OWNER: Brad Spaich
BUILDER: Owner and M & M Choppers
This bike has absolutely nothing on it that doesn't have to be there.
Brad is great for us to work with because we share, for the most part, the same philosophy on how a motorcycle should be done. Brad is also a very good craftsman and does the biggest percentage of his own fabrication and assembly work. He makes things very easy for us. He is also fearless in that he is willing to take risks on engine builds at our suggestion. For example, if the “experts” say it can't be done but we say it can, he'll go with our opinion every time. So far, we've had tremendous success.
This bike, we call “Green Giant,” puts a grin on your face every time you twist the wick. A trip to the Dyno showed us why. When you crack the throttle at 2000 rpm you are already making 95 lb/ft of torque and it continues to climb without any dips or waivers to 111 lb/ft of torque topping out at 105 hp at 5200 rpm.
Basically, all this huge power is made between 2000 rpm and 5000 rpm. Right where you normally ride. PERFECT!!
For bonus points, the bike weighs in at 500 lbs., full of fluids. About what a sportster weighs. This bike is a grin to ride. It has also proven to be dependable. Brad rides this bike every chance he gets with no trouble.
Since the bike was cleaned and detailed at home it rode in a trailer to Sturgis for the BIKER/PENTHOUSE show. It paid off because Brad took home a trophy. The bike rolled on its own power for the trip home, including touring the Badlands. Brad and I took turns driving the truck and riding the bike.
A Funny Story----
When the day came to fire this bike to life for the first time I did all my usual quick checks to make sure everything was cool. After priming the oil pump and carburetor and everything I began kicking this monster. After about 20 kicks with nothing more than an occasional backfire I turned the kicking over to Brad, who proceeded to wear his leg out with no luck. I must have asked him 4 or 5 times if he was sure he wired the ignition right. To which he responded, “Hell yes, I'm sure, so stop asking!” Okay, whatever!! Then I thought maybe the compression releases were bleeding off too much to light. So I kept kicking without using them. (This is a Bitch, by the way.) Brad decided he wanted to give it a try. About halfway through his first stroke the kick pedal stopped and kicked back. Brad's foot slipped off the pedal causing him to fall off landing flat on his back. Once we realized he wasn't hurt this was incredibly funny. Anyway, after pulling the bike up and down the street with a tow rope blowing flames out the pipes and carburetor I finally told him he was full of shit about his wiring and we needed to look closer at it. That is when we discovered that the zippers ignition and the Dyna coil both use pink and blue wiring code, BUT, they are set up for opposite cylinders. Once the wiring was switched, pink to blue, blue to pink, the bike fired first kick and ran perfectly.
This bike was featured in the April 2005 Biker magazine.