Thanks. Yes, 4-speed, she's actually pretty close to stock, although it's built from parts, and the frame is Paughco's close-to-stock frame. They lowered the back-bone for me free of charge, so I would not have that large gap between the top of the engine, and the frame and gas tanks. Most custom frames are made to accept anything from a flathead to an EVO, and will leave a giant gap when using a UL/ULH. I built it to be light and responsive, and have found in the past that a Sportster front end works well on a light big twin. I didn't go springer because I didn't know there were affordable disc brake springers out there....and again Sporter front ends are cheap and easy to find, and work well. The Paughco frame also has a little more rake than stock, otherwise the bike will sit a little high with the longer sporter front end. I wanted the bike to sit low and level. I don't have a weakness for straight line speed, but I sure love corners.
Keeping up with other, newer bikes and friends was not a goal, although if I push the Little Mistress she'll keep up, but I don't. Mostly just enjoy my own ride. I think that if I really wanted to keep up with newer bikes or the OHV's I'd build a Pan or early shovel, something OHV. Just not going to get much RPM out of a flathead. I guess you can go crazy with stroking, cams and all that, but I trust a mild engine more, although it seems many are getting good reliability out of their strokers around here. I do ride with my son on his mega-inch Victory often, and as far as I can tell he doesn't get too disgusted waiting up for me. He usually just follows most of the time, my wing-man, and then goes blasting past me once in a while when I least expect it, to make me crap my pants I suspect. In my own defense, when he does that I can usually catch up to him pretty fast, up to a point.
Pa, you know I'd sure like to own your 45. That would really be something. Especially as a companion to the UL. I love 45's, that was my first Harley...and in fact I set out to build a 4-speed 45 just like it in the beginning, then decided to build a Pan of the same year I was born, and then stumbled on the '37 UL engine. (had I built a Pan, it would be the same as the Little Mistress, except for the engine)
Damn! Not enough life-times to live!