Not yet mate, will be doing it tomorrow and hopefully riding it across the long weekend.
Here's my '98 Fatboy. I once rode it to Frazers to see if they had a part I wanted (naturally they didn't) and all the guys there thought I was nuts. I just don't want a shiny shiny bike.
That is awesome !
Fuck this, lets ride
Ha! Thanks! I really wanted an Exile bike but couldn't afford it. So I kinda copied their style. Since this photo I've changed a couple of things and it's still almost a work in progress. But I absolutely love my bike and it runs beautifully with the Mikuni HSR42 carby and V+H pipes. I had a Kawasaki cruiser before this one and it was a brute - incredibly fast and solid but the Harley is actually more nimble and has a greater lean angle. I also changed the brakes and now it stops really well.
I'm not pro- or anti- any brand of bike. If it's a good bike then that's enough for me. I didn't really want a Harley simply because they cost a lot. But I found this online in Geelong and it was a LOT cheaper than buying the same bike here. And there is a huge range of parts available for Harleys. Given that any refinishing is powdercoat this was an inexpensive custom for a Harley.
You did a sensational job of giving it the Exile look, I bet even Russell Mitchell would be impressed with that
hell yeah.... chrome dont get ya home
absolutely love that bike...
AKA - Merrick
Wow - thanks guys! I did want to build a bike from scratch but it was actually cheaper to but an older Harley and swap everything on it! So I changed the entire front end except for the wheel, used Excel forward controls, all the tins are aftermarket and powder coated texture black, changed the seat, ignition and installed a Crane Cams single fire coil.
When I bought the bike (around '08) a Fatboy of this age ('98) was going for around $25 000 in Perth. So I found this one online in Geelong for $20 000 and it had only done 1965 kms. Belonged to an old guy with arthritis who couldn't ride any more. So I got a ten-yr-old bike that still needed running in.
When I ordered the forward controls I wanted Exile, but they told me that they wouldn't fit. Now I think they would! So I found some made by a company in NY called Excel. I wanted a satin finish so asked them if they could do that. The guy there said they hadn't been asked before but what the hell - he'd try it. So after I received them I get an email from Excel asking if I could take a couple of snaps of the controls fitted to the bike and I said sure and sent them some pics. Next thing I know I click onto their website and there are my pics with a headline boldly proclaiming "new for 2008 - brush finish controls!" A bit cheeky but it made me laugh.
I love this bike. My first attempt at making a bike my own and I doubt I could bring myself to sell it.
Don't poke the bear .... ain't that hard >.<
Still a lot to do and some choices to make, but it's getting there..
Other pics in the 'how to mod a cruiser' (or whatever) thread.
Will have to take some decent pics soon..
"Sound, sound the clarion, fill the fife,
Throughout the sensual world proclaim:
One crowded hour of glorious life,
Is worth an age without a name."
- Thomas Osbert Mordaunt (1730-1809)
Nice looking sporty!
Formerly Mr Snail
Exhaust on my Fatboy is V+H Staggered drag pipes. I looked for it recently and they seem to not make it any more. Bummer. Best looking exhaust I've seen for a Softail. At least for my style of bike. With the Mikuni HSR42 and the pipes it runs so much better than stock.
I see so many Harleys with the big radius pipes. They seem almost ubiquitous. But I think they look terrible - sorry of anyone has them!
Here is my ride fellas, warming up to my first ever PSB group ride soon enough.
Harley Super Glide Stage 1.MOV - YouTube
"Starin' at the world through my rearview"
Hell yeah, nice one man.
I love the super Glide, it'll be my next upgrad