What do you get when you put the awesome photography skills of the talented Lisa Michael contributing photographer with the bad ass bike building skills of David Hockaday and the always beautiful Jillian Jordan? one hell of a photo shoot!! and here is their story. This project started back in 2005 and was on the back burner for quite some time. We’d pull it out and build a little when the parts were on hand or had a bit of time to kill. Finally in 2011, I decided to get this thing finished and play with it.
I started off with a Kawasaki Vulcan 88 C.I. water cooled V-Twin, and wrapped a frame around it. Parts of the frame were from a Carolina Customs RH drive big twin frame. We chopped away the backbone, all engine/transmission mounts, and the whole rear left clip. We rolled and welded a new rear frame section to kick the LH side out and accommodate the rear differential we used to spin the wheel. A new spine was built to accommodate the taller Kawasaki engine and shove the seat down to a loowwwwww 19″. The frame has 42 degrees rake in the neck, and 6 more in the trees, for a total rake of 48 degrees. Keeping the trail at about 3.5″ makes it handle nice. Finishing things off up front, we used a 41mm KustomWerks 10″ over telescopic front end and . The handlebars were fab’d in house to keep the rider at an aggressive stance.
For the sheet metal, we hacked and stretched a set of KustomWerks tanks to hang low and expose the backbone. This gives the illusion of JD being lower than it really is. We also chopped up a set of KustomWerks fenders for the front and rear, trimming the leading edge of the rear fender up pump the cooling air out around the rear tire and away from the rider. We used a number of other cosmetic touches to keep people guessing…A Jack Daniels Black Label bottle was drilled, clear coated, and mounted on the frame as the aux water overflow. The fuel tank fills on the LH side with LH threads, spinning in the opposite direction one would expect to remove the fuel lid. The Kickstand is on the RH side and is forward swinging, something I call a Suicide stand. The bike always stands out in a crowd when parked by leaning opposite that of other bikes around it.
To make it go and stop quickly, a custom drive shaft system was fabricated auto & 4-wheeler parts. Brakes were incorporated into it, so there are no brakes on the wheels to detract from them. Having a 3:1 ratio in the differential reduces the rotor requirement to about 1/3 that of a conventional bike. We originally planned to use a 300-series rear wheel, but we decided to reduce that to a 280 to keep the u-joint angles within the auto mfg specs (we used import auto u-joints). We sliced the wheel in to 3 pieces on the lathe, removed about 1/2″ from each side, and reassembled it. The new sectioned wheel worked perfectly with the slightly more narrow tire. The cooling system was designed to mount under the saddle, just ahead of the rear tire, so as to not detract from the otherwise beautiful V-Twin engine. All of the electronics…computer, fuse box, compact LiFE battery, relays, solenoids, etc… are INSIDE of the RH fuel tank, keeping everything nice and clean. We routed all of the system wiring inside of the frame tubing to follow with this look. An extended intake was fab’d to get the carb out of the way under the hood, and up front. We designed a water-powered heat exchanger in installed it in the intake to control icing and keep things running great in all temps.
I’ve rolled about 3000 miles on the beast and it is a blast to ride. Mechanically, it’s very solid, gets about 45mpg, and never fails to draw a crowd where ever it shows up. For more stunning images from contributing photographer Lisa Michael make sure to stop by her page at lisamichael.com.
Photography: Lisa Micheal
Model: Jillian Jordan or https://www.facebook.com/JillianEisel?fref=ts or for booking http://www.madtalentagency.com/