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45 chop on HDRCGB forum

Post Sun Sep 15, 2013 1:32 am

Posts: 1654
There's a 45 chop on the HDRCGB forum, which poses some interesting questions.

The engine has twin carbs, and us variously described as "having some race parts in the motor" and "having been built by a well known 1970s chopper builder". It's described as "running well"

Is ths the engine from Ray Leon's bike, Blue Grass Special? That bike had twin carbs and a rather special motor, and it has long since disappeared from view.
Shoot, a man could have a good weekend in Dallas with all that stuff...

Post Sat Oct 05, 2013 2:37 pm

Posts: 13
Location: UK
Don,t believe the motor is from Ray,s old bike which i think was sold out of the
UK possibly to the US or Canada by a serviceman.
His bike had a Triumph g/box and primary drive in a stretched rigid frame
with Greeves tele forks and Triumph brakes.
The motor was indeed very special ,possibly unique , apart from the carbs
Ray reprofiled the cams to a J profile and fitted a double valve spring kit,
also reshaped the cylinder heads to a K pattern.
I was with him when he started it up , had to hold my hands over the carbs,
no chokes! , never heard another HD like that before or since , maybe Patrick,s
KHK . Love to know where it is now , these new bobbers could,nt hold a
candle to it even now. Ray is no longer with us now but hopefully his
reputation is still rolling down the road.

ps the bike was painted blue and white with a portrait of Ray on the tank

Post Sat Oct 05, 2013 11:13 pm

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that's the bike I was thinking of. Does anyone have a picture of it?
Shoot, a man could have a good weekend in Dallas with all that stuff...

Post Sun Oct 06, 2013 3:05 am

Posts: 176
Location: Carmarthen, Wales, UK
This is the best I can do; from the HDRCGB magazine April 2006. I'll try and contact the author and see if he can e-mail me some better pics of the bike.

72 Ironhead, goes better than it stops!



2005 XL1200R.... well ya gotta have a rat-bike!

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