Well I've all but finished turning the Night Train into my personal piece (pics and tips will be posted soon) and am starting to plan a new project. Now my favorite bike of all time is the "Billy Bike" from Easy Rider. Loved it since I was old enough to watch the movie (it was restricted to 18 when it first came out).
Now I live in Thailand so some of these things are not going to be so easy but I have been doing some research and would like some confirmation. Any advice is welcome.
The plan is to use a softail frame, S&S Panhead motor, 6 speed box with electric and kicker. Chain driven.
The first problem is finding a bike with the correct frame (see reason below) as registering a bike in Thailand is a nightmare. So easier to buy one and strip it, swapping motors is no problem.
Now here is what I have gleamed so PLEASE correct me if I am wrong. S&S don't make (large) motors that fit into post 1999 frames that have balanced engines. Pre 1999 had standard (rubber mounted) engines so that should fix that problem.
I am thinking a S&S 103" Panhead should go in ok.
I am not sure what box will couple up to it that will take a bakers 6 speed with kicker and enable me to keep the electric start.....HELP with that one please. Also what hassles are involved with using a chain drive.
The bike isn't going to be a true to life copy obviously but I do want the look to be close with a few modern additives to make it practical to ride.
The tank, I think is a Mustang, does anyone have any ideas on that?
Any input will be gratefully recieved.
Keep the shiny side up,