

LongRoofian October 30, 2012 All Things Hoon 13 Comments

So a couple weeks ago the powers that be down here in the Birthplace of Speed threw BiketoberFest.  As this olelongrooffan had been hawking trailers the previous three weekends out at the Daytona International Speedway, my sensory overload was on peak alert.  I’m not a bike dude and having previously attended a bunch of Bike related events a couple years ago, I didn’t miss it this year.  Besides, I got a bunch of overtime talking trailers to a bunch of bikers on bestpricetrailers.com’s lot out there on US 1.  Plus I got to meet fellow Hoon Byron from Kentucky.  However, when I spotted this one pull into the lot, I knew I had to jump in that green golf cart and check it out for my fellow Hoons.  And I did.

I don’t know where to begin to describe this creation.  How the hell does one describe that huge front wheel.  Wait, I forgot for a moment this is Two Wheel Tuesday here in the Hooniverse.  I am sure one of my fellow Hoons knows what it is and probably where I could get one if I were so inclined.    

At first I thought it was a tribute to the King, Richard Petty, but soon realized the error of my thoughts.  That’s not an STP logo painted on the rear fender.  No, it’s FTP as in F*** The Police.  And according to the guy who came up from the dyno trailer while I was gathering these images, the number 43 was, back in the day, a code way to say FTP without really saying it.  Okay.

But this olelongrooffan has this to say about that; Regardless of the owner’s sentiments, that custom chopper was put together real nice and bonus points for the “Public Schools City of New York” knob on that shifter mechanism.

He even carried over the 43 theme to the foot pedals

for what it’s worth.  This olelongrooffan didn’t stick around to hear it run firsthand but I did hear it start up through the walls of my cube when he fired it up to head on out to points unknown.

But know this my fellow Hoons, were this olelongrooffan a twowheelfan, this sweety would be on my short list of bikes to own.

Image Copyright Hooniverse 2012/longrooffan


    I just can't get used to the large front wheel trend. Coming from cars, a taller front wheel just looks wrong.

    My only other dislike is the shorty drag bars. They're uncomfortable to ride with and I personally don't think they look that good.

    Other than that, that's one of the best looking bikes I've seen in a long time. I love the short triple height, the springer nose, the paint scheme, the clutch cover, everything. Put a shorter wheel on the front and some mid length beach bars on it and that would be one of my favorite bikes ever.

  • buzzboy7

    Not a huge fan of massive, exposed, clothing eating, belts.
    All in all, doesn't really do anything for me.

  • "…the number 43 was, back in the day, a code way to say FTP without really saying it."

    <img src="http://www.murileemartin.com/UG/LWA12/LWA12-UG-322.jpg&quot; width="500">

    I am so screwed.

    Petty Cash Racing isn't in much better shape back there.

    • Yes, it's frustrating when you get cited for not maintaining minimum highway speeds.

      • Cited? Heck, we got a trophy for it.

        • C³-Cool Cadillac Cat

          Sounds like a real Saab story…

  • Scandinavian Flick

    I'm trying to imagine the man berry-squishing, contorted yoga pose it would take to ride this thing. Also not sure how I feel about the glitter Gulf livery… I'm consistently impressed with the work that goes into custom choppers though, so as long as it's what they like, I respect it.

  • smalleyxb122

    Although I agree that it looks to be very well constructed, I’ve looked over the pictures, and I don’t think that there is a single decision made during this bike’s customization that I would have made myself.

  • Van_Sarockin

    Danged NASCAR will let those Petty's run anything on wheels in the Big Show.

  • CB200Cafe

    So there's no front brake; when you build a bike it should be functional. This thing is gorgeous, love a well done bobber, but it's too dangerous to actually use. So here's my question. There's a hand operated clutch and shifter. So what's that pedal on the left for? It looks like it does something, it's got hydraulic lines…shifter or what?

    • sporty88au

      The left pedal is for a cable-operated clutch – definitely not a hydraulic one (no master cylinder or reservoir anywhere near the pedal, and you can see the cable sheath shaking its way back to behind the clutch). There are no levers on the bars at all – no front brake (as you already noted), and no way to use a left handlebar-mounted clutch and shift with the hand shifter at the same time.

      That aspect of it goes back to the tradition of 1960's and 1970's choppers often using that type of clutch and shifter, because they were usually based on 1930's to 1950's Harleys which had a similar set-up as standard, except that the shifter was mounted to the side of the fuel tank and had a rod which ran back to the gearbox. Probably OK back in the day (lower average road speeds, less traffic), but completely inadequate for use in a modern environment.

      I doubt this thing sees any kind of road use, which is probably for the better.

  • C³-Cool Cadillac Cat

    So, the owner wasn't present at this business to make any purchases from the business in the lead picture, I gather.