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18
Jun
11

The Pro-Tour ‘S’ is FINALLY coming to life!

Since the Donnie Smith show at the end of March, the Pro-Tour ‘S’ has been patiently waiting in the showroom  for wiring to bring it to life. The entire month before the ‘Donnie’ was focused on the Pro-Tour ‘S’ and following the show I found myself  WAY behind schedule on projects for clients – its taken me this long to dig myself out of that backlog. Instead of using a stock Harley wiring harness on this one, I decided to scratch-wire it, and I’m a little over half way done with it. I’ll post images of the wiring under the seat area when its completed. My goal is to have it done by early this coming week as Steve Berner – Editor of IronWorks Magazine is passing through La Crosse toward the end of the week and I’m hoping to give him the chance to pilot this machine. Also, next weekend is the annual J&P Cycle Open House in Anamosa, Iowa. If all goes according to plan, I may have the Pro-Tour ‘S’ on display at the Legends Air Suspension vendor location, so be sure to stop in and saddle-up on this bike – thats right – I INVITE people to sit on it!  

Paul Holdworth – the ‘Meddling Editor’ of IronWorks – first viewed the Pro-Tour ‘S’ in its early stages a couple of years ago and immediately asked for exclusivity, so in a few months a full feature of the bike should be on the newstands. I’ll keep everyone watching this blog posted on what’s going on with the magazine feature. Meanwhile, be sure to let everyone you know that may be interested in this kind of transformation for their XL to check this blog out.

15
Apr
11

component pricing

I’ve compiled a list of the major components in the complete Pro-Tour ‘S’ kit and have included the price for those components as well as labor to install them into a donor chassis. I expect the next one I do will be a rubbermount style chassis which will require a small amount of tweaking in how I mount the oil tank. I’m sure I’ll run into a few other small snags along the way, but this pricing should give a good idea of what it would cost to duplicate what I’ve done on the first Pro-Tour ‘S’.

I expect this pricing will change somewhat after I’ve done a few of these kits. After knocking a few out I may find it is taking more time than I anticipated so I’ll need to adjust the labor price accordingly, and to be honest I usually find myself being optimistic about labor times so there’s a good chance the first few clients I do these for are going to get a better deal than subsequent clients. That being said, I wouldn’t expect the total price of parts and labor to rise any more than an additional $1500.00.

I’m not showing the cost of painting all of the sheetmetal and fiberglass components because that price can be all over the board depending on who ends up painting the bike, how wild or subtle the graphics will be etc. When a client receives an unpainted bike it will be turn-key with the Pro-Tour ‘S’ chassis  components painted gloss black to match the factory chassis, and all of the sheetmetal and fiberglass components will be sealed in black epoxy primer – ready to be painted the color (and graphics) of their choice by the painter of their choice. I obviously have the capability to paint these, but my feelings won’t be hurt when someone tells me they have their own painter in mind. I’m totally cool with that!

Other than the paint the only additional cost not shown here will be the cost of the donor bike and I want to mention the warranty here, as I’ve learned a few things over the last couple of weeks after discussing this kit with some H-D dealers.

As I understand it, the Motor Company is not very tolerant about warrantying  bikes that have had engine or chassis modifications. This includes Big Twins as well as XL models. Only a handful of modifications are acceptable by the Motor Company without risk of voiding the warranty, and from the engine upgrades I’ve seen many people having done on their bikes I’d guess most are outside of the acceptable range of modifications. In the Motor Company’s defense, I don’t blame them for taking this position. If I painted a bike for a client then they had another shop install apehangers on it, and in the process that shop scratched up the paint on the tank, does it become my fault because I’m the one that painted it? I don’t think so…

What this means in my view is it comes down to your relationship with your dealer/service facility and how abusive you are to your machine. Don’t kid yourself – if you’re constantly beating the shit out of your bike its going to show, and anyone who works on these machines every day will clearly be able to see how well you treat it. If you ride it normally I know I and most dealers will work with you to resolve any issues you may be having, but if you’re constantly hammering on it, it’ll be obvious and you’re probably going to have a hard time convincing anyone to warranty busted parts.

I warranty all of my work for 1 year as do most component manufacturers. The people I use to do engine mods on my bikes have a proven track record, and have shown me integrity in their work standards and business ethics.

The following price list will give you an idea of what will be invested in your Pro-Tour ‘S’ transformation. If you have any suggestions to provide more clarity please let me know – I’m always open to ideas!

