1. The National Motorcycle Museum located in Anamosa, IA.
2. To get started, all the donated parts-including the S&S; Panhead motor, Baker transmission, KraftTech frame, Primo/Rivera primary drive, Performance Machine controls, Spyke ignition and charging system, Avon tires, DNA wheels and frontend, as well as parts from Wire Plus, and the J&P; catalog-were pulled and taken out to the shop where Jeff Wiley and Kody Wisner started the mock-up stages of this build.
3. Kody started by placing the KraftTech frame on the lift. Then he checked all the welds and mounts for the mock-up. For this build they went with the stock geometry of this frame.
4. Next, the 93ci S&S; Panhead motor was removed from the box, and Jeff and Kody stopped for a second to stare at the potential power of the powerplant.
5. Moving on, Jeff pulled out the set of DNA spoke wheels: a 16x5-inch for the rear and 21x3-inch for the front.
6. Kody mounted the Classic Speed Master Avon tires to the DNA wheels, then installed the Performance Machine rotors to the wheels. Next, both tires were static-balanced and ready to be placed in the frame.
7. Next, the chrome DNA Springer frontend was bolted onto the frame along with new Timken bearings and a 1-inch neck stem.
8. A set of drag bars were placed into the 6-inch risers, which were bolted to the frontend.
9. To get this bike to a roller, the wheels were installed. Next, Kody started with the front wheel, then spaced out the Performance Machine caliper bracket.
10. For the rear wheel a custom spacer needed to be made for proper alignment of the brake bracket, so the guys moved on and installed the motor and trans first.
11. The S&S; motor and the Baker transmission were placed in the frame, and with the inner primary the two were lined up.
12. The sheetmetal was next, starting with the Milwaukee Twins oil bag.
13. Kody routed all the oil lines and made sure that they fit and would not get in the way of the exhaust pipes.
14. After the oil bag was installed, the rear fender was bolted to the frame and the taillight was mounted.
15. A set of drag pipes were bolted to the motor, then Kody welded a set of exhaust mounts to the frame to support the pipes.
16. Next, a set of Performance Machine Contour forward controls were bolted to the frame and linked up to the Baker transmission.
17. Once the parts box with the controls was opened, Kody installed the Performance Machine hand controls and cables for the hydraulic lines to the clutch and brake. Then he installed PM grips on the handlebars and a 5-inch headlight to the frontend.
18. With the inner primary, motor, and transmission bolted in place, Kody installed the starter and worked on the Spyke charging system.
19. After the rear drive chain was connected to the rear wheel, the driveline was installed using a retro-ribbed cover from Robban's Speed Shop.
20. Wrapping up the sheetmetal, Jeff mounted a set of 3.5-gallon flat-side Fat Bob fuel tanks.
21. Then Jeff made a few mounting bungs for the dash on the lathe.
22. After the mounts were welded to the backbone of the frame, Kody installed the retro dash with a Dakota Digital speedo/tach gauge face.
23. The last thing to top off this build was installing the solo spring seat.
24. OK, here is where we stopped for now. All we have left to do is a few minor things to the bike before teardown and paint. Come back next month as we finish the mock-up and start the prep for paint before we get to the feature.
What? A free bike? If we told you that all you need to do is spend a few minutes checking out a website to find out how to buy tickets to get your hands on a motorcycle built by one of the top shops, would you do it? Hell yeah, you would. Tickets are six for $25 or $5 each, and this year J&P; Cycles has done it again by building a good-looking bike to raise money for the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa. If you did not know that there is a museum devoted to vintage and collectible motorcycles, then let us tell you if you are a true motorcycle enthusiast, this is a place you need to see.
The National Motorcycle Museum opened in 1989 and houses some of the coolest motorcycles and memorabilia dating back to the early 20th century. The museum has a huge display of more than 200 antique bikes, as well as collectibles, from photos and posters to toys on every wall. To help with the general operations of the National Motorcycle Museum, they joined hands with J&P; Cycles and some top motorcycle companies that donated parts to build a bike to raise money for the museum.
Most of the parts for this build came from the J&P; catalog. But to help this build come together, other companies donated parts, including the new S&S; Panhead motor, Baker transmission, KraftTech frame, Primo/Rivera primary drive, Performance Machine controls, Spyke ignition and charging system, Avon tires, DNA wheels and frontend, as well as parts from Wire Plus.
The money donated from last year's giveaway bike also helped in part to build a new exhibit, which is an early 1900s motorcycle workshop that has just opened at the museum. Complete with replica oil lamps, this exhibit is one you do not want to miss! A big thank you goes out to the Antique Motorcycle Club of America; their sponsorship helped make this project possible. Thanks also go out to Francis Lebeda of Lebeda Engineering in Cedar Rapids, IA, for a large number of tools in the display.
Last year's lucky winner of the Knucklehead charity bike was Mike Seneski of Palmdale, CA. The drawing for this bike is late December, 2008. So enter today-you don't need to be present to win. All donations to the museum are tax deductible and help to create new exhibits, obtain new bikes, and help with general operations. For more information on the National Motorcycle Museum and getting raffle tickets, contact (319) 462-3925, or visit www.nationalmcmuseum.org. A link to the museum can also be found on J&P; Cycle's website at www.jpcycles.com.
Get your tickets today for your chance to win this 2008 Custom Panhead. Tickets are six for $25 or $5 each, and all proceeds benefit the National Motorcycle Museum.