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I picked up what the previous owner says “finished bike” in Pennsylvania during the fall season. Right when I got home I started stripping it down and began to put my own ideas into it.  When the summer season started I rode it for a year,raw to see what would break and what I would have to build to make it stronger.

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A friend of mine, Kyle ( Leadfist Cycles ) built my tank; teardropped, flush gas cap, and mid-controls out of old handle bars laying around. Once winter season came around again, I stripped it down to bare frame and had everything sand blasted. I cut the gusets, shaved the forks, and made a seat pan.

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picked up some huge threaded rod and made some foot pegs out of it, hockey tape grips, flour can from target for all my wires and such, made license plate braket, ordered a 2 into 1 exhaust from mikes xs, went over the whole bike, I spent long days and nights, drank a lot of beers and pissed off my girlfriend for spending more time with the bike and not her.

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Seat was tooled by Brandy,out of Saugerties, NY. Paint work done by Quality Auto Body in Cairo, NY. This is my first bike that I have built and will not be the last. I am looking to build a cafe racer next.

dave koemm

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