This is a strange one. Peter Linney shot Karlie Montana, one delightful munchkin, at Gard's LA ChopRods shop. In the process of putting this hot Girl's of Bikernet feature together, we discovered more and more LA ChopRods products developed by Gard. It wasn't enough to focus all of our attention on Karlie's sizzling attributes. We had to share the coverage with Gard's shop and his product line. If you want to see the topless shots of Karlie, mosey over to Bandit's Cantina.
While Gard endured physical therapy for shoulder surgery, I crept around his shop taking shots of LA ChopRods products not featured on his web site. Gard is one of those amazing builders who is capable of anything from fine welding (he's sponsored by Miller), machining, manufacturing, sheet metal, design and all the mechanical talents. He messed up his shoulder competing in one of the Biker Build-offs. He was heavily involved in the Build of Bust series, and he is currently building a one-off Twin Cam, out-of-the-galaxy custom for Keanu Reeves.
His tank bottoms set-up for rubber mounts. Plus, check out the leather strap brackets and hooks.
I like Gard's products and style because they have a mechanical edge. He also enjoys designing builder products, like a complete line of cable guides, bungs, oil line guides, top motor mounts, and tank mounting tabs. Gard is not a Hollywood or limelight type. His shop is located on the edge of no place, next to the freeway that rolls into the Los Angeles Harbor, near the Bikernet Interplanetary Headquarters. Gard helped us with the Bikernet 5-Ball Racing Assalt Weapan tank fabrication in 2007. See, I told you he was low-brow.
Gard custom made these gas tank tabs, but they're available.
He's a builder's builder. He's willing to stop whatever he's doing to help fix a car, or design a special tab to hold one of his tanks on a stock frame.
Here's an assortment of LA Choprods oil line and cable guide tabs. They come with McMaster&Carr rubber inserts.
"I can't help it, never could, I love motorcycles," Gard said. "I didn't do well in school 'cause I drew pictures of motorcycles when I was supposed to be learning about literature or social studies."
Gard is still working on a complete line of top motormounts. This is just an example.
You get the picture. If you need something special for a build, reach out to Gard. If you see something featured here, but it's not on his site, don't hesitate to ask Gard about it. He can make it happen, from special sissy bars, to custom front ends, to his own line of frames.
We featured this bike on Bikernet. Check it out.Click here for the feature.
"We're not idiots, we know it's important to care about educational crap and as we get older we do," said Gard, "but the point is we can't help our selves, we have to build motorcycles. Lord knows there are easier ways to make a living but at some point, you just have to accept your destiny. We hope you don't think we're stuck up asses for thinking like this, but we consider ourselves artists, we build two wheeled art."
How's this for art meets function?
I think the art aspect is critical here. Building bikes combines art and mechanical function. The whole notion of the wild chopper began because of an unrelenting desire for artistic class over tractor-like function.
"You might like it, you might not, art is subjective," Gard said, "but this is art you can swing a leg over and get the thrill of your lifetime on!"
That says it all. Check out Gard's products, his web site, and call him, if he can help you build the bike of your dreams. Through thick and thin, LA Choprods keeps building cool bikes and keeping the faith.
"We can promise we'll keep doing what we're meant to, building cool shit with wheels."
647F Keg Oil Tank
LA County ChopRods introduces the first, rider friendly, Keg Style Oil Tank, aptly named the 647-F Oil Tank (the penal code for Drunk & Disorderly). This high quality made in the USA steel tank / battery box is designed with a sloped leading edge that allows you to sit back in the saddle without burning your leg.
It comes complete with LACC's Billet Knuckle Cap and necessary mounting hardware. Measures approx. 13 3/4" wide, 5 1/2" tall and 9" long and easily accommodates a full sized Softail style battery. Designed for custom Softail applications.
Their Price: $620.00
Blind Tank Mounting Bung
These Bungs are precision machined in the USA from 1018 Steel which has good welding qualities. Designed for use in mounting Gas and Oil Tanks or whenever the job calls for a blind threaded bung. The design allows it to be installed in a small 1/2" hole while it's major diameter is 1" for maximum weld surface. The bung measures 1 1/4" long, 3/4" with a 1/2" diameter, 1/2 inch with a 1" diameter and a 1" deep 5/16-18 blind thread. Material can be removed from the 1/2" X 1" portion if a thinner height from the install surface is desired. Sold in a 4 or 10 pack.
Crown Gas Cap
An L.A. County Choprods Original. Our Billet Crown gas cap is machined from 6061 billet aluminum and comes in several different finishes, machined, polished, chrome, black nickel, and for all you pimps 24k gold. The cap can be used non-vented or vented by simply removing the stainless steel set screw on the bottom. Also included is a weld in bung (pictured) that can be installed in either direction, one way will position the bung flush with the surface and the other will raise it approximately 3/4" inch or with our new OEM adapter that allows installation in most '82-'09 HD right hand threads without any welding or paint damage.
