Many are going to be surprised by this contraption, surprisingly born in a small individual cramped garage using primitive and very old tools. It is your style or not but Mike Ludivico has a lot of merit for making his own dream happen with very few catalog parts, a lot of passion, courage and tenacity. He has a full time day job builds bikes as a hobby, has no sponsorship and pays everything at full retail. price. So, he spends a lot of time searching swap meets for parts that he can modify and use later.
From a 1999 Softail Harley he kept only the frame and motor rebuilt by 2 friends (Vince Spadoro and Raymond Scottand) and sold all the rest to finance his project. Engine cases were polished, and heads topped off with Panhead rocker boxes. Do you know many people who cut a Harley frame in pieces and spend 9 months to rebuild it the way he wanted? The smooth double arching backbones and down tubes were bent on a seventy year old tri-roller tube bender! Then, he turned the swingarm frame into a hardtail and incorporated the slip fit lugging at the joints similar to what is done on old hand made bicycles.
Harley transmission plate was moved and under it all electricals are boxed and hidden. The open primary started as a standard 3” BDL. Mike cut down the back plate to let the pipes make a left exit. He also machined down the clutch basket to keep it narrow and cut the 3” belt down to 2 ¼”. Below the seat (leather stamped by Keith from Black Sheep Leather) is a hand fabricated double tower oil tank with cooling fins. The double Springer was made by Mike from a set of narrow Buell triple trees with the front end sliding into the 2 ends of the one-off custom made handlebars! Throttle cables and hydraulic lines for the clutch run incognito inside these bars. The clutch master cylinder is a brake master cylinder that he turned backwards and built into the bars, and then he fabricated his own clutch lever with a pivot through the same bars! The headlight is a projector magnifying glass lens with a high intensity spotlight behind it built into the neck of the frame! The headlight is incredibly bright, similar to high end cars or Fresnel lenses found in lighthouses!
Notice the left peg sliding out and folding down to become the kickstand! When done, it lifts up, slides back into place, and locks in the original position. Copper lines were bent by Raymond Scott to follow the line of the frame. The front 23” spool hub rim was found online and fits with the look Mike wanted. The rim is so narrow that he had to dress it with an enduro tire. The front tread inspired him to make his own tread for the rear tire. He used a standard Metzler 240mm, designed and cut a more aggressive tread to match the front one!