|"A Space In Time"
Cole Foster's Custom Chrome 40th Anniversary Bike
words by Jeff G. Holt and Cole Foster
photos courtesy of Custom Chrome
When Custom Chrome wanted a bike built to celebrate
its 40th anniversary went |with long-time friend
and go-to guy cole Foster of Salinas Boys and Hi-Bond
Modified fame. Cole has built more than a few top-notch
bikes this day and when Custom Chrome came a-knockin' he had the perfect raked and
flaked '70s styled bike already built in his head. It was only when the mandate
came that the bike was to be built in a rather short period
of time from parts only from the Custom Chrome parts
catalog Cole knew he had quite a task on his hands.
If you have ever heard of Cole Foster, the first thing you
know is that the Salinas boy has keen eye for all things car
and bike so it actually took him no time to rip through the
CCI catalog and end up with a killer pile of throwback parts
to work with.
Once Cole got the parts in house, the real challenge
ensued. Once Cole and his staff started in on the bike
it was prevalent that this was going to be no ordinary
bike-in-a-box build.After endless hours of toiling, welding,
grinding, and fitting the finished bike came out
looking as if it stepped out of the early '70s. When the
bike rolled out of the shop and headed up California's
Pacific Coast Highway on its maiden voyage, it was evi-
dent that Cole came up with the perfect two-wheeled
salute to both Custom Chrome's 40-year heritage as
well as to the bikes of that day.
We sat down with Cole shortly after his first ride of
the CCI 40th anniversary bike and asked him more
about the bike and his involvement with Custom
Chrome. Here is what he had to say.
SC: So, How did the bike build come about?
CF: The guys at CCI came up with the idea of buildings bagger to
represent the current state of Custom Chrome and
a chopper for the past.
SC: When did Custom Chrome first contact you for the
CF: In early fall of 2009. They wanted it pretty quickly so
they could get it into their 40th anniversary catalog as
well as other printed and online media.
SC: How did you come to know the folks at Custom
CF: Over the last eight years or so we have had a very
strong relationship. The tank I designed was marketed
through Custom Chrome and it was a pretty big hit in
the aftermarket. I also did a prior bike build with them
SC: Were there any time constraints to getting the
CF: Due to Custom Chrome's production schedules, we had
less than 90 days to get it built and ridable.
SC: Why did you build this style of bike say over a bobber?
CF: I wanted to do a bike that with one glance would take a
person back four decades. So what better than a long bike
to do that?
SC: Were there any limitations that Custom Chrome
gave you when building the bike?
CF: The only thing was that it had to be built from parts
from CCI's latest catalog. I wanted to do it my way and
it just so happened that all of the parts I wanted to use
Custom Chrome had in stock and ready to ship. So it
worked out well.
SC: Truthfully, how many of the parts on the bike were
from Custom Chrome?
CF: I would say 98 percent. I modified a few of the things
such as raking the frame out, changing the forward controls a
bit, adjusting the tank mounts and narrowing up
the bars to match the springer. The headlights and a few
other trinkets were from my personal stash.
SC: What is up with the engine and trans? Did you
CF: The motor is just how it came from Custom Chrome.
We had to bend and tweak a few things to get the Revtech
4-speed trans and primary tin to fit, but that's chopper
SC: Did you fabricate any of the parts yourself?
CF: Only a few things. We built a sissy bar, the dual-headlight
mounts and various other tabs and brackets. I also
hand-made a seat pan that the folks at LePera covered.
SC: Who came up with the paint scheme?
CF: My good friend Kirk Taylor who did the 40th anniversary bagger for Custom
Chrome did it. Both the chopper
and bagger have a similar scheme to them.
SC: How does the bike handle?
CF: It handles really good for a rigid long bike with pullbacks and 45 degrees
of rake. (laughs)
SC: Would you like to thank anyone for aiding in the
CF: My employees Aaron Elliott and Andrew Quinones who
really busted ass on this build. I would also like to thank
Custom Chrome for letting me be a part of its 40th anniversary celebration.
It was a true pleasure.