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Limited Edition Rocketeer Heading To Dubai

Brass Balls Cycles Goes Global

By Bandit with photos by the BBC Crew
1/20/2015


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It’s a cold winter day in the heart of Oklahoma City, the largest city in Oklahoma, as the tight crew at Brass Balls Cycles does exactly what they love to do, build bitchin’ custom cycles, bobbers, choppers, and FXRs. In this sketchy world we live in the boss, Dar Holdsworth is not afraid to do anything supporting the chopper dream.



He builds and rebuilds vintage bikes, wrecked bikes, and old Jap bikes for returning service guys through Pros for Vets, at no charge to the vet. “We could make a living if he would stop building bikes for free,” said Mrs. Holdsworth. About a year and a half ago he stumbled across an overseas customer, from Dubai, Murtaza Moulvi, who bought one of his bikes, a Digger. When they met initially, the young customer planned to open a coffee shop in an industrial portion of the city, away from the glitz.



Dubai is a city country on the Persian Gulf, apart of the seven-member United Arab Emirates making up the country bordering Saudi Arabia.



But the more his customer rode his BBC the more he loved it, the more it drew attention, but the better it handled the city and desert roads. He decided to open a coffee/Brass Balls Cycles Dealership. He had no motorcycle business history, no shop experience, some marketing savvy, some notion of branding and not one fuckin’ idea what he was getting into, but he loved his BBC motorcycle and the new his dealership, Cafe Rider, with featuring the Brass Balls Cycles would ultimately rock the Dubai world.



In 2012 Dar and his tight team won the AMD World Championship of Bike Building Production Class with his first Rocketeer F3, with aluminum sheet metal and a tight, techy, racy configuration. He shipped it to Dubai when the Cafe Rider opened along with a few other new models, hence another Dubai resident fell in love and ordered another one. The Rocketeer F3 became the first Brass Balls limited edition run with only 15 being built. This is lucky number seven.



This is a Softail configuration Rocketeer and the Brass Balls team figured out how to narrow the Softail chassis and still run a 180-17 tire. One of the major setbacks to the Softail configuration is the lack of turning ability, especially with a lowered model. The Rocketeer F3 still contains 4 inches of suspension travel while maintaining a narrow configuration, sleek enough to handle tight corners. “The chain runs between the chassis rail,” said Dar, “and the swingarm rail.”





In addition to the swingarm travel through Suspension Tech, the Brass Balls team designed a sprung seat using strong, tough Chopper shocks for some additional in the seat suspension.



“Almost ¾ of the bikes we sell are Softail frame based,” Dar said, “over rigids.”



Although this is a production bike built at the Brass Balls Oklahoma Emerald City in twelve weeks, it contains a lot of one-off custom work. As a production model it is designed for long road reliability with turn signals, electric starter, horn, and all the creature comforts of a solid manufactured scooter.



One of the specialty items on the Rocketeer F3 is the front brake, engineered by a brake manufacturer in France, Beringer, who makes brakes for small aircraft as well as Moto GP brakes. “This is a combination of both, the aircraft hub brake and moto GP calipers,” Dar said. “We order them, and they take 8-weeks to be manufactured. Then we send the hub brake system to HD Wheel. They drill the hubs for spokes, handle the finish, then lace and true them.”



That’s not all. Dar’s team must disassemble their mid-glide front end, machine one of the lower legs for additional clearance, then machine a mounting block, caliper bracket and install it on the lower leg, and then put the front end back together with the completed front wheel. This is a tricky assembly with the inverted caliper in the hub.



“Typically the front wheel is a 19 with an 18/180 rear,” Dar said. “But this customer wanted matching wheels sizes and chose 17s.”



Shortly, the Brass Balls team will have 10 bikes in Dubai, while the owner throws parties, Dar has stepped up to understand the world economy, international shipping, customs, and foreign regulations. It’s an expensive learning curve.



Dar has been building one more international relationship with a dealership in Shanghai. It’s another wild challenge to make all the elements work. But the team faced with a world economy stepped up. “When it’s winter here, it’s summer in another part of the world,” Dar said. “When the stateside economy tanks, there’s a growing market overseas somewhere.”

 
 He currently has a bike being built for Germany, Mexico City, and one for a customer in Michigan.
 
 
 
 
 His phased BBC Bike Kit system is working out. A brother recently called and ordered the driveline package, the pricey one. “He started his build several years ago and already had a frame and front end,” Dar said, “But since we investigated and did all the testing and component research, it made this stage easy for him.”



Check the article we did on the Brass Balls Kit Bikes: http://www.bikernet.com/pages/THE_BRASS_BALLS_NEW_WORLD_ORDER.aspx




Dar’s plan is to limit production to fewer than 50 bikes for 2015. He spends a good amount of his time building bikes alongside his tight team of workers, making motorcycle dreams come true for customers all over the world, and keeping his family and team living the custom motorcycle dream.




Next, we will bring you shots and maybe a feature on the Brass Balls/Darwin Motorcycles 69 Chopper heading to Shanghai. Talk about magic, fly to Shanghai someday and catch the transformation, from street huts and shops to amazing high rise buildings swaying in the breeze. “This is the chopper for Shanghai I was telling you about,” Dar said. “We hope to finish it next week.”









