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LOOKING BACK AT RICK BRAY’S, “PALA DURO”

Post & Images by Jack McIntyre

Over my many years of shooting motorcycles, I’ve had the privilege of being in front of so so many pieces of art, and in this case, I was presented Pala Duro by builder Rick Bray.  At this time, I was traveling the country every weekend with the IMS tour, so the make shift photo booths changed city by city, so I basically did the best I could with what I had to work with, but it was a fun experience, one of the best tours of my photography career. Want to see many more, visit my page https://www.jackmcintyrephoto.com/

This shoot was a cover shot for me when Iron Works Magazine was in publish. Wonderful build, enjoy the images.

Paint by Kool Hand Luke

Harley-Davidson Shovelhead 80 inch

 

THE IRON TRADER NEWS BAGGER PROJECT IS COMPLETE ! NOW ONTO THE BOBBER PROJECT

Yes Yes ! The Iron Trader News project is now finished and the biker is back on the road thanks to JOHNNY MAC’S CHOPPER HOUSE. This 04 H-D Ultra Classic is a rider, I probably have ridden more than 2000 miles in the last two weeks getting a feel for the new front end, which quite honestly, is easier to handle that the original front end. Anyway, please check out the BAGGER PROJECT PAGE (click here). Our sponsors were incredible, their components really show what YOU CAN DO with your present motorcycle.

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A Fancy French FX

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Editor’s Note: I don’t recall the circumstances that resulted in my being introduced to Herve’ Rebollo but I DO remember that when we met during my trip to Paris a few years ago, he brought me a bottle of French champagne! The man makes an impression!
Since then, he’s kept in touch, often sending pictures from his frequent rides in his country. I have learned that Herve’ is no hobbyist biker – he is an authentic rider undeterred by rain, cold or distance. And a solid enthusiast with an eye for the original and beautiful.

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He tells the story here of his “quest” to build an FXR-style bike, a project he just completed after several years of dedicated effort. It’s wonderfully done and we thank Herve’ for allowing us to show it here.

Herve’s Quest

When I attended the FXR show (during my first Sturgis bike week in 2014 with my friend David Uhl), I discovered that specific design and style that owners of FXRs and some Dynas gave to their bikes. I literally fell in love with that motorcycle trend we don’t have in Europe.

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For some months I wanted to find a project for my next bike. I didn’t want a chopper, a bobber, a racer … I was not really sure of the way I wanted to follow …

In the late 2014 I began to follow (on Instagram), the famous JAILBAIT bike owned by Daniel Dolan, an FXRP with an S&S 111ci engine.
And, lucky me, in 2015 David Uhl proposed I once again come with him to the Strugis.
And lucky me twice, I saw “for real” my dream bike JAILBAIT at the FXR show. I even had a little discussion with Daniel.

So, coming back home in September 2015, I decided to find an FXR in France and develop my own project. I took my time for sure but I met a little problem: FXRs are so rare here in Europe and when you find one, it is often in a bad state. So, month after month, my project didn’t really progress.

Finally, after several long talks with the workshop manager of my H-D dealership (HD BORIE since 1946) who’s a friend, we decided in early 2017 to work with a used FAT BOB 2015 FXDL.

004_fxrThe DRAG SPECIALTIES catalog helped me to define the line / design of the beast. (I used their fairing and handlebar.) Of course I ordered VILLAIN 2HERO bags and decided to install a MOHICAN ARROW pipe.

The amazing work of painting is done by a little craftsman named Mathieu Sergent, owner of MS CUSTOM located in center of France.

I kept the original H-D saddle. I may install a solo one soon – the painting continues under the current saddle, so I can change for a solo when I want.

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I have had my first ride (300 miles on wet, muddy little roads) on Saturday 20th of January. It was fantastic! The bike has a unique aesthetic, is powerful, sounds soooo good, is totally secure and (good surprise) really comfortable.

I’m so happy and proud. I have to confess that for the first time in my (long) biker life a motorcycle impressed me so much.

Parts020_fxr015_fxr012_fxr 010_fxr 009_fxr 008_fxr 007_fxr 004_fxr 001_fxr IMG_2423 IMG_20171022_213935_319Below are two pics of the bike that inspired Herve’s build: JAILBAIT

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