Coming back

So, we have been out of it for about 11 months, with a small amount of posts and articles.

We are back, this time, I think for good. We have some things in the works to ensure that we can keep on going without another stop and look forward to bringing you more stories.

I first want to apologize to anyone who gave me information to publish and never saw it published. I am very sorry. I have looked back and I just cannot seem to compile a story for anyone, all of my data seems to be gone, or partial.

I was extremely busy with a new job that just didn’t allow me any spare time to write these stories. I got further and further behind, until I just lost site of what I was doing and became completely overwhelmed.

No longer am I in that job, or overwhelmed. I have begun to gear up production of the stories and some new things to ensure that they keep coming.

Let’s start this new year off right, let’s start telling the stories again and get some new material.

So, I am looking for any and all car owners. Tell me your story, let me write it down so others can enjoy your project/car/truck/bike and give encouragement to those who may be stuck, or thinking that they just can’t do it.

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2017 – A Year in Review

Well, another year has gone by and we have had some milestones happen. This has been a good year for us, so, in an effort to recap what has been happening, let’s look back at last years review. (Make sure to scroll down and check out all of the articles. Also, write a comment on your favorite article, or articles.)


You can click here to see last years review.

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As for this year, well, let’s just say it started a little slow. January through April, we had a total of 1,019 views to our site. Four months and we barely had any viewership, which made me wonder if this was at all worth it.

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Eric DeCoste – 1990 Harley Davidson XLH1200

This interview brings in an American Icon, the Harley Davidson. Harley is an institution

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in and of itself, with no other bike in America having the same longevity and popularity.

The amount of stuff you can buy with the colors are phenomenal, but, the bike itself is timeless. From its inception to today, Harley has always stood for freedom, in all its forms.
I hope you enjoy this interview. Leave a comment at the end, telling us your HD story, or just letting us know what you think.
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19182066_1694633970570747_1360936098_oSo, tell us, what type of motorcycle is this?
This bike is a 1990 Harley Davidson xlh1200
How much was it purchased for?
I got the bike from a friend for $1,000 .
Why this vehicle?
I’ve always wanted a Harley since I was 13 and now at 43 I have my first Harley
The bike was sitting in his garage for 10 yrs and not being used, the owner before him had done a lot of custom work to it, such as, oversized cam, S+S carburetor, pipes, custom paint, engraved front forks, hyper charger.

He promised me the bike ran when I purchased it. (We all know how that tends to go.) I got it home and put in a new battery and fresh fuel,well, the bike fired right up, to my disbelief.
I had a vision for the bike from that moment, bars had to go, ugly seat also had to go, however, I had to go through the motor before putting any money in it.
Give me some backstory, are you a mechanic, do you like to fabricate, are you really 19126305_1694633930570751_464806089_ogood at body work, etc. Some info about you. Info about the vehicle prior to starting it. (i.e., condition, missing parts, just needed paint, no engine, etc.)
I enjoy building and repairing things, I’m an owner of a building and Remodeling business, but I love getting old dirt bikes and bringing them back to life.
I don’t do restorations on them , just get them back to ride-able and reliable.
What have you done to it so far? (Be as descriptive as you can, I may make it several blog posts if it is long, but, that is OK.)
I pulled carburetor and cleaned it, installed new fuel lines and filter, oil change and filter, transmission fluid change, drained fuel tank and cleaned it out. This was the point I fired it again and it sounded amazing!
My friend who is a welder fabricated the drag bars for free, to my liking, ( 4″ kick back and 33″ wide )
I drilled all holes and painted the bars, also used all grips, levers and switches from old bars.

