Decided that the road was calling
Hello, my name is Andy carter, my home is salt lake city Utah. A few of you have probably seen the first installment of the “pangea pulverizer”. I thought i would talk a little about how i got into all this stuff.
Growing up my parents owned a rapid prototyping / industrial design company named metropolis design. I grew up working at metropolis design. We had a machine shop, welding gear, wood shop, and pretty much any other tool imaginable right there at our fingertips. That being said my brother and i had allot of really good opportunities to build some cool stuff.
Some years ago i made the decision to move to northern California to go to formula race car mechanics school. I didn’t know how much a motorcycle mechanic makes. while training to become a professional racing mechanic i did an apprenticeship with a very well known vintage formula one fabrication shop. during my time at the f1 shop i really honed my skills.
After graduation i opted to move to so cal and build hot rods professionally. building rods was an awesome experience. i really loved building cars but there were a few things getting to me one of them was California… back in slc i picked up a job working for a high end restoration shop. i decided that the road was calling so i quit that gig and bought an 83 Suzuki gs850. the 850 took me all over the country for three months and about 13k ticked over on the odometer.
While i was on the road i came to the conclusion that i don’t like building stuff to other peoples specs and having to make sacrifices due to the “customers” opinion. that is when i got serious on pangea speed. at this time i was pretty much finished with my 74 rd350 cafe racer. during that project i realized that if you want to build a bike you have to go through a billion different suppliers to get all the parts you need. seems to me why shouldn’t you be able to come to a company like pangea speed and get all your fabrication parts from one source? well that’s what i am in the process of creating. some of the parts are listed up on www.pangeaspeed.com more are showing up all the time. check it out.
I am sure you are wondering about the specs on the bike? so i picked up this 650 super cheap. a few slices with the saw and her back half fell off, like it was part of a magic show or something. the real trick was sticking the new back on straight. i bent up some dom for the rear and had the first set of p-speed axle plates machined.
I went to a magneto set up. OK OK OK permanent magnetic alternator would be the technical name for it. i just didn’t want to have to deal with a battery so i just strapped a stator off a sport bike with some banshee parts on the crank. everything works great especially with the pamco ign.
I had to have some where to keep the wires so i built a box that fit between the tire and back bone. the other reason i built the box is to clean up the over all aesthetic of the bike. there is nothing i hate more than a bike that has a bunch of empty space all over it. between building this form fitting box and keeping the frame the stock wheel base (i am 6ft tall and it fits fine.) i believe it achieved a pretty solid look. for the rear fender i took the front fender, cut the fat outta the middle and stitched it back together. a few coats of super metal flake gold, some gold leaf, and about 50 pangea stickers and this thing is ready to rock.
Oh i also stitched up the goat skin seat cover and fastened it to a pan i shaped. the hand shifter was bent out of 5/8 cold rolled, the sissy bar was done in 1/2 cold rolled.
This pretty much sums it up, if you want to check out photos from this entire build you can swing over to www.pangeaspeed.com and its all there. feel free to drop me a line too i love to hear all your input and send me pics of what you guys are building!!!!
Thanks Andy carter
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