So, you want a really nice bike from one of the custom builders but you’re a little short in the checkbook. Maybe $25,000 is a bit out of your range, you might be able to swing $7000 or $8000, but, the bike you want isn’t available at that price, so what do you do except dream? Think eBay, think garage sale, think extra parts lying around in your garage, think take offs at your dealer and you might be surprised at what you can do.
Richard Pollock has had photos of the Web Surfer Special up on his website at Mule Motorcycles for some time now but he was holding back on the story because it was a project done with Cycle World. They finally got around to writing it up and it’s in the November 2009 issue. This is a bike I like. It’s a street tracker, like Pollock builds all of the time, but instead of being one of those hand crafted beauties done at his price in the mid twenties, this one was sourced from eBay, garage sales and any place they could find what they needed, adding up to a bit under $8000. Of course there was a bit of labor involved, actually lots of labor, but the pieces were pretty reasonable considering the finished product.
A 1972 Sportster rolling chassis from a garage sale for $100 was the beginning, a dealer take-off Ducati 900SP fork was acquired for $200, … you get the idea. Nice parts on the cheap. The tailsection made from plywood, balsa and walnut, formed and finished like a surfboard, looks right on the “Web Surfer.” This bike definitely has the looks and though your skills may not be in Pollock’s league, the same idea can be followed by anyone.
Think about it, lots of folks are a little uneasy about buying a new bike right now but, suppose they change the bike they already have or build something from scratch using parts from everywhere. If Pollock can create a street tracker like this from eBay and garage sale parts, think about what you can do if you already have a bike to start with. It’s certainly not a new idea, but seeing it done can get the creative juices flowing pretty quickly.
The other aspect of this build that I like, is where it was built. Mule Motorcycles isn’t a huge shop like you might see on an OCC television build, Richard did most of this work in a nicely laid out 2 car garage. What were we just saying about motorcycle dream garages? Well thought out and nicely equipped spaces of all sizes can serve the purpose and his street trackers are perfect testimony to what you can do in limited space.
This is a great time for going back into the garage and doing it yourself. You save money, you learn a lot in the process and you get a sense of pride in a job well done. Add to that, you have a pretty sweet bike at the end. Those benefits are hard to beat.
Link: Mule Motorcycles via November 2009 Cycle World