The Silver Fox II- a 1972 XLCH Sportster. It had an Arlen Ness front frame section raked out and stretched 4" in the backbone, and a custom tubular
rear subframe stretched 5" over stock length. All hand formed and polished aluminum body, custom controls and exhaust, 39mm front end, oil
cooler and electric fan, and 40mm Mikuni flat slide carburetor. All built to SCTA specs to race at Bonneville Salt Flats, but we never got the chance
after it was rained out two years in a row, and we had to sell.
1978 Yamaha XS650 with custom goose neck and loop hardtail frame, 4" under wide glide springer, Firestone 5.00-16 balloon tires, and custom
aluminum body. Also features front and rear disc brake, custom leather seat, custom exhaust, controls, flip up tank mount, custom bars, and
Mikuni CV carbs.
1978 Yamaha DT400 2 stroke. Features a custom aluminum body, leather seat, custom rear rack and leather side bag (removable), custom tail light,
aluminum exhaust guards and aluminum skid plate. Also features a custom aluminum auxiliary fuel bottle and custom "waffle stomper" CNC'd pegs.
All finished off with root beer brown frame paint.
Sinnlichkeit - named after the Franz Von Stuck painting, which we duplicated in velvet on top of the tank. The entire body is custom, built out of
steel, and the tank features a working cigarettes lighter and ashtray. It was painted dark jade metallic. The leather sidebag houses a working
8-track player and speaker, and the seat is velvet. Custom sissy bar, handlebars, exhaust, and controls were also made. This bike, however,
came to us with the 50 degree rake and TWELVE inches of trail, making it utterly unrideable, but it certainly captures the 70's vibe!
The Meat Grinder- '72 XLCH, kick only, magneto fired with 40mm Mikuni TM. Bolt on hardtail, painted Detroit Diesel Alpine Green, custom steel
bodywork with aluminum headlight housing and tail light housing, shaved 39mm forks, 19" cast wheels front and rear, tooled leather seat, custom
bars, and a gear actuated shift mechanism to work with the ultra high mid controls (hence the name "Meat Grinder").
The Conquistador- a Bultaco Matador 250 with custom tiny tank, three panel seat, aluminum fenders, and various accent panels and holes drilled
through everything. A Mikuni CV carb was added with pod filter, and some tooled leather bits were added up front- fork covers and a spark plug
pouch with wrench.
1987 Sportser w/ 1200 kit. We narrowed a small Sporty tank, rolled the fender up in the rear and added a custom light and lots of finned aluminum
accents. Custom bars, struts, a yellow fog lamp and custom machined forward controls finished it off. This was the last bike we just customized
rather than "built"- the dividing line to us being a scratch built body, including gas tank.
1972 Sportser T500 Titan. Custom rearsets, a custom aluminum tail with brass accents for the tail light and signals, and custom aluminum side
panels. The oil tank was made smaller and fit inside the frame rather than hanging off the side with a plastic cover on the opposite side.
Kawasaki F7 175 2 strokes- the White Russian and Black Russian. We shortened the rear frames about 6 inches, made a custom seat and rear
fender for each, shortened the oil tanks 3 inches to fit inside the frame closer, shortened the exhaust 4 inches to fit the chamber inside the frame
(both mods narrowed the bike's overhead profile by 6 inches), and made lots of custom bits. The white bike has aluminum pegs and kicker,
aluminum airdam and front fender, scrambler bars and an enduro tail light. The black bike uses brass and bronze pegs and kicker, a headlight wind
visor, and low bars.
The first chopper we put together, a 72 XS650 that we welded a hard tail to, made custom bars, sissy bar, headlight mount, fork brace, 6" solid
steel twisted risers, and a custom exhaust, and housed all the electricals inside a small keg behind the trans. We friscoed a Sporty tank, used a
spring seat, and whitewalls on mag wheels.
Our last hot rod- 2007, then we moved to Seattle and got into bikes. It's a '29 Model A Tudor Sedan, with the rood removed and shortened into a
roadster pickup. We salvaged what we could, as the body was TOAST. We modified an after market Model A box frame that was crooked, and
added a massive x-brace to handle the 460 Ford and C6 transmission. We also used the 9 inch disc rear end and forged wheels from Danny's old
Lincoln Mark IV. We built the bedand made all the other little doo-dads needed to get it road worthy. That was a fast, fun car!
A '29 Model A we got road worthy, modded the four banger with aftermarket parts, removed the fender and swapped on big and little Ford
wires with Firestone tires. We redid the interior and made a canvas roof, upholstered the rumble seat and drove the hell out of it! 60mph had
never been so fun before.
Our first attempt at building a car- we started with a Speedway frame, frontend and tub, and used an article in Street Rodder to try and figure
everything out. We learned SO much putting this one together, from welding in engine and trans mounts in the right spot to figuring out caster
and camber and setting up a panhard and hairpins, and running steering u-joints and all that. We made an aluminum interior and tried to do
upholstery, and made a rack in the rear to hold a gas tank made from an air cylinder and a matching cylinder to hide the battery. It was pretty
rudimentary, but we were damn proud of it. Great little car, but it was CRAMPED, that's why we ended up building the Model A, so much more room.
The "Viking Funeral" Ironhead. So called because it will be our final send off from building bikes for a while- this is the frame from the Meat
Grinder, with a swingarm and shocks, a 16" rear spoked wheel to replace the 19", custom rearsets and a whole new aluminum body from
Here is a collection of our favorite builds to date- mostly in order of completion:
This is an unfinished project we handed off to our friend after years on and off of working on it. It's a pre-unit Triumph 650 that we built a frame for
to replace a horrendous hack job from a previous builder. We made the tank, oil bag, and rigid rear strut fender, the seat, the exhaust, the jockey
shift and foot clutch, head steady, forward controls, pegs, kicker, belt drive guard and more. This one was by far the most fab on a bike to that
date, a real ground up build.
We only have one pic of this bike in its final
form, it was delivered before we snapped
any pics, apologies in advance. This is a 71
Ironhead Sportster, bolt on hardtail, 4 over
forks. We made the tank, oil bag, fender,
king/queen seat, sissy bar, handlebars,
forward controls, jockey shift and foot
clutch, exhaust, chain tensioner, air cleaner
lid and more. We also did the paint-
metallic dark green with vibrant pinstriping.