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when i traded my 04 fxd for this 74 shovel in its stock form straight up last summer i sorta regretted it. nothing against shovels but i am by no means an expert with the wrench nor a historian of all things old bike/chopper/bobber. i have a limited "skill" set and a budget to match.

so after my initial rides on the bike i ran into a snafu when the taillight fell off at 75mph on the hiway and destroyed the wiring and the rear fender.

so i plopped on a low brow tank and cut down the fender and called it good. at the same time i was flipping through tons of pics of shovels and i came across the garage Co "Astroglide". I had always intended to keep the shovel as a swingarm bike and when i saw the Astroglide i got my inspiration. i wanted a KQ seat and i dont want to copy their bike but its def been my main source of "damn thats fucking nice"-ness.

so here is my humble beginnings based on that killer bike. i hope it ends up half as sweet as theirs and if it does i'll be very stoked. i need to do up a set of pipes - not in any way like theirs - and i just ordered some new grips. need to rewire and clean everything up, get the fender powdered a slightly brighter purple than what the stock purple is. that should do it.

tank is from Dan "mroldbiker". its beautiful and i had to grab my nuts and cut off the stock tabs to make it fit. i dont love the front mount but for some reason i dont hate it either. hopefully once everything is sanded and painted it will clean up well.
 

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lol i didnt name mine "astroglide" - i was aying that the Garage Company bike named Astroglide was the one that inspired me. I was just trying to give them the props for what got me motivated.

i do have a 21 in front wheel on there now - the wheel in the pics is a 21. thats why i think a springer with a little over stock length might help lift the front end a bit. thanks for the compliments. i didnt expect to win any awards for being remarkably unique - just wanted something that was fun to ride and based off a bike i think is pretty damn cool.
 

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thanks all. i did paint the bracket and frame, rewired it all and added a horseshoe oi bag - and then traded it for cash and another shovel. a 78 with kick/elec start, 1 owner, built up to 86 cubes and sounds great. a very well taken care of bike. its both ugly yet very clean that i am really unsure what to do with it. i have a few more king queen seats and a few tanks/bars that i will try out. deliberating on a hardtail or not. heres the old bike and the new one.
 
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