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Regular Stuff


Owner: Sam Massaadi


Bike Name: F3 Rocketeer

Builder: Brass Balls Cycles / Darwin Motorcycles

City/state: Oklahoma City, OK USA

Company Info:
Address: 401 S. Blackwelder Ave. Oklahoma City, OK 73108
Phone: 405-270-0995

Web site: http://BrassBallsCycles.com
E-mail: evolve@DarwinMotorcycles.com

Fabrication: Brass Balls Cycles

Manufacturing: Brass Balls Cycles

Welding: Brass Balls Cycles

Machining: Brass Balls Cycles



Engine

Year: 2014

Make: S&S

Model: Shovelhead

Displacement: 93 inches

Builder or Rebuilder: S&S

Cases: S&S

Case finish: S&S natural/brushed

Barrels: S&S

Bore: S&S

Pistons: S&S

Barrel finish: S&S black/natural

Lower end: S&S

Stroke: S&S

Rods: S&S

Heads: S&S

Head finish: S&S brushed

Valves and springs: S&S

Pushrods: S&S

Cams: S&S

Lifters: S&S

Carburetion: S&S

Air cleaner: S&S with something special

Exhaust: Brass Balls using Burns Stainless

Mufflers: Burns Stainless reverse meg



Transmission

Year: 2014

Make: Rivera Primo

Gear configuration: 6-speed

Primary: Baker 2.4-inch Synchronous drive

Clutch: Baker

Final drive: Chain

Kicker: nope



Frame

Year: 2015

Builder: Brass Balls

Style or Model: Bobber

Stretch: Zero

Rake: 34 degrees

Modifications: Signature logo gusset



Front End

Make: Brass Balls / Mean Street

Model: Custom Mid glide

Year: 2015

Length: Standard

Mods: Custom fitment to lower legs to work with hub brake system.




Sheet metal

Tanks: Machined from solid block billet aluminum

Fenders: Machined from solid block billet aluminum

Oil tank: Machined from solid block billet aluminum




Paint

Sheet metal: none

Base coat: none

Graphics: none

Frame: Candy Red Powder Coat

Base coat: Chrome powder coat

Type: n/a

Graphics or art:n/a


Pinstriping: Accent leather strips on tank and fender



Wheels

Front

Make: HDW custom made wheel

Size: 17 x 3-inch

Brake calipers: Beringer dual 6-piston



Brake rotor(s): Beringer Hub brake system

Tire: Continental Conti Attack


Rear

Make: HDW custom made wheel

Size: 17 x 5.5-inch

Brake calipers: 3 Guyz Sprotor

Brake rotor: 3 Guyz Sprotor

Pulley: n/a

Tire: Continental Conti Attack



Controls

Foot controls: Brass Balls Cycles

Finish: brushed billet aluminum

Master cylinder: Excell

Brake lines: Goodridge

Handlebar controls: ISR

Finish: Black Anodize

Clutch Cable: Motion Pro

Brake Lines: Goodridge

Shifting: yep, it does

Kickstand: stock/locking



Electrical

Ignition: S&S

Ignition switch: Brass Balls Cycles

Coils: Drag



Regulator: Cycle Electric

Charging: Cycle Electric

Starter: All Balls Racing

Wiring: Wire Plus



Harness: Wire Plus

Headlight: Brass Balls Performance / JW Speaker

Taillight: Joker Machine

Accessory lights: N/A

Electrical accessories: N/A

Switches: ISR



Battery: AnitGravity



What’s Left

Seat: Custom 2 level nickel-plated pan by Brass Balls Cycles with amazing leatherwork by HixDesign

Mirror(s): CRG Bar End mirrors

Gas caps: Machined billet aluminum

Handlebars: Moto Tracker Bars

Grips: Kustom Tech

Pegs: Brass Balls Cycles Machined Aluminum / knuled

Oil filter: yes

Oil cooler: N/A

Oil lines: GoodYear

Fuel filter: yes

Fuel Lines: S&S

Throttle: Joker Machine

Throttle cables: Motion Pro

Fasteners: Gardner Westcott




Specialty items:

For starters, the fuel tank & rear fender are machined from solid block 6061 billet aluminum. The sides of the oil tank are machined also.


The front brake is a hub brake system from Beringer Brakes, designed for small aircraft. Beringer has adapted it to be used with custom motorcycles. However, there is no standard bolt up fitment, so we had to figure out a way to make it all work together. Through prototyping on previous F3 Rocketeer’s we’ve developed mounting blocks that are machined to fit into the lower fork legs (which we also machine) to a perfect fitment. The result is a clean and mechanical looking brake system that work extremely well.


The seat is comprised of three seat pans. The top pan is covered in leather and bolts to the base which has a bottom pan that allows the Chopper Shox to travel through and are mounted to the top base pan.

The powertrain is my favorite combination. S&S shovel alt/gen style 93-inch H, motor. Baker primary and Primo Rivera 6-speed tranny. Given that this bike is one of our limited edition AMD world championship replicas, we machine that on the base plate of the motor with and the number in the series... in this case No. 7 of 15.--Dar




Comments:

This bike was commissioned by a special customer in Dubai, U.A E., where our dealer Cafe Rider is based.




Credits:

We are grateful for our customer, our dealer who does a great job representing Brass Balls Cycles, and our employees & vendors who collectively bring our bikes to life.--Dar

 
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You did it right. Good job!

Russell
Chicago, IL
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Editor Response I'll pass this along to the Brass Balls Team. You'll make their day.
--Bandit

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