Bourget Bike Works is a custom motorcycle manufacturer founded in 1993 by Roger Bourget. The company is known for its iconic chopper-style motorcycles that feature distinctive designs, powerful engines, and superior craftsmanship. They’re rare, but you’ll often see them at larger bike shows and competitions.
Bourget motorcycles are built with a focus on individuality and customization. Each bike is handcrafted and designed to meet the unique needs and preferences of its owner. The company offers a wide range of customization options, including custom paint, chrome plating, and a variety of engine upgrades.
One of Bourget’s most popular models is the Fat Daddy, which was first introduced in 2003. The Fat Daddy features a massive 117 cubic inch S&S engine, a six-speed transmission, and a rigid frame that delivers unmatched power and performance. The bike’s distinctive style features a wide rear tire, long and low profile, and an aggressive stance that commands attention on the road.
Bourget bikes are not only known for their performance and style, but also for their attention to detail and quality craftsmanship. They’re already custom bikes to begin with, but second-hand owners tend to add even more unique touches. We spoke with the owner of this 2003 Fat Daddy a the 2023 Piston Power Show last month.
“I actually found this one of Craigslist back in 2015,” owner Walt Wise said. “I’ve always loved choppers with big fat tires, and this guy was only asking $8,000 for it. I couldn’t say no.”
The first thing Wise noticed with the new bike was that the original motor would run but was essentially ready to be replaced. He went with a 107 ci. Ultimate V-Twin motor, 10 ci. smaller than the stock engine but still enough power to get the job done. Wise isn’t much a speed demon, and he says that the multiple Ultima engines he’s had have been extremely reliable.
The engine is still pretty large though, as well as the rest of the motorcycle. With 1-3/4” inch frame tubes, 1-1/2” tubes in the back, and a long front end from Mean Streets, it’s no slouch. In fact, it’s just under 1,000 lbs. – but it’s still fairly easy to handle because of how low to the ground it is.
“It’s half stock, half custom I tell people. I’ve done a few modifications, but it still looks pretty similar to when I got it. I added a custom breather system that I did from scratch, and I put the oil tank up from with a few other modifications, including fueling lifters.”
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