"Betty" Nu Skool Bobber
The Bernice MacNaughton High School Bike Klub was started a little over 4 years ago. They started out by building custom bicycles two days a week after school. The klub is geared towards but not exclusive to "At Risk" and "Introvert" kids that need an outlet for their energies. The klub is run by a teacher at the school, Marc "Mazz" Mazerolle and is set up for kids in any local high school to Moncton that are 15 to 18 years old. One of their bicycles got national notoriety back in 2006 when they were invited to bring the nine foot long chopper style bicycle to the Canadian AMD Championships in Alberta, Canada. Once there a parts supplier donated a 55 inch rigid frame and put to the challenge of building a bobber style bike. They accepted the challenge and two years later, "The Betty Bobber" was born.
Betty features a 114 cubic inch Merch "Fatso" motor, donated by Merch Motors USA, a Corbin "Bobber" seat, nine spoke HD Wagon Wheels donated by Corbin Accessories, Performance Machine front brakes, Exile Cycle Sprotor Kit in the rear each donated to the project, Roger Goldammer donated one of his signature series air cleaners and Matt Hotch donated a kick stand and a pop-up gas cap. Crane Cams donated the ignition system while Joe over at Crime Scene Choppers donated some kick ass exhaust tips. The folks at Avon Tyre donated the Gangster Wide Whitewalls and Mid-West Motorcycle Supply pitched in with an Ultima wiring harness. Many local bike shops kicked in with parts and services like front-end parts and technical advice for the kids and Mazz. Luc LeBlanc of Kent County Custom and Bob McKay of McKay's Cycle Creations provided days of training for the builder's of the future.
The kids hand built the rear ribbed fender that also includes a kick ass spat, they also built the large oil tank and did all the mods to the Fat Bob gas tank. They fabricated piston turn signals out of aluminum and the battery box that is covered in soft leather. The "V-2" ignition switch mount and the steel dice nuts holding the seat springs where also fabbed up by the kids. They fabricated every bung, bracket and mount and with Mazz's help they brought all together to what you see here.
The kids raised over $14,000.00 on there own for parts, materials, tools and to travel to various local shows. She also features a 6 speed Ultima transmission, 3.25 inch Ultima open belt primary and starter, Big Growl exhaust system, Hard Body forward controls and BDL Upper controls. The bug's eye headlight is framed by 21 inch baby apes and Avon "Coke Bottle" Grips. Paint is a 1955 Buick theme done by Goguen Custom Painting of New Brunswick, Canada and the "free-hand" pinstriping was done by Corie "LowShow" MacKinnon of Riverview, New Brunswick.
They are now raffling "Betty" off, $50.00 gets you a ticket with only 1000 tickets being sold!! All, and we mean ALL proceeds are going right back into the klub to fund this year's build and to help fund out trip to Minnesota in March of 2009 for the Donnie Smith Invitational Bike Show and the Donnie Smith Chopper Class Challenge. We are the only Canadian High School invited, this would truly make this event, "International"!!
If you are interested in helping out with parts or services, or if you would like to buy a ticket on "Betty", please go to the klub's website and follow the instructions on the first page to learn how to buy a ticket online!! BMHS BIKE KLUB WEBSITE
BMHS Bike Klub, Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada
- Jeremy Gould - Fab / Bodywork / Assembly
- Kyle Arsenault - Fab / Bodywork / Assembly
- Mark Vale - Electrical / Bodywork / Assembly
- Aaron Landry - Bodywork / Assembly
- Shawn Theriault - Fab / Bodywork / Assembly
- Justin Merrithew - Design / Fab / Bodywork / Assembly
- Tyler Bridges - Welding / Fab
- Seth Bagley - Welding / Fab
- Stephanie Coffin - Bodywork / Design
- Marc Mazerolle - Design / Fab / Electrical / Bodywork / Assembly / Bottle Washer