My post is pretty much the exact same post as Warren's, except I didn't race. He and I were both building bikes with Barbers as a deadline. We both cut it pretty close, although I must say, I cut it a little closer. I jammed my motor in the frame the night before we left for Bama and loaded it in the trailer, did all the plumbing and final assembly at the Dojo with much help from a handful of Valley Kids and The Haints. I threw a Mikuni round slide carb, that I got from a swap meet for $20, on my 48' panhead and she started 3rd kick. Ran into some carb issues with it, but it was just user error, that I remedied ASAP, there was also a charging issue that was fixed with a generator the Mewn Baby was kind enough to let me pull off of his ironhead, and finally we had trouble with the clutch creeping that was never fixed in Bama, even though we had everybody that's ever seen a Harley before working on it. All it took was a tamer that I picked up once back in Milwaukee that Carlos and Ralph drunkinly installed in between learning to thumb gun beers and diet cokes. I had a very fitting first ride through Birmingham, no lights, no plates, and ending throwing the bike on the Show Class Mag trailer in a quick getaway after a slight altercation at a gas station resulting in a civilian getting smashed in the face with a motorcycle helmet. Extra thanks to Gator and Matt Wocksler for lending a hand. And to Nick Resty, Duane, Mewn, Bowles, Jbody, Nick, Derek, Meeks, and Ben at the Dojo, to Eddie Cleveland and his wheelies, to Brandon, Ralph, Justin, and Dan at The Valley, to Reece, Andy, and KeV AMFFAM, to Tim and everyone else that joined him at Show Class, to Cara for listening to me bitch and complain and to calm me down on the off times when I get stressed, to Lindsay for letting us sleep on every inch of cushioned area in her house, to everyone else that looked at or touched this bike while we were working on it and a huge thanks to Warren Heir Sr and Jr!
Alabama was and always is an incredible time. Probably the only place I ever thinking about moving away from Milwaukee for. We have family there and I will make it a point to go there every time the chance is givin! I swear whenever we get together with those guys and gals its always the party to be topped and I don't see that changing anytime soon. I look forward to the next time we one up ourselves!
Well, we made it! I say we, because I had a ton of help from all my wonderful friends and sponsors. I cannot thank them all enough for dropping everything to help me finish this bike. Came down to the wire like all these deadline builds. But this one meant the most because I was able to actually race this bike on a World re noun race track. What a great place to break in a new race bike. could not have planned it any better, Even though I did not show very well in the standings (8 of 10, 6 of 8) I was not last and the bike did not fail me. I was able to finish both races as well as a complete day of practice. For a brand new bike I find that to be the largest achievement. It is hard enough to get a new chopper ready for the road. But to get a 65 year old bike ready for the track is a whole-nother ball game. Especially when you have no idea what to expect.
I need to mention a few people who helped out with this venture. Whether it be with parts or services, I could not have made it with out them. Where do I start? How about with Pat Leahman of Rochester Harley Davidson (http://donorcycles.blogspot.com/) he helped out a ton when it came to the motor. As well as Noot (http://donorcycles.blogspot.com/) he did set up the lower end. Biltwell (http://www.biltwellinc.com/) Ralph's Racing (Transmission Help),Art Farley (Fellow Racer), Moonlight Cycles, Rick Thompson (linkert Carb rebuild), Bare Knuckle Choppers, Warren's Cycle (Love you Dad! http://www.warrenscycle.com/), Front Street, Kendal's Kustoms (http://ourmysterymachines.blogspot.com/), Show Class Magazine (http://www.showclassmag.com/), Death Science (Fingers), Altered Ego Upholstery, Bob Sunday (fellow Racer), All the Valley Kids! (They helped a ton hear and there Mainly Dustin, Justin and Brandon), Little Chris & Sarah, Ben, Matt, Colleen and everyone else at the shop. And last but not least my lovely fiance Stacy. Without here moral support and understanding I sure as hell would not be here. Because if you know me, if she is not happy then I am not happy. Love you sweetheart!
The Barber weekend was fantastic. We were greeted with open arms. Bob Sunday, Art Farley, Kyle Corser and their support crew saved us a spot in the pits right next to all the action. Provided us with power for the camper and helped us with what ever we needed. In all forms and Fashions. : ) Thanks guys and gals! Until next time!
I still have a ton to do. Learned a lot while out on the track, when it comes to how the bike needs to be setup. If I can get that all worked out and get comfortable I think I will be able to chase down those leaders. But until then I will have to hang at the back of the pack. I will keep everyone posted. Thanks again! If anyone has any input or know anyone with old Harley WR race parts please feel free to speak up or pass the info along. Much appreciated!
Our shop, party palace, garage and second home is coming to an end Saturday Nov 10th. Help us say goodbye with our biggest party yet, probably be something like $20 at the door and all the beer booze and food you can drink and eat. Show up if your not a kook and see how Chicago party's!!