Hello, my name is Joe and because I started building Harley's I have no friends. Though I feel a push rod engine has plenty of admirable qualities (low engine height, etc.), because I don't happen to like assless leather chaps or dress like a pirate, I've never been fully welcomed into the Harley clique. On the other hand, because I enjoy these tractor engines with their abundance of low end torque, I've found there is another group of more enlightened riders who assume I know all the words to "Born to be Wild" and must have an eagle tattoo on me somewhere. I will admit I got my start in a chopper shop where function took a backseat to looking "cool", but I have no regrets as I used the experience to develop fabrication chops. Still relatively new to the motorcycle world, I'm firmly set on a quest to find the middle ground where form and function are equally important...but function over form. I've learned a lot but I have a lot yet to learn. Unfortunately I know more about fabricating a bike than I do about riding one, but all that may change once I get my '70 Ossa 250 running in the dirt...but that's another story. For now here's a bike I'm currently wrapping up: The build is based around an 883 sportster engine and frame, utilizing Buell front forks and an R1 rear shock upgraded with a stiffer spring. The tail is also the oil tank and it should be noted there is no paint on the bodywork; it's all raw heat-treated steel with the graphics acid etched. The construction of this bike started over 3 years ago, but quickly left my hands and was sold as a project bike. In a twist of fate, it came back to me last month and I've pushed hard to get it finished. Because of this, there are a few more compromises than I would like, such as the pipes being in the way of an ideal foot position, etc...these things were designed before I knew better. Nevertheless, the bike was built to be a solid, reliable platform and I have no doubt it'll cruise and handle just fine.