Welcome to the rides section, this should give you an idea of what the Busch Bros are all about.
We have always got a few irons in the fire, and this is just a quick glance at some of our favorite
current and past projects:
This was our "Beer Budget" bucket (not really budget). We've come to the conclusion that people
who build super budget rods either a) lie about the cost, or b) have half the car "just sitting around"
before they begin. Anyhow, it was quite an experience! Starting with nothing, in 7 months we came
up with what you see here. It's a Speedway frame and body (consisting of an unbraced body, a frame
and a box of bolts with no instructions- definitely not a "kit car"), junkyard rearend and tranny, new
350 crate motor, fat fender headers, model A grill, homemade windshield frame, unique dual tank
setup on the back on homemade mounts, homemade exhaust, Wheel Vintiques smoothies,
spraypainted whitewalls and hand made all aluminum interior.
The '29 Ford Model A coupe. Man, I really miss this one. Powered by a flathead four, stripped fenders,
partially restored, and thoroughly enjoyed, I sold this to fund other projects. Big mistake. This was
really a fun little car!
This one was no doubt our most in-depth project to that point (2007). Starting as a whipped '29 A
sedan we cut the roof off, cut about 40" out of the length, built a bed and slapped a 460, C6, 9" and
four wheel discs in it. We call it the A-bucket, basically a T-bucket with more leg room and width!
Unfortunately had to sell this to fund our move.
This is only a small sampling of our best work- we've had our hands on way too many projects
to go into detail here, but here's some pics at the "B.C." project page (Before Chopping).
These are projects we didn't really go full bore on.
"THE PIT BOSS" 1980 Honda ATC 110 pit trike
chopper- an old three wheeler that we chopped
in half, stretched the neck 14", raked it to 45
degrees, had a combination of Yamaha/Suzuki
forks and triples mated to Honda bearings, an
XS1100 wheel, Harley tank, fender and seat,
custom full fiberglass rear section, custom
headlight and exhaust, and custom
1971 Kawasaki F7 175 Enduros converted to "Attack Style" lanesplitters. They were lowered about 4",
the exhaust and oil tanks were shortened about 4" and tucked in 2" to make the bikes ultra narrow.
The seats were of course redone narrow and short, new bars, aluminum fenders, flyscreens, brake
struts, levers, pegs, etc. The rear frame rail hoop was sectioned about 6" and the rear fender rolled up
about 8". They hovered around 200lbs each, and were a BLAST to bomb around town on! As seen in
"The Horse Backstreet Chopper" Magazine #121!
Finished this one up in Fall '11. Started life as a beat down late 60's Bultaco matador Mark 3 250, and we
turned it into sort of a hybrid short track narrow speedway bomber. Scratch built tank, fenders,
bracketry, number and headlight panels, tail light housing, seat, etc. Custom paint and striping set it off,
and it goes like a bat out of hell! Lots of polishing contrasts with the sandblasted pieces very nicely. As
seen on Bike EXIF and in Dice issue #43 and Biker Zone magazine out of Spain, issue #229
'72 XLCH in a '75 frame Ironhead, 19" wheels front and rear, super high mids, gear grinder shifter, bolt
on tail, Morris magneto, all hand fabbed tanks, mufflers, air cleaner, seat, bars, risers, head and tail
light, skid plate / air dam / front fender combo, etc. All machining, fabrication, paint and leatherwork by
Busch and Busch. Featured in Dice Magazine issue #48 and Wild Motorcycles #136!
SOLD: '71 Yamaha XS650 done up in hardtail fashion. It was completed and ridden in December '09. All
paint and fabrication done by Busch and Busch- lots of twisted iron, and the risers are solid 1 1/2" bar
twisted, 5" tall, topped with 11" Z bars, "Tokyo Thug Style" A total blast to bomb around on! As seen in
"The Horse Backstreet Chopper" Magazine #110 and Biker Zone #235!
'71 Suzuki Titan 500 Cafe. We didn't go for a Bonneville run, but Danny did a massive amount of
custom aluminum bodywork for it, added rearsets, and got rid of the oil tank and moved it inboard for a
more narrow look.
As seen in "The Horse Backstreet Chopper" Magazine #116, and Dice issue 41!
'87 Sporty 1200. I've seen some pretty sweet Blockheads and this one was the right price and had a
gaggle of aftermarket crap, but also some cool performance pieces. After a complete teardown to the
flywheels, and three different prior versions, it was back on the road and looked QUITE proper. Featured
in the Horse Backstreet Choppers #132, Cycle Source January '13 and Biker Zone #232!
Now here is a project we have been working on for years, and it is finally almost done. '79 Yamaha
XS650, rebuilt engine, hand fabbed gooseneck frame with loop tail, 0" stretch, 41 degrees rake. Hand
fabbed tank and rear fender, exhaust, seat, DNA springer adapted to Yamaha neck, 5.00-16 Firestones
on Harley wheels. Featured in Biker Zone #251
This is a '74 Yamaha MX100, converted to more of a tracker style- the rear frame hoop was cut off and
moved 6" forward, the rear support tubes were angled up to meet the new shorter rear, the shocks are
longer Progressive units, angled slightly more than stock and the shock mounts relocated to also lower
the ride height at the same time as moving them forward. The front fork tubes were cut and sectioned 4"
and welded back together, we added a flat bar, made a solo seat tail section and new front number plate,
and made aluminum side covers that retain the stock Yamaha quick release fasteners. The exhaust was
also cut and moved around to make it an underseat unit. Featured in Sideburn Magazine #16
Besides the green Sporty, this
has been the only real bike
project we have been working
on this year: an Ironhead racer.
Started life as a 70's frame with
Ness front half, 40 degrees rake
4" backbone stretch. 1980
Ironhead engine fitted, with a
custom DOM tube rear
subframe, lengthened 5 inches
over stock. Showa 39mm
shaved frontend. All custom
hand made aluminum
bodywork. Engine will be
swapped out to a built '78 and
Garrett GT15 turbo hooked up.
(Possibly, battling time
constraints, otherwise a '72
XLCH1000 engine, no turbo) To
race in the APSPBG1000 class
at Bonneville Speed Week '14
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It's a late 70's hacked up frame with welded on
hardtail, 70 cases, 76 tranny (ran dry with a belt
drive), a 60's cam chest and magneto, Mikuni VM
and BCM air cleaner. It's a 70's Fury frontend (not
the Denver's Choppers we were told it was). Rake:
55 degrees, Trail: 12" !!!!! Handles very poorly! We
scratch fabbed all the body work, painted it
Emerald Green pearl, fabbed the controls, handle
bars, engine top mount, sissy bar, and even made
the velvet seat. We added a cigarette lighter and
ashtray to the rear of the tank, and an 8 track
player is mounted in a leather solo bag (not
pictured). The velvet painting on the tank is Franz
von Stuck's "Sinnlichkeit", or "Sensuality". The
sad thing is we will probably be parting out this
bike because the frame was so poorly welded by
the previous owner, and the transmission was
damaged when it was run dry without sealing the
trap door. Oh, and the title never came through
because the previous owner refused to help with
some simple paperwork. Goes to show that if the
deal is too good to be true it probably is!
This Sportster comes with a funny story about how we acquired
it and in what condition it was in- but there's NO room to detail it
here! We rushed this project together in a 2 month span for the
2014 One Show in Portland (where it took home the Disco and