Barebone Choppers

January 1 2008


Custom chopper from Barebones Orillia The name may be Barebone Choppers, but make no mistake; there is plenty of meat on the company frame work. Though only in its third year of business, Barebone Choppers of Orillia, Ontario may be new, but they’re certainly not new to the industry. The combined efforts of Craig (Craiger) Sophie and Chris (Rock) Cobb bring over 35 years of experience to the plate.

From their 7,500 sq. ft. facility, Barebone Choppers has everything you’ve come to expect from a V-Twin repair shop and some little extras you may not expect. Factory trained and licensed Harley techs Craig Sophie, Michael Jacobs, Mark Gross and third year apprentice Scott Smith show professional and ultimate expertise in their four bay, service and repair department. While the Barebone crew is busy servicing your custom chopper or brand new bagger, you can drop by the Burn Out Café for great food, good friends and an awesome atmosphere.

Barebone Choppers can tackle any upgrades to your ride, be it one-off modifications, personalized paint, chroming and black chrome, polishing, powder coating or a complete overhaul. Barebone’s custom builds are second to none and they stand behind everything they build. Their in-house machine shop and fabrication room has everything needed to build your dream machine with one-of-a-kind parts made with pride and quality craftsmanship. Craiger, being a motor head all his life, takes engine building very seriously and his engine room is one of his favourite places to hang out. The technicians stay up-to-date with the latest in performance products and E.F.I. engine management systems and can Dyno-Tune and test what they build.

Their warm and inviting showroom stocks a wide variety of motor gear and accessories as well as their own custom clothing line. Behind the parts counter they stock a large variety of motorcycle accessories and hard parts to keep your ride serviced and safely on the road. If they don’t have the parts or accessories you want in stock, Barebones can obtain whatever you need from their vast number of suppliers.

Down in the used bike department, you will find only top quality rides gone over from front to back. Whether you are looking for a starter bike, chopper or anything in between, Don Stuart, a highly informed motorcycle enthusiast and dealer, will set you up. Trades are welcome and Don can arrange financing if needed.

The ‘Stealth Fighter’ you see on these pages is Craiger’s personal ride. Starting with the ‘always in demand’ FXRT, the bike was totally stripped and rebuilt from the ground up. Other than a few base parts, there is very little that hasn’t been retouched, modified or made specifically for this custom bagger.


Barebone Choppers Inc.
8420 Hwy. 11
Orillia, ON L3V 6H3



Bike Name: Stealth–Fighter
Owner: Craig Sophie (A.K.A. Craiger)
Year / Make: 1991 Harley-Davidson FXRT
Fabrication: Barebone Choppers Inc
Assembly: Barebone Choppers Inc
Build Time: 6 Months
Chroming: Auto Chrome
Painter: Dare Devil Customs H-D Pewter / Denim, in reverse
Polishing: Heavy Metal Services
Molding: Barebone

Displacement: 80 Cu. In. 11.75:1 Final Comp. Barebone
Cases: S&S
Flywheels: Balanced H-D
Rods: Jims H-Beam
Pistons: Wiseco forged domed
Cylinders: H-D
Heads: Modified H-D, J-Precision Inc. Racing Heads Stage III B
Cam: Bob Woods Night–Prowler 650-lift intake and exhaust
Ignition: Crane HI-4
Carb: 45 mm Mikuni
Pipes: Hooker 2-into-1 Tuned Flow
Air Cleaner: Forcewinder

Year: Late model H-D
Primary: H-D auto tensioner
Clutch: B.D.L. Pro Clutch

Builder: Modified H-D
Rake: Stock
Stretch: Stock
Rear Swing Arm: Barebone one-off dual round tube, hidden one-inch axle super heavy duty

Forks: Dyna Sport 39 mm adjustable compression rebound, modified to one-inch axle
Rear Suspension: Progressive adjustable compression rebound

Front: Weld Wheel-Blade 21×3.5
Front Tire: Avon Venom R120/21
Rear: Weld Wheel-Blade 16×4.5
Rear Tire: Avon Venom R150/16 Custom 159 mm.

Front Brakes: HHI 4-Piston Calipers Lyndall composite steel ceramic true full-floating
Rear Brakes: HHI 4-Piston Calipers Lyndall composite steel ceramic true full-floating
Oil Tank: Barebone one-off 8-Litre
Fender: B-Cool Customs / blanks modified
Handlebars: Barebone one-off chromoly chubby, all internal
Headlight: Signature H-D
Taillight: Original Glass ‘39 Ford Pick-up, L.E.D.
Hand Controls: H-D and modified Classic Steel internal throttle
Foot Controls: H-D modified
Electrical: Barebone
Seat: Corbin Modified / Leather Works

Items of Interest: Frenched Front Signals, Stainless Dash, Craiger Design Stainless Ignition/Coil/Engine Mount

Special Thanks To: Big George Kent, Corey True, Vince McDonald, John Garwood, Mike at M.C. Laser Werks & Powder Coating, Dave at Leather Works, Patrick at J-Precision and Jack at Deco Chrome.


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