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Old 12-07-2014, 11:50 PM   #1
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We got a pretty decent head start on our Invited Builder Bike for Born Free 7 so figured I might as well do a build thread for anyone here that is interested.
The bike is being built for Visionary Cycle Products by myself and by my partner Jason.
After going over a lot of ideas and concepts we had we more or less came to a final decision on what direction we are going with the bike.

What we started with was a pretty hacked up early 1937 Knucklehead frame that we had and decided to build a dual front cylinder head XR style Panhead motor as the basis for the bike.

We were very fortunate that our good friend Mike from 47 Industries wanted to get involved with the frame modifications that we were planning so Mike jumped right in and knocked the frame work out for us to give us a great head start while we worked on some other pieces of the bike

Here is just a mockup pic with the front section of the frame back together.
The frame had been previously cut to fit a shovelhead motor in it and the work that was done was not all that great. So the frame was cut into 2 pieces and the old work was cut and sectioned out and put back together properly.
We decided on about 2.5" up and about 1" out with a 28 degree rake to get the stance that we wanted


Side car loops were next on the list for repairing. Mike of course used our VCP brand loop sections to repair the frame. We were lucky that the OEM forgings were in pretty good shape despite having the loops trimmed off at some point so Mike was able to just cut the loop section and weld that back into the exisiting frame.


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Been following along already........I'm a little in love with the motor.
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Old 12-08-2014, 06:46 AM   #3
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Sweet!!!
Keep the build thread rolling for us all. I'm real excited about the engine, Needs a custom grind cam I'm guessing.

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This is going to be good, keep us posted!
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definitely gonna keep my eye on this one. Is there any such thing as a "decent head start" for the Invited Biker Build?
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Awesome work on the loops.

Is putting them back on just a style thing?
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Old 12-08-2014, 09:13 PM   #7
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definitely gonna keep my eye on this one. Is there any such thing as a "decent head start" for the Invited Biker Build?
haha not at all
every single one of these bikes always come down to the wire,
its honestly not enough time to build a bike that has to be on the level of what is expected at that show.

This is where good friends become very important to have to help you stay on track and finish on time !!
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Awesome work on the loops.

Is putting them back on just a style thing?
They can still be functional now that they are back on there
They were fit on the jig fixture so they are in the proper location etc. so a side car can be mounted to them if needed

we added them back to keep more of an original feel to the overall look of the bike.
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nice work on the frame...
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How do you recreate the texture on the blended area? Looks terrific.
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How do you recreate the texture on the blended area? Looks terrific.
Needle scaler? Guessing.
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To get the textured finish back into the metal after the repair a little needle scaler, some sanding discs and a few other types of media really works wonders, you have to play around with different techniques to get the desired finish that you want

Just a little bit of an update. Our friend Brandon at Mullins Chain Drive is doing the modifications on the heads for us.
We are running dual front heads with dual Amal carbs that will be modified for accelerator pumps.












still have a lot of work left with adding fins up to where the new intake ports are and moving the top motor mount stud position on the rear position head but they are coming along nicely.

The motor will be an 88" setup with all lightweight internals, custom wheels by T&O, roller tip rockers by Baisley, custom Leineweber cam and a lot of other trick parts. Should make for a fast revving setup.
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The magneto we are using was done by Dave over at Morris. Dave hooked us up with an early cast aluminum verson of his M5 Magneto base. I dont think he ever sold these in a cast version but its perfect for what we needed. It uses and early cast magneto head with all of Daves modern improvements done to the internals.




After we ran it through our parts tumbler and go the desired finish we were after and topped it with an old Goodson magneto cap she is ready to go
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The Baisley roller tip rockers that were built for this motor.
These things are sweet !!
Ryan over at Baisley gave the rocker blocks some special machining treatments as well to correct any misalignment issues.




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For wheels we are running an OEM star hub in the rear to work with a special juice drum rear brake we are making, a spool hub up front and they are laced to some Akront high shoulder rims with Buchanans stainless spokes.
We had the hubs and and rims powdercoated a special color that is very similar to the color the frames on the early 2000's Ducati Superbikes.
There will not be any polish or chrome on this bike, it will feature a lot of parkerized hardware and brushed aluminum and stainless steel materials.



We mounted up an Allstate Dirtman Tire 18x4.00" on the rear and an Allstate Safety Stripe 21x2.75" tire on the front
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Those heads!
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For the front end we are going with around a 4 over length with our VCP narrow hydraglide trees that we make.

We are also using some of our VCP stainless steel stepped neck cups.

We went ahead and made some stainless steel lower legs that are very similar to what the Barneys aftermarket lower legs were like. ( We might be doing an aluminum version of these as a VCP production part in the very near future)




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kind of bummed that you cropped out the iron maiden stuff.
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I actually found myself drooling over these pics. Wow!
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Carmine You've Come a Long Way Babe.. Damn Nice Work, see you this Summer,
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