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Custom bike costs £60,000

Published: 13 May 2001

Updated: 19 November 2014

The El Diablo costs a devil of a big price, £60,000. But then it is completely hand-built, right down to the last nut and bolt.

Maker West Coast Choppers, of Long Beach, California, is a household name amongst Stateside bikers and The El Diablo is the firm’s flagship.

At first glance, the wheels, 19-inch front, 18-inch rear, may look like regular custom rims. But, like the four-piston calipers and the discs, each is machined from an aluminium billet.

The forks – also machined from solid aluminium – are fairly lightweight at 39mm, but look beefier thanks to thick stanchions. Billet yokes clamp the forks to the headstock.

The A-frame tubular steel chassis and swingarm have been powder-coated a vivid red colour to bring out the brightness of the chrome and, although the bike may look like a hard-tail, the adjustable rear mono-shock is neatly hidden away behind the wheel under the seat unit.

A Patrick Racing 1600cc V-twin engine, which the makers say puts out 112bhp and over 100ftlb of torque, has not escaped the billet treatment either.

The engine cases, cylinders and heads are all hand-made from solid blocks. The air filter, fuel tank, and front and rear mudguards are all crafted from aluminium sheet.

Only 20 bikes a year are planned, and there’s already a waiting list of 18 months.


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