You Can’t Miss This Retro Bobber!

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This build comes to us from Loen Montefusco, one of our Facebook fans. What do you think?

It took me about 5 months to build it from scratch. I bought a 1994 stock sportster and kept a few things from the bike , the front wheel, the engine, the speedo well thats it. the rest is what you see…the frame is totally custom…the neck is a 1943 b33 BSA, and I gave it a 35 degrees rake. The hard-tail is from an old twin cam. A big welding challenge to get it right. I didn’t want the frame very low but not very high either, its about 12 cm from the ground under the engine which gives me a good clearance to not hit into what ever is out there on the road.
The back wheel rim needed to be bigger. So, I bought a 19″ front rim and re-spoke it to fit the rear hub. The front end is an I-beam replica 1936, 2″ under stock . Tires oh yes, the tires are 19″ Firestone Champion Deluxe with no white wall..It doesn’t exist. So I put that on. The seat is a k-model 1945 replica on soft springs to keep your kidneys from falling off your body. The engine was converted from 883 to 1200cc with custom upsweep pipes and with a custom velocity stack on the carb. Of course I needed to rejet that thing, but that´s not hard.
One of the biggest challenges was to get the front brake right. As you can see, it´s wire driven from the backwards brake levers, BMWs 1943 replicas…to the master cylinder which is located under the tank and from there it turns hydraulic to activate the front end caliper brake.. It took me a while to get it right. The internal throttle is also sharing the same space with the brake wire. The tank is elongated and I hammered the indents of the sides..patience patience… the headlight housing took me a couple of days to build. I i took an old BMWs housing, a 7″ and turn into a 5″ to fit the stock HD headlight. It took a lot of welding and cutting. This is the first motorcycle I ever built. It was very fun, and now I´m hooked.
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