, and there are pix of the raw J.J. sheetmetal built
for the chrome spiderweb bike, where I got some of the strutless rear
Some of you may recognize this bike as the one that started in various forms
for Old Wolf and this is the constantly evolving creation. Yes, it
took a lot
our super hero friend could stand, but here is a huge thanks for gigging me,
effectively getting this one started. This bike is the last one that
I and many of my friends finished before
moving to my new shop, which is making building bikes much more
pleasant. Keep your eyes open for more and better stuff. I'm still in
Hartsville TN, 50 miles from Nashville, but I have a new shop
now, with three phase and a non-leaking roof--kinda nice. We have
Parts for Brit bikes and H-D type bikes, plus full fabrication
capabilities in house.
Hartsville TN 37074
Here's the lovely Amy who was brave enough to follow us home for a
photo shoot and hang out near The Iron Pimp of Pain!
This silver putt is the Iron Pimp of Pain. It is a 1970 framed
Triumph with a widened
Santee hardtail bolted in place and topped off with a strutless fender. The
fender's execution was inspired by getting to hold some of JJ's
sheetmetal prior to CJ engraving it AND spending the better part of a
month working with Billy and Nick at Choppers Inc. I used JJ's
fishbones under the fender and CI's round
stock technique around the edge (and many pieces at the base) for a
very solid all-metal scultped fender that will actually support Kat's
plump ass. The tig welder, I purchased upon my return from Billy's,
surely made pouring the round stock to the relatively
thin pre-unit Triumph ribbed fender (I cut a brand new fender for
a breeze. I will never go back to AC stick-welding or gas welding.
There is very little non-metal filler on this Corvette Mike
painted ride. Most details on how this rear fender was fabricated
were featured in the Premier Issue of Choppers Underground.
My Kat and her Pimp.
The bike has over 100-hand-fabbed stainless steel pieces which
all function in various ways. The left foot suicide clutch and real
jockey shift components are all
finished in stainless and are of my design. I've never seen another
Triumph that utilized the stock swingarm tabs to convert a right foot
shift to left hand jockey. I do believe it is yet another of my vast
inventions. Its shifter lever is capped off
with an actual S&W revolver cylinder loaded with real, but inert, 357
rounds that are pointing in a manner that doesn't shoot this bike,
but could potentially take
out a few of the Elite Republican Guard if they were to discharge. I
gave Billy one and instructed
him which way the bullets should be pointed. It smoothly bangs up and
down this 750 cc Triumph's 5-speed tranny cluster. Ignition chores
are handled by a fresh Joe Hunt mag which means wider forward
controls than I normally fabricate.
Brakes are tiny and only serve to make you appreciate your very
own mortality. This bike is fucking scary at times
damned sure keep its rider grinning.
The pipes are loud and fast as Billy and Gene can attest to. It did me good
to hear them complain several times about the ear shattering exhaust
Billy, if you and Gene would fix those Shovelheads so they would maintain a
more enhanced cruising speed (better than 90 mph), then you would
have never be forced to ride
behind this light weight monster. It could be an easy twenty pounds
lighter by replacing the springer with a set of modern 46mm crotch rocket
forks. There is
doubt it would handle better thru these bumpy twisty hills here in Tennessee
but as is, it's a blast to ride and I hope you will find it easy on your
The kicker pedal is of my design and features a quick disconnect. The oil
level sight glass is hand blown and has the words "Iron Pimp" poured on it
by Billy Velvet
who was in a Cobalt Blue mood at the time. Thanks Billy Velvet, it kicks
ass and blows observant minds. The trick solo seat pivot "how to" was shown
28 of the Horse and the foot clutch story is featured in
issue 32, which
should be on the stands now. I hope all of you will check those
out if you are into DIY stuff and will also let Geno and Hammer know
the third Brit
front cover of The Horse belongs to one of my bikes. Just like many things
on bikes we all build, sometimes it takes two or three times to get it right.
Amy again................... yummy!
On the subject of doing things right, the next suicide bike I build will
have right foot clutch, right hand jockey shift, and use a left hand
throttle. It's kinda dumb to clutch this bike with a nearly useless
left leg and hell, the
unorthodox setup will keep most from trying to ride it away from the
owner. It will have a
big twin one-off engine
in a rigid frame that promises to be, every bit, as quirky and one-off as
anything else I've ever done. I'll get started as soon as I find
something to do with the
excessive amount of
bike parts that keep me from focusing on future projects. The shop is
already packed, but this, offbeat, big twin project should reveal
Daytona was very good to us this year, with all three bikes
entered in the Rat's
placing and doing very well. This one was one of them and is was shot
by several magazines, although most were based overseas. Odd enough,
nobody from the Horse has ever done anything but walk by this bike.
Weird, but I guess it's easy to take somebody like me for granted.
Also, I don't mind telling you that this and several bikes I have, can be
adopted as I really need the room. I also need to tool up my lathes and
mills a bit more. I have too damned many bikes and too
many that need completing. I best get back to work.
This is my fireball, Kat with her soft and silky thighs.