This is the rear of the bike Mr. Boxell built in his garage. He used a mille, lathe, and a welder.
While Bandit is off in Australia humping Kangaroos, I am getting bombarded with rampant e-mails and incessant death threats. Here’s one small example:
Bandit is ten times the writer you are. How the hell do you think you could ever fill his shoes? You’re a pathetic loser, so eat shit and die. I have been riding longer than you have been alive so you ain’t shit. If you don’t ever visit the site again it will be too soon. Die you irrelevant little asshole, die!”
Dick Boxell, a regular gearhead and former drag racer, wanted something different. He picked up a used 883 Sporty and immediately knew he would change the bike into something unique. He was after a fat assed beast that would leave a footprint behind it as wide as the tire tracks of a Formula One racer’s screaming skid marks. He wanted a 330 rear tired monster to terrorize the streets and give himself the type of bike that makes old women shriek with fear and young women shudder with excitement.
While the lines of a clean bike look easy to make, I can assure you it takes a skilled craftsman to create something like this. Either it was that or the Mini-Thins.
He scoured the boards for all the information he could find and was given some sound advice.
Hiwayman, one of the local moderators told him, “You gotta build it with a strong base and have a serious plan. Whatever your plan, you have to stick to it, but don’t be afraid to bend the rules a little.”
Vagabond, a regular on the boards, told him, “Hey man, make sure it has lots of chrome! Everywhere I take my bike, it draws a crowd and it has to be because of the shine. There is something about a bike that is well put together that makes the crowd stop and stare. Nothing is finer.”
His story was featured here on Bikernet in the garage section. At the time he was recovering from a slight addiction to Mini-Thins, Mountain Dew, and chocolate brownies. The pictures he took looked similar to those of someone from the 50’s classic, “Reefer Madness”.
Although the pics were a little fuzzy, he had formed a wide tired beast in his very garage using his own tools and talent. You see, he bought a 330 tire, matched a 17 inch wheel to it, and built the ass end of his frame to fit it.
He was going to buy a frame for his conceptual beast, but he decided against letting them hold him hostage over the price. “Fuck it, I’ll do it myself,” he stated as he slammed a handful of white crosses and took another drink of Jack.
This guy is such a true-blue bad ass, he rides it every day, even in the snow!
That my fellow scooter tramps, is what a biker should do when he wants to modify. Use what you got and learn what you can. Here are a few sharper images of his very individual ride followed by an in depth spec sheet. Check it out, you just might learn something.
He was trying to be artistic here with his black and white setting of the new digital camera.
Bikernet Tech Chart
Offset sprocket chain support.
Builder or Rebuilder:Unknown
Case finish:HD/Stripped ClearCoat Scotch Brite
Head finish:HD/Stripped ClearCoat Scotch Brite
Valves and springs:HD
Carburetion:Stock rejetted With drill bits
Final drive:23/48 Chain Conversion
Low, lean up front and then WHAM!! A big assed tire out back! Kind of looks like a drag bike.
Style or Model:Sportster Rigid Conversion
Stretch:2-1/2Up 4" Back From Seat Tube
Modifications:2-1/2 Up 4" Back From Seat Tube Rigid Conversion
Fenders:Front Shorteded Stock / Rear Fabricated
Panels:Aluminium Diamond Plate
Oil tank:Rolled Steel Diamond Plate With Cooling tubes and Alum Diamond Plate Covers/Scoops
Sheet metal:Kevin "Fuzz" Gill
Base coat:SW Black
Graphics:Kevin "Fuzz" Gill
Frame:Black Powder Coat
Make:Black Bike (thanks Bandit for the tip)
Finish:Black Powder Coat/Raw Aluminium Pegs
Brake lines:SS Braided Teflon
Clutch Cable:HD Modified for Foot Clutch
Wiring:Hacked HD / Boxell
Accessory lights:J&P Cycle Mini Rear Only
Seat:LePera EBAY Find
Pipes:Santee / Boxell
Handlebars:HD Drag Bars
Pegs:Machined Aluminium / Boxell
Fasteners:Grade 8 SHCS
Custom modified frame Rigid rear
raised neck 2-1/2" moved rear axle back 4"
3-1/2" Offset Sprocket fabricated from PBI sprocket / Boxell
Outboard Support Fabricated for the offset Sprocket / Boxell
Battery Box Fabricated from Aluminium Diamond Plate / Boxell
The only major cash out for this build was the rear tire/wheel/Exile Sproter
The rest was a lot of garage hours
Kevin "Fuzz" Gill for the rear Fender paint and graphic
Ryan Stalf For Some Welding While I held shit in place
Complete Maintenance (Ashley Indiana) for the powder Coat.
The girls are waiting for their ride, Dick.