Thursday, April 12, 2012

Another Cyclone Boardtracker Replica

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After our post about the Cyclone boardtracker replica a few days ago, I went looking for more info about the original Cyclone. Courtesy of the folks at BIKEEXIF website, I found this great post about another builder's take on a Cyclone replica.

Graphics designer and vintage motorcycle enthusiast Frederick Fortune was, in his words, "awestruck" when he stood in front of one of the last eight remaining Cyclones at a motorcycle exhibit in Las Vegas back in 2005. The originals were valued at a half million or more back then. His wife said, "Forget it," so, Mr. Fortune decided if he couldn't have an original, he'd craft a replica.

A reworked 1964 Ironhead Sportster was the starting point. A Carolina Customs Sportster frame came next, followed by another key piece, the Donnie Smith girder. A pair of 21" Excel shoulderless, alloy rims were chosen for that characteristic skinny bicycle tire look, front and back. A custom antique-style saddle by Larry Heilman of Texas was put on order.

The headlight is a very cool touch... it's a repurposed spotlight from a 1915 vintage firetruck. Also fitted was a vintage Linkerts carb.

Frederick put in a lot of careful thought to the smallest details... read his own history of the bike planning and build there at BIKEEXIF (which is one of our favorite motorcycle blogs, by the way).  And the pricetag? Only $12,000...

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