Vintage Bikes and Speed
Bonneville in black and white pictures
We all have dreams and duties
I dream of riding an old motorcycle which clocked official 200.
And my commitment was to build a master project while finishing master school for motorcycle mechanics.
To graduate in motorcycle mechanics it is necessary in Germany if you want to open a shop in this business.
Summer 2011, I was in my 30s, had some money left and four weeks until the school begins. I heard about a barn find Shovel wich was to offer. I went there, I saw it, I bought it. The whole deal was done within 30 seconds and I was an owner of a FXS and moved to Frankfurt for master school. Foreign city, no friends at there, few distraction, a lot of nights reading books and the obsession to turn a discarded, original conditioned FXS into an old fashioned Racer. The time goes bye, the nights got once again shorter, the weekends even more labor intensive, and the help of my friends, in particular crazy guy "BLATTY" (thanks a lot), even more important. The racer moved from my head to the earth.
After seven months I rode back to Berlin on an old fashioned Bonneville Racer with a degree in motorcycle mechanics in my pocket to find the love of my life.
Fotografien | Sebastian Skiba
engine: Harley Davidson 1340ccm (80cui) Shovel, rebuilt, with S&S Super B carburettor and S&S air cover.
gearbox: dometype, 4 speed Harley Davidson
primary: OEM, cover self made
exhaust: 2 in 2 pipes with silencer inside, self made
frame: heavily modified Harley Davidson frame
fork: OEM Harley Davidson, modified
gas tank: heavily modified german pre war gas tank, splitted
oil Tank: original 70´s custom, hex style
seat: by handmade seats, individual item
taillight: pre war german
headlight: OEM Harley
bars: self made
begs: self made
license plate: own made
oil filter: after markt
starter: only Kicker, first kick Harley
200km/h the test follows