It was never really my intention to have a "signature style", but I am greatly honored that it has inspired many others to build their own versions of my original RAT FREAK. With that being said, I would completely agree that the BLUE FLAME Special is preferred with the more traditional stance.I know your signature is using those lowrider springers, but I'm honestly digging this look better than your first 2 mockups. The stance works better to me, and like @OddJob mentioned, the tires look even bigger with the smaller handlebars and seat. It almost looks like a shrunken-down fat tire bike!
Thanks, Nick. I am in Ohio, but I get a lot of positive feedback from the west coast. The 24" bikes are an interesting size to modify. The 26" frames are too tall for a low build, and 20" frames are too small for an adult. The 24" frame makes many more ideas possible. Good luck!BFS is just the sickest thing I've seen in a while. I'm not sure where you are but here in SoCal (in Long Beach) we have a huge monthly vintage bike swap-meet and this would be huge hit there. I've been hoarding some really nice parts for a 24' inch Typhoon build but I'm a business owner with a 3 year old son so I don't know when I'll get to it but your work is super inspiring..
That's Crazy! Cool though if the price was right?I had a very strange thing happen to me today. A local guy that deals in vintage bikes showed up at my house and bought every bike that I owned (over 100 bikes) and all of my parts. He even bought the RAT FREAK bike, and wants to try some crazy builds of his own. I kept a few parts but I basically own no bikes anymore. So now I need to choose which version of the BLUE FLAME Special that I am going to submit. Weird day, for sure!
It is surreal, for sure. And there was an empty feeling when we made the deal. But I had a lot of stuff (that I collected early) that I had no interest in now. So, I feel that I have cleaned the slate and can start over. I am more into the treasure hunting and the creating/building aspect of the hobby anyway, so this actually feels good. Now I can bring home bikes again without guilt. It had been a long time since I could do that. And I've got all my garage space back! This is the only bike I kept: my old Cheater Slick that I have had for probably 35 years.Wow! That must be a drastic change. Having any withdrawal symptoms yet?
Those 6 cylinder where solid.
First year was 1929 known as Stovebolt .
Second Gen started
In 1937 adopted the name Blue Flame. Was used threw 1963.
The 1953 & 54 Corvette with the triple side-draft carburetors, and different camshaft those babies were pushing 150 HP.
Yep, Blue Flame is gone also. Now I have to pick one of the 3 mock-up versions to enter in the build-off. But I did keep a small stash of choice parts for future builds. And I am definitely going to be buying more bikes. Actually, I have 2 different events just this weekend where I usually find good bike stuff. My goal is to find stuff that I've never previously owned. If I find something really cool, I might change my build-off entry. Or even enter in something in class II. I still have a bunch of ideas in my head. Stay tuned.Everything except for Blue Flame? Or is the mockup the finished product?