Giant Red Devil

giant-red-devil-31This project started with a barely-running 1981 XS650SH that was bone stock, and is now a complete custom.

The only unmodified component that is still stock are the carbs and clutch lever.

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The design criteria for this was to create as authentic a 1975 chopper as possible, with 1981 technology, and cutting everything off that didn’t make it go faster, stop faster or invite tickets.

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No speedo, tach, turn signals or horn, this started as bare as possible.

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The hardtail is an Ardcore Ardtail that adds 2″ of drop and 4″ of stretch.

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With hardtail, gooseneck, 6″ backbone stretch, 45-degree rake and long springer, the overall length is now 19″ longer over stock.

 

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The springer is full custom with basic bits from Bitter End Old School Choppers, and the engine is a Heiden Tuning Big Bore kit out to 750cc with lots of racing components for high-compression goodness.

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To mount a fat Roadking 180mm tire on the rear, with 16″x5.5″ 60 spoke HD wheels, a Gary Poh offset sprocket kit lets the chain barely clear that fat tire.

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With emulated points and PAMCO electronic alternator,  capacitor and lithium battery, the electronics are reliable and modern, but look old-school.

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I went jockey-shift with hand clutch, on an antique hardware lever that has “Giant Red Devil” stamped on it.

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That became the name of the bike and inspired the retro paint job.

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The red, black and silver metal flake paint is old-school geometric designs, including sunburst, fish scale, bubbles and fishnet on the fat West Coast Choppers fender.

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With a tip of the hat to the hardware origins of the jockey shift, I incorporated augers in several structural elements of the bike.

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The controls are clean, with only throttle on the mini-apes above the dog bone risers.

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It was a very long search to find the right headlights, but finally settled on driving lights from a 1966 Porsche 911 with a custom bracket, and reversed the lenses for a bottom mount.

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The ride is surprisingly comfortable for hard-tail springer, on the custom leather black oak patterned seat.

 

Except for rough roads, it rides like my HD Softail, though the jockey-shift with hand clutch makes one-handed starts a challenge to learn.

 

It’s not quite complete – but is any customized motorcycle “done”?

 

I have more inspiration to add, but my vision is near complete.

 

Below is the “before” pic as found on Craigslist when I bought it.

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Submittede by Dan “CryptoKnight” Houser

 

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