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Monday, 11 May 2015

Progress - the 345

Slowly cracking on with the bike. The deadline for shipping is coming fast!

had a busy weekend getting everything sorted on the frame. and everyhting that attaches to the frame so I can get it ready for the chrome. Its been a bit of a mammoth task, but made big headways. I had to spend quite a while getting the inner primary and mounts sorted, but its all ready to be finish welded now (its firmly tacked for now)...


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Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Show your Support - Peoples Champ 3 T Shirt fundraising

The deal with the competition has always been that I would be responsible for getting the bike to Born-Free should I get to the final 6. Now that i'm there i'm putting out a T Shirt that will help towards the shipping cost.

The design has been done by the very talented Sami Graystone of the Meat hook, and i'm sure you'll agree it looks awesome. Available in both white or black t shirts in the full range of sizes at www.the345.bigcartel.com

All profits help pay for the bikes shipping to the states and back.



Monday, 4 May 2015

Final 6 - I'm off to the states!

Well stone me - I've only made it to the last 6!
I'm off with the bike to Born-Free - got about a month to sort the bike, and will be flying out in 6 weeks!


Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Final 13!

I.m so late on this for the update, but found out about 2 weeks ago that I made the Show class magazines peoples champ last 13!

thanks so much for the the support and to everyone that voted. 


Next round photos need to be in next Monday, and this round will be judged by born free invited builders past and present. I'll find out my fate on the 1st May. Hopefully I can make it through and get to LA!!!

Monday, 9 March 2015

Primary and Clutch Progress

Chipping away with the bike - working on my "Metric Primary" a reverse of the imperial ribbed primaries. Also got the foot controls sorted on the clutch (left hand side) of the bike - modified Harley JD clutch mounted on tyre levers!






Monday, 2 March 2015

Peoples Champ 3 - VOTE NOW!

Voting has started!

you can cast your vote on www.showclassmag.com - and see all the bikes that are in the running. You will also be able to vote on Instagram and Chopcult - there will be a weighting on each platform that will collectively add to the final score/rating.

Please only vote once for your pick - but multiple votes will see all of them cancelled.

Hope I can get my British / American infusion to the next round and ultimately to the states!

From a Barn in Leeds, West Yorkshire to Born Free in California - now if that isn't an american dream I don't know what is!




oil tank mount

Been cracking on with the bike. Its nice that I'm still not rushing and have the time to make nice parts. I made the mount for the front of the oil tank to look like the standard one. 3mm mild steel plate all cut and bent up.

Just a nice satisfying task to undertake really.





Monday, 9 February 2015

The 345 - monster weekend

My lovely wife gave me the weekend to push on with the bike. I lost so much time over Christmas with us all, being ill, but i'm all caught up now.

So to keep it short - I brazed and welded up the frame and got it off the jig. Did some of the finishing on the frame, and then got the bike back on the bench. The new back end meant that the pipes no longer matched the line of the frame tubes, or met the sissy bar, so they had to be cut in a number of places and changed up. 

I also cracked on with the oil tank. I'm hiding the oil lines in the battery box cut out, so i'm using the old outlets to mount some switches for the lights and the mag cutoff.

a great weekend of progress - I even tidied up my bench!













Tuesday, 13 January 2015

The 345 - Big push...

Will be cracking on with the project shortly, Festive break and Illness have caused holdups - but I'll be flat out with it soon as!

Had the timeframes for various points in the competition - March will see you guys voting to get the list of 25 down to 13!



Friday, 26 December 2014

Showclass peoples champ 3 last 25




So I put my name in the hat for the showclass magazine peoples champ build a while back. It's a competition that feeds into the born free show over in LA.

To my amazement the 345 got selected to make the last 25 bikes in the competition!

Can't wait to get cracking on her in the new year, so many talented builders involved so I need to bring my A game and then some!

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Fake casting - the 345

Spent last Thursday night making a fake casting for the back of the 345. Nice little bit of fabrication work - needs plenty of cleaning up still, but getting close to how I want it to be.








Thursday, 20 November 2014

Beautify the Beast!

In an effort to take the 345 to the next level I hope to remake the rear end hardtail section. As part of that i will be remaking the basic support (as per the left of the photo) and make something that looks a lot more Harley (photo of the VL on the right). Plenty of fun with a grinder and a die grinder to be had!