I'm pretty sure this bike was assembled as part of a "build-off" sponsored by The Horse; Backstreet Choppers Magazine. This is one of two bike rags I actually subscribe to, the other being The Antique Motorcycle of the AMCA. I like the unique home-builts The Horse features, and find it interesting that a new generation of riders is rediscovering the joys of building their own bobbers and choppers. However, apparently in pursuit of "authenticity", most of the bikes lack front brakes and the builders go to great lengths to fit up jockey-shifts and suicide clutches.
I started riding and working on bikes when this kind of thing was current. Guys ditched the front cable-actuated drum brakes because they didn't work anyhow. They ran jockey-tops on their trannies because they were cheap or because nothing else was available. A piece of rebar welded to the shift lug on the tranny top for a jockey-shift was easier and cheaper than gathering up and assembling all of the tank-shift parts, especially if you were going with a peanut tank. Any idiot could rig up a stomper suicide clutch pedal if they couldn't figure out how to put a friction rocker clutch together or adjust a mouse-trap.
It is interesting that these "features" are now seen a defining a time and style. I like bobbers and ride the hell out of mine, but I want brakes that will stop me in modern traffic, and, although I am sure there are those who will argue with me, I can run through the gears a lot faster with a hand-clutch and rachet-top than any hand-shifter I know of; I also see advantages in not having to take my hands off the bars to do so. I've been to too many funerals brought about by these "authentic" features, usually when used in combination with alcohol, to feel otherwise. Of course, if it's just a display piece and not actually going to be ridden...