Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Home Stretch

Started final assembly on this one today. Hit some delays due to a powdercoating issue, but it's all good now. Pics the first of next week of the complete bike.
Frame and front end reunited.
Shiny metal ready to go.

Monday, June 18, 2012

One More Time - Lucky 13

Smoke Out XIII is this weekend. Me and some of the NC crew are riding up for the day on Saturday and it should be a fine time with some good people. The event isn't what it used to be, but I'm still excited to see good friends that I don't get to hang out with nearly enough. Oh, and if you plan on riding a bagger up there, do yourself a favor and don't. A bit of trouble with the powdercoating for the Walsh bike has delayed final assembly by a good week, but it's being rectified right now and I'll post pics when the bike starts going back together. Stay tuned.

Monday, June 11, 2012

It's a New Week and Things are Going Down

Starting a new job, moving into a new house with a beautiful girl, and finishing my latest bike build at the end of the week. Could be worse. *photo blatantly stolen from Chopper Dave's blog.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Chopper Reborn

Got up to Newton's a couple days ago to help him get his Honda Nighthawk chop wired and fired. I love air cooled inline 4 motors, but the newer they are the more wires they need to run. Regardless, Mike and I started about 3:30 and just past midnight we had the bike turning over and firing like a champ, including bypassing all the safety lockouts the Japanese build into their bikes to attempt to idiot proof them. This is going to be a rock solid reliable bike and I'm ready to see it blasting down the road in a couple of weeks for the Smokeout.

The pic is from a few months back, but I didn't think ahead and bring a camera to take pics while we were wiring it. All building and fabrication by Mike including the entire frame. Pay attention, this is how you build a bike without wasting time on whatever the hipster flavor of the month is.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Put it together, take it apart

Over the last couple days I disassembled the bike and did all the final welding/frame prep. The tank and rear fender went to the painter Tuesday, and the frame and other parts made it to the powdercoaters today. If all goes well, final assembly will be complete by the end of next weekend. The light is at the end of the tunnel and it is bright my friends.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Popping the Cherry

The Walsh bike is done and ready for tear down for paint/powdercoat. A couple short shakedown rides and it runs great and rides nice. More pics in a couple weeks when final assembly is done.

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Friday, June 1, 2012

Like a Boss

A mere three months from the start of this project and it's ready for paint & powdercoat. The bike turned out very nice and I'm happy with all of the work I've done on it. It will definitely be a real deal, every day rider. Get on it and head for the Rocky Mountains if you want to.
If you're wondering why there's no headlight, well, a certain big name builder apparently had too many gay baggers to work on and forgot how to find the post office. Hopefully it shows up in the next few months.