I have an 09 super glide and an 06 street glide. I love them both and have put a shitload of Work into them.
After a bunch of bike nights and shows I realized that these days it’s all been done.
Even though I have the ability to build anything I want, I don’t have the bank account to back it up. So how does one build something original without re-mortgaging the house?
Rat rod! I’ve been around the culture for years so, why the hell not. I figured between the piles of parts me and my buddies have, there has to be a whole bike in there. The rest I could wheel and deal or make it from scratch.
So I found a wrecked 04 Electra frame online and started there. The ass end was trashed so I picked up a softail swingarm cheap because I knew it would accept a 200 rear tire. There was a bike shop closing up where I made out like a bandit. Got the 5 speed twin cam trans out of a dyna, the springer front end and some miscellaneous bits. Cut up the frame to fit the swing arm and the front end. Bars are off my buddies cross bones. So now I had a rolling chassis.
So I’m sitting in the garage one night drinking beer staring at this thing thinking of how to find an engine that is cool, but not a POS or a beauty queen. So I went on Craigslist looking for anything that might fit in the frame.
A guy was selling a military generator that was diesel, and it hit me. This bitch is gonna be a turbo diesel! That engine was too tiny to move a bike, so I searched the web for something small that still had some power.
Found a Thermo king APU out of a refrigerated trailer. Went to pick it up. By the measurements it “should” fit. No fucking clue how I’m gonna make it work. How hard could it be..........?
Here’s a list of everything that was made from scratch:
Motor mounts, trans plate, header pipe, turbo flanges, radiator mounts, primary tensioner, pegs, shifter, clutch pedal, throttle cable, seat
I knew the rear was a softail so I started from the back and built forward. Once the trans was in place with the motor centered for balance, I measured the offset for the primary. Took stock guts from a Harley primary and had the front cog machined to fit the flywheel with the offset built in. EASY!
Bought a turbo off eBay, for a side by side. Radiator from a Honda shadow. After a million and one odds and ends, I got a turbo diesel bobber.
Its definitely a strange bike to ride. It runs great if it’s making boost, but when you first pull out, it chugs like a garden tractor until the turbo spools. Add the foot clutch jockey shift to the mix.......let’s just say it’s not for beginners. LOL
Took it to some shows and won. It’s a hit at bike nights. Mission accomplished!
Owner: Phil Kissinger
Bike Name: rat bastard
Builder: Phil Kissinger
City/state: Hamburg PA
Company Info: Patriot Collision Center
Address: 60 State Street Hamburg Pa 19526
Fabrication: Phil K
Manufacturing: Phil K
Welding: Phil K
Machining: Stichters Machine
Case finish: original
Gear configuration: 5 speed, jockey shift
Final drive: Harley
Style or Model: FLHTC
Widened swing arm area to accept Softail swing arm. Custom built hard tail mounts