Project — “Down To Brass Tax”

Alright well i cant hold out any more .. Ive got this thing about 90% done.

The bike was purchased for $1000 last september and has been a work in progress for the last year. I probably would have finished it alot sooner had it not been for shattering my leg last fall leaving me in a wheel chair and crutches for about 2 months. I didnt get a whole lot of fab hours in the bike until this spring around march and since then have put the peices together to build what i named “down to brass tax”. The bike isnt anything crazy ..


Pretty common actually. I went for a clean look that i found appealing but still has enough edge to turn a couple heads locally cruising down the street. This is my first XS build and my partner is also building one separately himself. Because it was the first one i decided to go with a weld on tc brothers kit went from there. The rear fender is a ’36 ford spare tire ring cut down. Tail light is from a ’37 Ford. Fleabay headlight and solo seat and 70’s peanut tank.


Rear struts, pegs, exhaust, bars, seat risers, license plate bracket, solo seat hinge brackets, heat shield, battery box, and all other random brackets and flanges were made by me in my garage. Gold leaf graphics from a friend.. brass exhaust tips from lowbrow.. brass kicker from fleabay. All electrical components contained in the military bags. Radioshack rectifier. BMX grips .. modified .. Black spokes and everything else mostly.


Ive been slowly going through the hardware and swapping everything with brass hardware and its looking great. Still to come .. firestone replicas .. and im designing a leafer springer this winter to go on it as well. Anyways enough about that crap here are some pictures.



Luke — “PureBred Fabrications”  Dayton, OH


  1. rusty says:

    Been through this site top to bottom many times looking for ideas and I cant say theres a better looking rider on here. Its clean, simple and looks like it would be a blast to ride. Congrats.

  2. sean from boston says:

    I like the use of the bag over a box its nice, the bike is great looking and I’m sure theres not to many in your town so ride the hell out of it!

  3. Morgan says:

    Looks good, though I’d love to see some detail shots.

  4. Luke says:

    thanks guys ..

  5. Ben says:

    i donno waht it is about it but i REALLY like this bike. its clean, simple and mean!

    great job man.

  6. HAPPY DAN says:

    Like the all black,You can change it anytime you want just buy changing the tank color,hummmm,great idea!Nice bike.

  7. Scot says:

    are you interested in selling your xs ? let me know how much if you will.. thanks, Scot

  8. Carlos says:

    I have to agree with Rusty. This is one of my two favourite bikes posted here, the other being Old Dirty Bastard. (Not sure whether ODB is the bike or the builder though. 😎 ) The part I find strange is I hate Sportster tanks. Go figure.

  9. Krashman says:

    Very cool bike. I like you use of brass for contrast. You do know though that it is “Down to brass tacks”? Tax works also.

  10. scott says:

    +1 for rusty. as far as the chopper look on this site, i’ve prob seen hundreds and this is one of my favorites. clean. great lines.

  11. luke says:

    i dig this bike alot. it looks alot like mine. you got good style… and a good name. lol

  12. Mississippi James says:

    Very nice bike i like the pipes.

  13. Chris says:

    Beautiful. How much did you lower the front end?

  14. Luke says:

    hmm.. not sure really .. just kept going til i liked how it looked. The springs arent modified much but the forks are slid up in tree a little as well.