If you’ve been following us for a while, you’ll know we have a thing for “naked Gold Wings”. It’s the ultimate transformation, turning heavyweight cruisers into stripped-down, eye-catching customs. Texan Ric Becker is a master at this, and we featured his award-winning GL1000 a year ago. This is Becker’s latest bike, “Ol’ Sparky”, based on a 1983 Interstate.
“I wanted to build a vintage-style bobber, in the style of a 50-year-old survivor,” says Becker. “So high polish and radical paint gave way to more natural looks.” Becker lowered the frame and raked it out 33 degrees, and fitted softail-style pull-shock rear suspension. The “rust” effect is actually fresh powdercoat, but the alloy parts were cleaned and “rubbed” to show off the patina.
Fuel is stored in a sectioned piece of the original tank, plumbed in tandem with a fake oil bag. A Weber carburetor is hidden inside the fake tank on a custom intake manifold, and a compact lithium-ion battery nestles between the shocks and exhaust.
Once again, Becker did all the work himself, and he’s just won another Bike Of The Month award at the Naked Gold Wings Club.