Custom Chrome President Holger Mohr’s new ride:
Chopper for life!
The new 2008 Custom Chrome “Boss Bike”: 121 Cubic Inch, Jesse James frame and ready for the road…
“Damn! This ride makes my own bike look like shit!” curses Jesse James with a grin on his face when facing Holger Mohrs brandnew “CFL” frame based Chopper, which was unveiled during the annual 2008 Custom Chrome Europe Dealer Show at Mainz. Holger has introduced his bike to the TV-star of “Monster Garage” fame who had one of his rare european appearances at CCE’s 10th anniversary event in March. CCE president has just pulled the cover from what will be his ride from summer 2008 onwards – and Jesse’s reply came straight from the heart: The new CC Chopper is built from Jesse’s classic “West Coast Chopper” parts and accessories – and other new and exclusive hardware from the 2008 CCE catalogue.
Choppers are out? Think twice! The Custom Chrome catalogue offers custom parts for every type of style and every level of performance, “and that won’t change”, says CC-president Holger Mohr, “but I do have my own preferences – and this bike is going to be my private ride!” After riding his Fred Kodlin built “one-off” “Wotan” and the stunning red “Bomber”, based on the CCE motorcycle kit of 2004/2005, that he rode from LA to Sturgis, Holger Mohr is back in the saddle of a hardcore-style chopper, this time almost completely build from stock catalogue parts that would be available for everyone who can turn the pages of CCE’s big book and dial the number of the next CCE dealer. “The Bike was planned to be a showcase for new parts from the 2008 program from the start”, confirms Mohr, “which is why we put Thomas Sonnet in charge.” Sonnet, CCE’s tech-representative and responsible for some of CCE’s best-selling motorcycle kits like the “old school” Bobber “Spirit” and the recent radical rigid “Cuba Libre” took the challenge, working in close co-operation with Mohr for the parts selection and the design of the bike. Knowing “Chopper King” Jesse James for some years already, Mohr knew that this time it would be a “CFL” frame that should be the backbone of his next bike: “I have a lot of respect for Jesse’s work”, says Mohr, “his frames and parts reflect on what is the “essence” of today's chopper style: Minimalism and clean lines – form and function are united in harmony.” The “Iron Cross” covers at the rear wheel axle and the steering head have been a West Coast Choppers trademark from the start and add the unmistaking identification to the rolling chassis. 2 inch stretch in the backbone and 4 inch downtube stretch are somewhat moderate, compared with other radical rides we see “on the road” these days, “but I wanted something to ride…”, says Holger.
At the front end the black “Retro-Line” fork by Dutch manufacturer SJP adds the “European touch”, delivering a smooth and perfect suspenstion on all types of road surface. 6 inch longer fork tubes, gripped by the Italian-made Rebuffini 0° triple-trees are enough to align the frame with the street. Although the rear ends rigid as in the early days of motorcycling, technology has come forward with solutions that come healthy to rigid-frame riders: Holding the rear seat, bolted to the frame, are two small 4-Inch shocks that offer some additional cushion to the riders spine. West Coast Choppers have realised that older riders want to ride rigids too, but won’t take the stress of rough roads for granted. This solution looks cool and – more important – works. Especially since the flat leather, glued to the metal pan shape of the seat does not offer much of an upholstery – but certainly a cooool look!
Talking ‘bout cool, you may turn down the sheet metal on front fender, tailend and JJ’s “Villain” Tank as “yesterdays news”, but they still look good on any ride. “Can’t find anything better for that bike…”, smiles Holger. The clean tailend is particularly stunning, as this bike “has to be absolutely street-legal for German roads”, says Sonnet. So he sidemounted the licence plate bracket and the taillight LED are integrated in the rear “cut” of the fender’s sheet metal, that only becomes visible from the rear angle. Likewise, the indicators are hidden under the frame tubes, the struts projecting downwards rather than outwards. Sonnets superb metalwork rather hides his craftmanship than exposes it openly: Just check where you can find the speedo.