TSY SATURDAY SLOPPY SECONDS | THE 1970’s BADASS BIKER ROUNDUP, PT. II

Just too much 1970s Biker badass goodness to not go sequel on y’all, and in full color no less, bros and bras.  Check the great ozone fade in a lot of these old pics that have been used and abused, and finally landing here for prosperity.  I’m honored to give them a home. While I’m at it–  also revisiting custom bike legend Jeff McCann.  His awesome archive of work has been lovingly featured on TSY before to mad fanfare, as it should.  Let’s get to it, shall we?

Love some old school 1970s Digger action.

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Oh, Roberta Pedon.  Need I say more?  Not many are fit to print, so I’m glad to have this lil’ gem.-

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“Run to the Redwoods”  Jeff McCann’s run featured in 1974 Custom Chopper magazine.  via

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Awesome Old School Arlen Ness Digger.

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Julie on Chopped CHP Harley Shovelhead built by the legendary Jeff McCann via

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It’s better in the water…

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1970s Daytona Beach Couple on Chopper. –Image by © Jean-Yves Ruszniewski /TempSport /Corbis

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1970s Daytona Beach Trike Madness. –Image by © Jean-Yves Ruszniewski /TempSport /Corbis

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1973 Daytona Beach, Florida Chopper Beach Ridin’ –Image by © Jonathan Blair /Corbis

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1970s Daytona Beach Chopper Contest –Image by © Jean-Yves Ruszniewski /TempSport /Corbis

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Rows of choppers and bikes outside the Boot Hill Saloon. –Image by © Patrick Ward /Corbis

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1976, Corte Madera, CA Bicentennial July Fourth Parade –Image by © Ted Streshinsky /Corbis

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Thanks for takin’ off your top so I could get in Easyriders, babe.

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Believe it or not, this couple rode to Daytona all the from California on this Shovelhead.   Gnarlitude

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Now on Blu-ray DVD– “Grizzly Adams Gone Wild – Uncensored” with scenes we can not show on TV.

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“We regularly purchased 3 or 4 bikes at the Sacramento CHP auction every six months.”  Jeff McCann

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Someone said today– “Boys have six packs, men have kegs.”  Amen, brother.

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Custom Arlen Ness badass Harley digger motorcycle

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“These are tanks I leafed and striped for Arlen in ’78… About every two weeks he’d drop off.”  via

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Easyriders magazine cover shot, 1979

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“One of my first chopped Triumph 650 twins. Modified the rear frame into a sissy bar…”  Jeff McCann

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Biker wardrobe malfunction– Connie asks Butch, “How’d you get the beans above the frank?”

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Old School Easyriders magazine– before it became a real POS.   Gnarlitude

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Love the Easyriders’ Cosmo-esque relationships feature– “How to Select a Good Ol’ Lady”

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That Miraculous Mutha freaked me out as a kid.  Runnin’ ’round naked… all them nasty flies and all…

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Have a Coke and a smile… It’s the real thing.  On the wall behind… “Support Your Local Hells Angels”

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Arlen Ness’ “Hellbound” digger motorcycle. This is the original version in 1977. If you look closely at the rockers on the springer you will see they are straight cut. Arlen made a special set of “v cut” rockers to get me a little more ground clearance.  –Jeff McCann

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1975– At the grand opening of my latest chopper shop, Arlen and a group of friends rode over from the bay area. Other locals rode over and we roped off the parking lot for an impromptu show. These are all daily riders, many of which Arlen or myself painted. –Jeff McCann

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24 over Harmon Girder Harley.  “DQ and I built this panhead as a joint project in 1978 after buying it in non-running condition. I painted and leafed it in my garage and we sold it and split the profits.”  –Jeff McCann

12 thoughts on “TSY SATURDAY SLOPPY SECONDS | THE 1970’s BADASS BIKER ROUNDUP, PT. II

  1. LOL you guys…you just know I had to do it!! my google page just lit up with a big “TILT” sign ;)
    JP, really I cant thank you enough for the vintage bike goodies, I must print some of those bike pics out and put them on my shop wall for my “Modern era biker” customers to see!

  2. In the picture of the gas tanks, the one at the far right was on a bike that used to hang on the wall of the showroom at Harley Davidson Montreal. I used to work in the service department there and remember that Ness-built iron Sporty well. It was sold sometime in the mid-80s, haven’t seen it since.

    Thanks for the memories.

    Costa.

  3. I love seeing pics of these old bikes, I really liked what Ness did back then. I’m not as big a fan of his work today, it’s all frumpy looking as far as I’m concerned.

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