PJD Pro-Street Café

This café-style build (from Paul Teutul, Jr. of Orange County Choppers fame) bends the rules.

Paul Jr. Designs Cafe-Style Custom studio 3/4 view

Trends come and go. The shopping-cart custom chopper craze of the late 1990s through mid-2000s—where consumers/builders would simply buy a pre-fab frame, bolt in a crate motor and round out the rest with billet bolt-ons—has died for the most part. Baggers, café racers, rat-rods, and old-school choppers built by individuals in their own garages have moved to the forefront. Patina is hip.

So, how do you blend the current custom vibe with what you know best? If you happen to be Paul Teutul Jr. of Orange County Choppers fame, and you currently own a shop called Paul Jr. Designs, you try and bend the rules and create your own take on a classic stance.

Paul Jr. Designs was tasked with building this custom as a giveaway for White Cap & Skil to promote the company’s MAG77LT worm-drive circular saw. The concept was to build a bike that was more of a compact café-style bike than a stretched and raked chopper. The result is more of a pro-street look with café touches. The Renegade Rapture Phantom Cut Wheels really set this bike apart, but they also keep us from declaring it a true café racer.

Power comes from a 100-cubic-inch, Black Crazy Horse 45-degree “Bottlecap” V-twin fed by an S&S Super E Carburetor and exhaling through a pair of chromed SuperTrapp Exhausts. A Baker left-side drive, six-speed transmission, 3-in. open primary belt and chain final drive send a claimed 85 horsepower and 95 pound-feet of peak torque to the rear wheel.

The chassis has a rigid frame mated to an upside-down fork with HHI brakes, and the hand-fabricated fuel tank and tail section feature custom paint by Nub Graphics. Other highlights include a black leather/suede saddle with an embossed PJD logo at the rear, plus billet hand controls and a halogen tri-bar headlight.

Teutul’s Pro-Street Café was awarded to contest winner Jim Gates in January at the White Cap booth during the World of Concrete construction industry trade show in Las Vegas.

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Studio rear 3/4 left-side view.

Studio 3/4 rear angled view.

Tail section.

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