year is it? What kind is it? I have been asked that question so many
times. That is a hard question to
answer. My typical answer, take
your pick. It is a contraption of
various parts from various years. I
built it entirely myself. Many parts are old, new, used, donated, and simply
fabricated. Here are the basics:
1996 rigid frame (oooohhh my back), HD 1975 shovelhead engine cases, S&S
heads and cam cover, S&S stroker flywheels (4.5”stroke, 3.5” bore), 4 speed
transmission, Kick start only (sore ankle), HD softtail wheels (took a little
work to make those babies fit), Fat Boy front fender and sliders, Hinged rear
fender, Jay brake 4 piston rear caliper, Mustang touring seat (only way my wife
will ride with me), 32 amp alternator, single fire Dyna ignition coils and
pickup, and a 6 gallon gas tank (I don’t like to stop for gas).
purchased the frame uncoated and the engine in pieces. I decided early on that I need a little
more rake than 30 degrees.
Therefore I took a nice chop saw to the head tube mount, heated and bent
the tube up, and welded in a spacer along with two triangular plates. Turned out as well as I
anticipated. It now holds its own
at about 38 degrees. Stock length
forks along with a low swung frame make it scrape easily around turns. Of course it rides rougher and handles
worse, but it looks good!
is the present condition. I still
have many plans for the machine. Composing mostly of parts that I will cast and machine.
Still under construction here. Pictured it had a belt primary. The belt kept breaking and
left me stranded twice. There are many reasons why it may have broke. I checked
all of the obvious ones after it broke the first time. Just could not get it to work. I finally converted it to chain all
around. Afterwards, it was suggested by a knowledgeable source
speaking through experience that the idler pulley may have been at fault. I think it very well might have been. Irrelevant now though since it is
Looking down upon the beast………a Keihin CV carb on a
shovelhead. There’s something you
do not see everyday. Runs great