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Brass Balls 69 Chopper

Brass Balls 69 Chopper
Of all the ‘mainstream’ US custom builders, Darwin Motorcycles is one of the few that produce the kind of bikes we like. The latest model under the Brass Balls brand is called the 69 Chopper—a reference to the year, we’re told—and it’s based on the machine that came third in the Production Class at last year’s AMD World Championships. What’s good about it? Firstly it’s compact, and secondly it apparently handles extremely well. The super-clean styling seems to take cues from the Japanese custom scene—and transplant them firmly back into America. The 69 is packed with components from Leroy Thompson and Crime Scene Choppers, and the stock configuration includes an 80-ci Harley Evo motor. But you can also specify engines from S&S or Crazy Horse; personally, I’d take S&S’ retro-styled 93-ci Shovelhead motor. Even better is the price, which starts at just $19,995. If you have some spare time, it’s worth checking out their site for a textbook example of how to market custom motorcycles in the USA.

  • David Enfield

    It’s mad , bad , and so real . Oh………………yeah .

  • Kozzy

    Sharp. Looks like they could have brought the top of the frame down some to compact it more, but that’s splitting hairs. Very nice bike.

  • powermatic

    , Not a big fan of the chopper genre, but this is a nice look-simple and clean, with enough detail to make it interesting, and the Rock-Shox seat suspension is probably the best implementation if you feel compelled to go hard tail. The price certainly seems fair for a custom, but it would be nice if they would show an actual, 20k bike-for instance, these wheels appear to cost an additional 1800.00 over standard spokes, and oddly they don’t show any option for the paint on the tins other than a ‘satin “denim” ‘, which is a long way from the big-buck paint shown above. And their ‘well handling’ description is relative-very relative. Still, looks like good value for interested parties.

  • s. jones

    This configurator is nothing compaired to the Ducati version, check out the ducati monster and ‘fighter on line configurators for a bit of fun.

  • Tin Man 2

    Except for the optional wheels(1800) this looks like any of a thousand choppers built here for 40 Yrs. Nice enough, but to call it a Japanese Custom look brought to America is Absurd!!

  • I love the Brass Balls bikes, the Classic Bobber is my ideal cruising bike. It’s not flashy or shiny just mean looking. Brilliant.

  • mike

    yep $20 grand for hard tail and a massey ferguson power plant. shake your arms off crush your vertebrae and bugs up your pants “cool man”. oh yes, only go in a straight line.
    one could always do worse by getting a BMW.

  • joe momma

    ……i know it is hard for you, but hardtails do handle very well……whenever they return to earth for contact….