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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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1941 INDIAN CUSTOM BUILT BY JON MacDOWELL

Photos & Post by Jack McIntyre:  Being the Artistry in Iron Photographer each year gives me the opportunity to photo some of the worlds best builds, and this 1941 Indian by Jon MacDowell of Bonneville Customs, caught my eye immediately during setup. Just so you all know, I offered this bike to the print magazines, and after learning it would be “possibly” a year in the file cabinet before consideration, I checked with Jon and received the permission to post this amazing bike. Enjoy the images below. I shot them at the 2017 Las Vegas Bikefest, my favorite event of the year, every year!

Enjoy this write up from Jon, he describes the creation of this masterpiece.

JON MacDOWELL:  I bought this 1941 Indian Scout 741 as a basket case on eBay about a year ago.  I spent the next 9 months tracking down parts, some I got from Jerry Greer’s Engineering and some from Kiwi Indian, but I had to buy many from eBay all over the world. I found some parts in the US, some in Australia, and some from Sweden. I started building the bike after winning the Fremont Street show at Las Vegas Bike Week last year. I started building the frame and front end while I sent the motor off to Carl Pusser at Walkin Tall cycles to bore the cylinders out to 37ci and rebuild the bottom end. After Carl shipped it to me, it was destroyed in shipping by Fed Ex, so damaged that they couldn’t deliver it to me. I had to shop it back and forth to Carl twice as we tried to repair it. BTW, FedEx has denied that they were at fault and refused to pay out the insurance we purchased for it. Yes, I’m still mad about this to this day. I didn’t have a complete motor until around May of this year, in the meantime I had to try to build everything else that I could without a motor. I was missing the primary cover and couldn’t find any around, so I machined an inner and outer primary and converted the setup to an open primary, I also used this machining opportunity to relocate the generator to the top of the transmission. The inner primary is machined to mount the generator above the tranny. I mounted a model 65A 12V generator and used a generator gear from a 1946 Indian Chief to torun the generator. The gear fits into the primary chain to turn it. The engine case and transmission are painted Indian red by Blair Peterson of Creative Custom Paint in Idaho Falls, ID.  They are the only items painted on the bike, the rest is polished Stainless steel and aluminum.  I decided to forego the Linkert carb and build a custom manifold to adapt an Amal 930 carb to the engine.

I designed and build the frame and front end, the welds were done by Rhett Patner of Power Needy The front end is a custom springer, the internal and external springs are opposing tensions and laced through plates mounted to the forks. The bike rides on a custom pair of Black Bike Wheels with Stainless hubs and powder coated rims, the front is a 23″ Bridgestone knobby and the rear is a 19″ Firestone ANS and runs a pre-unit Triumph brake and sprocket.

The handlebars are hand bent from 1″ Stainless, with an internal throttle capped off by a set of cast aluminum grips from Speed Foundry in Texas.

To make the tanks, I made a trip down to Vegas and took a Shaping class from Cristian Sosa at Sosametalworks. The tanks are shaped on the outside from 14ga aluminum. The gas caps are hand machined from aluminum bar and rotate sideways to open.

The fuel filter and oil filter are handblown glass pieces that I had a local guy do in Boise, Idaho. I machined the cap pieces to fit the glass and rubber mounted them to the frame.  The oil bag is hand shaped polish aluminum and sits in the frame under the filter.

The final touch is the seat, made from 1/2″ thick solid brass mounted to 1/8″ aluminum plate. We built a custom form for a brake and pressed the two pieces together to make the shape of the seat. From there we hand cut the brass and filed it down, then rolled the edges of the aluminum at the legs so it looked like an old vintage motorcycle leather seat. It sits on top a compression spring that runs through the frame.

I started the majority of the work on this bike in May when I got the engine finally back. I work a normal day job and have a wife and 2 kids. Most of my time working on the bike came after I put the kids to bed, I would work from 10 at night until 1 or 2am. I spent nearly every night working in the shop until the show in October. Many weekends throughout August and September I loaded up the bike and parts and drove 4 hours to Idaho Falls to work in the Bonneville Customs shop with Mark Shell. To say I was relieved to finish the bike and get down to the Artistry in Iron show is an understatement, I was burnt out by the end of it. But after nearly a 2 month break, I’m back in shop and building more parts.

Check Jon out on facebook, see his other work’s of art: https://www.facebook.com/jon.macdowell