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Brickyard Killer, The Freestyle Custom Motorcycle

Date:06-01-2017 Source:chinamotor

The story of this bike begins at the AMD European Championship 2007 in Mainz. It was here that I met Peder Johansson of Hogtech once again. Peder is one of the top Swedish Chopper/frame builders with 25 years of experience. (check www.hogtech.com) Throughout the weekend we talked more and more, and spoke about the love for the motorcycles and what inspired and influenced our taste. We both are big drag race fans, and especially enjoy the classic 60’s and 70’s American Funny cars, Top fuelers and Indy 500 racers. We talked about many details like the chassis, the Halibrand wheels and brakes, and how cool it could be to make a bike inspired by these racers. When we left we made an agreement that I would started doing some design sketches, so maybe together we could try to make a bike like that.


Love It When a Plan Comes Together!

On the five hour drive back the vision of the bike slowly formed in my mind, and at home I sat down with a piece of paper and drew till 5:00 in the morning. The next day I emailed the drawing and got an enthusiastic reply from Peder. Ok! The design was there, but how to make it happen? How to find a customer, or should we maybe try to sell it to a company as a promotional bike?

Then by coincidence one of Peder’s customers, Johan “Lexi” Lexhagen saw the original design and told Peder he wanted something like that!

The next step for me was to take my original drawings to DBBP, who helped with the additional CAD (computer aided design) engineering to make certain all frame tubes would be thick enough and the bike would still be able to handle well.

Then a real size drawing of the frame and girder fork was emailed to Peder, who had it print out 1:1 and started bending and welding tubes of steel as only he can.

With the CAD we also had made a 3D rendering of the dummy gas tank, which we virtually cut up in sleeves. Then cut these out of Styrofoam, glued together and sanded/filed away until I got the right model.

Now master metalworker Aad Heemskerk had a mould he could work with.

We finished the dummy gas / air scoop / oil tank with a subtle stainless grill which was half sunk (by frenching) into the sheet metal.

Meanwhile the finished frame and front fork was brought from Sweden by Lexi, and we went to www.hyperpro.com to get the girder front fork working with a custom made front shock.

Aad and I got some classic risers and a handlebar on, and now it was looking like something that you could sit on and aim in any direction.

All this time I was still bugging Peder about what we did to V-twin engines to make them fast, vibration free and really reliable (see www.perfecttwinperformance.com).

So when Lexi bought Peder’s FHP 1800 cc Knuckle engine (which had a little problem) for his project, he decided he wanted the engine to be rebuilt by us. This was a good excuse for the Hogtech crew (Peder and sidekick Andreas) plus one (Lexi) to travel down south and have a Master class in V-Twin engine (re)building. This resulted in two days of amazement for the boys, because by taking apart this engine step by step it was shown clearly what was basically wrong with it all.

It was June 2008 and I brought the bike back to Sweden, just in time to present the bike in the Nortellje Custom Bike Show at the Hogtech booth. The reactions of the audience where fantastic, needless to say Lexi sat around the bike all day and looked like a kid in a candy store.


Trouble In Paradise

During the beginning of the project Lexi felt a lot of fatigue and was shortly after diagnosed with the not that well known disease MS. 2008/2009 was year of pain, hospitalization and operations to his back for Lexi. As there was no chance that he could ride a bike without pain anymore, and due to the fact that his wife gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, priorities had shifted, which meant that the bike had to go!

But when in 2008 a BIG financial recession started, it was a difficult time for Lexi to sell “silly” things like this unfinished project. So Lexi made Peder an offer he couldn’t refuse and the bike stayed in Eskilstuna, Sweden.

In the summer of ’09, our Italian friends from Chop’s 76 made my designs of the ribbed brake plates (to make them look like the 60’s Indy racers hydraulic drum brakes) reality and Peder hammered out a gas tank (under the seat) and a rear fender from some sheet metal.

He also spoked a 17” chrome front wheel instead of the original intended 18”alu Borrani to keep in style with the vintage top fuelers.

But with the priority on Hogtech’s other projects the work on this bike was stopped for some time.

