Unearthed this gem while cruising eBay for a new motorcycle helmet. Click the read more button for the money shot.
To read the introduction to this build, click here.
As I’m already roughly four months into the bike build, there’s a bit of catching up to do. I’ll continue with that until I’ve reached the present, and as things are starting to get pretty fun, will do that as quickly as possible. For now I’ll pick back up where I left off in the introduction.
So I had a motorcycle. Yep, sure did. There it was, in the space I had made for it in my shop, looking every single day as old as it was. It was manufactured originally in 1978. I was manufactured in 1977. And here we were, 34 years later, brought together by fate and the idea that I somehow had any business restoring and customizing a motorcycle. This was going to be interesting.
The first week it was there I sat on it a lot. And showed it to anyone with a pulse and two working eyes. Some were impressed with my ambition, others had memories brought back from a time when these type of bikes were plentiful. Most of them believed I would be able to bring the bike back to life. I hoped they were right.
I can’t recall the exact moment when I decided to get a motorcycle. In a sense, although I had been toying with the idea of getting a bike, this one kinda found me. To this day, roughly halfway through my first bike build, I’ve never even ridden a motorcycle. But then again, riding them never had much to do with my interest in bikes anyways.
Like many others, my love for custom motorcycles began in the heyday of the Discovery Channel’s run of motorcycle themed TV programming. With the success of American Chopper (and the more build oriented but lesser well known Southern Chopper) leading to more in depth coverage of motorcycle culture through shows like The Great Biker Build Off (later becoming the Biker Build Off series), I was exposed to the artisans of the motorcycle world, and was quickly drawn into it. There was something fascinating about watching icons like Indian Larry, Matt Hotch, Chica, Billy Lane and others create these rideable pieces of art, and with the bad boy biker image to go along with it, there wasn’t much hope that any red-blooded American male would be able to resist. And they couldn’t.
If we become totally aware, we have an extraordinary energy. This energy of awareness is freedom.