Tuesday, July 13, 2021

@joepanhead Sportster Clone Update: Replicating motorcycles are a pain in the ass! That’s the update thanks for tuning in. Seriously though, we’re making headway. If you know me, you know how anal retentive I am and it’s affectionately known as “Calvinising”. (Thanks Ben...) I’ve been wracking my brains out the past week making these taillight brackets. Blowing up all the blurry pictures I can and studying them with a fine tooth comb and I’ve still overlooked some things. It’s almost caused me start over just like the struts... After finishing the brackets and looking at the old photos close up to verify what I have is right, it dawned on me I was using the wrong taillight, or was I?? (Yep, I lost sleep last night on that one.) Turns out both are actually right. I originally started with the larger light because it was easily identifiable in one of my dad’s photos. However, the version I’m going for is from the parking lot photos and what’s on the back of our shirts. After letting my brain settle it’s clear as day between photos the taillights are different. Fortunately I happen to have the correct smaller one on the shelf but now the holes are off! I was thinking great I have to make new brackets now, but a little squeeze of the hand on the bar the holes lineup and the light fits perfect. Thanks to @bengottheinsta59fl and Frank for press braking the brackets for me. Last item for the bar is inspect sticker plate. (The insanity continues with that story...) Stay tuned! #RetroFitCycleWorks #JoeSportsterClone #Calvinising #chopcult #69XLCH

Saturday, July 3, 2021

Hey gang! It has been quite some time since I have posted anything! Just been incredibly busy working nonstop and I’ve reached a point to make a post for the @joepanhead1313 Sportster clone! Well here it is! This bike has come a long way over the past few months and it couldn’t have happened without the help of some amazing generous people. It’s been an incredible challenge trying to locate the original odd ball parts my dad used back in 1972. The biggest needle in the hay stack was the spool hub he ran. That was generously donated from @jway_83 I cannot thank you enough for the hub man. I missed out on buying it. Long story short he ended up contacting me some weeks later and offered it up for the build. Jason I can’t thank you enough! It’s what this chopper community is all about! On the fabrication side my dad and I have been slaving away trying to reproduce his struts and sissybar he had. I actually made 2 sets of struts because the first pair I made were too short. So I made a new set at 12.5” and all of sudden everything fell into place. My dad also remade his original highway pegs. Last photo is of my dad’s grandfather, Karl, who originally co-signed for the bike in 1969 so my dad could get the bike in the first place. This photo is also what helped me confirm the seat that @marinosjunkpile had for sale and I knew it was the one. For the rest of the parts and help on the build I’ve gotta thank these characters: @24ouncepbr @magneto_sportster @jodyzero7 @cyclestopnj @hotdoggin @antisocial83 @marinosjunkpile @jway_83 @dnseats6779 @bengottheinsta59fl @chopcult We’re getting there and we’ll have the big reveal @cheapthrillsnj in the sportster show in Sept! Life long dream coming true building this with my dad. More updates to come!

Saturday, October 24, 2020


Hanging at the @appmotojam hill climb! Come by say hi and check the @strangedaysevent give away chopper Sweet Cheeks! #retrofitcyclesworks #retofit #sweetcheeks #strangedaysgiveaway #hillclimbvia Instagram

Wednesday, October 7, 2020


This Sunday!! The secrets out! Antiques, customs, all makes and models and even works in progress welcome! 11am to 6pm. #SecretBikeShow #MilfordPAvia Instagram

Friday, June 12, 2020


Just as the pic says. My van engine swap has come to a screeching halt without the correct bellhousing. I need one that has a 5.125" bearing retainer opening. Please spread the word so we can do van burnouts this summer! #mopar #a833 #a833transmission #b100 #vanninvia Instagram

Monday, March 16, 2020


Drink beer and build motorcycles. My new "keep calm and carry on". That is all.via Instagram

Tuesday, March 3, 2020


I also have a chrome single flange hub could throw in for a trade or something. Let me know what you got!via Instagram

Saturday, February 1, 2020


We've arrived @cheapthrillsnj ! Stop by the @strangedaysevent vendor spot to check out this year's give away bike, Sweet Cheeks! #retrofitcycleworks #strangedays #strangedays10 #lowbrowcustoms #chopcult #shovelhead #milemuncher #showstoppersandroadchoppersvia Instagram