Pinche Petrol Gas Tank
Finally The "Pinche" Gas Tank is available to the public. This unique gas tank features an inset panel detail on each side and is designed to mount "Frisco" style (high on the backbone of the frame). The one piece bottom minimizes the chance of leakage and features sunken mounts. You choose one of our gas caps and it's finish.
The standard configuration has the filler bung located right of center at the front of the tank (as pictured) and the petcock bung located on the lower left rear side and accepts any 3/8 NPT petcock.
Gard also makes these Pingel petcock bungs.
Comes with your choice of gas cap and necessary mounting hardware. Custom configurations available, call for details or to order.
Hex Fitting Bung
This cool little Hex Bung is precision machined in the USA from 1018 steel which has good welding qualities. Besides just looking cool the unique design allows the bung to be held while tightening the fitting being installed to minimize the stress applied to the vessel it's welded to. Measures approx. 7/8" total length, the first 3/8" is 13/16" diameter round and the remainder is 7/8" hex with a 1/4 NPT thread in the hex end. Sold in a 4 or 10 pack.
Honey Pot Oil Filter
After more than a year of design, development, testing and manufacturing, our NEW "Honey Pot" oil filter is now available. Inspired by the "Hildebrandt" filters used by the truck and hotrod culture throughout the 50's and 60's and on many a "Choprod", Gard enlisted the help of Mark "Duckman" van der Kwaak to help us scale it for motorcycle use and improve mounting, lid attachment and overall design.
Cast and heat treated from aluminum and then precision machined, the look, quality and finish is unmatched. It uses an HD oil filter and comes complete with stainless steel hardware. Available in a natural cast finish, polished to a high luster or black wrinkle powder coat with polished highlights.
L.A. County Choprods is now offering our Billet Knuckle gas/oil cap. The cap is machined from 6061 billet aluminum and is available in raw machined, polished or chrome finish. The cap can be used non-vented or vented by simply removing the stainless steel set screw on the bottom.
The weld-in Bung is included with your choice of 2" stand-up or our reversible 3/4" low rise/flush bung as used on the Crown Cap.
Mooneyes / Choprods 3 Qrt. Oil Tank
This is the famous Mooneyes 3 quart "Chopper" oil tank but after years of begging we finally got them to configure the fittings to our specifications allowing for better fitting placement when mounted lengthwise as on all "Choprods" that feature this tank.
The tank is designed to mount on the left side of the bike and positions the oil pick up fitting to optimize oil volume and feed. Easily mounts when using the cast aluminum brackets (sold separately) and our "Side Mount Battery Box".
New & Improved Internal Throttle
Our NEW & IMPROVED Internal Throttle is here! We've vastly improved the design of our internal throttle. First we lengthened the New Aluminum Outer Sleeve and closed the inner end of the Travel Grooves, now it's even easier for you to secure your grip without the chance of binding. Next we added another Double Ball Bearing and Pin Assy. to enhance the balance and performance. Finally, we now Hard Anodize the Outer Sleeve and Slide Plunger for smoother operation and longer life.
All of the aluminum parts are CNC machined from Aircraft Quality Materials and are coated for corrosion prevention, Clear Anodizing for the remaining Aluminum Parts and Black Oxide for the Steel Inner Throttle Tube. This unit is made entirely in the USA!!!!! Fits Most 1" handlebars.
ISR Black Chopper Style Cable Operated Clutch Lever Assembly
Now available in our NEW SATIN BLACK ANODIZED FINISH!! This ISR clutch lever assembly is intended for use with Harleys standard issue clutch cable for 5 speed gear boxes and fits 1" handlebars. The perch features a mounting point for a mirror and is available with an optional adjustable lever as shown.
ISR Black Chopper Style Hand Control Master Cylinder
Now available in our NEW SATIN BLACK ANODIZED FINISH!! These clean looking, compact ISR master cylinders are available both left side and right side with a choice of 14mm or 17.5mm bores. The 14 mm M/C is suitable for installations with a pair of two piston calipers with up to 34 mm diameter pistons and most hydraulic clutch covers. The 17.5 mm M/C should be used for all applications requiring more volume like when using a pair of four or six piston calipers or high volume hydraulic clutch covers.
They fit 1" handlebars and are equipped with leverage adjustment to control the feel of the M/C and can be fitted with optional adjustable levers as shown.
All ISR master cylinders use only DOT 4 brake fluid. Accepts 10 x 1.25 mm Banjo Bolt (not included). If you choose to add our Specially Priced Banjo Bolt Kit (includes 1 ISR Stainless Steel 10x1.25mm Banjo Bolt and two 10mm Sealing Washers) now you will also save the extra cost of shipping.
Where's your safety glasses, Karlie?
A NOTE TO OUR NON US CUSTOMERS: We welcome orders from Non US Residents, however due to issues in accurately calculating shipping charges for Non US Residents your order can not be completed via our WebStore. To place an order to be shipped to a Non US address please email or telephone us with your parts list along with your ship to address and we will provide you with shipping options and help you complete your order. Thanks!
