Featured in Street Chopper Hot
Bike, Feb 1984
Details include engraving by Potts as
well as sunken allen head bolts and even stainless steel ignition wires.
Heavily plated with chrome and gold by
Brown's Plating,the mill is as much a work of art as it is mechanical.
Tom Summers is one of those big, corn-fed
Minneapolis guys who busies himself as a bouncer but when he isn't adjusting
arm sockets or bouncin' pool balls off unruley patron's heads, Tom builds
"lowriders"-cycles that is. Back about three years ago, Tom picked up a
relatively stock '76 CB 750 Four at a good price and started out on his
own personal project to be used both as a ride and as advertisement for
"Lowriders By Summers." In his head, he already had the plans for a killer
motor combined with an equally radical chassis.
With the help of ace metal fabricator Ross
Noard, Tom started in on the building of a truly one-off frame featuring
...mounts for the SB & F spring/struts
hooking up to a Kawasaki swingarm. This part of the rear chassis, featuring
anodizing, gold and chrome plating by Browns Plating, (it even has a gold
plated chain), is the only original part of stock frame. Up front, Ross
created a single downtuhe with an integral oil tank as well.
Ross also fabricated the aluminum triple
tree with an integral brake line T, then also turned down the lower legs
on the air forks. Other fork goodies include the Lowrider' s aluminum tender,
gold spokes and engraving by Jeremy Potts. Tom applied the House of Kolor
lacquer paints, using seven shades and art by D. J. Eckel to create the
Enginewise, the 1976 mill was treated to
an R.C. Engineering 836 cc big bore kit, counter sunk allen bolts, chromed
cases, hexed head and cylinder, ARD magneto, Barnett clutch and a Rajay
turbo with plumbing by Noard. Final details include a leather seat by Keith
Nybo, dual Hallcraft discs with 200 holes each, and a Drag Specialties
headlamp, also engraved by Potts. For his efforts, Tom knocked them dead
at the Rat's Hole Show in Daytona Beach last year, and as you might have
guessed, Heavy Breathing is apart right now in pre-paration for Daytona.
Turned down Honda hub.18x 6 alIoy rimwas
anodized then engraved with "Lowrider By Summers. Struts are Smith Bros.
& Fetrow product. Tom drilled four hundred holes in the dual disc brakes.