Bob is the captain of ladder 2 of the Brockton fire department in Brockton, Massachusetts. His station is the second oldest in the city, dating back to 1888. It was actually wired for power by Thomas Edison. This old fire house is full of charm and character that you would expect from a 123 year old building. From the original Fireman poles to the city's first jail cells in the cellar, this place reeks of class and horse pee. (Remnants of the horses that were kept in the stables over 100 years ago in the adjacent building that currently houses the patrol booth). Cap'n Bawb got this bike off craigslist for a steal. The guy who sold it to him as a complete basket case. To most this seems like a total pain in the ass but luckily this bike was actually put in the baskets by a guy who wasn’t on meth and meticulously cataloged the disassembly so that reassembly was a piece of cake. All the bearings, shims and parts were installed and ready to be assembled. Bawb and his friends threw the bike together soup to nuts in about six months. Since then Bawb has put about 10000 miles on it without any major problems. This bike is a runner and was witnessed on this years Gypsy Run 5.
Owner: Bob Wyman
Location: Brockton Mass
Engine, year and make, model, modifications: 74” Shovelhead, 1978.5 FLH, Modifications include J grind cam, .20 over
Fork: Stock wide glide
Chassis mods: Shocks dropped 1”
Tire/wheel size and style: Stock 16X5 front and rear with MK2 tires
Favorite thing about this bike: Reliable, Starts within 4 rotations of the suck squeeze bang blow. Reminds me of the old bikes I saw as a kid. Rides like a freight train just chugging down the road.
Next modification will be: Maybe lose the Nacelle or lower the front end a bit. Replace the banana caliper in the rear to match the front.
Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc: Nissin front caliper from a RC-51 and a brembo master cylinder from a Ducati. Rear fender is a hinged late pan early shovel with the hinged portion removed. Biltwell seat pan, with Matching P Pad that I made from fiberglass recovered by Shawn Appleman interiors. Foot clutch with hand shift on original ratchet trans.
Thanks: Paul Sherman, Dan Meurin, and the 50 weight crew.