By Dave Brackett with Dean Rediger
In early 1973, AEE Choppers was adding performance products to their line and wanted a new bike to show off some of those products. They wanted a bike with one of their new Magnuson blowers, so it was decided to do a Harley 74. Dean Rediger wanted to use his long low style for this project, using some body work to give the bike more color.
Dean collected all the parts for the project, sent the motor stuff to chrome, and got an AEE rigid Harley frame from stock. He cut the top rail and down tubes to lower the top rail more parallel to the ground. After re-welding the frame, he installed an AEE short round springer with AEE custom spool style front brake, laced to a narrow 17 inch front rim and tire. An Aris rectangular headlight, custom handlebars and crescent shaped mirror finished the front.
A 5.00 x 16 rear wheel and tire were laced to the Harley rear hub and brake. There was no sissy bar or conventional rear fender on this bike. A custom fiberglass body was fabricated to cover the entire length of the bike, including the rear wheel, and to provide a position for the long seat built by Whitey Morgan. This body work covered the custom gas and oil tanks and all the electrical stuff.
The Harley 74 motor sported a new Weber carburetor with Magnuson blower, part of AEE's new performance line. Chrome drag style exhaust pipes finished the look. The bike was taken apart and sent for paint to "Paint by Molly", done with a silver metalflake base and candy gold and black accents.
When parts returned, the bike was reassembled by John Carroll and others, since Dean had left AEE by this time. This was the last truly custom bike built by AEE, ending a string of wild and unique choppers that the country enjoyed for years. AEE had built over 20 custom choppers to show their products over a span of about 5 years. I wonder how many thousands of custom choppers were built around the country as a result of AEE's parts and custom bikes?