Featured in Street Chopper, January
It's been quite some time since Tom Summers
began running "Lowriders By Summers" as a full-timeoperation. For several
years after the shop had first opened Tom was working as the service manager
at one of the Twin Cities largest Ford dealerships and running his bike
shop in the evenings. As business at the shop began to boom Tom decided
to leave the security of his lone time employer and go full on into the
custom motorcycle business.
Over the years Tom has created numerous
show stoppers designed to draw attention to his shop' s works. Annually
he travels from Minneapolis to Daytona and back to Sturgis displaying his
The most recent of Summers elaborate machines,
"Snatch," pictured here is without a doubt one of the most radical fours
to come along in some time. Snatch has proved its worth by pulling numerous
show victories and one hell of a lot of attention too Summer's work.
Tom, believe it or not came up with the
chassis using the factory Honda unit as a base. To say it was reworked
is a bit of an understatement as there is very little of the stocker left.
Ross Noard cut the complete front and top section off the frame and refit
his own featuring 6" of stretch and 2" drop with an exaggerated goose neck
effect. The new...
...neck angle comes out at a total of
500. Ross also lowered the seating area of the frame 3" and relocated the
Atop the new rails Tom chose to mount a
Ness Rocket tank for fuel supply. For rear mud protection Tom cut and fit
a Lucas ribbed fender. With the surfaces to be painted checked for fit
each was removed and prepped for painting. Tom handled all of the molding
and then sprayed all pieces in multiple tones of candy blue. The base of
blue was followed by art and leaf work by D.J. Ekel and finished with several
coats of clear by Tom.
While the paint was being handled many
unique accessories were fabricated for this one of a kind custom. Tom had
Bob Fetrow at the SB&F shop custom make a set of aluminum trees complete
with integral brake line junction. The trees were then anodized to match
the paint. Also custom made for the front end were the wishbone bars which
were once again made by Bob Fetrow.
Both the clamps and trees stabilize a trimmed
and plated Honda fork assembly of stock length. Tom decided to go with
a 19" rim which was laced to one of Hallcrafts alloy hubs and and hooked
to a Hallcraft dual disc set-up. Summers finished off the front end with
a fairing of his own design and FuzzBuster radar detector. The front end
assembly was hooked to the freshly painted chassis followed by a 3" extended
swingarm, 18" wheel with Honda brake and SB&F spring struts.
With the bike now on wheels the extremely
detailed engine was set in place. While other pieces had been in the fabrication
stages Tom stuffed an
836 cc kit into the '76 engine and backed
it with an ARD magneto and Rajay turbo. All of the custom piping for this
sanitary installation was handled by Noard. Finishing touches to "Snatch"
came with a Kieth Nybo seat, dual Drag headlights mounted to the front
engine mounts and a unique front spoiler.
Once again the spoiler is the handiwork
of Ross Noard and was completely hand fabricated from aluminum sheet. Look
closelly and you'll see the intricate engraving which completely covers
the spoiler and details other components throughout the bike. All of this
fine hand etching was applied by Jeramy Potts in Denver.
While "Snatch" is hardly an everyday rider,
Lowriders by Summers has come up with a piece that has dazzled the show
crowds and performed its task of drawing customers into the shop. If you
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