At first glance you see a chopper of some sort, then you see an inline 4 cylinder engine. Instead of forward controls you have rearsets but you also see the extended front fork and chopper sized 300 rear tire. It’s low and long but how many water cooled choppers have you seen lately? The riding position is actually more drag bike than chopper, so what exactly is this?
This is the Revelation, the first all custom work from a builder by the name of Wayne Ransom. Wayne is all of 25 years old and got his first street bike just 4 years ago. This bike began with a Honda 929RR engine and Wayne proceeded to build the frame and hand formed tank around it, teaching himself metal shaping along the way. The radiator incorporated into the front of the tank is well hidden yet still fully functional, very nice.
Although the handling will not be of sportbike quality, in a straight line, you’ve got a monster since the long wheelbase prevents wheelies and the Honda engine can concentrate on acceleration and will make short work of most any V-twin powered chopper. The water cooling and electric fan on this stock Honda engine means it will run all day without overheating, try that on your average 130hp performance V-twin.
I like this fresh thinking. I’m impressed with the skill this young builder has displayed here. I have a feeling Wayne is going to be someone to keep an eye on and we may be seeing the beginnings of a new direction in bike building here. I like it!
Update: Wayne tells me he’s trying to get people thinking about the category as “sport custom” to more accurately reflect what these bikes really are. Lots of sport and performance, lots of custom building and it’s a mental break from the low tech and performance of the chopper category based around V-twins.
Ransom Motorsports via Super Streetbike Magazine