By guest writer Ian Lee.
One offhand comment about Canadian bike customising has brought some rather passionate Canadians out, resulting in a raft of emails from Canadians wanting to show off their custom creations. Among these emails was the ASV, the Allan Special Vehicle, a custom bobber style bike built by Joe Allan, who wants to show just how much customising a Canadian is able to fit into one build. And what a radical, built from the ground up bike it is.
The build began when Joe picked up a Cushman Truckster from a surplus auction at his work, for the princely sum of $85. For those not aware of what a Cushman Truckster is, it is an industrial motorised cart, with a semi enclosed cab. Hardly the sort of thing one would consider when starting out on a build, however Joe could see potential in the air cooled opposed twin motor and three speed gearbox. After stripping the Cushman of it’s driveline, Joe fitted late model Kawasaki quad running gear to the Cushman, and put the factory running gear away for use at a later date.