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His to bviously the man behind the bike you see here needs little introduction, if any. Mr. Roadside Marty has been the face at the Willie's Tropical Chopper Show in Daytona every year. His involvements in the industry and this magazine have been priceless. Well, old Roadside is one of those unsung heroes in our world. Oh, not for a lack of publicity as to his late night, often v pirate-type activities, but ^v for his ability to spin a wrench and turn out top shelf customs. With a ton of cool bikes to his credit, and my personal favorite, "The Chick Magnet," he should have the recognition that any other builder of day has. bikes are and tight, never misses detail and he has anold scTioof charm and class about everything he does that makes you love his work, sometimes in spite of his bearish attitude. After all of this, it was amazing me that this cat hadn't ever reached that high honor for any born and bred scooter tramp; the ultimate '"at a boy" that comes from seeing your sled on the cover. Being one of my closest brothers, I could no longer see this go overlooked. So after watching for two years as he squirreled away parts for it, I asked him about putting the bike you see here on the wrapper of Cycle Source.

"Purple Haze" is her name and unlike some of Roadsides bikes, this one is a little flashier. His idea was to pay tribute to the old days with a full blown '60s style chopper. His style has always been influenced from the pages of Easy riders, as well as what his old man, Shelton and his Uncle Rabbit were doing but the real story is what makes this a perfect fit for the Florida scene.

Roadside has actually owned this bike since 1992. He had always wanted a Pan and for an e»rly birthday present, Shelton bqibght him a cam cover at the Daytona for fifty bucks. He told Marty If he wanted a Pan, to piece one 'gether. To this day, the bike still brandishes that first part. His older brothergave- him an S&S oil pump., and the old man gave him a right side case so it was on. He bought a set of jugs and a Cal Products left case; the pace started to pick up from there. This was perfect since his first bike was a gift from his father. It was an Ironhead he got at fifteen and was his first build

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every style of bike you can imagine actually be the one to give it the^ California passecf ¿rang a Bates'

from Superglides to FXRs, stripped name. The bike was torn down, the original seat, complete with stic^3

down customs and bobbers, he's parts sent out to Bob's place and like that they could have scored^ big even built one of those God awful every bike he sprays, the name just dough for. It was originally>ieent fat tire swingarm choppers, as he came to him: "Purple Haze." Once for Roadside's Knuckle but'it's got calls it, back when they were all Roadside heard him call it that, he a temporary home on the Pan. At the rage. The bikes have come and told him to just go ahead and put least that is until he starts orv the they have gone but this was his that name on it, it was a perfect fit. Knuck. jfi*- *

first Big Twin. That used to mean He admits now that he didn't plan This isn't a one man show, something to a young man; it on it being this flashy but after however. Roadside has a great

M was like your coming of age seeing the finished paint, he had to team behind tiim and thanks in the biker culture. It's been step it up. So starting with the same everyone, especially his old man through everything with him: frame and motor, he and his buddy and mother who have supported his time in the military; the Tony went to it. Tasty little tricks him through it all. Tommy, his

W club; his marriages; his son like rippled pipes, that he fashioned partner, in ti^s'build, who he says

■L being born and his divorces, after seeing the Choppertown is one 6f the best fabricators you'll

The parties, the runs, there's DVD, and the rib across the tank to ever meet, made the fender struts, no way this bike is ever going match the Led Sled rear fender, are helped on the pipes and the whole anywhere so the stages of its small details but exactly what was mock-up. His machinist, Steve design are just a mark he's made of needed in the sum total of the build. "Lil' Chopper" McDonald, made all the passing time. The pipes were a real find. They the spacers, headlight mount and jE^fr A while back, Bobby from don't make that 1 rippled tubing anything else Marty threw at him.

French Kiss Kustoms anymore and he found a length of it Dan Kramer was the guy who saved

^^^offered to do a paint right in his hometown. The frontend his ass on this one. After the engine

^^Xjob for Roadside came from another buddy Kyle, at components had been completely

^^^and he the Harley dealer, and Roadside polished, Marty dropped one of

\.w o u I d turned down the legs and had it all the heads and broke the bottom fin

4(m chrome plated. Rico and Eric from off. Dan does all of his aluminum

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