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Sneak Peak: Geo's Harley

Here is a sneak peak of my Harley that I have been gathering parts for almost a year and I started working on when ever I had some spare time since July. Its really a custom, but the motor is a 1961 Panhead with a Shovel Top end. 4 spd jockey shift, suicide clutch kick start only. Lots of parts from all kinds of Harley Davidson Models and other random Vintage items. It is a long way from riding yet, but I'm happy that it looks like a bike now. I'm planning on having it ready to roll for my birthday next april. Right now I'm on a search looking for a shorter springer front end so the bike sits more level.

If you care to keep up with the progress here is the link to my blog. The pictures aren't the greatest because they are from my cell phone.
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I have a 2001 springer from a Heritage on a 54' straight leg frame holding a 49 panhead. The stock 2001 springer is sporting a 21" wheel & tire. I find that this configuration lifts the frame slightly in the front and allows for better ground clearance for the front exhaust pipe in right turns. You could also go with a 19" to lower it a bit.
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Thanks for the compliments guys.

Slowroll, the frame is a Paucho Wishbone (stock rake no strech) the springer is actually the same length as the later model ones. When its not on the jack my bike sits almost identical to yours with the front just a little up. I'm not too worried about the ground clearance for the front pipe, front cylinder is a squish pipe so it goes between the motor and the frame.

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I missed the squish pipe. I see it now.

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I cant believe you still have a taste for Kick start after owning the YZ
Trust me that is a nagging worry.

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Awesome. Finish it, sell it to Tony, and watch the unending threads of how he cannot start it.
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I think the front end looks fine? It looks level, I like how its sitting now.

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Awesome. Finish it, sell it to Tony, and watch the unending threads of how he cannot start it.
Nope this one will not go anywhere. Unlike most of the other bikes I've sold, this one won't be easy to replace.

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I think the front end looks fine? It looks level, I like how its sitting now.
Thanks but the rear is actually up on a jack from when I was doing the rear fender. Thus making it appear level in the shot.

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Awesome. Finish it, sell it to Tony, and watch the unending threads of how he cannot start it.
Um, hello, those threads ended! Found gunk in the accelerator pump.




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A shorter front tire may level out the bike enough. But I do like the fat tire in front.

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Alrighty, then hurry up and find that shorter front end




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Alrighty, then hurry up and find that shorter front end




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Magneto Ignition. Generator with only headlight and tail/brake light.
6 wires or 7 if I want to run a remote kill switch.


Don't need a kill switch, just hold your hand over the carb intake. Happy kicking.


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I really like it! Especially that white stripe rear tire. I always love the whitewalls on cruisers.

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I really like it! Especially that white stripe rear tire. I always love the whitewalls on cruisers.
Sorry man those are just take off tires I got for free, they are not staying on the bike.

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Can I have them, I'll stick them on my SV!!! HA!

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