The 103ci Evo-style engine started life from an assortment of unlikely parts. Wayne began with Delkron cases that he filled with S&S; wheels and Jim McClure rods, then installed Axtell Shovelhead cylinders and S&S; pistons on top. S&S; heads modified for an external oil draining system house Baisley valves; S&S; roller rockers are covered by Exotic Pan rocker boxes. S&S; pushrods are actuated by a Lineweber cam and JIMS lifters.
A Carl's Typhoon carburetor and intake provide air and fuel with an ignition unit from Dyna. Wayne also built a custom set of polished stainless steel pipes to expel the spent combustion gases. A Karata open primary and Barnett clutch transfer power from the engine to the Delkron transmission with Andrews gears and JIMS top and side covers.
The engine was wasting space on one of his workbenches, and Wayne needed a place to put it -- preferably in a frame. He had been thinking about frames for a while, did a little research, and decided that the best bet for his build would be a Daytec Softail. He called Daytec and ordered a frame with 34 degrees of rake, no stretch, and powdercoated silver straight from the factory. An unmodified 55mm Ceriani front end works in conjunction with Progressive Suspension shocks to keep the bumps in the road from bouncing Wayne out of his seat.
Wheels were Wayne's next concern -- his project wasn't going anywhere without them. He had always been a big fan of spokes, so he went with a set of 80-spoke Hallcraft wheels -- a 17-inch in the front wrapped in a 120 series Pirelli and a 16-inch in the rear with a 200 Pirelli. Dual P.M. four-piston calipers clamp down on 13-inch rotors on either side of the front wheel, while an 11-inch rotor resides in the back with another P.M. four-piston caliper.
Another item Wayne had been waiting to use for a while was a one-piece Mid-West gas tank -- a good starting point for the rest of the sheetmetal he'd need for the bike. He chose a Bourget fender to cover the front wheel and a W.C.C. fender for the rear, along with a pair of Alley Works constructed billet fender struts from which to hang the rear sheetmetal. Rounding out the sheetmetal for the bike is a polished stainless steel oil tank.
After accumulating all the necessary components, Wayne mocked-up the bike and checked everything for proper fitment, then sent out the fenders and the gas tank to Deano's for custom paint. When the metal got back to the shop, it was wearing a black and silver basecoat divided by orange flames.
The only thing left to do before the bike could be called complete was to install the accessories. Bolted to the Ceriani triple trees are Drag bars with built-in risers above a Headwinds headlight. P.M. hand and foot controls and footpegs were used along with Carlini mirrors. Lastly, a Joker Machine taillight/license mount was cinched to the swingarm just below the Danny Gray seat.
As soon as he popped the seat into place, Wayne hopped on the bike to go for a ride, and, when he got back, he was a little mad -- he couldn't believe he waited so long to build a bike for himself.
|BUILD TIME||Six months|
|WHEELS, TIRES, AND BRAKES|
|WHEELS||Front: 17-inch Hallcraft 80-spoke Rear: 16-inch Hallcraft 80-spoke|
|TIRES||Front: 120 Pirelli Rear: 200 Pirelli|
|BRAKES||Front: P.M. Rear: P.M.|
|CHROME PLATING||South West|
|OIL TANK||Alley Works|