The Green Chicano Chopper

0Lycan-Customs-BBO_0151Lycan-Customs-BBO_0232Lycan-Customs-BBO_006The experience of the Mexican-Americans in the United States, their cultural, ethnic and community pride forged the “Chicano” identity. And a style applied to many forms of art easily identifiable since many years on custom cars and bicycles and more recently on motorcycles. It is my opinion that it would take only 8 to 10 great custom bikes celebrated by the media to see the Chicano style influence the current custom motorcycle scene. Although not pretending to be very functiona,l and whatever its excesses (gold plated accessories is a must in pure Chicano style), this Green Chopper is an interesting machine because it defies all current custom building trends. A fresh approach that will not let anyone indifferent. Hate it or love it…
Strangely, it was not built in South California, but abroad in Dubai by a young shop called . After a series of calculations and sketches, a one-off skinny rigid chassis designed to work with a pair of 26” wheels was ordered in the US from Chassis Design Co., until the 30” size became available… Back to the drawing board and the Green Chicano became even more “Chicanoesque” than originally intended. Notice the extra clean radical mono shock front end, maybe or maybe not an efficient design.


Because going from a 26” to 30” increases the wheel overall diameter by 15%, the tail end of the original ordered frame had to be extended, the wheel and the custom fender repositioned. The “Shovelhead” type powerplant was sent to fellow builder Mario Kyprianides from “Chopper Kulture” for a major makeover starting by a complete disassembly and rebuilding with Dellkron lower cases, S&S Cylinders, Andrews cam for a displacement of 1530 cc. Extra machining was required to install a front Shovel and a rear Panhead rocker box. And of course a Morris Magneto.

88Lycan-Customs-BBO_068In pure Chicano style, the motor was “embellished” with gold and the exhaust could only be twisted. A modified for the frame open primary and mid-shift controls were added for old school stance and extra attitude. As all builders know well, the cleanest and more minimalistic you want your custom to look, the more complicated is the task of hiding its electrical system. In this case, problem resolved by squeezing all relais and plugs into the left tank half. Brake plumbing was sourced at a local hardware store, then gold plated (there is never enough gold on a Chicano vehicle.) The embossed solo seat was hand-crafted by lady Ute Jäckel of “Buckaneer-Design”, one of Germany’s top leather artists.

Yes, the Chicano style is mainly for showing off cruising the boulevard and in bike show competitions. So? . (photography @ Frank Sander for Patumwan)

40 Responses to “The Green Chicano Chopper”

  1. 1 Rodent Jul 27th, 2015 at 8:24 am

    An artists exercise si, a viable, rideable motorcycle nada!

  2. 2 Mark Russell Jul 27th, 2015 at 8:38 am

    The merit of being different. Who cares about Rodent’s opinion. Wanted to show he knows only 1 Spanish word. Nada! Ha, ha.

  3. 3 Greg Jul 27th, 2015 at 8:40 am

    Not my style but why not.

  4. 4 Coma Jul 27th, 2015 at 8:47 am

    Big wheels make the engine look small.

  5. 5 Rodent Jul 27th, 2015 at 9:16 am

    Mark Russell
    Si, Chinga su madre

  6. 6 RUB Jul 27th, 2015 at 9:19 am

    ” Although not pretending to be very functional ”

    Why would you put so much time , effort & workmanship ( 1st class job by the way) into a unrideable cartoon prop ?

  7. 7 Jay Horton's Private Shop Jul 27th, 2015 at 9:20 am

    Love it! Later Jay

  8. 8 John J. TEXAS Jul 27th, 2015 at 9:32 am

    negative negative negative.. geezzz.
    bitchin’ scoot… dig the exhaust and paint.
    I wonder how Ness’s digger would hold up to todays scrutiny?

  9. 9 Steal Your Face Jul 27th, 2015 at 9:51 am

    Most Chicanos in So Cal are into chrome. Gold, not so much. Not to get racial cause It is a pretty cool bike.
    The Pan Shovel thing is kind of strange. I’ve seen it before, but prefer the look of one or the other.

  10. 10 Guy Jul 27th, 2015 at 10:30 am

    What is it with these ridiculous cartoon wheels? The bike has a lot of work in it but just looks damn stupid. Stop with the big wheels NOW.

  11. 11 highrpm Jul 27th, 2015 at 11:29 am

    like how the motor is the center of the picture. nice art.

  12. 12 R Alan Jul 27th, 2015 at 11:43 am

    I like it. I’d ride the sh*t out of it. We always dreamed of how to throw a Briggs engine on a bicycle when were kids. To me it looks like dream accomplished with a lot of style. Nice ride.

  13. 13 Doug Jul 27th, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    Look how small that motor is….


