Terry Goertzen: Kanadian Kustoms
Coming at you straight from the Canadian Prairie, Winnipeg that is...of a few of the bikes I've built on my driveway this summer. All are experimental in that I had no idea what I was doing when I started. I'm improving, but still have much to learn.
Left: Black Chopper
The first bike is a fiberglass clad chopper with a molded in rear fender. My first fiberglass attempt was a huge flop, but this one turned out all right. I've got a huge chrome light (6 inches wide) for it which is currently off the bike while I figure out how to power and wire it and all that.
Right: Chopper Trike
The second bike is what my family calls the ice-cream trike. Its an adult trike that was stretched and chopped and then out of plywood I built an insulated cooler for the box. It works well enough, I'm just not all that happy with the look of the box yet. My three year old daughter likes to ride on top of the box, standing up if I'll allow it, while we cruise around town.
Below: Copper Chopper
The third bike is what I call the copper chopper. I wanted something long and low and fast. This one fits the bill, although the tubing I used on the rear end was a bit too light so its a bit more flexy than I'd like. The fender is steel and cut down from an old trailer fender and welded on.
Right, Below: Lowrider
The fourth bike is my favorite. Its pretty much a lowrider that I built so that I could have a cool bike small enough that I could toss it in the back of my car for rides over on the other side of the city. I also wanted a small bike that fit me well, so it ended up longer than the typical lowrider. I spent a lot of time on this one, and like all lowrider projects I'm not sure I'll ever consider it finished. The frame is entirely hand built using only the head tube and rear drop-outs from an existing bike. I hand bent all the tubing and hand hammered all the steel body work. There's no
fiberglass on this thing and not even all that much bondo. I spent hours and hours welding and grinding and sanding to get everything nice and smooth and straight. And then I got hit by a car on my way to work one morning and had to do it all over again. Frustrating to be sure. The lights all work, and almost everything chrome is engraved or detailed
in some way. Lots of the parts were rescued from other people's junk and a few were purchased new (fork, mirrors, lights). Except for the paint I've done all the work myself, learning as I go. Not in the picture is the fancy seat I've sewn up for the bike. Currently in the works is under-bike led lighting and I'm trying to find a reasonably priced airbrush artist to paint some icons on the bike. The best part is the vintage 70's sparkle Jesus sticker on the head tube.
Hope you like my bikes, I sure do. I've got way more bikes including several tall bikes (one over 18 feet tall) and choppers that I've built for the neighborhood kids. Thanks for having this gallery for all of us to drool and dream over.