What do the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Harley-Davidson custom bikes, and skateboards have in common? Street subculture and street credit! Since the Wheels & Waves, Born-Free and The Trip Out rallies, motorcycle events and festivals have had a huge influence in the lives of bikers. With the Tokyo 2020 Olympics approaching, what better stage to showcase bikes and boards from around the world?
Today, Total Motorcycle follows Scott ‘Horsey’ Walker in the footsteps of Steve Caballero, Max Schaaf and Riley Hawk, not only creating its own legacy, but also joining Harley-Davidson’s growing custom legacy. With his own custom 1979 Harley-Davidson Sportster which has the front end of an Ironhead Sportster, a front drum brake from a generic Japanese motorcycle and a welded hardtail.
Do you like Harley-Davidson motorcycles and want more? Check out our 2020 Harley-Davidson and 2021 Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Model Guides right here on Total Motorcycle after reading this week’s Total Motorcycle Rider Inspiration story.
HARLEY HALF HOSE
A wave of skateboarders bridges the gap between boards and bikes. We talk to one of them – Scott ‘Horsey’ Walker, proud owner of a vintage Shovelhead.
TODAY CONSIDERED AS VERY DIFFERENT AND SEPARATE PURSUITS, THE WORLDS OF MOTORCYCLE AND SKATEBOARDING HAVE COME CLOSER OVER THE PAST YEARS.
The two cultures now come together at exhibitions and shows such as Wheels & Waves, Born-Free and The Trip Out; and legendary names from the pioneer days of skateboarding – like Steve Caballero, Max Schaaf and Riley Hawk – are increasingly known as much for their riding and building bikes as they are for their skating tricks.
Since its beginnings as a street subculture in the 1950s, skateboarding has firmly established itself in the mainstream. Skating stars like Tony Hawk have become household names, popular events like the X Games have raised his profile even further, and now he’s poised to take place in the biggest sports showcase of all – the Tokyo Olympics. 2020.
A new form of freedom
Scott ‘Horsey’ Walker operates in this ideal location where riding and ripping Harley-Davidson® motorcycles intersect with street skateboarding culture. Scott, originally from Saffron Walden in Essex and now based in Walthamstow in east London, is one example of the growing number of skateboarders who have found a new expression of freedom in riding and building Harley-Davidson motorcycles.
Scott has been a figurehead of skateboarding in the UK for years, honing his skills on the streets of Essex and in the skate parks of east London, before moving on to the world skate circuit, working with skate brands and even design their own line of boards. . More recently, Scott began to combine his skateboarding skills with his passion for riding and building classic Harley® motorcycles.
Scott’s love for motorcycles began with a utility moped, when he discovered that a bicycle was the easiest way to get through London traffic while carrying a skateboard. A series of bigger motorcycles followed, until the opportunity to purchase an old Evo Sportster® that had been left abandoned in a Bethnal Green garden for years sparked a love for Harleys that has since prospered.
“I loved the Sportster, but since I can remember I wanted a Shovelhead,” Scott says. “Eventually the opportunity arose to buy a 1979 shovel from a guy in Liverpool, so I sold some old skateboards and parts to raise money and bought it. I rode it about 20 minutes before I started taking it apart to customize it.
Scott’s shovel is now in the configuration he had in mind when he bought it. Stripped and stripped of any parts deemed unnecessary, the bike has the front end of an Ironhead Sportster, a front drum on the back of a generic Japanese bike, and a welded hardtail. Inevitably, a tall sissy bar is a building staple – Scott straps his skateboard to it when he goes to skate parks, exhibitions, and meet up with friends in the Hot Dawgs, a skating group and ice skating party. loose mesh riding in which he played a decisive role. forming.
The Hot Dawgs are an eclectic mix of riders and skaters, united by their common interest in building and customizing bikes. At the heart of operations is the Pork Chop Shop, the Essex workshop of Skate Interiors member Barry “Baz” Kay. This is where much of the band’s customization work takes place – when they’re not sidetracked by the Hot Dawgs’ internal skate ramp, a constant temptation.
“I’ve always been interested in working with my hands, tinkering with machines, and imprinting my own identity on whatever I work on,” Scott explains. “There are some talented guys in the squad too – Baz helped with a lot of the excavator work including the front and seat. Originally there was a hand shift lever and no front brake, but after driving it like that in London traffic I decided it needed a bit of work… ”
The paint on the shovel is an urban-style rattle-type approach, going from almost black at the headstock level to purple and white at the rear wheel axle. Features such as the Linkert ‘bird deflector’ air filter, narrow bars and hardtail are reminiscent of the ’70s urban style of California cycling culture. This winter saw a more complete rebuild to improve lighting and braking, shorten straight pipes, and add things like a kill switch to make driving more convenient, without detracting from the stripped-down street style.
Best of Show
Scott’s love for old motorcycles in general, and Harleys in particular, led him to work for several years for the shoe brand Vans, moving from evaluating skate competitions to managing events. including hosting the first Assembly Motorcycle Show in 2017. Based at the House of Vans headquarters in London, the show introduced chopper culture to a crowd of mostly skaters, and was an instant hit. Since then, the event has grown exponentially, with this year’s version attracting support from names like Brat Style and Vintage Dreams from the US, Belgium Chopper Barn and UK brands such as DicE magazine, The Great Frog and Baron’s Speed Shop.
Scott’s growing interest in the Harley® brand also took him further, leading him to participate in European Bike Week® for the first time in 2018. His thoughts? “Amazing. Mental. Huge! It was a whole different audience for me, but everyone was so nice to each other and to me, and so respectful – the passion they have for their bikes is so similar to what you find in the world of skateboarding Skateboarding and motorcycling have the same kind of energy, and I’m noticing a lot more skateboarders these days, so the two cultures are coming together.
“I took the opportunity to ride some of the new bikes while I was there, including the Breakout® and the Fat Bob®. Both were amazing, especially the Fat Bob, which is totally my style of riding. The idea of having a newer bike with modern brakes and suspension was so far from my experiences on the excavator! I would love to have a new Harley as well as the Shovel, but I might have to wait until I finish renovating the house I just bought!
Total Motorcycle would like to thank Harley-Davidson Motorcycles and Scott ‘Horsey’ Walker for inspiring us to present to you, our readers, our Inspiration Friday article! We hope you enjoy reading the article, seeing the show and enjoying your ride and the motorcycle culture!