“Get it in, get it out” is the working mantra for Tim Azevedo’s Paint and Autobody in Woodland, California. The ideal shop performance is to get the job in and out efficiently without sacrificing quality. Running a body shop is both a rewarding and daunting task with phones ringing, jobs to be priced, records to be kept track of, paint to be stored, and dealing with employee issues. Throw in the task of raising a family and you can be driven a little nutty. And it’s during those nutty times when Tim gets the urge to jump on his bike, crank her up and twist the wrist for a cool ride through town. Motorcycles have always been the pleasure ride of choice to find a beer and let the wind cool you down from all of that wicked stress.
Tim’s ’99 Harley-Davidson Road King with its air cooled twin-cam, four-stroke 103-c.i.d. V-2 engine, a “La Briola” suicide six-speed shifter gearbox and belt drive is his “freedom” ride tucked away in the corner of his shop. This on-going project was first purchased for more than $16K and has since received some custom attention.
Obviously, the first thing to hit you between the eyes is the custom-mixed House of Kolor paint job. The bike was doused in California Gold, then some stenciled and shadowed flames were added to give it that hot seat flare. And speaking of hot seats, Jack’s Upholstery (Woodland) stitched up flames on the saddle’s velour and vinyl single-seater and narrowed the back as well.
With all of that gleaming paint and chrome, it’s hard to see that the teardrop gas tank was stretched by 1.5 inches and the front fender was extended by the need to be different. All rivets were shaved and the brackets were welded. The rear fender is an Arlen Ness design, further modified for a better gap between the luggage rack and the saddle bags, and to look a little wider, too.
Other hog goodies add cool character. The bike sports cool chrome L.A. Chopper-style apehanger bars, an attractive specially ordered head and signal light rack, flame embossed traditional front suspension tubes with a lower spring 1.5 inches shorter than stock, and 80-spoke rims shod with 21.50-inch Avon whitewall tires. Tim’s either packing lunch or packing power as in a 12-ounce NOS bottle neatly tucked away in a luggage carrier for a 25-horse boost while exhausting through twin fishtail pipes.
So what links this mad motorbike to the custom world? It’s got to be the sunglass and mustache-wearing Lowrider Man on the edge of the fender. Above that’s the legend reading “Lone Wolf” because Tim rides alone and minds his own business.