I'm working on a new set of forks to start off the custom job on my new American middleweight cruiser. I've never really owned one of these but I've been collecting parts for a long time. The stock fork was bent very badly, so I either had to repair it or go Kustom. I could also just use the forks I had lying around but this thing needs some new life. Deciding to give it a tough-guy bobber look, it needed a new fork. I had a little trouble cutting the old stem out of my spare fork but it's good to go now. I didn’t want a raked out chopper thing, so I will have basically the same rake and slightly different trail. It’s rigid of course, and sort of on the small side. It is supposed to enhance the look, not be the centerpiece like some are. The headlight in there is just the right size. I’m pretty happy so far with the way it’s coming out. I’ve got two little pieces to make and I can start welding.
I’m putting those alloy rims on there and the fat tires, bobbing the fenders a little, adding a flare to the ends, etc…. I’m trying to figure out a paint scheme and making a list of cool add-ons. I think it needs some red crown valve caps. It’s hard to strike that balance between cool and over done. Of course, one man’s cool is another man’s WTF? I want to have 50’s motorcycle style with a little bicycle style thrown in but not too Pee-Wee Herman. Sort of a bully bike, or something you’d see at the Oakland Rod & Custom Show back in the early sixties. I read somewhere that the fifties that people remember were the sixties. That is to say, when someone says back in the 50’s they are talking about 1962. I digress. It should be a pretty cool scoot for very little money. I just wish I could paint.
One more thing – Today is Dec. 7th “A day that will live in infamy”. Lets not forget about all the people who died so we could fart around and build cool ass bicycles and blog about it and not worry about if the Communists or whoever are invading. Thank you, to all the soldiers and sailors who keep me free.