A banana seat was never an option. If for no other reason, my plan would predate the polo seat which came a few years later historically.
After a couple of unexpected twists and turns this past week, I find myself at a cross roads with this bike.
My first intentions were to build in the style of the earliest documented origins of the muscle bike movement. Actually the bike had that look the day I bought it so it worked. I was mainly just looking at doing a wellness check, making some repairs, swap a couple of parts and calling it done. If I choose to stick to that path at this point, I can cross the finish line in a day.
But, out of nowhere the ZZ Top theme came up and a few days later I found the orphaned fenders that are a perfect match! Both are worthy of consideration.
Here's my dilemma: The ZZ theme completely voids the original mission statement. And the fender discovery at best muddies the water because I like it both ways. Fenderless seems to fit the historic muscle bike constraints a little better (but not absolutely) and conversely ZZ Top's Eliminator had fenders so that's reason enough for me to keep them!
And honestly no matter how I approach it, the bike looks nothing like what I think of when I imagine what a muscle bike actually is in spite of its nexus.
This ad that @Slow-Rider
posted typifies how muscle bikes should look in my mind.
Since this 26" balloon bike will never look like the later commercial versions of a muscle bike, I'm really just building for myself. Of course the build off mantra has long been 'Build what you like 'cause in the end, the bike is your prize
' so I'm not trying to be competitive with the 'real' muscle bikes anyway.
Now I just need to decide which direction to turn the rudder at this point. Or more simply put; do I want a furry seat or not!