1969 Triumph/BSA Chopper: Electric Alice
When Daniel said “I’m going to ride this thing out of here tonight or tomorrow” I couldn’t help but feel pessimistic due to my own failures during my Monster build.
But later that night he was yelling, “DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY OIL!?”
He worked quietly and swiftly to complete it by that night. When it was all reassembled he had to lay down the wrench for the evening and go home. All the parts stores were closed- I know that feeling.
The next day he explained the History of Electric Alice to me as he filled the frame with oil and removed it from the lift. It’s a 1969 Triumph frame with a BSA 441cc Victor motor. His friend Adam Rittenberg found it in a barn and sold the chassis to him for $150 in pretty rough shape (before photos later). It was last registered in Oakland in 1977, old school shit! Daniel built it up in 17 weeks and rode it until he took it apart to paint and work on it. Then his cars tranny broke, so he needed to get it back on the road ASAP.
Next thing you know he was firing it up. …Amazing. (Watch the short and sweet video on instagram.)
It’s got a pretty unique seating position combined with the bent back bunny ear bars.
Daniel is a hair dresser by trade.
Installing the saddle bag. Details!
Parked outside Cerberus Motorcycles (facebook), located in the historic Egyptian Garage in San Diego, CA.
Time for a test ride.
One thing that I love so much about motorcycles is that your unique personality and style can show through no matter what style bike you ride or what gear you wear.
All photos above photographed by Alicia Mariah Elfving, copyright themotolady.com 2013.
Here’s some awesome before and behind the scenes shots.
The roller found in the barn.
Working on the new engine…
New parts and pieces.
Shiny new bars!
Daniel’s enthusiasm for motorcycles was really contagious (and this is coming from someone who pretty much wakes up and does something involving motorcycles all day every day).
He is a good example of how being determined and keeping true to your style and personal preference can do for your happiness.
It doesn’t matter what you ride, it’s the way you feel while you ride it.