Until Custom bike Show Germany 2009 when we met again and decided to get the bike ready for AMD European Championship 2010. As everything had to happen in the free hours at night, the build did not evolve as quickly as wanted.

So we thought we don’t paint it (also nice for showing the craftsmanship that went into the metal and welding) and just get it running.

Make some noise and pull some big burn outs on the show’s parking lot with this bare metal madness machine and put it white hot in the show!

The schedule was tight and everything looked cool, until Tuesday night before the show Peder called me, and tells me everything is good to go, but what kind of oil is needed for the compressor?

As I totally forgot about this minor detail (this is very special oil, which is only available in the US), our dream to have the bike running in Mainz was scattered as the guys had to leave Sweden on Thursday morning. “What the hell” we thought and we put it in the show anyway, any attention to this project can only be good and maybe we find a customer/sponsor this way.

To our surprise the unfinished bike got 9th place in the European Championship (and 14th in the World championship 2013), and got a lot of positive reactions from other motor builders like Cole Foster, Ken Factory, Andy from Flying Choppers, Fred Krugger, Marcus Walz, BMW designer Ola Stenegard, Bertrand Odyssey, Fred Dub. Winston Yeh and Pete Pearson. Shortly after we got it running just before the Swedish Custom Show in Nortellje 2010 were we finished second.

Our plans to run it on Bonneville in the near future are still on, but first there is still a lot of unfinished business to be done…… 

TECH SHEET

Builder

Hogtech & www.paulfunk.design

Location

Eskilstuna

Country

Sweden

Website/ E-mail

www.hogtech.com, info@hogtech.com / www.perfecttwinperformance.com ,www.paulfunkdesign.com, paulfunkdesign@hotmail.com


Bike Name

Brickyard Killer

Year / Model

2010

Engine Make / Size

FHP/S&S/ Supercycles 1800 cc Knuckle

Transmission Type

Revtech 5 speed

Frame Make / Type

Hogtech/ Paul Funk Design

Front End

Hogtech/Hyperpro/ Paul Funk Design

Rake

40 deg.

Stretch

Plus 4 out/minus 2 down

Swingarm

Hardtail

Wheels - Front

17" 40 spoke/ Hogtech hub

Wheels - Rear

15" Halibrand

Tires - Front

Dunlop 17

Tires - Rear

Micky Thompson Drag Slick

Brakes - Front

No

Brakes - Rear

2 Hydraulic drum brakes Custom tech/ PF Design/Chop 76

Painter

None/ Spray can

Chroming / Plating

Sand blasting/nickle plating

Additional Info

Bike design inspired by 1960’s Indy 500/dragracing, Engine totally re-engineered (blue printed: every engine part measured, re-aligned, straightened & machined to fit with the lowest possible tolerances of free play ) by Joop van Amelsvoord and PF at Supercycles. Paul Funk customized Eaton m45 compressor with Holley Two Throat Carb, Engine assembled with 90% fluid gasket material, Special remachined S&S HVHP oil pump with 1.5 to 1 gear ratio. S&S flywheels, S&S/ PTP Supreme con rods(machined for centrifugal piston lubrication system), restrictor free S&S crankshaft with Jims crank pin and custom con rod/crank pin bearings, Ross racing pistons with twin cam wrist pins, Power Seal Nikasil cylinders. Heads welded in PTP/ Supercycles style bathtub combustion chamber & Singh groove, Kibblewhite custom valves (smaller in, bigger and higher positioned out), ported & flowed, Supercycles cam, Kibblewhite extra strong cylinder studs, Crane time savers, Fuel pump in lower custom Gas tank by Hogtech. Custom Hyperpro front shock, custom brake plates by Chop ’76, BDL Belt, PF customized Robban primary cover, Barnett Kevlar clutch, Saddle by PF and De Tijger Leathers and just too many hand made brackets and parts by Hogtech. Dummy Gastank and risers made by Aad Heemskerk, Additional CAD engineering by DBBP. Big thanks to Johan Lexhagen for starting and believing in this project and Kaid Cousineau at Eaton and Charlie Karling for their help and advice.

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