In the pursuit of his latest motorcycle build, El Jefe, Scott Walden found himself captivated by a photo sent by his mentor, Rod Adkins. The image showcased Trooper Trudeau’s sidecar adorned with a 45 flathead engine. Intrigued and filled with questions about its whereabouts, Scott couldn’t shake off the idea of recreating this unique piece.
The quest for a sidecar body commenced, leading Scott to locate one in Oklahoma. Convincing his brother to retrieve and store it temporarily, Scott then secured a sporty from the 469 Cycle Shop where he worked. Utilizing the help of trucker friends, he transported the sidecar to its new home.
Teaming up with his old-timer friend, Mr. Johnnie, and enlisting the assistance of Pat and Kenny, the project took shape in December/January. With Pat’s boredom driving the initial momentum, the fabrication work began. Subsequently, Rod and Scott dedicated their efforts in Rod’s garage, focusing on the body and paint, incorporating a touch of Evil Knievel inspiration to the front and infusing their unique style into the sides and back, including a flaked-out frame.
Acknowledging Rod’s expertise as a “Flake’n Wizard” and with Rod serving as his mentor, the collaboration brought forth a project that seamlessly blended elements of HotRod and Harley, style, and a distinct American flair. Noteworthy additions like the .50 Cal Deployment round shifter, a gift from friend Ryan Leach, further enhanced the build’s individuality.
For the photoshoot location, Scott, a 100% disabled veteran himself, selected the Veterans National Memorial Shrine and Museum in Fort Wayne, Indiana, as a fitting backdrop. The resulting RODSTR is a testament to craftsmanship, embodying a fusion of hotrod aesthetics, Harley influence, and a patriotic spirit that resonates with the essence of America.
Photographer: Carla Walden
2004 Harley-Davidson XL 883C with a 1950s sidecar body
Custom built chassis
Custom diamond stitched red, white and blue interior
8” mini apes
13” SS Cragar Rims
TC Bros, build your own exhaust with fishtails
Dual rear disc brakes
7” chrome bucket headlight housings with yellow headlights
50’s Chevy override grill/bumper inserts cut down for front axle covers and rear bumper
Paint collaboration by: Rod Adkin’s (Flake Shack Fort Wayne, IN) and Scott Walden (Flake’n Bake Fort Wayne, IN)
Builder: Scott Walden
Mechanic: Patrick Johnson/Scott Walden
Fabrication: Kenny Johnson/Scott Walden
Interior: Cindy Tucker/Scott Walden
House Of Kolor Orion Sliver
House of Kolor Mini Flake
House of Kolor Kandy Kobalt Blue
House of Kolor Kandy Burgundy
Verigated Spiral Gold Leaf