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Restore/new build project

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Morning All,

so as promised I am looking to start my project in the next 6-12 months or so; being either an entire restoration OR brand new build of a Harley Davidson.

Some may ask why; well I do have an affinity for restoring something old and beautiful and I don't always subscribe to the modern mantra of disposable, so a Harley comes under the classification of something beautiful that should always be looked after.

However in another aspect I do want to get another bike; but I'm in no hurry, nor in any position to get loans aplenty to have a Harley, so I would simply buy every part, slowly make my own bike. Which ultimately would be incredibly satisfying to be able to look at my ride and say "I made her from scratch and she's perfect".

Probably the the first hurdle is which bike (parts availability and so on) but also whether to buy a complete engine and transmission off eBay, of if there is another way. About the only thing I would consider getting assembled that hadn't been put together by myself was the engine, otherwise I would prefer to buy all the components and assemble.

As far as models I have been looking at the sportster 1200, as I'm actually a fan of the Iron 883 aesthetic. But a fat boy is always going to tug at my heartstrings.
Date: Jun 19, 2017   

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