February 6, 2015 Cristiano "Kiu" Souto

Guadallupe’s story and how I made this bike at my garage.

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This story began in 2008 when I had the bright idea to customize my own bike. I’ve always loved to tinker, disassemble, improve, give my face at things. With bikes it has never been different, but that one I would like to do as much with my own hands. Other bikes were normal customizations, milder, using bolt on parts and accessories that are common and easy to buy. This time the goal was to go beyond, was to create and learn, was to build something that does not come off a shelf.

 

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I already had in mind the final image of the bobber. She was drawn in detail in my head, the parts to use and the style I was looking for. The list of the main parts was ready. I went shopping for over a year and sent it to a friend’s house in the United States. Then when everything was ready I went there and brought the suitcase home! Springer suspension and a kick pedal kit for evo motor included, that’s how I chose what would be the basis for the project, the kick start kit. A evo engine is easier to turn due to its low compression ratio. The softail frame has the hardtail looks, maintaining a certain level of comfort and driveability. A fatboy evo was born. Guadallupe. In 2009 I managed to buy the bike, a 1999 fatboy evo, with a mere 13,000 kilometers on the odometer, found and chosen by my friends at ElCamino in Campo Grande.

 

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With the bike at home, I could start working on it slowly, because I like to keep the bike running as much as I can, to be able to enjoy while customizing. I replaced some parts and enjoyed the semi original bike for a while, but then it was time to stop the bike and use the late nights to play mechanic. First was the general disassembly and she was only frame and motor. I removed all engine covers and sent to stripping. I was looking for a brushed look, semi glossy shine… out with the chrome! Sacrilege to some, happiness of others … The plating guy did not want to do the job, but he did and was extremely well done. The fatboy dish wheels were replaced by laced ones painted red, the tank was a gift from Flavinho from Luckyfriends, which incidentally, gave me great support to this project, the saddle was another gift from my friend Punk from Sorocaba, handmade by him and numbered. I chose 16 inch  white wall Metzeler tires to fit both ends. The exhaust was made using oldschool tips from Jammer Cycles parts catalog and the half moon platforms, which were painted black and adorned with red rubbers to top it up. Hand controls are Arlen Ness and the front brake GMA. I also used a remote oil filter I bought on a visit to Indian Larry in Hells Kitchen, there I also bought the timer cover in cast bronze, made the oil lines with copper pipes to match. I closed the primary with a finned cover from MQQN  Eyes and installed a Goodson air filter on top of the carb. In three years I set up everything that was within my reach, provided with tools, workshop manual, good will and true friends.

 

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In 2012 the final assembly was done in one weekend in the Luckyfriends garage, where we did the welding and machining, all washed down with lots of beer, bourbon and a good laugh. My inspiration was a mix of Indian Larry, Billy Lane and Russel Mitchel.

I thank Flavinho, the luckyfriends crew, Brunno Senra, my parents and my wife, who helped me a lot in the assembly and getting this shit done.

 

 

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Kiu

Co-founder Just Ride Along

 

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