Found some new/used shorty shocks to drop the rear 3.5 inches from Facebook Massachusetts Harley Davidson for $40.00.
At this stage I was happy with the set up, I was going to leave the paint but it had some good chips in it and I’m not into graphics.
Now, my brother -in-law is a custom bike builder/fabricator and he offered to paint the tank and fenders for me for $300 bucks. I jumped on the offer. He had this amazing custom gray paint left over from a bike he built yrs prior, it came out amazing !
I got the tins back and couldn’t wait to install them. I got fenders on, but I found some bad wiring I had to repair before the tank went on. Once the tank was on, I couldn’t believe how great it looked!
I got a new solo LePara seat that pulled it all together. Then I cleaned the 10 yrs of crap off the chrome with Never Dull and boom, bike looked awesome!
19181928_1694633900570754_1462603437_oWhere is it now, in the rebuild stage?
Only thing left to do is have an electrical test done, may need a new starter or regulator, as my battery isn’t charging while riding.
Also, I am looking for new foot pegs as I don’t like the ones I have, they are all chrome plated with no grip so I’m looking for ones with some rubber
Any help you have gotten? (i.e., friend(s), a garage, body shop, parts supplier, box store or online, yahoo videos that were helpful, etc.)
My friend who is a welder fabricated me the drag bars for free to my liking, ( 4″ kick back and 33″ wide )
My brother -in-law is a custom bike builder/fabricator and he offered to paint the tank and fenders for me
A list of things done & the cost.
Cost:
Bike. $1000
Paint. $ 300
Shocks. $ 40
Horn. $ 15
Rear tire. $ 120
Seat. $140
Misc $ 100
Total. $1715.00

 

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Ocean City Cruise week – 2017

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Ok, so, we tried something a little different. We got some new equipment and decided to do a video blog about our trip to Cruise week.20170518_183700

See the Video Blog Here.

We decided to go down, on Thursday, May 18, 2017. We went down for the afternoon, thinking, (My first mistake), that we could use the daylight to park and talk with owners, then hit the vendors in the evening.

20170518_195250Unfortunately, in OC, trying to do a video interview is almost impossible, but, we did get 4 of them from the Ocean City Cruisers, prior to actually getting to the show.

We tried to make it like a trip, so, you could see what we saw, but, you have to remember, we are not paid professionals, we do this because we enjoy it, so, no critiquing my skills. lol.20170518_200253

 

 

 

 

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Gavin Smith – Aftermath – Custom Motorcycle

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This is not a picture of the actual crash, but, a photo pulled off Google

We’ve all heard about motorcycle accidents. The guy/gal gets creamed at an intersection, or a guy backing up runs into the bike. Stories like these are horrible and can often lead to a devastating accident that leaves the rider disabled or dead. We rarely, if ever, hear of anything good that comes out of an accident, but, this time, something did.

 

This article is about Gavin Smith’s first custom bike, which he named “Aftermath”, which you will soon learn why. I have written this as though he were telling the story, so, sit back and enjoy.

18471963_1796287413731469_576964059_oAftermath: It was my first road bike I’ve ever owned. A 1993 Yamaha Virago 750 with 12k miles. I bought it for $1850 and I rode that bike everywhere putting 12k more on it the first summer I had it.
I drove it for a few years until I was in an accident. I was hit by a semi truck that merged on top of me. Long story short I was hurt but alive and my bike was totaled.
I actually rode the bike home from the accident, but it was in rough shape. The insurance 18406031_1796291017064442_2067553222_ocompany offered to let me buy the bike back for $75.
I knew the motor was still good so I said for $75 I’ll take it.
I wanted to build something, but wasn’t sure what. I could do a go cart, v twin quad, bobber. All kinds of ideas went through my head.
I finally decided to build a bobber. (See the Bullet Bobber, Here)
Note from Customs N Classics: Because I am not as educated on Bike terms, as I might be on car/truck terms, I felt it necessary to find out what was meant by the term, bobber. I did go to Wikipedia, (GASP, I know, but the sources for the information were pretty top notch), and copied their definition, so, anyone who is in my shoes would have an idea what the term meant.
(According to Wikipedia, the definition of a bobber is as follows; A bobber, originally called a ‘bob-job’ from the 1930s through 1990s, is a style of custom motorcycle. The typical construction includes stripping excess bodywork from a motorcycle; removing the front fender, and shortening the rear fender, which is “bobbed” (as in bob-tail), and all superfluous parts removed to reduce weight.)
18405714_1796291547064389_2115423042_oI took down the bike to the frame and removed all the damaged and broken parts off the bike. Surprisingly the frame was unharmed with the exception of the back half that supports the passenger.
I cut the back portion off and reinforced the frame where I cut the back off.
I made a list of parts and went to Bills Bone Yard, in Salt Lake City, UT,
After picking through a bunch of parts I had everything on my list but lights.
I found a pretty cool old Kawasaki tank and some handle bars from a bullet bike that attach to the fork tubes. I got all the replacement lights and a new Springer seat from eBay. 18426819_1796291463731064_1558938355_o
The build was quite easy actually. I just had to make new mounts for the seat, tank and headlight. I loosened the tree around the forks and slid the forks up 3 inches so I could attach the sport bike style handle bars. That lowered the bike and gave it a new aggressive looking stance.
I made some new side covers out of diamond page aluminum. And I made a new set of exhaust for it and was back riding again after a fresh paint job. I only spent 600$ total in parts and paint.
18426517_1796291703731040_947382096_oIt turned out really cool. I didn’t go to a gas station without someone commenting on it, or asking “what kind of bike is that?!” I eventually sold it but still to this day there are times I wish I still had it.

