Low cost, leverage parts I pulled from my 2006 Dyna Wide Glide that were lying around (wheels, rear caliper), and keep it clean. The more I got into the design and build, the more I wanted to make a statement, so my costs went up about $5K more than I originally intended to spend, but in the end, I am glad I invested the additional money and time.
Wanted to build a custom bobber, and attempt to do so on the cheap. Found a deal on a wrecked Buell XB9 that had a good engine. I figured not too many people put XB engines in rigids, so I thought I’d give it a go. Connected with Bitter End Old School Choppers to build me a custom frame, and designed the bike around what I liked with what I saw coming from the likes of Will Ramsey and Faith Forgotten Choppers.
Put a Buell XB9 engine (from what was essentially a crotch-rocket bike) into a hard tail, rigid frame and made a kick ass bar hopper out of it, that is way fun to ride and great to look at! Most folks think an XB engine is essentially a Sportster Evo. In some ways it is, but the mounting points for the Buell engine are completely different than that of a Sportster Evo, which means that the only frame that is not a stock Buell XB that will work with this engine has to be custom built from scratch. That is where I connected with ‘Big Al’ Wilkerson of Bitter End Old School Choppers in Iowa. He did a great job on the frame, then shipped it to me in Oregon where I worked w/ a local fabricator/bike builder to assist me with the mock-up and required fab (tank, rear fender, etc.). Additionally, the paint design is somewhat unique, especially with splitting the paint on the frame and springer front end.
Doing something – as an amateur builder/designer, that most established and reputable builders do not pursue.
It’s bad-ass, it’s unique, they love the paint job and color scheme.