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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Fuel Cleveland 2018 Builder Series: Ronnie Harris - Chop Docs Choppers


Fuel Cleveland Builder Series Profile:
Name: Ronnie Harris
Shop: Chop Docs Choppers
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Build: Pan/Shovel – Chet Hall

01.22.18 Intro


Ronnie Harris has been building bikes since 2003 and has made some instant head turners. Winning countless awards and top notch finishes on everything he touches, his natural gift to making high end machines is absolutely incredible. We had received an email from Ronnie a few weeks ago telling us the story of a long lost bike that Chet Hall was building before he died and the Hall family had actually recovered the bike after 10 long years of it being missing. The family asked Ronnie to rebuild it the way Chet would have. What a huge honor and overwhelming task to be given... Ronnie told us he wanted to unveil it to the Hall family for the very first time at Fuel Cleveland on July 28th, 2018 and there was no way we could said no. An amazing builder like Ronnie paying tribute to another midwest legend builder, the late Chet Hall, it's truly going to be something special and not to miss.

-Mikey Revolt

Ronnie's Award winning Royal Enfield at the 2017 Smoke out: Photo by Mikey Revolt

Words from Ronnie:
This ride had started from when I was a kid. When I was 4 years old my dad put me on a mini bike; he and my grandpa were both into bikes. I had the best of both world’s, my dad and grandpa were both automotive body man and painters. Anything with a motor to me was my thing. Working at my Dads body shop started my career. Doing restorations on cars, custom paint work and then he showed me metal flake! I was hooked but doing cars started to suck because car people suck!!! In 2003 I built my first bike and it was awesome. The bug had bit me. I had still worked at a Pontiac dealership as a body man in Detroit but after that first bike, it was on. I went to the 2004 Daytona Bike Week and I won a couple shows and knew that motorcycles was my lane.

I started Chop Docs Choppers in an old shitty garage in Waterford, Michigan behind my house. In the beginning I started building some bikes for friends and doing a lot of motorcycle paint and repairs. As time went on, I was for the most part a start to finish shop; building/fabricating/painting. I worked at the dealership until 2009 when the Pontiac line got the axe. So at that point I rented a building and went full time with Chop Docs Choppers building custom bikes for customers, doing insurance work, spraying metal flakes/candy’s/lace/leaf etc. Anytime I build a bike, and the customer has a vision… when it’s all said and done… seeing the customer face with that ear to ear smile and they have a bad ass bike… Fucking priceless…

In 2014 a friend of mine Jamie Hall called me up and said “Ron I found the last bike my dad was in the middle of building when he passed away and I want you to finish it for me.” This bike had be missing for 10 years. I was stoked to get a chance to finish a legends work, the one and only Chet Hall!!

Chet Hall's last project he was working on before he died.

I went and pick the bike up. There was a swing arm, frame, gas tank, fender, a Panhead lower end and a 4 speed transmission. Got it back to my shop and called Fab Kevin. Kevin knew Chet very well and has given me pointers on how Chet built his bikes… speed holed and fast. He also mentioned that Chet had the same ‘Fuck’ you attitude and that Chet and I would be on the same page. A special thanks to the Hall family, The Horse Backstreet Chopper and Mikey Revolt / Lowbrow Customs. I will be finishing this bike and unveiling this bike at the 2018 Fuel Cleveland.

B Side

Straightening her out.

Some of Ronnie's other builds you may recognize from over the years.







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