The Beast: A Chopper Profile

The Beast is a custom motorcycle with a 45-cubic-inch Honda engine. See more motorcycle pictures.

When Honda introduced its four-cylinder CB750 for 1969, the motorcycle world took notice. That included the faction known to take perfectly good bikes and turn them into something their own designers wouldn’t recognize, such as the custom chopper called the Beast. And so it was that shortly after hitting American soil, Japan’s new superbike became the basis for a new breed of chopper.

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The owner of the Beast chopper remembers those days well, though he was just a lad at the time. After he grew up, he wanted to build a machine that reminded him of those wondrous choppers he remembered from his youth.

A custom-built hardtail frame was mated with a long set of springer forks to create a radically stretched chassis. Classic Invader wheels were added at each end, only the rear hosting a brake -- and a rather feeble drum brake at that. The 736-cc (45-cubic-inch) four-cylinder engine was treated to a set of Mikuni carburetors and Fubar 4-into-2 exhaust system. A fuel tank specially fabricated for this machine hosts flames on top of the black paint that was applied to all the metalwork.

While it’s a modern creation, this Honda-powered Beast chopper accurately follows the trail blazed by its ancestors, which also blazed a vivid memory in a young enthusiast’s mind.

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The Beast's fiery tank.
The Beast's fiery tank.

The Beast is a custom Honda motorcycle built by Lowriders by Summers/Slicks Choppers. Below are more pictures and details of this powerful chopper.

The Beast's long tank was specially made to cover the radically stretched top tube of the custom-built frame. It’s dressed in period flames.

The Beast's velvety smooth engine.

At the time of its introduction, Honda’s 750-cc inline four was among the most potent motorcycle engines available, and velvety smooth to boot; as such, it was a natural for customizers. The Beast wears a 4-into-2 exhaust header that was a common replacement in the day.

Rear drum brake of the Beast chopper.

While the Honda 750 came standard with a massive front disc brake -- comforting, considering its speed potential -- this Beast chopper has no front brake at all and only a rear drum brake to slow it down. Cast-spoke Invader wheels were a '70s chopper mainstay.

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