Big Wheels Keep on Turnin’ – “Best of Show” at Patriot Ride (Intro)
Paul Lovas Rides Away with “Best of Show” trophy at Donnie Smith/Patriot Ride Bike Show
The big-wheeler wasn’t supposed to still be in his garage. As a rule of thumb, Paul Lovas builds them, then sells them. Not this time.
“That particular bike was supposed to go for sale a long time ago, but I like the hell out of it,” Lovas said.
Turns out, it’s a good thing he did hold on to it. Lovas’ custom motorcycle earned “Best of Show” in the Donnie Smith Bike Show at Minnesota’s Patriot Ride. Along with a man-sized trophy, his motorcycle also won a feature in American Iron Magazine Issue #342.
““It was awesome. Obviously, everybody likes that feeling,” Lovas said of winning top honors.
Lovas’ motorcycle was impossible to miss thanks to 26” Sumo-X Wheels and Vee Rubber whitewalls front and back. Drilled-out and contrast-cut, the mondo twin hoops thumb their noses at convention, giving the bike identity like ink under the skin. Kurt Peterson of Sumo-X cut them to Lovas’ design and powerdercoated them, too.
Keeping that big front wheel in check is an industrial-strength fork with dual shocks and thick tubing. The “Mid Glide Twin Shock Front End” is the creation of Anthony Keeling of Chassis Design Co. and features two nitrogen-charged, oil dampened race shocks with rebound adjustment. Kicked out at 35 degrees to accommodate the 26-incher, the atypical design of the front end is another component that commands attention.
“I like that dual shock front end. A lot of people look at it and by the time they see the big wheel on that front end, they think it’s virtually unridable. But it’s not. It rides and handles fantastic,” claims its owner. In fact, Lovas says the way it handles is one of the reasons he’s hung on to it so long, adding he’s already put about 2,000 miles on it.
The motorcycle’s frame also came from Chassis Design Co. Lovas said this is the ninth frame he’s gotten from them and likes collaborating with Keeling because “He’ll work with me as far as design and tweak things for me. When Anthony builds the frame, his jigs are right on. He’s got his stuff dialed in quite well.”
For this design, the frame is 3” up and -2” out and the thick downtube has been drilled out. While the front is anchored by the twin shock fork, the rear is rigid. Thankfully, the small seat pan is supported by a single shock to dampen the blows of the open road.
Providing its own punch is a 113″ Midwest Ultima V-Twin rated at 125 hp at the rear wheel. While a Mikuni 45mm HSR Carburetor feeds the beast, it’s all Ultima as far as the rest of the powertrain package goes, from the six-speed left-side transmission to the 2” Old School Primary Belt Drive to the stout straight pipes.
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