Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Project in Progress


This is a project I have been tinkering with for quite a while. It's an old Harley Davidson shovel head. They get that name because the top of the valve rocker covers (on top of the cylinder heads) look like the back side of an old shovel.
 
This is one I have had for a long while, I completely disassembled it and made a few modifications, my intent to give it the look of an old military bike from the WWII era. I modified the frame, installed an old style oil tank, and rear fender. The exhaust I fabricated from an old set of pipes. Everything from seat, brakes, oil filter etc had to be redesigned and modified to fit and brackets welded to accommodate them.

It is still not totally finished but it is up and running.
I think a rifle scabbard would really dress it up, not sure how much attention it would get from the local police.












I would like to would like to put some kind of tribute on it to the men in my unit who were KIA in Iraq.
I have a post planned around Memorial Day to them.



20 comments:

  1. Nice bike Duke. I like the kick starter :) When I started riding we used to laugh at people who wore leather and had electric starters. My how times change, and yes I do have a motorcycle with an electric starter. But I still have the 54 Pan I rode all those years too, had it for 43 years now. Don

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    1. To be honest it does have a hidden electric starter but it will kick over as well. It starts very easy. My back wont put up with as much as it did once.

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  2. Dear Duke - i love that bike! but then i am partial to bikes...being that i drove a yamaha vino for years - bahahahah! but every time a "real" bike went by - they always honked. live to ride, brother! live to ride!

    your friend,
    kymber

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    1. Kymber, that's OK, I won't make fun. Thanks friend.

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    1. Thanks, I like nostalgic things that was my goal here.

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  4. That is an awesome looking bike. Great job!

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    1. Thanks, I will post more when I get it like I want.

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  5. Just wait until I ride up to your place on my Vespa...

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    1. I always wondered if a Harley motor would fit in one of those. Talk about a white knuckle ride.

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  6. oh dear sweet one...please tell me that you just didn't type the words - proper Italian vespa?!???!!? did you?????

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    1. Kymber, I can't take him anywhere.

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  7. Duke, love the color. It looks great! I'm working on getting a new ride myself. Thinking about the new Harley Switch-Back. Also, its about the only bike that the wife can get on, with out to much trouble. Take some more picture's, and post em please

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    1. I ride a Road King normally, my wife will ride on that. It has a comfortable passenger seat.

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  8. Good golly Duke....classic all the way.

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    1. Thanks my friend, I like the classic look. I am kind of old fashioned.

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  9. Well done Sir! And I'd put the carbine scabbard on it in the correct front fender location!

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    1. Old NFO, that's what I was thinking, it would be pretty neat. Maybe someone would think twice before cutting me off in traffic.

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  10. Nice shovelhead! You can always use the carbine scabbard for a KIA flag-holder or some other kind of banner. Your Combat Vets Assn. logo would make an excellent flag - that's a distinctive graphic.

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  11. DirtCrashr, thanks, I like the idea of a scabbard doubling as a flag carrier. I thought of putting the CVMA logo on the derby cover as well.

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