Most of us have a pretty good idea of what our dream chopper would look like. For those who haven't completely built a mental image of the perfect bike, it is usually built around one concept that gets stuck in your head. Rory Moore, of Independence, Missouri, was one of those people who hadn't come up with a design for his dream bike until he walked into Wolverine Choppers in Kansas City, Missouri. In the corner of the shop there was a frame that completely caught Rory's attention, and he was instantly able to see his ideal chopper sitting before him.
After a brief discussion with Wolverine Choppers owner Tom Shue, Rory found out he was looking at a custom Softail frame that Tom had designed and fabricated. Rory described what he wanted his dream chopper to look like and Tom liked what he was hearing. After striking a deal, Rory gave Tom a deposit and left so Tom could get started on the build.
The Wolverine frame was constructed with 7 inches of stretch in the backbone, along with another 7 inches in the downtubes, culminating in a 45 degree rake at the neck. Tom added another 7 degrees to the mix with Perse triple-trees, which gave the bike a total of 52 degrees of rake. The excessive rake lets a pair of 24-inch-over Forking by Frank tubes in Pro-One lower legs look perfect in this chassis. To handle the bumps out back, Tom bolted a set of Progressive adjustable shocks to the Wolverine custom swingarm. He got the bike up and rolling with an 18x8.5-inch smoothie wheel in the rear, and was lucky enough to get a hold of a one-off, 21-inch Weld wheel for the front. Both wheels were covered with Avon rubber, with the rear being a hefty 250. In order for Rory to slow down his dream bike, Tom went with Russel rotors and Jay Brake calipers at both ends of the bike.
When it came time to get some horsepower into the build, Tom was able to convince Rory that a hopped-up H-D Twin Cam B motor and trans would provide plenty of smooth power and dependability for his chopper. As soon as the 88 arrived, Tom tore it down and had the cylinders opened up to accommodate a set of Keith Black 95ci pistons, and then had the heads ported for oversize JIMS valves. Upon reassembly, Tom used JIMS roller rockers and lifters, Woods cams, and Andrews pushrods. The motor was then finished off with a Screamin' Eagle carb, a Zippers air cleaner, Bassani Prostreet pipes, and a Dyna ignition. The design of Tom's Wolverine frame allowed him to mount the motor and trans without any offset, by installing a JIMS 1-inch extended mainshaft in the H-D five-speed transmission, along with a 1-1/2-inch-wide final beltdrive. Rounding out the driveline is an H-D clutch and enclosed primary.
The next step in the build was to provide some skin for the bare chopper chassis. Tom started by fabricating a pair of fenders to keep dirt and debris from hitting Rory as he sped down the road. The front fender was a sleek design that was mounted low over the tire, while the rear fender followed the contour of the wide 250, but still showed off the tire's massive size. Tom reinforced the rear fender with some internal struts, then fabricated a laid back sissybar into the fender in case Rory's wife ever wanted to ride along. He also made a stretched out fuel tank that flowed with the lines of the bike, and then finished off the sheetmetal portion of the job with an oil tank from Mid USA.
Now that he had the mockup complete, Tom tore the bike down so that he could send the frame and sheetmetal out for paint. Rory had told Tom that when it came to paint for his bike, he didn't want flames or skulls like he'd seen on so many other bikes. However, he did want a paintjob that would catch people's attention. With this guideline in mind, there were two people Tom knew that could handle such a task. The first person was Scott Thomas, and he took care of covering the frame and sheetmetal with a black cherry basecoat. Once the basecoat was dry, Scott passed the parts off to Jason Chenault, and he laid down some unique yellow graphics that were bound to turn heads.
As soon as Tom got this hands on the freshly painted parts, he began final assembly. He started by bolting 8-inch risers from MidWest into the top of the triple-tree, and then adding a set of handlebars from V-Twin. Next, a set of JB controls went on the ends of the bars, along with a mirror from MidWest on the left side. Down below, Tom bolted on a set of Pro-One forward controls for Rory's feet, and a matching set of Pro-One passenger pegs for his wife. Lighting up front was taken care of with a headlight from MidWest, while out back, a cat eye taillight from the same company mounted to a Wolverine license mount brightens up the rear. After securing the custom seat that he made to the frame, Tom called Rory to let him know his chopper was finally done.
When Rory arrived at the shop, he couldn't believe his eyes. In a matter of six months, he had gone from having no specific idea of what he wanted his dream chopper to look like, to having a chopper way beyond what he had imagined sitting right before him. When it came time to pay Tom the rest of the money for the bike, Rory handed him a check, and with a big smile said, "Thanks for making a dream come true."
SpecificationsGeneralOwner: Rory MooreYear/Make: '02/Wolverine ChopperFabrication: Wolverine ChoppersAssembly: Wolverine ChoppersBuild Time: Six months
EngineSize/Type: 95ci H-D Twin Cam BCases: H-DFlywheels: H-DRods: H-DPistons: Keith BlackCylinders: H-DHeads: H-DCam: WoodsCarb: Screamin EagleIgnition: DynaPipes: Bassani
TransmissionYear/Type: H-D five-speed/JIMSCase: H-DGears: JIMSClutch: H-DPrimary Drive: H-D
Frame/SuspensionYear/Type: '02/Wolverine ChopperRake: 42 degreesStretch: 7 inches up, 7 inches outSwingarm: WolverineRear Suspension: ProgressiveForks: Forking By Frank/Pro-OneExtension: 24 inches overTriple-Trees: Perse
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FinishMolding: Wolverine ChoppersPainter: Scott ThomasColor: Black cherryGraphics: Jason ChenaultChrome Plating and Polishing: AA BumperPowdercoating: None
AccessoriesBars: V-Twin Risers: MidWestHand Controls: JBHeadlight: MidWestTaillight: MidWestGauges: NoneElectrical: WolverineFuel Tank(s): WolverineDash: NoneOil Tank: MID USAFront Fender: WolverineRear Fender: WolverineFender Struts: Wolverine internalPegs: Pro-OneFoot Controls: Pro-OneSeat: Wolverine