Steve Washburn is a pretty lucky guy to have a friend like John Anderson. John had already owned a couple of bikes and had just started putting together a Big Bear Chopper for himself when he the suggestion that Steve hop on the internet and check out their selection of rolling chassis. Steve took John's advice, checked out their website, fell in love with the Big Bear Choppers' Devil's Advocate chassis, and put in his order. The part of the story that is missing up to this point is that in this particular group of friends John is the mechanic/fabricator, so Steve made arrangements to have the rolling chassis delivered to John's place. Is the picture of what is going on here getting clearer for you yet?
John, being the stellar friend that he is, put his own Big Bear project to the side so he could get Steve's bike on the road so that he and his buddy could go riding together. But instead of just putting the bike together as quickly as he could in an attempt to get his friend up on two wheels, John started tinkering. He even enlisted the help of Craig Wick and Charlie Marquardt of Wicked Fabrication to help out.
Together they recessed the fuel tank mounts and enclosed the tunnel, recessed the dash into the fuel tank, and installed a Dakota Digital speedo. They also hand-built a 2-into-1 exhaust, flush-mounted a LED taillight in the rear fender, recessed the license plate behind a custom license plate frame, built a seat pocket into the rear fender, and skirted the oil bag.
Then John cut a custom front fender from a blank he got from Drag Specialties, bent up some polished stainless fuel lines, relocated the voltage regulator to a spot behind the tranny, and cleaned up the bars with an internal throttle, internal wiring, and internal hydraulic lines.
After installing the 124-cubic-inch S&S; powerplant, John fit it with a pair of Weber side-draft carburetors and relocated the coil to make space for the new manifold and carbs. After finishing the mock-up stage, John fired the bike up and put some shake-down miles on it before pulling it back apart for paint and chrome. The parts to be painted were shipped off to Rich Thayer at R.J. Customs for a coat of black and sunset orange with airbrushed real fire flames. Rich even panted stuff that nobody will ever see, like the back of the oil bag and the backbone of the frame under the fuel tank, with the same care as the areas that are easily visible, like the top of the fuel tank. All of the flawless chrome plating is the handiwork of Show Quality Metal Finishing.
Steve's bike was finished up just in time for the 2007 Seattle Roadster Show, where it won the Sweepstakes Award, Outstanding Paint, and the Mike Levalle Killer Paint Awards. Not bad, considering that it was a project that Anderson worked on during nights and weekends while still holding down a 9-to-5 job as a mechanic. With the attention to detail that John exhibited on this particular bike, we think that he picked the perfect name for his little shop-on-the-side, O.C.D Motorsports.
John would like to thank Craig and Charlie at Wicked Fabrication, Don at Show Quality Metal Finishing, Rich at R.J. Customs, Pete Bristow, Jamie McFarland from McFarland's Upholstery, Jason Kilmer, and Dan Brouillard. He also wants to thank Steve Washburn for giving him the opportunity to build this amazing piece of machinery.
|** THE VITALS**|
|MAKE/YEAR:||BIG BEAR CHOPPERS/2005|
|FABRICATION:||JOHN ANDERSON, CRAIG WICK, CHARLIE MARQUARDT|
|BUILD TIME:||1 YEAR OF NIGHTS & WEEKENDS|
|YEAR/TYPE:||2005/BAKER RSD 6-SPEED|
|PRIMARY DRIVE:||BDL 3-3/8 OPEN BELT DRIVE|
|YEAR/TYPE:||2005/BIG BEAR CHOPPERS DEVIL'S ADVOCATE|
|SWINGARM:||BIG BEAR CHOPPERS|
|FORKS:||AMERICAN SUSPENSION INVERTED|
|TRIPLE TREES:||AMERICAN SUSPENSION 6-DEGREE|
|WHEELS, TIRES, AND BRAKES|
|FRONT:||21X2.125 PM WRATH|
|REAR:||18X10.5 PM WRATH|
|FRONT:||PM 4-PISTON CALIPER, PM WRATH ROTOR|
|REAR:||PM 4-PISTON CALIPER, PM WRATH ROTOR|
|MOLDING:||RICH, SHAWN & JOHN AT RJ CUSTOMS|
|PAINTER:||RICH THAYER AT RJ CUSTOMS|
|COLOR:||PPG SUNSET ORANGE PEARL & BLACK|
|GRAPHICS:||AIRBRUSHED REAL FIRE FLAMES|
|CHROME PLATING AND POLISHING:||SHOW QUALITY METAL FINISHING|
|BARS:||BIG BEAR CHOPPERS|
|TAILLIGHT:||HI-TECH LED IN REAR FENDER|
|GAUGES:||DAKOTA DIGITAL RECESSED IN FUEL TANK|
|FUEL TANK:||MODIFIED BIG BEAR CHOPPERS|
|OIL TANK:||MODIFIED BIG BEAR CHOPPERS|
|FRONT FENDER:||DRAG SPECIALTIES/JOHN ANDERSON|
|REAR FENDER:||MODIFIED BIG BEAR CHOPPERS|
|FENDER STRUTS:||WELDED TO FENDER|
|SEAT:||HI-END COVERED BY JAMIE MCFARLAND|