Sunday, October 28, 2012
Sunday, October 7, 2012
This is the long awaited post about the newest change with my Sportster. It was time for the "cursed tins", as I call them, to go. It's a cool paint job and its a cool story behind them, (check out the full story here) but I really wanted to get back to riding longer than 60 miles for gas and I wanted a sissybar again. I really wanted a road trip bike. Let the chopping begin!
It wasn't just my dad's style I was copying but also the guys he rode with. All of them were simple, purposeful, choppers. As my Uncle Neil once said "We traded all the peanut tanks for fat bobs and the chrome and flash for black and natural earth rust tones."
I started by finding another super glide tank. I use to run one but had to find another. Ben gave me the old bobbed fender off his panhead. It has a 3/16" x 1 1/2" steel flat bar welded to the inside of the fender as hidden fender struts. With some modifcation I made it fit my sportster frame.
The paint job had to be black and decided to try my hand at real automotive paint. Thanks to some guidance by Billy, it came out great.
Lastly were the red HD decals, also from Ebay and the seat I found via the Jockey Journal.
The sissybar was another stainless steel bar made on a lunch break. The mounts have studs welded to them so its bolted from the inside. Nice and clean and really shows off the lines of the fender. I couldnt be more happy with the look.
The fork boots are HD OEM replacements for the 33.4mm style forks. Flip them upside down and they work great for the 35mm forks.
Friday, October 5, 2012
James Stone took more amazing photos from the 4th Invitational this year. This guy seriously needs to make a hard cover book of all these photos from the past four years. See the rest here- brooklyninvitationalportraits.tumblr.com