Last year at Sturgis I ran out to Buffalo Chip early Monday morning to check out the Michael Lichter Show (better when nobody was around). Christian Newman, Brad Gregory and Danger Dan all had the same idea. I'd never met Christian, and he had some innovative features of his Evo Sportster to adapt it to long range touring. His bike is a chopper custom all-the-way . . and you don't notice his engineering genius here and there until you get lookin'. We ended up all riding together out to check The Horse Show at Full Throttle, snapping pics and gawkin' at the scenery. I see Christian is one of the (3) selected builders of the new Indian Scout Custom Project - to be unveiled at this year's rally at Buffalo Chip. SEARCH: The Wrench, Christian Newman at You TubePretty cool there Newman !
Now I'm running those Alto Red clutch fibers (wet). I soaked them overnight, then lightly wiped 'em off. I left the clutch basket cover off. The clutch in this thing has always been touchy as hell. Tiny adjustments make big differences - dragging or slipping in high under acceleration. Better hit neutral before you stop type-o-deal. Just a little draggy. As the clutch warms up - there goes any free play you had at the lever - not good. After a lot of testing, I can live with it now. I made a "clutch cable luber" from a piece of rubber hose - and ran everything from Motion Pro Cable Lube, DuPont Chain Lube, a shot of Lincoln Spray Grease - and finally some lube from a 30 year old can of genuine Harley-Davidson chain lube . . . which works perfect since it dribbles out (with no pressure in the can shooting back at you from the straw). Now it works a bit better. Wiley has a genuine H-D clutch cable for me, and I'm getting it soon - gotta get this bike working for The Meltdown Drag Run.
Ultra dark shield on the Simpson Street Bandit is so I can ride across town and not have to wave at everybody . . . small town life. They know who I am anyway.
This style of saddlebag was first offered in 1954. I believe they were designed by William Harley, and he patented his design? I bought the bags(without lids) for $75/pair since they had holes, and were all beat to shit. Using sheet metal, old sign material, license plate metal, pop rivets and Gorilla tape . . . they are now solid. I sealed the seams with gasket maker - then lined the bags with speaker cabinet carpet(when I was in a rock band for 3 months) and 3M spray fixative.. They look crusty from the outside, but nice and soft on the inside. Ready for your leather jacket, clothes, camera or a bag of chips and cookies.
PS. Last night I sprayed 'em with the garden hose all over to see if they'd leak - Nope ! But we all know a garden hose ain't no match for Mother Nature....