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02-26-2012, 05:49 AM
Good morning!
Thought I'd drop a note and let you know I'm still alive. In fact I'll be back next week for a quick visit.

Anyways, I finally stumbled upon something to put in the garage. The right combination of cheap and cool. I'm just starting to put together a game plan. BTW - bike prices over here are fucking nuts! Mid 90's Sportsters go for around 9 grand, '70's Triumphs for 8 & a half.

Behold, "Hurricane" (working title. This will be my wife's bobber and she's from New Orleans).


Traded 650 pieces of pretty paper for her.


Took it apart in a parking lot and stuffed it into the station wagon.


Came with a few wheels that I can play with or sell to fund additional bits & bobs.


The most expensive part on the bike is a rare Frances Barnett tank. I could definitely sell it for a pretty penny but I like the way it looks.


First thing to do is go buy some tools and sort out a lift/table.


02-26-2012, 08:06 AM
Very nice Chris! I'm thinkin it's gonna look killer when your done with it. The pic of your bike in pieces in the back of your wagon is priceless!! :lmao: :dthumb:

Gas Man
02-26-2012, 11:59 AM
Awesome and awesome pics. Im with moe the station wagon pic is hilarious. I have a pic of my chopper in the back of my suv but quite as funny.

Gas Man
02-26-2012, 12:23 PM
Awesome and awesome pics. Im with moe the station wagon pic is hilarious. I have a pic of my chopper in the back of my suv but quite as funny.


02-26-2012, 04:54 PM
Spent some time cleaning up the garage and sorting everyting out. Not much to report on, spent a lot of time taking measurements and notes (I'm like that).
Need to start sourcing parts to get it functional, then worry about the cosmetics. In due course I spent more time thinking about paint color, Bates re-pop seats and Borrani rims. Chains and coils aren't as sexy.
Pulled the crap trap and the motor's made metal at some point. It's aluminun so it may have been a loose cam chain tensioner. I'll drain the oil and have a look around to make sure that's all.


Dad's been busy on his XS project too. He's going big-buck building a street tracker with an 850 big-bore kit and 277 deg. rephasing. Lucky fucker's put his Softail back together, tuned and polished it after the cross country trip! Mine's still sitting under the cover, just as I left it September 22nd.
I think they dropped the cam chain into the bottom end.


02-26-2012, 07:33 PM

02-27-2012, 12:15 AM
Chris: Good to hear from you, are we going to get a chance for a Mt. Clemens ride? How's your brother been doing on his?

03-23-2012, 05:18 PM
Got it running.


Cut out some offending bits.

Ebay came through with some cool stuff. Stickers are my own....

Learning to stick weld (by blowing holes in sacrificial tubing).

Starting to come together (at least enough to get the idea).

Need to spend a bunch of time this weekend using up electrodes on metal scrap before I touch the Hurricane (that's what I'm calling it right now).

Paul - I'll be back in July, ready to do some riding! Greg got a bike cover for Christmas and it's sat next to his bike in the garage for 3 months, that boy won't learn! I'd guess that it'll get charged up and he'll got out on it if the weather stays nice. How's the hot-rod?

Enjoy the 80 degree weather fuckers!

Gas Man
03-23-2012, 10:32 PM
Video link doesn't work...

Looks great man. Can't wait to see it done.

You plan on being over there all the time? This a permanant thing?

03-26-2012, 03:20 AM
July could be great, don't be a stranger. Keep us posted, okay? Also, do you not check for messages on the "other" forum?

05-07-2012, 04:49 PM
What's up boys?
No, I don't plan to be here forever, just for the next year. That was the gig when I signed up.
No I don't spend a lot of time on the XL forum either. I'm head down in this XS project. When I get back home I'll pick up on the XL project. Have I mentioned that I've got an X-90 project too?

Here's some updates. Cut up the chunky axle plates for the caliper, then decided to go in a different direction.


Tucked into the motor to make sure everything's in good shape (it is).

Tried to mount the tires to my new rims... Then realized I have an 18" rear, not a 16, like the tire...

Waiting for a chain tensioner to show up then the frame will be done and I can get it powderdercoated. Working on the forks right now, dropping them 3 inches and shaving/polishing the lowers.




Gas Man
05-08-2012, 01:46 AM
Looks good man. Keep up the good work. That has to be a great way to avoid being home sick.

05-08-2012, 03:00 AM
Looks good man. Keep up the good work. That has to be a great way to avoid being home sick.

The wife will be here Saturday after 2 months apart. Probably not going to get much done on the bike for a week or so.

Gas Man
05-08-2012, 08:06 AM
Yeah I'm sure.

12-11-2012, 03:44 PM
Some more recent shots to keep things active. Haven't worked on it in a bit, did make some mounts and a set of SS pipes for it but havent cut to length. Enjoy:






12-11-2012, 06:01 PM
this thread is certified bad ass

Gas Man
12-12-2012, 12:16 AM
this thread is certified bad ass


01-13-2013, 11:02 AM
Morning, well I'm back Stateside for another 12 hours. Also managed to get a whole 5 miles ridden yesterday.

Goes without saying that when I parked the Sporty last August she was on reserve, with a leaky fork seal and never bothered to plug in the charger. I should know better than to treat things like that. The end result is that it took until 4:30 yesterday to get her dug out and going.

Just enough time to run to the gas station before dinner with the Mrs.


Gas Man
01-13-2013, 11:34 AM
Man o man... saw that picture on FB. Good to see her rolling regardless. And you put a little elbow to her, which is always a positive.

You going to be back stateside for any real length of time?

01-15-2013, 01:40 AM
Damn, Chris, it would be nice if we knew you would be stateside! We did get about 300 miles in Saturday dashing around lower Ontario while you fiddled with your "R". Which by the way must be just about the polar opposite of the "Yammie", which is looking mighty fine in it's own right! Your Darling still doing well with her "Thing", and how about Dad, did he ever get the hydraulics dialed in on the Softail?