American Motorcycle Dealer AMD 216 July 2017 - Page 31

‘s ™ RMOT TE 13th P lace Out of Chaos Comes Quality W hen George Stinsman, of Chaos Cycle, Long Island, New York, arrived in Germany for the AMD World Championship last year, he probably wasn’t entirely sure what to expect – but given that his mantra is “without order, nothing can survive; without chaos, nothing can evolve,” that is probably just the way he liked it! However, the response that his hand-built ‘Thugnificent’ “Shovester” received from his fellow competitors and the estimated 150,000 strong public crowd that thronged the aisles of ‘INTERMOT Customized’ (Hall 10 at the INTERMOT Expo, Cologne, Germany, in October 2016) must have made him feel right at home and among ‘fellow travelers’. Just as in the United States, there’s nothing that a European custom show crowd responds better to than craftsmanship, engineering quality, ingenuity, finish and attention to detail – and George’s ‘Thugnificent’ hybrid has all that, and more. The engine started out life in a 1975 Ironhead Sportster – probably the best liked and most iconic of Harley’s platforms. George removed the unit construction transmission and made rear motor mounts, machining the cases to accept Ron Trock cylinders and S&S Shovelhead style heads. The rear brakes are by Kustom Tech in Italy, the drivetrain is modified Baker, and the custom front end started out as a Showa, but pretty much every other piece on ‘Thugnificent’ was handmade at Chaos Cycle – the build of the engine, the chain primary, drive, exhaust, fuel tank, oil tank/rear fender, grips, and even the wheels (21 x 3.5” front, 18 x 3.5” rear) are all Chaos Cycle originals. We here at AMD were honored to host George and to be able to showcase his work, and if his regular domestic U.S. show success should ever win him another opportunity to be a part of the AMD World Championship, there’d be a warm welcome awaiting his return! AMERICAN MOTORCYCLE DEALER - JULY 2017 31