Project 2007 Suicide Dyna - Exile Harley
We advice people who want to start re-building and/or modifying a Harley to meet their own taste and specs and who haven’t done such a thing before, to start with a Street Bob. Why? Because they will not break the bank (second hand you can get one for 6-7K), it’s a great bike for around the city and longer trips as well and relatively easy to personalize. We had to do this to one of our own Bob’s, especially after Dr. J crashed his stock Bob on a rainy afternoon. Actually, he got hit by a 20 year old girl in a pink Fiat 500, but who cares. Our main objective was to clean up the handle bars and take the rest of the modifications from there.
Step 1 - Front End:
Step 2 - Forward Controls.
Step 3- Suicide Clutch - Centrifugal Clutch.
Yep, there is no handlebar brake lever. Mitchell Russell advised us extensively on the set-up, which basically means installing a Jay-Brake master cylinder on the mounting location of the original mid-controls, and running the front and rear brake from there. It works like a charm. However, with you right foot on the brake (because you want to stop, or when you are standing still on a hill) and the need to put your left foot down (because otherwise you fall over), requires you to be in neutral. Let’s assume you are able to find neutral fast enough, then you still have the problem getting your bike into first gear again (remember, left foot needs to be on the ground and the right foot is engaging the brake because you are on a hill for instance). The solution? Install a centrifugal clutch! This clutch pops into neutral below 1500 RPM in any gear. So just before you come to a complete stop you shift (jockey - see pic) your bike into first gear, it pops into neutral (or you do this with your left foot - extra clutch release) and you put your foot down. When you want to take of again, you just accelerate, the clutch plates engage, and there you go. See the video on the right for a demonstration.
Step 4 - Suspension and seat.
Step 5 - Exhaust.
Screaming Eagles, some wrap and you’ve got yourself some nice rumbling pipes to wake up the neighbors.
Step 6 - Back Fender.
Step 7 - Paint.