CAPTAIN AWESOME on “BlacksmithBilly”
Let me start off first, by saying that Bill is one the nicest and most helpful guys you will ever meet. He pours his heart and soul into projects, and that shows. His commitment to helping “internet” friends in need, would be second to none. I feel privileged to be able to present his finished bike in this very column. From top to bottom this bike oozes cool. The fabrication is top notch, along with execution of the overall package. Bill did what most only hope to achieve when starting off a project, by fabricating pretty much every single item on the bike. Pat this guy on the bike. He deserves every bit of it…. Bill Norton AKA “BlacksmithBilly”
I wanted to pass on something as well. So in 2007 I built this bike for my son, as part of the TCU 2007 build off competition. I didn’t get the bike finished for the end of the contest, but it was a rewarding thing just to participate. The bike was rode in the raw steel for almost 2 yrs before I decided to powdercoat and paint the bike.
The bike is a 1975 XS650 I acquired from Glenn (Animal) from the www.thechopperunderground.com board in trade for some repair work on a tweaked triumph rigid frame.
I used 1 ½” 2 ½ radius combo bends from “The Chassis Shop” to make the 2 into exhaust.
My son loves the bike, and his skateboarding buddies.
I think it will be something that will always remind him of his ole’ man…..
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