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Old 01-31-2020, 07:01 PM   #1
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Default 1952 HD Mr. Potatohead makeover & custom pipes

I got my grubby hands on a panhead after years of lust and drool.

It was somebody elseís dream bike but a little bit of an ugly duckling. I swapped out the pushed forward apes, goofy risers, and ugly big round bottom late sporty tank for stuff that fits me better and looks sleeker to me. Gonna do a frame mount seat too so I can show off the triangle of the rigid frame more and sit a little lower.

The pipes scraped and I had some ideas on how I wanted to make new ones but the matter was decided when I found a set of NOS bates cocktail megaphones in a friend of a friendís stash.

I just smoothed out the pipes and dropped them off for glacial silver cerakote. Iím keeping the mufflers chrome.
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Here’s a pic of the pipes mocked up before I made mounts or polished out the welds
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Old 01-31-2020, 07:20 PM   #3
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And the bike as it sits with the new wassell and drag bat
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*bars (typo!) and hereís the pipes smoothed out before I dropped them for cerakote
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Old 01-31-2020, 07:29 PM   #5
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I can’t wait to hear them! The bates megaphones have baffles that bolt in that are basically cylinders maybe 7” long with the bottom completely blocked and holes drilled all around the outside. They might have been a raspy upgrade for a 650 triumph but they are probably way restrictive for a 1200. I do want some torque so I think I’ll try them as is then probably start drilling at 5/8” for some straight through flow and see how it sounds and balances grunt vs revs
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Wonderful looking! How many over is the Springer? Any low speed flop?
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Love the pipes you made -- they look insouciant! The old drags look good too, but I see your point about nil cornering clearance. Springer looks as if it weighs 600 pounds, but that's just my counterfeit two cents. I'd be mighty happy to ride that bike.
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Thanks

I haven’t measured but the previous owner said the springer is 14 over? I’m sure it weighs a ton. I have ridden bikes with bad flop before and while the parking lot speed steering is a little heavy with the narrowish drag bars it doesn’t have a lot of flop at all.

My dream bike is a stripped down well loved 48 pan but I can’t afford old bikes with correct frames and sheetmetal, plus they are too small for me. So I don’t mind the chopper stance it’s pretty comfy.
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