2001 Harley Davidson Dyna Wide Glide

What was your intended objective when you started the build?

I think I stated that in the above section.

What motivated you to start your project?

I wanted to build a tribute bike for my Dad. James Earon Quebodeaux. I bought a basket case form a friend who needed to sell it because he was moving out of state. It was supposed to be a cheap bike for him to fix up and flip for a profit. I jumped on the chance to buy it and immediately tore it down to the frame and began working. I took me three years of horse trading to round up enough parts to get it where I wanted it. I did a top end 95”, ported heads and a mild 211 set of cams. Of course I put a new oil pump and rebuilt the cam plate with the help of a mechanic friend. I changed the front end and put a pro1 set of trees and did some custom machinery to eliminate the fork tube caps. I already had Arlen ness lowers but didn’t have the correct brake calipers. So I bought a chunk of aircraft aluminum and did some trading with a machinist who made an adapter to accommodate the stock Harley caliper that came off of a wrecked street glide. Months went by and I scored a set of police wheels, pulled the bearings, blasted and painted them black. New wheels, new bearings and many late nights I’m on my way. One night I decided on the paint while talking to my wife and that’s when I decided to make it a tribute to my Dad! My dad was a salt of the earth kind of guy. He always rode bikes. He rode Indians, pan heads back in the late 50’s early 60’s. I have many memories of me riding on his tank, wind in my face and the overwhelming feeling of me flying. I must have been 4 or 5 at the time. Ever since then I’ve been literally addicted to anything involving motorcycles. My rode and loved motorcycles but never called himself a “Biker “. My dad was a mechanic, blacksmith and all round do it yourself kind of guy. He always told me that if you can’t buy it then build it or do without. This bike has a few hand made and custom made parts that were dreamed up by me working late nights not being able to find or afford what I had in my mind. This bike is built I’m memory of my Father, mentor and friend James Earon Quebodeaux 1940 – 2011. RIP

What was the most unique and creative thing you did to the bike?

The rear fender was reshaped, a lot of metal work and custom fiberglass work for the custom tail light. I reshaped the top of rear fender with 50’s style accents all made by shaping metal. Custom front brake caliper bracket designed by me and built a machinist friend. The paint is all done by me. It’s a textured design that reminds me of my dad and the western belt he used to wear.

What are you most proud of?

Everything!

What do other people say about your motorcycle?

I get a lot of compliments.

 

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