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FNA Custom Cycles Blue Smoke

 

It's funny how I come across the bikes that I cover sometimes... I was calling my bro’ Jimmy in Florida about planning some of the logistics for my Daytona trip to shoot the Old School Bike Show at Willie’s Tropical Tattoo. He was so amped about this crazy H2 and its builder we could barely talk about anything else. Well, sure enough, Uncle Jimmy was right about this bike. It’s cool as shit and has some trick engineering details to boot. I suppose it doesn’t hurt that I love alternative motored bikes, especially in the digger style. On top of all this the builder is a cool and articulate multi-talented mofo, so I’m gonna let Eric Allard from FNA Custom Cycles tell you the story of this machine in his own words.

 

“I got this Kawasaki 750 H2 engine a few years ago when I repaired a couple of springer front ends for a guy in trade. I had it sitting in the case after putting fresh rings in it. A friend of mine, Matt, wanted me to build something pretty wild and I told him I had some ideas using that power plant. I started building the bike with a digger style in mind. I wanted a molded prism style tank and oil bag that matched the fenders that I make. I got the flanged wheels from a swap and wanted to go with a skinny ribbed front and a big 18x5.5 in the rear to set off the digger look. I have always liked the style of Triumph dual leading shoe drums, and they actually stop pretty well too. With all the polish on this bike, the stock steel hubs that usually went with these brake plates weren’t going to cut it. The Early 70’s Triumph conical hubs have the same 8” brake size and can be polished up nicely. I wanted the bike to steer well and not be a pain to ride, so the trail was brought back in to being stock by the 8 raked trees. The prism style tank was molded in the frame for that clean digger style. The leather seat flips up for easy access to the capacitor and the oil reservoir fill. The bike took about 700 hours to complete over the course of a year and a half.”

 

 

Owner and Location: Eric Allard, Lakeland FL

Engine: 72 Kawasaki H2 750 two stroke, with custom Ignition: 50’s era 6 cylinder Fairbanks magneto off Continental Generator with custom timing belt setup

 

 

Frame: Full custom FNA drag/digger, goosenecked, dropseat, 44 degree frame Fork: bmw airhead lower legs milled, welded, shaved and polished

Tire/wheel size and style: Front 18x2.5 old sporty rim laced to a Triumph conical front hub with a dual leading shoe 8” triumph brake plate. Rear: 18x2.5 old sporty rim laced to a Triumph conical rear hub with a dual leading shoe 7” triumph front brake plate. Favorite thing about this bike: est 110hp that hits all at once

 

 

Next modification will be: Change out the uni filters to some thing custom

Special Thanks to: My wife Wendy for putting up with the long shop hours, Scotty Starr for the CAD and fabrication work, John Mooney’s polishing that makes me look good, Matt White for owning the bike and letting me have open creativity, Kai Stauch for helping making it all work, Ruhl for the engine help, Nate Rayburn for welding the pipes after fitting, Josh Brennan for the bar design help, Jeff Kennedy, Mag Guru, for getting the old Fairbanks sparking great and WoodStock for the engine polishing.

 

 

Be sure to check out Eric's website and give him a follow on Facebook and Instagram.

 

Til next time, keep it between the ditches and the shiny side up.

 

-Bear


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Commented on 4-24-2014 At 08:26 am
 

inspiring!

Commented on 4-24-2014 At 09:37 am
 

very nice! yeah imagine that power when it hits

Commented on 4-24-2014 At 03:14 pm
 

So incredibly evil and badass, I would cheat on my woman with this Kara Nippon!

Commented on 4-24-2014 At 05:25 pm
 

Eric is the underdog, unsung hero of the chopper scene. Everything he builds comes out phenominal! Not afraid to use oddball powerplants or go outside the standard issue chopper rules. Not to mention, responsible for my sportster coming out so well.

Commented on 4-24-2014 At 05:36 pm
 

cool bike....

Commented on 4-24-2014 At 07:16 pm
 

Aside from near everything else, I'm fascinated by those pipes...

Commented on 4-24-2014 At 08:03 pm
 

holy shit. that is bad ass

Commented on 4-24-2014 At 08:45 pm
 

That whole thing is just neat as can be. That stance and those pipes? Damn!

Commented on 4-24-2014 At 08:56 pm
 

That bike is sick as hell! The BMW he's got is just as awesome. What happened to the Glam Fairy???

Commented on 4-25-2014 At 06:52 am
 

Dayuuumnn!!

It looks photochopped...in a good way!!

Commented on 4-25-2014 At 08:50 am
 

Insta-Boner!

Commented on 4-25-2014 At 02:56 pm
 

straight up bitchin'. I love two strokes!

Commented on 4-27-2014 At 07:54 am
 

this is proof you can make any mill cool,I don't care if it is Harley,Triumph or Jap,they can all be bad assed or just a fluff machine,depends on the talent(which this has in bucket loads)

Commented on 4-30-2014 At 05:37 am
 

check out my 4 page article on Eric and this bike in This months issue of The Horse Backstreet Choppers!

Commented on 5-1-2014 At 06:06 am
 

Killer Chop!

and to get your hands on one of those engines for a chop!

Commented on 5-6-2014 At 09:22 pm
 

Just saw this ride in this months The horse backstreet chopper. Very inspirational to my Yama triple build. Epic chop keep it up

Commented on 11-19-2014 At 07:38 am
 

Love that muffler! The bike has great angles. It's nice to see a bike with more lines than curves for a change.

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