Individual Components Pricing
Item Component price Install Labor Paint component
Swingarm Stretch $475.00 N/C $175
Drop-seat frame section $775.00 $600.00 $425
Oil tank $780.00 $100.00 $125
Gas tank $1050.00 $175.00
left clamshell girder $75.00 $60.00 $60
right clamshell girder $75.00 $60.00 $60
left clamshell attachment plate $185.00 N/C
right clamshell attachment plate $185.00 N/C
Complete clamshell minus light $2,450.00 $1,350.00
center (warrior) taillight w/mount $395.00 $100.00
Complete left mid-frame cover $680.00 $110.00
Complete right mid-frame cover $680.00 $110.00
inner fender $250.00 $85.00 $100
complete latching mechanism $340.00 N/C
seat pan $375.00 $100.00
Upholstery (subcontract – average) $350.00 N/A
front fender $395.00 $25.00
Complete fairing w/windshield $1,600.00 N/C
V-Rod drive belt $200.00 N/C
StreetGlide air shocks $280.00 N/C
Line total $11,595.00 $2,875.00 $945
03
Apr
11

a few points of interest

28
Mar
11

Two shots of the almost done bike

Here are a couple of images of the bike now that its back home at the shop. I need to wire it and button up a few small items and it’ll be ready to fire up and begin breaking in the 100 inch mill. To see a few more angles go to this link http://www.dougz.com/custom_bikes.php?sgid=153

Over the next couple of weeks I’ll begin posting images of different parts of this transformation and the logic behind the design of those components.

28
Mar
11

a naked roller view

I’ve had a couple of people inquire as to whether I’d sell just the frame modification. I’m guessing they like the idea of a drop seat with the six inch swingarm extension, and honestly I think this would look pretty slick that way as well. When I get caught up with work in the shop in a couple of weeks I’ll pull an image of the naked roller (like the one you see here) into my art program and will work up a couple of ‘sketches’ to show this transformation in a completely different style.

The Pro-Tour ‘S’ was VERY well received at the Donnie Smith show this past weekend, with 99% positive comments and the other 1% were comments about what people would do differently – which I don’t consider negative at all – I’ve already considered a few of those remarks and you may see a Pro-Tour ‘S’2 stemming from those. It’ll be a while before I can attack that, but I think some of the purists will really like what I’ve got in mind!

When I get the bike unloaded later today I’ll shoot some images and get ’em posted for all to see.

For everyone that I met this weekend at the Donnie, and viewing this site for the first time – THANK YOU SO MUCH for stopping by to see and sit on the bike! I really enjoyed the weekend and meeting you all and look forward to working with many of you in the future!

23
Mar
11

Paint and reassembly continues

I decided to toss in this image of the bike in the blog this morning because by this afternoon its going to look a whole lot more like a finished bike. The handlebars are being wired while the majority of the bodywork/sheetmetal is baking after finishing clear yesterday. The swingarm goes in next, followed by the oil tank, then the rear wheel to turn it into a rolling chassis. Not much time to talk about what I’ve been doing for the last week, but if I added a post every day it would’ve been pretty boring for the last few days because all I would’ve been saying is “I prepped this or that for paint, then painted it”. It would’ve been like a broken record. I have to say, it is amazing how much time it takes to do a bike this style – when there won’t be a single piece of chrome on the entire thing when its done – it takes an unbelievable amount of time to prep and shoot components the color of the bike. There are so many pieces that you can’t do them all at the same time because there simply isn’t enough room in the paint booth to put all the parts and be able to move around in there to shoot ’em and not accidentally knock something over. So its gotta be done in stages, shooting the parts as you’ll need them to keep reassembly going while paint is curing. Its a bunch of work for a one man operation.

14
Mar
11

Plenty getting done

Just because I haven’t posted anything in a few days, rest assured I haven’t stopped working on the bike. Since the last posting I’ve installed the engine, made molds for the inner and outer shapes that make up the mid-frame storage areas as well as molds for the doors that will seal up the larger storage areas in the clamshell. My upholstery guy Mike Joseph, is working on the cushions for the seat and just about every part that will receive paint has been prepped and is sitting in the staging area. I spent most of today prepping  the wheels for paint. They’re going to be painted a slightly darker version of the House of Kolor Galaxy Grey that I used on the engine and chassis. I love the look of the carbon fiber wheels my buddy Skeeter Todd has on his new Turbo X-Wedge bike, but I can’t swing the cost of those wheels, so I’m going to emulate the color of the carbon fiber on my MUCH less expensive rolling stock. I’m pretty happy with the lack of weight on my wheels – especially the rear one – which will use up a minimal amount of horsepower spinning it up. The front wheel weighs 13.5 pounds and the rear one weighs a measly 16.5 pounds.

I’m also going to use the darker Galaxy Grey on the handlebar controls, the risers and top clamp. I’ve modified the top clamp by TIG welding a mount for the Autometer speedo/tach I’ll be using on the bike. Which reminds me of something else I created in the last few days – a cup for the speedo/tach. When my brother Dean and I built our Super Pro 67 Camaro we had a Monster Tach in it, and I really like the racey look of that tachometer – the Autometer speedo/tach carries the look of a Monster tach, but they made it ONLY as a drop-in for stock H-D dashes. Well, I’ve changed that and now I have a cup that will allow people to use this sweet gauge on any stock or custom built bike. I’ll toss in an image of that once its painted and has the gauge installed and hopefully by then I’ll have a price figured out for anyone interested in purchasing one from me. I might even get brave enough to make one out of carbon fiber…