This is absolutely unbelievable to me! do people not see this??!!
I decided I wanted new bars for my twin cam. These are stainless steel. The risers were machined from solid, with a 1″ tube welded into the top. I prefer to use 7/8″ throttles and controls, so the two outer sections step down in diameter. The upward bends started as solid stock with both ends machined for a socket fit. Then I torch bent them to the curve I wanted. The grip tubes were bent in my tube bender. Every connection is seam welded and plug welded.
Movies these days tend to suck for me. Why? Because the bar was set extremely high in my day….
This bike, which I called “Devil May Care”, was a fun one for me. I played it very safe with the overall shapes, which was hard for me to do coming straight off the “Rusty Buzzard” build. Ironically, this was one of my favorites. This bike had a few noteworthy developments, function wise: One was the general complexity of the front end, which I had never attempted to build before. I naturally made it extremely strong and overbuilt, complete with all billet stainless rocker assemblies with needle bearings in 6 places!
The other was a double action clutch. I hate automatic clutches or transmissions of any kind on a motorcycle. However, I hadn’t yet spent a lot of time riding jockey shift and (since I didn’t run a front brake), I wanted a “crutch” of some kind to help me. Obviously, my fear was missing neutral on an uphill stop, not be able to take my foot off the clutch, and have my brake foot on the ground, therefore rolling backwards down the hill.
I made the rear brake work conventionally, but the clutch could be over-pushed and also engage the rear brake, via a crossover tube and a second “plunger”.
My new riding procedure was: slow down with right foot, while using clutch casually on the left. Upon slow speeds, forget the right side- just over- push the clutch pedal hitting the rear brake. That way my right foot could be on the ground, and my left foot doing both clutch and brake together. Upon pulling ahead, I just let off the clutch and I pulled away- never needing my right foot to help hold me as I ascended. I could have used the left hand assembly by itself and not used a right brake pedal at all- except for the need to brake over the clutch during normal riding. get it?
The bike turned out to be very easy to ride; I would say even easier than a stock Harley. It also ran great and had an amazing Pradke paint job.
To anyone who doesn’t know about this race, it is basically the fastest crotch rockets on earth, going balls to the wall on normal city streets. Insane!
Mark your calendars, April 20th – may 11th 2012 New Haven. I will be showing my work at Reynolds Fine Art at 96 Orange Street New Haven, CT.
Opening Friday night the 20th from 5-8 pm. Car/ Bike show Saturday the 21st from 12- 8 pm.The show also includes the work of legendary vehicle photographer Bruno Ratensperger, as well as an entire garage full of exotic and antique cars (the subjects of Brunos photography). Now here is the cool part- the entire street will be closed to public vehicle traffic on the 21st. There will be exceptions though, If you have an antique/ exotic/ chopped car and or motorcycle, you may be allowed on the closed street to park near the gallery. However, who gets to park in front of the gallery is entirely up to Myself, Bruno, and the staff of Renolds Fine Art. I don’t want any disappointment when we politely ask you to park your pro-street-airbrush-barge in the next lot over. Same goes for deafening boss-hosses, giant trikes, import cars with fart pipes, etc. There will be some food, but I don’t have all the details yet. We are shooting for a scene somewhat like the Brooklyn Invitational, to give you some idea…. I am exited because New Haven hasn’t had any bike/car related events in a long time- hopefully this will be a success and become annual! I will post reminders as it gets closer, as well as any new info. Please come show support! -L
This is a bike I built in the old days. It seems like 100 years ago! I built the entire frame from scratch. It doesn’t have any bends in it (I didn’t have a tube bender yet) other than the radiused side pieces, which a friend roll-bent for me. I remember taking it to a shop a few towns over and getting made fun of by all the old assholes that hung out there. They said the welds would break, but the only thing that broke was the engine they built for me! It shook so bad that I just lugged it constantly to keep the vibes down. It was still fun though.