All right, I’m probably starting off on the wrong foot right in the title as I’m sure this is a military tribute bike and not a post-apocalypse special. Hey, I’ll admit it when I’m wrong and in this case I probably am, but I do like the idea of this bike being built from abandoned military parts after the big whatever. It’s just too neat of a nutty-loo design to be a serious tribute theme bike and looks like what your daily rider in a post-atomic or zombie-war future could be. Hopefully I haven’t offended Steve Hollon, owner of this bike and Golgotha Performance Cycles in Lansing, Michigan, as I know he takes his military seriously, but I stand by what I already said. This bike is just too Mad Max and with a paint scheme that’s not meant to honor any particular branch or person(s), but made with parts one might find strewn around a military base in a very cool way.
And no, I’m not saying that it was a haphazard project when I say “strewn around” as this bike has too much thought put into it to mean that. Steve began with a old 1200 Sporty which is almost the perfect P-A bike with its air-cooled, carbed, low-tech engine bringing more than adequate zombie getaway power at a moment’s notice. After a top end re-fresh and a bit of useful power-modding, it was ready for its debut. Steve chucked the stock 1200 XL frame and substituted a Detroit Bros drop seat frame for his chassis. If I was thinking apocalypse, I’d think Detroit Bros right off the bat too. It already has the look of a frame that was mangled in the big bang and modified with found pipe in what always ends up a cool and somehow practical look in the movies. Long, stable, and low with an ability to ride under things as well as paddle along where you had to, it’s a perfect choice in a debris-filled future. Plus it looks pretty mean.
Needless to say, the Jerry cans perform a function with the right one encasing a Moon fuel tank that’s the shiniest bit on this bike and something you’ll never see unless it’s time to gas up. The canteen apparently holds oil, but there’s gotta be some more hidden somewhere as that’s not a hell of a lot. What’s up in the left can, I’m not sure, but you’ve got to have some place to carry armament. The long spouts curving up from the cans are only for decoration, a kind of zany decoration that might make you think the exhaust ran through there. But, obviously the exhaust doesn’t as it turns around and faces it header wrapped-self forward in the best “Is that a gun or an exhaust?” proposition. I do like the fabric strapped-down look on the cans and rear fender. Nice touch. The ammo box right behind the tranny doubles as an electrical and battery box with a convenient military shut-off switch mounted right on it.
The Chopper Shox suspended seat is the biggest and possibly only concession to comfort, but it actually is really nicely done with a camo-cloth covering that looks dare I say, “pretty”? Or maybe “extremely well-finished” would be more manly-appropriate.
Topping all of this is a military-style color(s) and finish that keeps this bike out of the amusement park-look like a lot of tribute bikes and sends it off to its own private zombie war. Golgotha Performance Cycles really did a great job on a (oh man I’m going to get in trouble here) often overdone theme. Everything was just enough of enough to make a point, yet still have a cool motorcycle to look at.