Project Bike

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Butcher
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Project Bike

Post by Butcher » Wed Mar 30, 2016 2:47 pm

Project has started ... 85 FXST Softail was my choice to start this project. Not sure where this is gonna go yet. Bike as purchased. Tank will go, front end will change along with the seat, pipes could stay (sound nice) the colour will stay (grown on me). First though, tidy up and get it on the road

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Re: Project Bike

Post by Bearcx » Wed Mar 30, 2016 3:00 pm

Very nice starting point. What sort of front end you looking at.? Springer?
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Butcher
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Re: Project Bike

Post by Butcher » Wed Mar 30, 2016 7:41 pm

I love springers but I'm not sure how the softail will ride - they are not renown for their handling. So I'm thinking mild custom - 3 degree steering head bearings with telescopic 4 or 6 over. Not sure

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Re: Project Bike

Post by Butcher » Thu Aug 04, 2016 10:30 pm

Now when it comes to things mechanical, I'm about as useful as a eunuch in a sperm bank. So the bike went to the Wizard of New South Oz. Before doing so, I tried a set of Ape Hangers but the bike would not fit through the gate. This is what we (he) started out with
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First to go was the Apes and the solid wheels (replaced with spoke), the two into ones - for ol skool look. The Wizard had to hand make a lot of stuff during this project - first up the header pipes and then modification of the forward controls for a more comfortable riding position
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Seems only 3 photos allowed so will post more later

Butcher
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Re: Project Bike

Post by Butcher » Thu Aug 04, 2016 10:43 pm

Wiring was always going to be a problem
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So some magic was performed
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3 degree cups n 4 over forks were added but no photo
Decided on an 883 Sportser tank .... fuel injected which also requires fabrication - but just to get an idea

Butcher
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Re: Project Bike

Post by Butcher » Wed Dec 14, 2016 7:20 pm

So, due to the Wizard of New South Oz the project is now complete after 7 months. Gone from the original
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to this
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Re: Project Bike

Post by Prof » Sun Dec 18, 2016 9:06 am

Chopper has come up nicely. Good to see the trad king/queen seat. Have you considered a short rear guard?
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Butcher
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Re: Project Bike

Post by Butcher » Thu Jan 19, 2017 8:47 pm

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Re: Project Bike

Post by Prof » Fri Jan 20, 2017 12:37 pm

Great photo...
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