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thefrenchowl

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Post Tue May 23, 2006 11:08 am

1954 KHK special, finished at last...

Hi all,

Thought I'd share with you... my Nth version of my 1954 KHK finished and started on 3rd kick on Sunday after much pre-starting hassle for the last 2 weeks...

You can't see it but it's twin carb with two early Sporters L&L linkerts DC 10 (the front one all reversed...), about 30 hours of machine work just on the inlet side of things.

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Post Tue May 23, 2006 11:31 am

VERY KOOL NICE JOB DIFFRENT. CAN WE SEE PICS OF CARBS HOW U DID IT? I LOVE DC LINKERTS GREAT CARB. REALLY OVERLOOKED CARB THEY WORK WELL. I HAVE DONE LOT OF WORK ON DC LINKERTS. THANKS FOR PICS
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Post Tue May 23, 2006 11:53 am

Here we are:

Manifold hand made apart from special nipples that mimick Sportster O ring arrangement, only much thinner, clamps are narrowed std Sporty items, carb flanges cut out off early Sporty manifolds. Cylinders inlet tracks not moded at all in case some day I want to go back to single M 53a carb ( still, plenty of fin trimming to fit it all inside the vee...)

Front carb is all reversed/remachined, both have the XLR venturi mods. When I've sorted the carburation with the std butterflies, I've got 2 throttle bodies ready with Tillotson butterflies and special iddle chamber screws. Chokes are a single alloy sliding plate inside the filter back plate.

Check for drawings/other photos on my site, tech page (click on link, below)

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Post Tue May 23, 2006 12:10 pm

... By the way,

this is in Great Britain so it's legal to have no lights of any sort on a street bike, they call it "day time use only"... Only electrical bit is a 9 volts square battery bicycle horn under the gas tank... I HATE useless weight carrying!!!

Patrick
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Post Tue May 23, 2006 12:32 pm

CARBS

FANTISTIC JOB. SAY EMAIL ME xlr900us@yahoo.com thanks
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Post Tue May 23, 2006 3:35 pm

kr

yes i did. and tom sifton for while. say went to ur site great u have chris rudys kr 87 some of my work. he won 2 day deal at eddie mulders dirt track. i have shop here make parts and do repire work. keep in touch thanks jim
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Post Tue May 23, 2006 5:03 pm

Just in case you want to know... specifications on my site:

http://www.harleykrxlrtt.com/khk%20specs.htm

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Post Tue May 23, 2006 7:55 pm

Marvelous, simply Marvelous. Love the manifold, a real work of art. And the DC linkerts are a great choice. They are indeed the under appreciated LInkert.
Great Job, truly the ultimate Flathead
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Post Wed May 24, 2006 2:03 am

nice. great bike.
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Post Wed May 24, 2006 10:19 am

1954 KHK special, finished at last

This is a beautiful job, you should be very proud to ride this bike.
I, like others on here, appreciate the craftsmanship.
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Post Wed May 24, 2006 10:33 am

Very Nice Patrick! Brakes all on the left is very cool! How did you gear her, with 30 tooth or 34 engine? Which oil pump are you using?

Best Regards,

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Post Wed May 24, 2006 11:32 am

The other side...

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Gearing: 34/59 x 20/46, post 1972 oil pump with increased breather timing ( opens approx 20 deg ATDC, closes approx 90 deg ABDC )

Linkerts carbs... I use to swear by Tillotsons, still loves them and their weirdness BUT the Linkert DC series is a lot easier to live with and works as well, plus nice vintage look is preserved...!!! I had twin Tillotsons when I 1st made/ran this manifold, about 10 years ago, terrible!!! then a set of square 38mm Spanish Amals, not bad but too modern looking really...

Patrick
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Post Wed May 24, 2006 11:43 am

Fantastic bike and love that manifold/carb setup.
Very, very well done.
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Post Wed May 24, 2006 12:23 pm

Looks absolutely great, excellent work on the manifold! Is that a Hummer seat?
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Post Wed May 24, 2006 3:16 pm

wonderful machinework and well thought out design, great job
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Post Wed May 24, 2006 3:45 pm

Oh dear,

Thank you all for your kinds comments!!! It's nice to know there's plenty of folks out there that can appreciate a billet-less fully hand made bike !!!!!!!!!!!!! It started in my mind like being some sort of "Fred Nix tribute", Cerianis with rigid rear end... I do have a KR rigid back, but in such a bad state it will have to wait a bit longer to be redone...

Your support somehow make the long wait between idea (2001...) and finished item (2006) worth it... I'm only a salaried man with limited finances and too many bike projects and I sometimes wondered if it would ever be reassembled... In the end, I had to sell my "everyday's" bike, a 1985 500 army MT Armstrong ( I called it a H-D prototype...) in order to get a big incentive to finish this KHK this year... as I can only afford one bike at a time on the road.

Still, it's done now, as I think of my friend Neil in Reading that has this K top end WL special on the go since I've known him, 21 years, and he's only recently put the engine in a Norton frame...

Saddle is an NOS KH leather saddle, well patinated by years on somebody else dusty top shelf, just about the only untouched original item on the bike...

Also have to say, I would never have dreamed of doing so much alterations to such a rare model if it wasn't for the fact the bike was never that original and I felt in my heart, even if I'd trace the missing items, it still wouldn't have been as it left the factory...

Patrick
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Post Wed May 24, 2006 5:23 pm

PATRICK I HAVE FRIEND WHO MAKES REPOP TO FACTORY SPECS JIM
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Post Wed May 24, 2006 7:28 pm

1954 KHK Special, finished at last....

Patrick, I know Freddy would be proud as can be, to have this bike as a tribute to him.
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Post Thu May 25, 2006 6:25 am

Damn, that looks so nice you'd think it had to be factory! :!:
VERY NICE! Now go get it dirty! G 8)
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Now that is one Sharp scooter !! Pa
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