Fatal Crash , Harley sportster / scrambler transformation

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by TWChristy, Aug 10, 2019.

  1. TWChristy

    TWChristy BeenTHEREcrashedTHAT

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    June 16th , 2019 My friend Chris Mott made critical and fatal mistakes .
    1. Riding without proper gear , and no helmet .
    2. Drinking and riding
    3. Not calling someone to come get him and his bike .

    Being typical Chris , he never did anything halfway . It was constant full throttle , wide open !

    With every aspect of his life Chris lived on the edge . He decided to meet a couple buddies for a few too many drinks , and than ride the 2 miles home . He didn't make it .

    At approx 1 mile from the bar (half way home) and 80 mph , chris passed out and fell off the left side of the bike land head first on the pavement . chris rolled another 115 feet , the bike another 200 feet on its left side .

    with multiple abrasions and broken bones , chris was loaded into an ambulance ( helocopter was called off ) Chris was brain dead . chris's body held on with life support for another 5 days until organ donation was set up . chris saved alot of lives , but couldnt save his own .

    I heard thru the grapevine that his bike was going to be sent to the scrap yard , nodody in the family wanted such a cursed vehicle . ( i dont believe in such things ) I offered to pay the bike off what was owed on it , if I could have the bike and title .

    so 2 days later I had the bike , and started dismantling .... it was a mess , I was a mess . i sat down and looked at the bike with tears not knowing what I was doing , I hated harley's and I hated this bike ...... But I couldnt let her go to the scrap yard , for Chris .

    A mutual friend stopped by , not knowing I had chris's bike . he looked at it and said who's POS are you working on now ? Thats Chris's bike , i answered . He looked nme right in the eye and said , wow bro I'm sorry ! I didnt know .

    Its all good , I just dont know what to do with it ..........

    He said, Remember being at chris's and you telling him if anything was to happen you were going to make the bike into a dual sport ????? and the memory came back !!!!!

    so the Sportster / scrambler build had started !

    as of right now I have the bike back together , waiting on rearsets and a fuel programmer .... but its coming along , chris would be proud !

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  2. TWChristy

    TWChristy BeenTHEREcrashedTHAT

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    dismantling and stripping parts

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  3. TWChristy

    TWChristy BeenTHEREcrashedTHAT

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    welding broken welds , new tires have arrived - Kenda Big Blocks

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    TWChristy BeenTHEREcrashedTHAT

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    IMG_2003.jpg new paint ! IMG_2004.jpg IMG_2015.JPG IMG_2077.jpg Headlights off of a early 80's amf sportster IMG_2107.jpg Tires are mounted IMG_2125.jpg the old BeeDub threefitty IMG_2126.jpg
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    TWChristy BeenTHEREcrashedTHAT

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    IMG_2141.jpg IMG_2142.jpg low brow custom shotguns

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    TWChristy BeenTHEREcrashedTHAT

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    IMG_1917.jpg BENT !!!!! IMG_2158.jpg disassembly of the clutch for the new shifter shaft
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  7. GR8ADV

    GR8ADV Safety Second!

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    Sorry for your loss man. Nice write up and great idea. Gl with the memorial build.

    All the best to you and everyone who knew Chris. RIP
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    TWChristy BeenTHEREcrashedTHAT

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    I have a video of the first start , but it wont let me upload it .
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    TWChristy BeenTHEREcrashedTHAT

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    thank you ! its been pretty emotional !
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  10. Traxx

    Traxx Been here awhile

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    Sorry for your loss, I hope this build brings you peace.
    It is a very nice build and I wish it was under different circumstances.
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    TWChristy BeenTHEREcrashedTHAT

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    thank you it has , first ride is going to be a tear jerker
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  12. Joeboblglt

    Joeboblglt Adventurer

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    Sorry for your loss. I can’t think of a better way to remember a buddy. Thank you for sharing.

    Joe
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  13. TWChristy

    TWChristy BeenTHEREcrashedTHAT

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  14. Ginger Beard

    Ginger Beard Instagram @motopossum

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    Congrats man, how'd it feel?
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    TWChristy BeenTHEREcrashedTHAT

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    Extremely well balanced. It pulls harder than I ever thought. I need to do a chain conversion on it , even at idle it's way too fast for trails. I'd end up burning the clutch up !
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  16. yokesman

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    primary gearing on a buell would drop the idle mph speed a bit, besides the tuff chain adjuster. they also closed the gap on 2nd gear in the trany if you get into that.
    nice bike a sportster makes just not a light one.
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  17. dbarale

    dbarale Squiddly slow

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    Cool bike and great (although sad) story behind it.
    What did you use for a rear wheel?
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  18. quickstang87

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    That is a badass transformation! Great job honoring your friend's memory.
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  19. Scubawerx

    Scubawerx Scubawerx

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    I am the furthest from being a Harley fan, but I like the results of your work. It looks very nice. Good job and sorry for your loss.
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    TWChristy BeenTHEREcrashedTHAT

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