The parts on this build are temporarily being held in place by clamps, pieces of wood, a towel, bubble gum and just the right balancing point. Needed to get an overall visual before finalizing with welds. I’m a big fan of minimalistic details in bikes, art … well, most things in life. Can’t say this bike is turning out that way. A fenderless, brakeless front end is almost a religious requirement on a bobber build.


Love the sparse look but, I couldn’t help but think, it might not be so great planting my face on some car’s rear bumper cause the only brake I have is a scrawny rear drum. The unobstructed view of front tire meat is neat but picking road debris, from my face after every ride, seemed much less appealing. Hence the fender.   Anyway here are some of the details so far:


Frame: By Dave “Tigman” Huntress. How he was able to make a frame from my miserable drawings is a miracle.

Wheels: HD 16 X 3 with stainless steel spokes laced and trued by Buchanans.
Tires: Metzler Marathon 130/90 16
Gas Tank: Triumph knock off from Lowbrow
Engine: 750cc rebuild by Thomas Racing Service
Carbs: Mikuni VM 34mm
Springer: 2″ under by DNA
Front caliper: 4 piston by DNA
Rear caliper: HD Girling single piston
Pipes: Mike’s XS with inserts. Tips: By Biltwell.
Bars: 1.25″ stepped down to 1.0″ for hand controls, sitting on 3″ risers.
License plate bracket: from Lowbrow.

A lot more work to be done…

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