In just four short years Barebone Choppers has become known for the highest quality of workmanship and professionalism. From their 7500 sq. ft. facility just north of Barrie, Ontario, their central location is ideal for attracting many clients as they escape the city on their way to cottage country.
Craiger has 20 years experience in the motorcycle industry, but prior to that, his work was first appreciated by many hot rod enthusiasts. Shortly after purchasing his first Harley, a cherry 1986 Electra Glide Classic, which he still owns today, he realized he could fit a lot more bikes in his garage than hot rods, and that really sparked his interest.
Being influenced by his father, the late Bryan Sophie, Craiger was always taught that if you are going to do something; do it with pride, and do it right. A motto he still holds dear to his heart today. “My dad was where I got my hot rod blood from. I was barely 5-years-old when I started passing the wrench in our two car garage in Scarborough, Ontario–it was a ‘55 Chevy two-door Bel Air.”
Testing products thoroughly prior to installing on a customer’s bike is a top priority for Craiger and his business partner on the parts counter, Chris. Educating and offering their knowledge of quality products and procedures to their customers is something they feel very strongly about–a wise investment is an enjoyable one.
This super cool and fully functional head turning Pro-Street build for Doug Pollard gets ridden every sunny day. Doug was a great guy to deal with throughout this six-month build and for the most part, he gave me free reign and allowed me to put my heart and soul into it. “His only real requests were a Pro Street with 280 boot on the back, a headlight and exhaust.”
Keeping the lines as clean and tight as possible on this build was the most difficult and took 125 hours. Because Doug’s bike has air ride rear suspension and the fender is fixed to the frame, the toughest look to possibly achieve was making the oil tank, seat and rear fender all flow into the rear wheel regardless of where the suspension is set. This was done so the bike can be used for two-up riding. Not typical of a chopper but this being Doug’s only ride, he wanted it functional.
The air ride and oil pressure gauges built into the oil tank also adds to the flowing lines of this build. “On many occasions I have offered a $100.00 to anyone that can find the hiding place of the air compressors. I’m still up that $100.00,” Craiger boasts.
The trick looking passenger peg mounts were laser cut from stainless and are finished with the same cuts as the oil tank and fender.
Craiger admits that while six months is a long time for a custom build, it happened to be at a time when Barebone Choppers was moving shop to their current 7,500 sq. ft. facility, so to say they were sidetracked a few times during the build would be an understatement.
Barebone Choppers Inc.
8420 Hwy. 11 Orillia, ON L3V 6H3
Owner: Doug Pollard
Year: 2006 Pro-Street
Fabrication and Assembly: Barebone Choppers
Build Time: 125 Hrs
Paint: Derik From Paintwerks, Shelburne, ON, House of Kolor Copper Lightning Bolts
Engine: Crate Motor 120 Inch
Head Work: Stage III B by J-Precision with Port Matched Intake & 48 mm Mikuni Carb
Cam: Bob Woods Night Prowler 600 Lift
Ignition: Crane Hi-4
Air Breather: Forcewinder Transmission 6-Speed
Primary: 3 Inch Open Belt B.D.L.
Frame And Swing Arm: Nasty-Boy
Rake: 37.5 degrees
Front Fork: H-D Accessory Inverted
Rear Suspension: Legend Air Ride
Wheels: Weld Polished
Rear: 280 Metzeler on 18×10.5
Front: 120 Metzeler on 21×3.5
Brakes: HHI Caliper Up Front Weld Pulley Brake In Rear
Oil Tank: Barebone Choppers
Fenders: B-Cool Customs-Blanks
Handle Bars: Scorpio – All Internal From Classic Steel
Taillight: Pro Fab Side Mount
Foot Controls: P.M. Contour
Seat Leather: Dave At Leather Works
Seat Base and Foam: Barebone Choppers
Electrical: Barebone Choppers