ISR / LACC 2 Piston Sprocket Brake Kit 48 Tooth
Our LACC / ISR 2 Piston Sprocket Brake Kit is high tech and super clean. Comes complete with Caliper, Sprocket Rotor, Pads, Caliper Bracket and necessary hardware. Available for left hand or right hand drive, with small or large indexing hole and to fit 3/4 inch or 1 inch axles. All ISR Brake Components use ONLY DOT 4 brake fluid. Accepts 10 x 1.25 mm Banjo Bolt (not included). If you choose to add our Specially Priced Banjo Bolt Kit (includes 1 ISR Stainless Steel 10x1.25mm Banjo Bolt and 2 10mm Sealing Washers) now you will also save the extra cost of shipping.
Their Price: $900.00
ISR Black Switch Clamp 1 Push
Now available in our NEW SATIN BLACK ANODIZED FINISH!! Clean up your handlebars with these ISR switch assemblies. Replace the standard ISR handlebar clamp with these built in electronic button clamps. Max current for slide buttons are 6A. Max current for push buttons are 25mA.
If you don't see the switch configuration you need here, don't panic. Check the LA ChopRods web site. He's probably got it.
ISR Black Switch Clamp 1 Push 1 Slide
Now available in our NEW SATIN BLACK ANODIZED FINISH!!Clean up your handlebars with these ISR switch assemblies. Replace the standard ISR handlebar clamp with these built in electronic button clamps. Max current for slide buttons are 6A. Max for push buttons are 25mA.
ISR Chopper Style Cable Operated Clutch Lever Assembly
This ISR clutch lever assembly is intended for use with Harleys standard issue clutch cable for 5 speed gear boxes and fits 1" handlebars. The perch features a mounting point for a mirror and is available with an optional adjustable lever as shown.
Gard carries the full line of ISR brake components, like rotors and calipers. Check his site or call him, if we missed something.
ISR Chopper Style Hand Control Master Cylinder
These clean looking, compact ISR master cylinders are available both left side and right side with a choice of 14mm or 17.5mm bores. The 14 mm M/C is suitable for installations with a pair of two piston calipers with up to 34 mm diameter pistons and most hydraulic clutch covers. The 17.5 mm M/C should be used for all applications requiring more volume like when using a pair of four or six piston calipers or high volume hydraulic clutch covers.
They fit 1" handlebars and are equipped with leverage adjustment to control the feel of the M/C and can be fitted with optional adjustable levers as shown. All ISR master cylinders use only DOT 4 brake fluid. Accepts 10 x 1.25 mm Banjo Bolt (not included). If you choose to add our Specially Priced Banjo Bolt Kit (includes 1 ISR Stainless Steel 10x1.25mm Banjo Bolt and 2 10mm Sealing Washers) now you will also save the extra cost of shipping.
ISR Lever, Adjustable
Turn the standard ISR Chopper style cable operated clutch or hydraulic master cylinder assys. into an adjustable setup by adding this lever. Adjustments can be made with such ease that you can use your index finger without having to let go of the handlebars.
This lever fits all ISR "Chopper Style" master cylinders both left and right and is available for cable operated levers. Available in Natural Silver Finish or Satin Black Anodized.
Choprods Mechanic's Jacket
Features LACC Logo Patch on front with 12" 4 color screen on back. Classic "Mechanic's Shop Jacket" with light weight quilted lining. Solid brass zipper, 7.5 oz. twill, 65% polyester/35% cotton, permanent press, Waist length with two button waist adjustment, Two lower inset slash pockets and utility pocket on left sleeve, Permanently lined, black 100% nylon taffeta quilted to a 3.3 oz. polyurethane foam.
This Windbreaker is great for avoiding being run over by traffic while looking for the parts that have fallen off your bike or when your doing your community service work. 3.5" LACC Logo on front and 12" Logo on back. Available in Safety Orange only (we know the picture's black). Adult Lined Coach's Jacket 100% nylon with Kasha lining. Tailored collar, raglan sleeves, elastic cuffs, slash side pockets, drawstring at bottom, matching color snap front.
Their Price: $40.00
Choprods Long Sleeve Logo Tee
Four-Color Logo Front and Rear. Heavyweight Long Sleeve Tee High quality heavyweight cotton Tee with LACC Logo large on the back and small on left front chest.
Pinstripe SS Grey Camo Tee
LA County Choprods PINSTRIPE logo large on front small on rear below collar on 100% cotton, 100% cotton threads, .675" blanket stitch bottom hem and sleeve, .75" 1x1 rib bound collar, side seamed, printed over-dyed fabric, garment washed, no shrinkage. These shirts are by Alternative Apparel, feature a more "modern" cut and should be ordered a size larger than normal for a relaxed fit.
Their Price: $25.00