The Smoking Seagulls are a bike club formed by FMX star Drake McElroy and partner-in-crime Roland Sands, dedicated to “cult bikes, art and time travel.” The name is a tongue-in-cheek play on Harley-Davidson’s Screamin’ Eagle performance line.
Wanting to build anything but a conventional chopper, the inspired McElroy instead transformed his battered jump bike into a ’60s-style café racer, spending as little money and recycling as many old parts as possible. The frame and swingarm are stock, and the long-travel suspension was cut down 6 inches with the help of Ronnie Williams at Race Tech. Wheels are 19-inch Excels fitted with vintage-looking K70 front tires. FMF contributed the exhaust. The Ducati single bodywork is from AirTech, rattle-canned and hand-sanded by McElroy to create the desired denim effect, then lettered by hand. The best part? McElroy says he has less than $1500 invested in the build!
Source: MOTORCYCLIST ONLINE
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