It seems that most big-name bike shops have their own niche. Some build choppers, some build baggers, some build bobbers. Some specialize in Big Twins only, other specialize in Sportsters only. And some, like Carl’s Speed Shop, specialize in building big, reliable horsepower. Only.
You might recognize Carl Morrow and his son Doug. Collectively, the Carl’s Speed Shop bunch has over 100 national and international performance records nailed to the wall. They’ve earned the recognition from years of competition at the drag strip as well as the Bonneville Salt Flats. Bonneville is a special place when it comes to building power. Some have called it the longest dyno on Earth. As Carl notes, it takes reliable horsepower to run well at B’Ville. Your motor must make horsepower over the entire range in order to pull the tall gearing required to go over 155 mph on a street bike. A peaky motor will fall flat on its face on the gear change, too (not a good thing on the salt flats). At Bonneville, the bike’s throttle is wide open for extended periods of time. As a result, you pretty much get instant proof of what works and what doesn’t. Reliability reigns supreme. And, in a nutshell, that’s the backbone of what drives the Morrows. It’s also the basis for their extensive line of streetbike components.
So far so good, but what does that have to do with the feature bike laid out before you? Plenty. You see, this bike’s owner, Chuck Duvas (make that Dr. Chuck Duvas) has known Carl for a long time. Chuck has had plenty of motorcycles over the years, and he really wanted Carl to build him one, although it took him a good amount of time to actually broach the topic with Carl. The doctor had a pretty good idea of what he wanted, so Carl told him to lay out his wish list and they’d go over it. Both had their own ideas, but they also agreed that each would have a certain amount of veto power in the build. Fair enough. The machine wasn’t built by committee. It was built by consensus. And both Carl and Chuck were pretty much on the same page with everything.
So how does it run? Need you ask? The thing absolutely rips! But as Carl is quick to note, it still idles nicely. It’s smooth. And it’s very tractable. Good for a custom Carbon fiber helmets online. That was the whole point going in. It’s pretty much one smooth character. And form what we hear, Chuck has little or no desire to show the machine. Instead, he’s simply riding the wheels off it (boy, you can’t argue with that logic). Roll on, doc! We dig your style.—Wayne Scraba
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