Cooper Smithing Co.

2012 World Championship competitor
BuilderJoe Cooper
OwnerJoe Cooper
LocationBuckley, WA
Countryflag us USA
Bike NameGun Baby
Year/Model1996 xl 883
Engine Make/SizeHD xl 883
DrivetrainCooper Smithing Co. sprocket
Frame Make/TypeHD
Front EndBuell
SwingarmCooper Smithing Co.
Wheels FrontBuell 17 x 3
Wheels RearBuell 18x5.5
Tires FrontPirelli
Tires RearPirelli
Brakes FrontBuell 6 piston, Cooper Smithing Co. cable operated
Brakes RearBuell single piston
Chroming/PlatingAcid etching by Tony Morgan,
Additional InfoThe rear suspension was updated to a progressive monoshock, carried by a custom swingarm which has been beefed up to handle the extra torque from that monster sprocket.

Custom 2-into-1 headers built by Cooper Smithing Co. to work with the gearing and increase the low end torque.

The oil tank is built into the rear fender and features a much higher capacity which helps to keep the oil temperature down. Both the rear fender and fuel tank are hand-built and left in raw steel.

There is no paint on the bike - the finish comes by way of acid etching from a local artist.

Photography courtesy of Frank Sander


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