I'm building a chopper. You figured that? Well, I wasn't so sure to begin with. When it started, a chopper wasn't what I was planning on. If you look at what I have built over the years, it has changed from traditional choppers to full on race bikes. I love race bikes. But, its not what Born Free is about. I get that. I love choppers. I have for a long time. It's old custom bikes, be it traditional Race bred bobbers or traditional choppers, that have put me where I am today.
Choppers...so many styles and looks, some amazing others not so amazing. This build is going full circle for me. I am busy in the shop with 3-4, 45 flathead race bikes getting planned, built, modified etc. But the Born Free build will not be a race bike. At least not externally. Its going to be with a love of traditional chopper culture that I build this bike. With some race stuff thrown in (on the inside) for power and more than that: reliability.
I tend to build bikes that are downright complicated. But I'm not building this bike for me. It has to be a cycle that anyone could hop on, kick over and just plain ride. However they want. That's how it's going to be. I tend to ride faster and harder on a vintage machine than maybe I should, but building a bike that can take it is what I'm looking for.
I'm not 100% sure what direction I'm going style wise, I have a pretty good idea, but at this point the only thing set in stone is the panhead motor, 4 speed trans, a mildly modified frame and the 18" x 19" wheel combo I ran years ago. That might change. I'm not sure. I won't know til I get there.
Thank you Mike and Grant for the honor.