you've got mail, Pa and John. and thanks for the kind words.
about the engine, apparently it was built by Pete Hill originally. it was recently completely rebuilt by Jamie Barber of The 74 Shop. it has an Andrews "S" grind cam, Rowe black nitride 1/16" oversize Shovelhead intake valves, 80" 8.5:1 pistons, the exhaust ports are Panhead ports, and of course the intake ports were welded shut and turned out 90 degrees to mount dual carbs.
it had a pair of SUs from an old Volvo car on it, but they weighed in at 8 lbs. all that weight hanging off the heads kind of gave me the willies, so i bought a brand new pair of 36 mm Mikuni VM carbs to run on it. i don't have them dialed in perfectly yet, but they are pretty close, and the knuckle seems to like them pretty well. i know a lot of folks may see putting Mikunis on a knuckle as blasphemy, but i plan on putting in a lot of miles together with this bike and that's the reason i've chosen some of the things i have (like the disc brakes and Avon tires).
from the beginning, my goal was to build everything i could for this bike, and i pretty much have. the forks, handlebars, foot controls, paint, seat, seat pan, plate mount, exhaust tips, key and kill switch switch cylinder, etc, etc, etc, were all made by me (with the help of friends here and there along the way, of course). i've already got a ton of love for it,and am so anxious to get some riding time in.
anyway, here are some more random shots.
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-experience is a wonderful thing. It enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.