Rootbeer and Brass


Built for a friend

The bike started as a basket case build that some guy started, but never finished. The frame was glued together with bondo and booger welds, with the neck so out of wrack it was crazy. I replaced the whole front half of the frame which was only the start for this bike.


This was my first frame up build so I had to buy tools as I needed them. First a MIG welder then some grinding tools and got to work. I got the help from my neighbor/friend, Adam, from Hotrods by Haley to help me with the real heavy frame repairs.


I almost gave up on the project after having problems getting the motor mounted. After finally making custom motor mounts, things seemed to snow ball from there. I cut all the gussets from 3/16 steel plate using my angle grinder (almost cutting my leg off in the process).

The engine is all stock and looked clean on the inside so it was just cleaned up and painted black with some brushed aluminum parts and new bolts. The rear fender is a 30’s Ford spare tire cover, cut and reshaped to fit the rear tire.


The faux oil tank is a spun steel keg style, with all the wiring and battery tucked inside. The bike has been converted to kick only. The tail light is a 50’s Pontiac back-up lens fitted to a fence post cap and custom brackets over the plate bracket.

The gas tank is an original Harley peanut tank with a brass petcock and fuel sight glass fitted to the side.



All the wiring was ran in such a way to be hidden for a clean look. The exhaust is 1 3/4″ mandrel bent tubes, wrapped in copper heat wrap. The frame is done in satin black powder coat, wheels are gloss black. I built a make shift paint booth in my back yard and painted it with Sherwin Williams Rootbeer paint, also my first time.


Coming from sport bikes this was the first ridged I’ve ever ridden; and I was surprised how smooth it ran. After getting the carbs tuned the bike starts first or second kick every time.


I built the bike for a friend for mine who was deployed to Afganistan. I really wanted to have it done for him when he got home; so many hours after work and weekends were spent in my garage. In total I have well over 1000 hours in to the build over a 4 months period. I’m already started on my next project, a pre unit Triumph…


All in all, the bike turned out much better than I could have hoped and my friend was super excited about it, you can see the build pics on my facebook page if you want.

Reiland SSgt Jonathan


  1. Roscochoppers says:

    Very sweet build for a first attempt! great detail!

  2. luke nak says:

    You did an amazing job on this bike i know my brother was so excited about it he talked about your progress every time i ever talked to him and when he got home he couldn’t wait to see and ride it i think it looks amazing as do all of my friends and a few want to make mike an offer for his noone in chicago has anything that looks any bit as badass as this bike does.

  3. Sean from boston says:

    Your a good man and a great friend got doing something like this, the bike came out great!

  4. Guy says:


  5. Jonathan Reiland says:

    Thanks guys!
    Luke, you should have seen mikes face! Priceless!
    The rake is about 31 degrees I think, and the exhaust was kinda an after thought… But sounds and works super good!

  6. Barney says:

    This bike has a really nice stance to it. Great first attempt, your friend should be proud.

  7. Derek says:

    Very impressive! Great job…

  8. Piute says:

    And I thought “X”pipes only went under my El Camino,

  9. fish says:

    You definately have a good eye. Great job

  10. Fabbastard says:

    I think we all need more friends like you….Nice lookin bike Dude!

  11. Ry says:

    Very fine job. Im not sure if you have seen some things from the Taint Splitter( ) or great minds think alike. you have done a fine job and it ooks great.

  12. hooversama says:

    That bike is sick…..totally awesome!!!! I love the color, stance, exhaust, and all the details…….which makes it one of my favorites on this site……!!!

  13. fanoboss says:

    Bravo !!!!!!! Pipes would sell here on this site alone.

  14. Joe says:

    That thing is sick! Wicked detail man.

  15. I sometimes get tired of building Harley based bikes. Our shop has maintained the philosophy that design, ingenuity and workmanship will create a beautiful looking and working bike. Very good work. You have to build more! Many brands of motorcycles deserve this kind of attention.

  16. Piute says:

    Great Philosophy @ J.W.each artist is his own we can put that to canvas(metal)Painting designs no prob.,just can’t weld well.Put your dreams on paper some here can see/and help build it.Just Do It…opps

  17. Jason says:

    sick bike…where did you find the paint,I love that color!

  18. Jonathan Reiland says:

    Thanks guys!
    This diffently isn’t gonna be my last bike!
    The paint is sherwin Williams rootbeer, part of thier plant color line.

  19. Colocation says:

    Nice job. There sure is a revolution with brass recently.

  20. Shane Ryans says:

    Great looking bike, very sleek looking. Awesome design

  21. Andy Larmouth says:

    love this bike! Where can i get a friend like you?! ….and the exhausts look superb!

  22. joe says:

    where did u get the gas shut off valve?

  23. Dan nak says:

    Bike looks awesome, very unique. Mike was very excited to show me the pics yesterday. Great job, looks like u put a lot of time and heart into it!!

  24. Jon Reiland says:

    Thanks again guys!
    The petcocks are from eBay. And yes Dan, tons of heart went in this build!

  25. bluejeans says:

    What size are the rims?

  26. Debblono says:

    Looks sick, what’s the stretch in that hardtail?

  27. Jon Reiland says:

    The wheels are stock mags, I think 18 rear and 19 front, I think.
    As for the stretch, no idea. I wanna say at least 6″..

  28. KsDtoday says:

    This bike is efin bad!! I like it alot!

  29. Jared @ Holiday says:

    Wonder where you got the Idea for the exhaust… hmm…

  30. Jonathan Reiland says:

    I did see that bike, and it’s super nice! Honestly though, the exhaust kinda came as an accident. Maybe it was subconscious??
    That’s such a great bike.

    Anyone go to born free last weekend? Awesome!

  31. Shane Ryans says:

    That looks really sick, I love the color and the X pipes in front

  32. Chris says:

    Where can I find a faux oil tank like the one you used on this bike?

    Btw, this bike is perfect! Incredible work!

  33. Jonathan Reiland says:

    The oil tank is a spun steel keg tank I got from a swap meet in long beach. It was a sample the guy had that wasn’t welded up yet. After putting the wiring in it I got a piece of strap from lowes and fixed the two halves together.
    Thanks man!