by Area 5150
Hacienda Custom Choppers
2006 The Beast Chopper
as tested $39,000
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300 RSD Chopper Specs
RSD Single Down tube Softail
300 x 35 x 18 Rear
120 x 70 x 21 Front
Cam B™ Balanced Engine
6 Speed RSD
Choppers Debuts with the Twin Cam B™
Hatch, owner of Hacienda Harley, has always been a motorcycle
enthusiast. Whether it be running the day-to-day operations of
Hacienda Harley, ripping his Screamin’ Eagle® Road King®
through the mountains of Arizona or racing the Baja 1000, Rick
has always been around motorcycles. Over the last couple years,
Rick has dabbled in building his own motorcycle line called Beast
Choppers. Rick wanted to build the ultimate chopper and gave his
vision to Chris
Neal, designer of manufacturing, and to Hank
Raymond, builder, engineer and designer. This is what they
came up with. A single
down tube frame design by Beast Choppers, 300 rear tire with
Twin Cam B™ application. To keep the bike balanced, Chris
chose Jim’s 6-speed right
side drive transmission.
heart of the motorcycle is the Harley-Davidson
88” Twin Cam B™. This is a great new addition
to the custom bike community. First, the Twin Cam B™ Harley
Motor is not in any or very many custom motorcycles. Almost all
custom motorcycles use the evolution type engine. There are two
reasons for the scarcity. One being the price of the engine and
the other is that almost all frames are created to house a standard
S&S Evo engine. To accommodate the Twin Cam B™ engine
requires a different type of frame.
a sport bike rider decided that the standard 88” mill was
not enough. They, in-house, built the engine up to the 107 cu.
in. with a compression ratio of 10.5 to 1. And of course with
this combination, they had to install a compression release button
on each cylinder to save the starter motor.
Hatch and the new Beast are ahead of their time. I can see that
in the future more and more customs will house the new Twin Cam
B™. One, because of the reliability and smoothness, and
the other is having the option of a fuel-injected engine. I believe
the government may have some influence on the fuel-injection requirements
in the near future with their emission requirements.
They will only make 50 of these motorcycles in the next year.
If you contact Ron in Sales or Chris in Design at Hacienda, you
can request special paint or engine options. Possibly other options
was very excited to introduce the new motorcycle. He was very
thorough in pointing out what sets this bike apart from most of
the other customs in the market place. Now that I finally get
to ride the new Beast, I got to experience first hand how it rides.
first thing that I noticed after I swung my leg over the seat
and sat down was the controls. They were all very familiar. It
was as if I was sitting on my Harley. Start, stop, turn, horn
and head light dimmer switch were all the same as it is on most
seat was nice and low for great balance and I noticed the digital
speed and odometer display. Its placement was great. Very readable,
just under your line of sight when viewing the road ahead.
this is a 107-inch mill with high compression pistons, 10.5 to
1, I had to punch the little compression releases down on each
cylinders before cranking. Hope I remember to do this in the future.
Ah, yes the engine sprang to life and roared with authority with
the short straight exhaust pipes. Finally, I get to ride.
out of Hacienda and headed over to West World so Raymond could
take a bunch of pictures. This required a lot of riding slow in
a circle and a lot of u-turns. This was real boring, but at the
same time, it does force you to become familiar with turning the
chopper at low speed while slipping the clutch. Piece of cake,
actually this was fun.
done with the pictures, I now get to go out in traffic and play.
Funny, my mother always told me to go play in traffic. I could
not resist, the first place I headed was out to the 101 and an
the time that I was playing with the Beast in the parking lot,
I never noticed any real vibration – never thought about
it. Now that I have the hammer down on the 101 ramp, there is
also very little vibration. Even with the billet forward control,
there was very little vibration from the 107 cu inch screamer.
Now that I have settled in at about 70 on the 101, the Beast rides
as smooth as any custom that I have ever been on and a lot smoother
then my Sportster. You could ride this machine all day.
sit nice and low with the best view you can imagine looking over
the handlebars with the digital readout telling your speed and
RPM. With the Beast running down the 101 about 70 – 75,
I grabbed the sixth gear. Just like magic, the 107 is spinning
about 2500 RPM and a smooth as can be. This is one solid riding
chopper and as smooth as I have experienced on the open road.
several lane changes and played in traffic like a good boy, then
headed over to the Desert Ridge Mall area to get some street time
with slow traffic. And yes it did turn a lot of heads at the Mall.
from the typical characteristics of the chopper effect, like a
terrible turning radius, it was a great machine to ride, on and
off the highway. I did notice while sitting for a long red light,
my right pant leg got pretty hot from the radiation heat of the
exhaust pipes. I have noticed this on just about every custom
that I ride.
I headed back to the barn on the 101, the Frank Lloyd Wright exit
didn’t look at all inviting. Neither the bike nor I wanted
to make our way back to the garage. But, it was time to end the
ride and I was able to coax the Beast to the Hacienda parking
lot were I met Chris for the feedback that he wanted.
Beast was a great, solid and very smooth ride with a lot of power.
A Chopper ahead of its time. It was easy to tame the beast for
just about any kind of riding you may want, taking into consideration
that it is a chopper. Your feet will not vibrate on the pegs and
you will enjoy the view. The only down side was the radiant heat
from the exhaust pipes on the right pant leg. This can be easily
fixed with a small shield. If you like choppers, this is a must
to check out.