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Community Spotlight: "Little Martha"

Caleb Swiney's 1988 Custom Eat a Peach Chopper

Little Martha

Check out the gallery, video, and Q&A from the builder below

Build Sheet
Stock H-D 883 Evo
Intake: Plumb Cycles & Speed coffin air cleaner
Exhaust: Paughco upsweep drag pipes
Ignition: Lowbrow Customs coil relocation bracket and ignition switch; FnA Customs spark plug wires; Spark plugs from J&P Cycles
J&P Cycles shock covers
A&J Cycles' Free Spirits rear caliper setup
Lowbrow Customs spoked wheels
Electronics: Motogadget M-Unit
Lighting: Custom Dynamics LED replacement tombstone light; FnA Custom Cycles headlight
Seat: Low Brow Sully Customs seat; Upholstery work: Sheryl Lyons
Handlebars: Zombie Performance - customized to add the peach; Prism Supply throttle
Miscellaneous: J&P Cycles rear fender, regulator rectifier, and oils; Low Brow Customs King Peanut tank; Prism Supply petcock, cloth-covered wire, license plate bracket, and sissy bar

Q&A from the Builder

What inspired you to build your motorcycle?

The bike is named “Little Martha” after a song written by Duane Allman on the "Eat a Peach" Album that was released after Duane's death in a motorcycle accident. As a Georgia boy, an amateur musician, and a big fan of The Allman Brothers Band, I have thought for some time that it would be cool to remake the bike that Duane crashed or to build some kind of motorcycle tribute to the band, especially given the love for motorcycles that was reflected in their lives and their music.

How many hours do you have into your build?

Way too many to count! Probably about a year and a half of nights after work. It took about three years to build in total but I moved shops and broke my collar bone during the build so there were a couple months it sat.

Is there any custom fabrication? If so, what?

I did almost all of the metalwork and fabrication on the bike. I shaped and welded the peach into the handlebars, shaved and polished the fork lowers, polished and electro-etched the "Midnight Rider" quote and mushrooms into the rocker boxes and air cleaner; twisted, welded, and polished the stainless steel front brake stay and dual headlight mount; I lengthened the sissy bar, added the whipping post on top, and welded in the six string side struts on the sissy bar. I also cut and welded the tail light mount to the sissy bar. The statue on the tombstone tail light is actually a 3D scan and metal print that I made of the real Little Martha grave in the Rose Hill Cemetery.

Who painted your bike?

The base is a powder coat that was done by Jared Morris (@bulletbobmoto) with Custom Coaters Atlanta and the hand painted artwork and pin striping was done by Chastin Brand (@chastinbrand).

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