As already inferred from a recent Ride of the Week article, Handmade was the name of the game at Fuel Cleveland last year. Randy Norgi’s “divorce“Artistic inspiration for Jared Weems Speed twinChristian Newman Scratch build chopperAnd donjira Pai Wagon Everything was very attractive, especially because time and personal crafting were spent on each.
Larry Curik’s custom excavator head street tracker is arguably another highlight, and almost everything on the bike is handmade. Curik owns Lone Star ChopperBeing a one-time award-winning custom bike license maker, he is familiar with the creative process.
The only original piece of motorcycle is the cradle that holds the engine. The frame started 30 years ago as a prototype of Arlenness. A very famous motorcycle builder was known for his unique body style that created a long stretched frame for a luxury bike.
“It was a really long 4-speed swingarm frame,” says Curik. “This was a gorgeous liner, one of the three original prototypes.”
However, Curik preferred a more compact design. He cut the neck, reduced the rake and trail a bit to shorten the frame, and created a more flat track feel. There are also other additional features that give the motorcycle more structured handling. And when it comes to handling, curic has become creative with hand control.
“The flashback hand control features a great style, adjustable slow levers and a Magura HC1 radial master cylinder for great performance,” he says. “Feedback is spot-on, and even with a heavy spring clutch, the lever pull is surprisingly light. Then there’s its 1/4 turn throttle assembly pulling on the two carburetor return springs. Is as smooth and fast as possible. “
Continuing the atmosphere of the tracker, the motorcycle has a 2 into 2 exhaust on the left side. Curik has built a stainless steel headpipe that connects to the SuperTrapp Mylar muffler. It includes a good DEI Powersports heat shield up to 1,300 degrees Fahrenheit.
The engine has a pair of front cylinders instead of front and rear, allowing all intake on one side and exhaust on the other side, and the LecTron dual carburetor setup allows perfect fuel supply to each cylinder.
“The engine is a shovel head that emulates a Harley-Davidson XR-750, has an exhaust vent to the left and moves it,” Curik says. “The engine is 1,525cc. I started with an S & S 93 cubic inch excavator head. To get the XR styling, I used two front heads and cylinders, and a custom ground camshaft by Leineweber. It took a lot of time to move the exhaust and intake flanges, but it is necessary. “
Another focus of the bike is the fairly thick wheels. This is actually a new street glide Harley-Davidson Enforcer.
“I removed the dual disc front wheels and removed the standoffs,” he says. “Now it’s a single disc wheel and the hub is narrowed to fit in the front end. These are the two front wheels. The traditional 19-inch wheels on the dirt tracker, combined with the big, thick hoodie tires. I am. “
The rest of the motorcycle is an aesthetic work of art.Chromoly 7 / 8OD tube covers the motorcycle frame for a beautiful paint job Splengel’s Innovative Customs It’s eye-catching. The bright orange paint work and license plates help show the meaning behind the street tracker name-flashback. The license plate itself is actually quite a trick!
“Some people have been asked about flashback headlights. When you look at them, you can see through the license plate,” he says. “I put a perforated film used for window signs on a transparent plate, like a city bus. The light is shining in so that it isn’t there.”
The motorcycle is very similar to Curic’s first project, the Yamaha HT-1, and was completely reassembled 50 years ago in 1972. He learned everything from racing wheels to building engines on the HT-1. Motorcycle industry. Needless to say, Curik’s street tracker has a wave of sentimental value and I’m looking forward to seeing what great build he will come up with next!
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