You can see Gavins other Bobber, the Bullet Bobber, here.

You can see gavins Rat Rod, here.

Gavin Smith – Bullet Bobber – Custom Motorcycle

As I was writing the article for Gavin Smith’s ’47 Ford Rat Rod, He told me about his other current project, his custom motorcycle. The “Bullet Bobber”. Below is the story, as he relayed it to me.18362529_1790373904322820_1981704360_o

The bike started out as a titled roller hard tail frame that I picked up from a guy for $250.

600 Ninja

Tried an engine from a 600 Ninja

I tried to fit a couple of different motor ideas from bikes people were parting out. I tried a 600 ninja motor first that fit perfect but had too many electrical problems so that idea was abandoned.

My next attempt was going to use a 600 savage single cylinder, but parts were far and few between, so that idea was scrapped. 18362351_1790374100989467_1140424742_o

It had been sitting for two years and I was moving so I was just going to scrap the idea all together. I decided to check one last time on my local classified website and came across a 96

96 suzuki 600

Finally used an engine from a 96 Suzuki Bandit 600

Suzuki bandit 600. The guy got a bad deal and was selling it cheap because he couldn’t get the title. I picked it up running but needing a clutch for $500.

The Suzuki 600 was much bigger than the ninja 600 18338853_1790372510989626_347782111_oand wouldn’t fit in the frame. I decided to use the rear swing arm from the bandit but had to custom build my own frame around the motor.

18339478_1790372447656299_341464515_oI did all the fabrication work and tube bending with a hydraulic pipe bender from Harbor Freight and did the notching with a cutoff disk and grinder.

I took my time and made sure everything was symmetrical and straight on the frame. I used all the Suzuki original wiring but had no place to hide it. It took me a few days to come up with the idea to use an ammo can to house the battery and wiring. 18361903_1790372590989618_2018628245_o

I spent a lot of time on eBay looking for parts that would look good on the bike.

I had to move the foot controls forward with a universal forward foot control linkage kit I found on eBay along with the headlights and blinkers.

18426810_1796269980399879_438543554_oI had Birdmans Custom Seats make a custom seat with our family brand incorporated into the design on the seat.

I custom made the exhaust from the header back with 18318583_1790372037656340_784461673_oexhaust parts from Auto Zone and replaced the stock air box with pod filters from, you guessed it, eBay.

It took some re jetting to get the carbs tuned in but all in all it was a super fun bike build. Probably the coolest most unique bike i have ever build.

18338849_1790372170989660_1771853452_oAt the time I originally wrote this article, Gavin was waiting on a custom seat. Well, it came in and he installed it. There are new picks in the below collage. I am also embedding a video of him finally getting to ride it.

Gavin has another bike that I am just waiting on the story and pictures. That bike was named 18405624_1796270027066541_853464828_oAftermath, which, once you hear the story, you understand the name.

(You can see the story, here)

Here are the current photos of the build, as soon as he gets the final parts in the mail and on the bike, we will update the pictures so you can see the final masterpiece.

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