Friday, April 25, 2014

Sportster start to finish in one post!

Wow, been a LONG time since we posted up, lots of new projects finished, including this Sportster long bike.  Started as a roller with tweaked frame and terrible geometry- we fixed what we could, and fabbed everything else- tins, controls, bars, seat, paint, etc.  That's it in a nutshell!

First night we got it-  we actually had swapped to the pullbacks from a flat bar in the span of about 5 minutes, so it's not EXACTLY how we got it.  Yes, that's a fucking Swastika and SS bolts CARVED in the side cover.  Transmission ran DRY.  Ugh.....

Playing around with a tank and rear section we had.

Same tank, back to the first fender, new bars.

Narrowed and sectioned the fender, now we're on to something!

Had to make a new tank to match the digger look, remade the bars, shortened the sissy from it's previous incarnation, made a velvet seat.

The day before we left for Portland to the One Show 2014.  this bike came from nothing to this in a two month span, all labor done in house.

Franz von Stuck's "Sinnlichkeit" (painted by us on velvet), attached to the tank using magnets, the velvet is mounted on a pan shaped exactly like the top of the tank.  And yes, the cigarette lighter works!


Danny made the custom pegs on the CNC, we fabbed the whole control setup and it is BEEFY.

The 8-track, mounted in a one-off leather solo bag is probably the biggest contributing factor to winning the "Disco and Satin" award at the One Show!  And yes, it WORKS (after some repair)

And here is a shot of the ONE time I rode it.  Won't lie, it's a DEATH TRAP  with 55 degrees rake and 12 degrees trail, it is extremely hard to steer, from starting off all the way up to speed.  Wanders and flops like crazy.
So that's what December- January looked like for us on almost a daily basis.  lots of hard work put in, and we were still assembling the leather pieces on the way to the show LOL

1 comment:

  1. Turned out really nice. Appreciate your honesty about the handling aspects of bikes like that. When I was wrenching on choppers, it always amazed me that so many people had not a clue. Always enjoy seeing what you guys are up to...keep on posting!