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Old 01-29-2011, 08:19 PM   #1
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Well folks here it is. This bike is being put together for me by my Good Friend in Wisconsin. So far its just in mock up but i hope you folks like her.
She has a Bolt on Hammer in Hand Hardtail,Paughco Porkster Tank, New 21 inch front dual disc 40 spoke wheel from Jireh Cycle, a ebay rear 16in 40 spoke with new Shinko dual whitel stripe tire, Bung King DIY Pipe Bomb Oil Tank, Licks cycle Super narrow 16 inch apes, Vintage white grips, soon to be put on is the new Monster Craftsman Weld on chain tensioner, and new DIY fender struts from Lowbrow.Still along way from being finished but i'm pretty excited.I have a few pictures of what she looked like when i brought her home. I will start you all off with those to see the transformation.
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Old 01-29-2011, 08:23 PM   #2
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Here are the rest of the photos.Ya thats my ugly mug wishing i was riding this bad girl!
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Old 01-29-2011, 09:20 PM   #3
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Looks good. I got the frame back for my shovel project from the powder coater the day before I deployed and look forward to getting to work on it when I get home.
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Old 01-29-2011, 09:28 PM   #4
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It looks very nice, but man does that look like and uncomfortable set of bars. Don't know how much experience you have riding with tall apes, but any time they're high enough to put your hands higher than your heart, you'll find your hands falling asleep every 10 minutes or so.
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Old 01-30-2011, 08:33 AM   #5
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what kind of hard tail is that its crazy looking!
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Old 01-30-2011, 11:45 AM   #6
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J F the Bars are Licks Cycle Super narrow Narrow Glide Apes 16 inches tall, they won't be so far over my shoulders once the seat is on it, its getting a solo seat with a 2 inch spring setup so i will set a little higher off the frame.

Binky the Hardtail came from Hammer In Hand Straight Back bolt on.It stretches the bike 5 1/2inches and lowers it 3 1/2 inches. Its an awesome piece.I couldn't be happier with it.
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Old 01-30-2011, 12:00 PM   #7
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The axle plates shouldn't be so bad once the fender struts are welded on.I'm thinking it should take away from them a little at least.
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Seriuosly, are we calling this bike "the Tramp"? George Smith created 'The Tramp back in the 50's
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Well, there is a finite number of good names. The whole idea of naming a bike is somwhat goofy to me...but whatever, if he wants to call it the tramp so be it. Ape hangers hurt my old back but I have friends who will ride with nothing else.
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Old 01-30-2011, 12:22 PM   #10
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Yes actually i am. I am not trying to copy anyone and didn't know that the name was used on another bike until i seen the post on here about The Tramp. I am naming my bike this because of my wife. I like to give my wife a hard time and call her a tramp in teasing. This is my first Harley and when i decided to have it built she asked what i was gonna call it i told her i was gonna name it after her. So i said its The Tramp. She's not a bike person but has said she would be happy to ride with me on it so i am happy to give it this name. No disrespect to the original. How many times over the years has this name been used anyways. I know its not original but it has meaning to me.
Thank you Darkgoat, i honestly mean no disrespect to the original but its jus something between me n the wife and we both found it amusing.
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In case anyone wants to know
George Smith and "The Tramp"with a 61 ci Knucklehead fitted with twin Riley carbs 1951, in 4 years he will open S+S cycle

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Old 06-01-2011, 10:13 PM   #12
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Well folks here's a little update this is how the bike sets now. Still alot of work to do but its starting to take shape. The King tank probably won't stay looking to get a 3.3gallon Mustang tank. I know some of you don't like the fact that i am calling the bike The Tramp and its not original and all but thats what its staying so for those of you who care here she is in all her glory! I hope you like it!
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Old 06-01-2011, 10:17 PM   #13
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I would like to thank dbkp for the rocker boxes and the mid control parts and also i can't forget Choptop37 for the awesome shotgun pipes!!! You guys rock!!! And dbkp i haven't forgot you on the pegs been kinda hectic and money has been short but i am still interested in them so when i get some play money from my part time gig i will be hollering at you to let you know when i can get them.
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Old 06-02-2011, 02:09 PM   #14
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not a bad little bike man looks pretty killer. im not a fan of the long open area between the tire and engine/oilbag but its your bike and all that matters is your happy. and name that damn thing whatever you want, i have like five for mine some other people gave it and some i gave it so do your thing brother.
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Old 06-02-2011, 02:34 PM   #15
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Nice job, goodlooking bike, and I am like everyone else its yours.
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Old 06-02-2011, 03:01 PM   #16
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I know three Dukes,two butches,and a slew of smitties ,call the bike whatever you want its youres,that green paint is cool but someone else used green in 1947 so im afraid you must change it.
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Thanks guys for the compliments. I am with you guys i just decided i don't care what anyone else says about what i name it. The name came from an inside joke between me and the wife so it wasn't as if i was deliberately stealing the name from another bike.

I am stoked at the way its turning out still got alot of little things to do to it but i got a great foundation for an awesome bike.

Dead Pirate that open area will be filled up with the battery and the oil filter so it won't be open and a rear fender will also help fill the gap.

SGM Rod Thanks man it nice to have people on your side every once in awhile and thanks for fighting the good fight!! I would shake your hand and thank you personnaly for fighting for this country!

Hogster Thanks man, The Green is candy apple with Roth flake under it and thats the color the Gas Tank, Oil Tank and Rear Fender will be when its finished.
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Old 06-02-2011, 08:39 PM   #18
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Diggin' the lines from the seat post forward, but that hardtail --- man, I dunno. The Rhode Island size axle plates and 1/2 acre of space in front of the rear wheel just aren't in proportion to the front half of the bike.

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I like yer attitude, bub! Build it your way, call it what ya want, and then have a nice ride with a big-ole grin splittin' yer face.

Ironhead motors look so pretty that I think they deserve to be shown off to their best advantage. Moving the oil bag behind the seat post, you can fill in some of the empty space and highlight the engine. By evening out the positive and negative spaces you will change the visual impact of the overall design. Right now all the visual weight is in the front half of the bike.

With the tall bars a tank that follows the backbone, Frisco-stylee, would follow the lines of the frame a little better. But what the hell do I know? It's yer bike...
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ok thats cool like i said earlier its your bike i was just throwing in my 2 cents not that i matter or am special or anything. it is a sweet bike though. makes me wanna buy a basket case motor and start building another one but im afraid the fiance would be pissed at that idea. lol keep us posted man.
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