I was looking at a website about Chouts and saw a photo you posted. I used to ride that bike. Von Dutch built it in the early 60s maybe 1960. He was working for Bud Ekins at the shop Bud had in Sherman Oaks the second one. Dutch was painting bikes for him and doing some wrenching. Anyway the bike was a kind of dark brown color if memory serves me. somebody bought the bike none of my gang could afford one. So it was around the San Fernando valley. Around 1963 or 64 it had been passed down to us poor fellows I don’t know how exactly. On a Death Valley ride it crapped out up in the desert and the guy riding it just rolled it out into the sand and left. When he got back to the valley somebody asked him where the bike was. He was done with it and gave it to Dave Arthur I think it was Dave who when back up to Death Valley and picked it and drug it back to Reseda. Somebody got it running again and it became the loaner bike in our group. When somebody's bike was down they'd get the old Chout running and ride it.
I rode it a couple of times one time we went to the races at place called Somis out near Ventura. I packed a chick named Nadine on it she had white pants on. The poor old Chout leaked so much oil her white pants were history by the time we got back to the valley. In the photograph you can see that there’s no pegs or foot boards. I cut a broom stick down to about 24” and tied it to the front frame tubes with rope for pegs. Eric Cleveland rode it for a while. He’s the one that put the high bars or ape hangers as we used to call them on the bike. For as poor of maintenance as it got it ran pretty strong and never gimped on me the few times I rode it. I think it had a jockey shift.
That’s Eric’s photo you have there.
Thanks for the memories.