  14. 14 Chicano Yank Jul 27th, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    I like the artistry of the bike but to say its Chicano Style is not actually correct. It has some of the elements of a Chicano style bike but not very limited. Chicano Style is defined more with white walls, spokes, beautiful paint jobs inspired by lowriders, fishtails, and lowered. The bike is beautiful but I wouldnt call it Chicano Style. Thanks Cyril for at least giving credit and opening a dialog about the style of bike that is gaining recognition in the motorcycle industry.

  15. 15 Greeko Jul 27th, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    Now it’s official. Cyril just launched the Chicano style trend.

  16. 16 Jeff Nicklus Jul 27th, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    Different strokes for different folks, I suppose.

    Rodent, Saying such things about that boys mother….you should wash you mouth out with soap! LOL!

    Over & Out,


  17. 17 James just another Crazy Kiwi Jul 27th, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    There is a point where a custom MotorCycle stops being so and becomes “Art”

    Gets harder to keep ones mind open as we age. It is well built and very psychedelic ……..
    Not me but it is cool. Try not to judge by just what you like but others as well.

    That’s one reason why judging a Motorcycle show is actually a shit of a thing if you take it seriously

  18. 18 the homie big rick Jul 27th, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    “Chicanoesque”, gold plated accessories is a must in pure Chicano style, what the fuck is that. Man you guys are way off base. This bike has a chassis design frame built buy a guy from Cyprus with a seat from Germany, owned buy an Arab. Not to bash anyone involved with this build, the bike is pretty cool, however this ain’t Chicano style. You let let me down with this article.

  19. 19 Danny Jul 27th, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    Big Rick. who told you it was built by a Chicano? Do you expect all choppers to be built by Americans or Swedish builders? It’s you who is off base.

  20. 20 Chuck C. Jul 27th, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    great looking bike/art just what we need thinking out side the box. look back to the 70’s some of them were out there a ways

  21. 21 john reed Jul 27th, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    Because you can

  22. 22 Zenaldo Jul 27th, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    Im not sure chopper is the right word here, but its a noteworthy Reed says..because you can…

  23. 23 rcupp Jul 27th, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    It’s that horrible background, too much going on that you loose the bike looking at the details!!

  24. 24 Dave Blevins Jul 27th, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    Love the motor.

  25. 25 rcupp Jul 27th, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    At least peal the sticker off the mountain bike shock and polish it or something lol

  26. 26 Seymour Jul 27th, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    rcupp at least spell lose correctly if you have something to say thanks

  27. 27 Seymour Jul 27th, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    ps it’s ok but looks spindly

  28. 28 Scott K Jul 28th, 2015 at 12:01 am

    To all the negative commenters on this guys hard work and skill how many bikes have you had featured in a magazine or online …..

  29. 29 Rodent Jul 28th, 2015 at 12:46 am

    Nobody is debating the quality of the craftsmanship in this project. The question is rather is the finished product a viable, usable, roadworthy vehicle or is it an exercise in creating a work of art?

  30. 30 calif phil Jul 28th, 2015 at 7:22 am

    I dig the paint job.

  31. 31 zipper Jul 28th, 2015 at 7:28 am

    Love it or hate it. It is not a chopper and it is not roadworthy. ..Z

  32. 32 MSP Dan Jul 28th, 2015 at 8:16 am

    I can’t say what is or is not Chicano style but it definitely reminds me of the low rider bicycles I often see. I find it aesthetically pleasing but I’d like it much better with more traditionally sized wheels & tires. It’s a beautiful display of craftsmanship any way you slice it and I hope to see more from this guy.

  33. 33 Cochise Chops Jul 28th, 2015 at 8:39 am

    I like it!

  34. 34 Chicano Yank Jul 28th, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    what I think a Chicano Chop would look like

  35. 35 P. Hamilton Jul 28th, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    Chicano Yank. Sorry, but the bike you link to is without merit. Just bolt-on and done so many times.

  36. 36 ferris bueller Jul 28th, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    you can polish a TURD buts its still a TURD

  37. 37 nicker Jul 28th, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    “…Why would you put so much time , effort & workmanship ….. into a unrideable cartoon prop ? …”

    Because you want to……

    Having said that, if simply doing it isn’t enough and ya have to put it on display, then you better be prepared to hear everyone’s opinions….

    I like the attention to detail, its well executed.
    But prefer “form following function” in any design.
    (it would be pointless to try -an “ride the wheels off this one)


  38. 38 Blackmax Jul 29th, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    An exercise in art
    That’s all !!!
    Chicano style ?
    Close but no cigar …

  39. 39 Mike Jul 30th, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    Love it. Stunning build. SoCal/chopper/board tracker fusion, very cool, and I’d definitely ride the wheels off it, grinning from ear to ear. Skinny bikes on 26 or 28 wheels? That ain’t a new thing, that’s a retro thing.

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