Featured in Custom Bike, February
DOWN & BOOGIE
A little bit of that long and low styling
found its way into the building of this Minnesota street digger.
A few years ago, serious motorcycle
drag racers discovered the hot setup for getting a high horsepower machine
down the 1320 was to fabricate a frame with no suspension, save the front
end, and get all of the weight right down on the ground. Drag racers didn't
invent the rigid frame, we al-ready had that years ago. What they did bring
along was a whole new modification to the rigid which is com-monly called
Several companies like Brothers Custom
Engineering now specialize in the fabrication of a digger frame for both
street and drag use. Tom Sum-mers' bike was built around one of BCE's frames
which is not only low, but features a whopping 45-degree rake in the neck.
On a closer look you might notice that Tom's frame also features a single
down tube for cleaner lines and even more needed ground clearance.
The whole idea and styling behind the construction
of the bike was to keep things as clean as possible from the six-over Smith
Bros. & Fetrow girder to the Ness rear fender. Inci-dentally if those
fender rails look a little familiar, they happen to he Smith Bros. fender
struts for a swingarm Harley modified to fit onto a rigid frame. Besides
being clean, they are plenty strong enough to keep the load off of the
15-inch Hallcraft wheel and radial tire.
Molding and paint are the handi-work of
the owner, while the services of D.J. Eckel were called upon to lay some
green and yellow striping around that Paughco fuel tank.
After spending the better part of a Minnesota
winter building the bike, Tom decided just to leave the engine stock except
for some chrome work, custom air box and Fubar pipes. The "Book" of Minneapolis
fashioned a set of aircraft lines from the engine to the Santee oil bag
for improved looks and ease of mind.
Other accessories on Tom Summers' bike
include 18-inch Hallcraft wheel with mini disc, B.C.E. bars, VDO speedo
and Lucas lamp. Althougn you are more apt to see Tom splitting the lanes
around Richfield, Minn., his bike is anything but a low miler as a summer
vacation led Tom all the way down to New Mexico with a return 1oop through
Colorado. We know it gets down and the trip proved the bike could.