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SOUTHERN FLYER

Discussion in 'BUILD OFF 8 FINISHED TRADITIONAL BIKES' started by The Renaissance Man, Aug 3, 2013.

  1. The Renaissance Man

    The Renaissance Man __CERTIFIED DIVER__ (Open Water & Open Dumpster)

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    The inspiration for 'Southern Flyer' came from those beautiful turn of the century motorcycles that were simple by todays standards yet built to be tuff and last indefinitely in the hands of a person that was expected to maintain it himself. Those machines where designed to perform in harsh environments, yet had graceful forms that followed their function. This is what I tried to emulate with all the components that I envisioned one might expect to find on a bike from that bygone era.
    The final finish was something that I hadn't anticipated before I stripped the paint from the 60+ year old fenders and frame. After discovering a warm bronze tinted metal with decaying chrome accents on the fenders that was hiding under years of misguided paint, I knew that the rest of the bike would have to follow suit. In the end, there is no paint at all on this riding machine, just the seasoned metal that only age can provide.
    Like a stately southern gent, this is the Southern Flyer.






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    Three days before the third month of the build-off, I cleaned the slate and started Southern Flyer.

    Here's the thread. (You will need to scroll half way down the page).


    The major parts list:

    1951 CWC Western Flyer frame
    CWC three plate fork (modified)
    Vintage alloy quill stem
    Custom board track style handlebar
    Vintage Raliegh grips
    Vintage Dayton Huffman chain ring and crank arm
    Vintage waffle block pedals
    Fichtel & Sachs Torpedo Duomatic internal gear 2 speed hub
    Vintage Persons saddle
    Prewar Western Flyer peaked fenders
    Custom LED headlight and taillight
    KMC Z410 nickel chain
    Schwalbe Fat Frank 26 x 2.35" creme tires

    The starting point:

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    Thank you all for your support, Jim (aka The Renaissance Man)

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  2. Very nice! Gotcha on the list.
     
  3. deorman

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    Nice job. Love the homecooked track bar. 8) 8) I expect to see some of those cropping up. :wink:
     
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  4. MazdaFlyer

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    Nice bike, nice stance, looks like the real deal.
     
  5. King Zebba

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    Most Excellent!! Awesome job!! 8)
     
  6. buckchocolate

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    I LOVE your bike...the details on the front end and the Bars I've always wanted to build...5 Stars!!!
     
  7. Machine Age Victim

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    Great build, so clean, perfect finish on the frame and fenders, there's so much to like about this one. You're easily in the top 5 builds for me.
     
  8. ChrisMac

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    LOVE IT !
     
  9. karfer67

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    Awesome bike one of my fav
     
  10. Funkme

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    Captured the look perfectly!!!!
     
  11. Dr. Tankenstein

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    Jim,
    This is truly a masterful build.

    One thing (aside from the awesome finish) that jumps out at me is the fit of everything. Just look at how the fender gap is around the tires and how the seat looks like it's integrated into the frame and fender.

    That doesn't happen by accident.

    Cheers to ya buddy,
    Rob
     
  12. rat-a-tac

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    those bars look amazing on this's bike!
     
  13. milbums

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    This is now the background on my I-Pad. Absolutely amazing!


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  14. kingfish254

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    The craftmanship on this build is off the chain!!
    Great photos as well. You knocked this out of the ball park buddy!
    I predict high votes on this one!
     
  15. Homebrew

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    Love this build- the skins are riding nice and tight under the fenders, well put together- built to cruise at zero to 100.
     
  16. Laurie Thom

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    Wow! Just wow. Can I ride?

    Laurie
     
  17. old_skool

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    Really great looking bike - love it!
     
  18. The Renaissance Man

    The Renaissance Man __CERTIFIED DIVER__ (Open Water & Open Dumpster)

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    Thanks everyone for the props!

    Thanks for noticing that Rob. I spent hours making the fenders fit the way I wanted. That was actually the reason for extending the fork drop outs by 1/2". The mount for the saddle took less time but still required some careful fitting and refitting to get the line right.
     
  19. kram

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    Very classy build. I love the seatpost idea and that picture with the trees in the fog is crazy awesome.
     
  20. erichitscar

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    The Fat Franks were a perfect choice! I have always loved those tires!
     

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