Wednesday, December 18, 2013

So Much More.......

Getting out on your bike means so much more when you ride something you love. I most assured made the right decision by doing the swingarm swap. I am all gushy and in love with my Ironhead again. I am not joking when I say with every build I have done with this motor I learn so much more. One thing is for sure on days like this. Giving the chance to ride around my favorite backroads and just listen to the motor humming gives me hope and almost some kind of vindication. There was just me and my bike and a whole bunch of unanswered questions bouncing around in my head. I always stop at the airport and watch the planes take off right where these picture were taking. So neat to wonder where all those people are going and I hope as they take off they see me sitting on the blacktop next to my bike and wonder what the fuck I am doing there. Does it even matter? I do know that this is one perfect Sportster now and all others be damned. Put some proper miles on it and Friday it's supposed to snow. Argh. Here are a couple of things I have learned from this build.

Number 1. Leg Room and this seating position is awesome. No lower back pain. Jumped some pot holes. Sweet

Number 2. Motorcycles really do run better with the proper jets and an air filter that actually filters the air. Add in the 2 into 1 exhaust and I'm telling you this thing goes like stink.

Number 3.  To build a swingarm bike takes a little bit more time and a lot more foresight. It's all the stuff that you don't see that makes all the difference. No brackets, no side covers, no tabs, etc etc. Just putting the actual swingarm together with new bearings and races was a mind fuck.


  1. is looking proper Ricky. So damn sweet! Have not commented in awhile...but never left as a reader..I read this blog and "go away" blog too(thanks for the link)..DAILY!!! Keep doing your seeing what you always have brewin' up..