We would like to start by asking you, the reader, to help us with your ride submissions. There is no shortage of Readers' Rides coming across the editor's desks; however, only about 1/4 of them can be used. The reason: bad photos, little or no info about the bike, and even worse, no contact info to get better photos or the needed bike specs. So before you put a stamp on that envelope or send out that e-mail, make sure that you have filled out the basics: Your name, phone number and/or e-mail, where you're from. Then fill out a spec sheet-all you need to do is copy the info from the magazine: Motor, tran, frame, wheels, and so on. Last, a brief history about you and your bike. Now that you know exactly what we're looking for, we can't wait to see what you're going to send in. Thanks!
Owner Jerry Marsh got his hands on this XLH in late '02 and started to ride the hell out of the bike. It was a stock H-D with a stock frontend, but after seeing Springer bike after Springer bike, Jerry wanted that look for his motorcycle. Never seeing a Springer on a Sportster before made it even cooler to have one. After a few calls to Paughco, the right size Springer was shipped out. Not long after the frontend was on the bike, the sheetmetal was sent off for new paint. At this rate the bike may never get done, but Jerry is cool with that.
When owner Robert Nelson picked up this '01 Deuce, he knew that he wanted to keep the bike looking like a Deuce, but also wanted to work the sheetmetal to get a custom look. So all the sheetmetal was sent over to Westend Customs, where the tank was reworked to add a few inches, the fenders were stretched, and the taillight and plate were frenched in. Then all-new braided cables and lines were added. Finally, the bike was slammed in the weeds with an air ride system, giving him one wild custom ride.
Earp's Steel Horse
If Wyatt Earp were alive today, what would he ride? How about a steel horse built like this? The owner, David Earp (no relation, of course), wanted a bike with the feel of the Old West, which is why he added these colors to the bike. Then he added a set of tooled leather mailbags and a custom leather covered seat. Not quite the horse of the past, but a cool ride to have out on some country road.
|PIPES||Custom David Earp|
Cold in Canada
With lots of time and little money, Cory Fulham tackled building this bike over a few cold Canadian months. He took just over two years to work out his plan to get this bike done; he had the time, just not the money. When Cory started this build it was the start of winter and he planned on having it done by spring of that next year. However, it was finished in spring of the following year, but who's really counting, anyway?
|PAINT||Fishers Body Shop|