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Wil's Fine Sixty-Nine

 

Wil Thomas always seems to ride a memorable machine, and this latest unit is no different. A solid starting point, a neat collection of old parts and a heavy dose of creativity result in a bike that won't blend into the crowd no matter where Wil decides to take it.

Here's what Wil has to say about the bike:

'69 FLH Motor
'48 Wishbone Frame
'36 RL Frontend
19/19
3.5 gallon bobs narrowed and sectioned
Morris Magneto
I scored this '69 shovel out of northern IL. Wonder Lake I think? I bought from a guy who bought it from his brother on Christmas day 25 years earlier.Turns out our good friend Warren Jr's dad that would be Sr. for the slow readers serviced the bike for all those years, and I bought it sight unseen. The bike was fairly stock at the time, in a swingarm frame, electic start etc. affectionately known as the blue bus.. Rode it around like that for a few, but had my own vision in mind. I had collected most of the bits and pieces from swaps or trades or bike deals. I scored the frame from Dan Druff, the Bates gear and Wassel fender from Ed at Morries in 2004, the RL front end from a horse trade with Joe Dynomite. Some of the parts I'd had for years were just sittin, waiting for the right project. The usual suspects helped on this one but I did most of the heavy lifting, and alot of the actual fab. I definately gotta give props to Kiyo who fab up the bobs for me after I performed the hack job chop surgery of narrowing them. I fabbed the bars, sissy bar, and taillight. Bike is still a work in progress and I consider it an improvisation outside the the need for certain form, hence the 19 19 front and rear. This one is a form fits fuction set up. Goin distance and camping with the abilty to carry my gear was the inspiration. So stay tuned there will be a few more changes and enhancements, but no pretty paint at least anytime soon. Dont forget to clue me in on the double secret squirel, dont tell anybody about our camping trip again. ooops uuuumm ok thank me goodbye

'69 FLH motor  /  '48 wishbone frame  /  '36 RL front end  /  19/19 wheels / 3.5 gallon bobs narrowed and sectioned  /  Morris Magneto

I scored this '69 shovel out of northern IL. Wonder Lake I think? I bought it from a guy who bought it from his brother on Christmas day 25 years earlier. Turns out our good friend Warren Jr.'s dad (that would be Sr. for the slow readers) serviced the bike for all those years, so I bought it sight unseen. The bike was fairly stock at the time, in a swingarm frame, electic start etc. It was affectionately known as the blue bus. I rode it around like that for a few, but had my own vision in mind. I had collected most of the bits and pieces from swaps or trades or bike deals. I scored the frame from Dan Druff, the Bates gear and Wassel fender from Ed at Morries in 2004, the RL front end from a horse trade with Joe Dynamite. Some of the parts I'd had for years were just sittin', waiting for the right project. The usual suspects helped on this one but I did most of the heavy lifting, and alot of the actual fab. I have give props to Kiyo who fabbed-up the bobs for me after I performed the hack job chop surgery of narrowing them. I fabbed the bars, sissy bar, and taillight. The bike is still a work in progress and I consider it an improvisation outside the need for certain form, hence the 19-inch wheels front and rear. This one is a form-fits-function set-up. Goin' the distance and camping with the abilty to carry my gear was the inspiration. Stay tuned—there will be a few more changes and enhancements, but no pretty paint, at least not any time soon.

 

Photos: BFJosh


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Commented on 6-16-2010 At 06:12 am
 

WOW - That bike is perfect!

Commented on 6-16-2010 At 06:47 am
 

yeah it looks great.

Commented on 6-16-2010 At 08:25 am
 

Killer. Especially the tank and seat that look like they were dug up at the dump. I am glad to see you are not planning any paint. Well done.

Commented on 6-16-2010 At 08:25 am
 

mega sweet!

Commented on 6-16-2010 At 08:36 am
 

The pan, what happened to the pan?

Commented on 6-16-2010 At 08:47 am
 

The whole package is right on. Especially diggin on the tanks.

Commented on 6-16-2010 At 08:53 am
 

Really nice, I love the headlights, good job man!

Commented on 6-16-2010 At 12:05 pm
 

Is that license plate location actually legal in CA? Or do we all just not care?

Commented on 6-16-2010 At 12:16 pm
 

love the lights

Commented on 6-16-2010 At 02:33 pm
 

good job making it your own,looks bueno.

Commented on 6-16-2010 At 04:01 pm
 

Not bad for a Malungen

Commented on 6-16-2010 At 04:47 pm
 

Kick ass bike. Is that a fuel level float on the left front of the tank?

Commented on 6-16-2010 At 08:10 pm
 

i saw this bike at born free and it was my fav... so much i got a set of fat bobs coming for my pan... but i am going to attempt to cut and section them myself and am probably going to fall way short but what the hell...... killer bike man.

Commented on 6-16-2010 At 08:36 pm
 

nice and dirty and ridden. I love a slab side shovel

Commented on 6-17-2010 At 07:11 am
 

who gave you the taillight...its almost as gay as you are...

Commented on 6-17-2010 At 01:57 pm
 

Sweet,clean ride. Good job.

Commented on 6-17-2010 At 07:06 pm
 

tough as tailight.

Commented on 6-17-2010 At 10:24 pm
 

Sweet light scheme.

Commented on 6-20-2010 At 12:09 am
 

i think i take pics of this bike everytime i see it at the LB swap

Commented on 7-7-2010 At 06:44 am
 

the lights are cool, aswell as the rest of the bike with them

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