Archive for July, 2011

31
Jul
11

The Pro-Tour ‘S’ is going to Sturgis

I’ve worked with Randy Winchel, owner of FrameLock, on a number of his bikes and I use and sell the FrameLock Motorcycle transporting device. As their advertising states, its “The safest way to transport your bike”. My belief level is so strong in this product that whenever I’m doing a frame-up build, or in the case of the Pro-Tour ‘S’ a complete transformation, I’ll automatically weld threaded bungs into the bottom frame rails for a clean attachment point for the pin bracket.

I’m excited to announce that the Pro-Tour ‘S’ will be on display in the FrameLock vendor location at 6th and Lazelle St. in Downtown Sturgis during the Blackhills Motor Classic. Randy will be set up on Friday the 5th and as much as I’d like to be there to work with him from start to finish, other commitments will keep me out of Sturgis until Wednesday the 10th. I’m leaving La Crosse early in the morning so I’ll be there by mid-afternoon on the 10th.

If you’re going to be in Sturgis be sure to stop by the FrameLock vendor location to see the Best and Only way to transport your valuable machinery, and if you want to see what it feels like to sit “in the pocket” of the Pro-Tour ‘S’ by all means SIT ON IT!!! Thats what it’ll be there for.
Hope to see many of you who’ve been following this transformation out there, and answer any questions you have!

Peace and RIDE SAFE!!

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21
Jul
11

Wait, it weighs what?

Here’s your proof of weight my people. Our good friends at Alter Trading, just down the street from my shop here in the Industrial park, were kind enough to let me roll the Pro-Tour ‘S’ across their scale to see what this puppy weighs – full of gas and all lubricants – and it came in at a dead even 560 pounds. That is exactly 250 pounds less than a 2010 StreetGlide and 154 pounds less than a FatBoy. Zoom in on the image – the top left is a cropped image of the digital readout in the scalehouse window, and the top right is a printout from the scalehouse. How much MORE horsepower does a Big Twin need to make up for all that weight in order to keep pace with this bike?

A stock 1992 Sportster (which this chassis is) weighed 498 pounds, so with the changes made to transform this we picked up about 62 pounds. A little more than I expected, but certainly leaving the description “Lightweight” intact. You should expect to add that same 60 sum pounds to whatever the baseline weight is for the model/year XL we start with. One other item – I filled the bike with gas today, it wasn’t on reserve yet so I’m guessing it had about a half gallon in it, and I added 4.47 gallons to fill it ‘not quite’ to the top. So the fuel capacity of this tank is right at about 5 gallons, which is about right for gas stops on the long rides.

18
Jul
11

The Pro-Tour ‘S’ has gone viral

I’ve finally gotten to the point where I want to start showing video clips about the Pro-Tour ‘S’ and have loaded a couple on YouTube. Here’s a link to the second one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXIBPi2gf9Q

Please be patient with me on this because I’m a COMPLETE rookie at YouTube and the stuff I put up to begin with will undoubtedly be pretty amateur quality. I AM open to any and all suggestions to give everyone a better quality video, so fire suggestions at me and, if I can figure out what you’re telling me, I’ll implement it in future videos. Tell me what items/features on the Pro-Tour ‘S’ interest you and I’ll answer them in video format.

Now for a progress report on the bike itself: It LIVES!!! I did the initial warm-up cycles on the engine a couple of weeks ago, rolled it off the table and immediately realized the rear tire was very low on air. As some of you may have noticed, this bike has a two piece spun aluminum wheel out back and sometime between the mock up and painting the wheel, the silicone that served as a seal between the halves must have been disturbed and it had failed. I aired the tire up, took the bike for a short ride down the block and it felt like the bike had something holding it back – like one of the brakes was hanging up – after rolling back in the shop parking lot I shut it down and pushed it into the shop, with a whole lot of resistance! The tire was down to 5 pounds air pressure, in less than 5 minutes!

The following morning I rolled the bike back up on the table, and put a lift under it to elevate the rear tire. I then found that even with the tire elevated the rear wheel still had a TON of rolling resistance. To make an already long story short, I diagnosed what was making the rear caliper hang up, repaired that, and proceeded to dismount the rear wheel and tore it COMPLETELY apart so I could thoroughly clean and re-silicone the halves together.

Got it all put back together, and have now got about 5 miles on the bike as I took a badly needed vacation with my bride, my daughter and her boyfriend last week. I’m hoping to take it to bike night (at Rudy’s Drive-In) later this week if I get a chance to swing over to the DMV to get the registration crapola taken care of. Right now the engine feels exceptionally strong, but the lifters aren’t pumping up completely (a common issue as I understand it) so mechanically its rather noisy. I’m hoping they pump up soon because all that racket bugs the shit outta me! I’m told it can sometimes take as many as 50 miles before they start pumping up to where they’re supposed to be.

With this being a 100 inch S&S engine rigidly mounted in the 2003-earlier style chassis I’m definitely recognizing the fact that this won’t be the best platform if a client is planning on serious touring, and I expected that from the start. The 2004 and later rubbermount XL’s will be a much better platform for maximum comfort on long hauls – however this one will be absolutely KICK ASS in the performance area! You can really feel this engine and I’m looking forward to seeing how well this hotrod performs at the drag strip. It should really rip through the quarter mile with 115 rear wheel horsepower and (I’m guessing) just under 600 pounds. I’ll try to get the bike over a scale within the next couple of weeks to let everyone know what the final weight is. The other upside to having this first Pro-Tour ‘S’ built on the rigid mounted engine platform is it’ll make for a good test of the fiberglass components I’ve created here. If they hold up well on THIS bike there should NEVER be any problems with the fiberglass components on the 2004 and later rubbermount XL platform.