Brian & Dave's Excellent Adventure


I don't know what is about Canadians, but I sure seem to be meeting a lot of cool ones lately. Brian and Dave came down together for the EDR in a van stuffed with these two green beauties. Both guys were the definition of self-contained, ready for adventure kind of motorcyclists. I bothered them to quit drinking beer long enough to ride over to the ball field in San Felipe to get a couple shots of them and their machines. The bikes, like the owners share some similar traits but are definitely all original.



Brian's Rigid

When I built this bike I wanted it to be strong, Reliable and good on the highway. Rake and Trail is some thing that I paid close attention too as well, I've built some bikes in the past that were real squirrelly in the corners because the Trail was way to long. I also thought I would give primary and secondary belts a try.  So far so good except for her apatite for batteries. The bike is four years old now with about 93.000 Kilometres. Two speedometers, Two sets of top end gaskets about nine tires and a boat load of batteries and she is still running strong. The belts are doing real well I think I might get another year or two out of them. All and all I'm real happy with the bike and the build this is the first time I axed a set of Fatbob, made my own exhaust and seat. The seat that is in the pictures is the second seat I made the first was a lot better looking but it put way to much pressure on my tail bone so long distance rides were a pain in the ass.

Bike name:  That would depend on how she's running.

Engine, year and make, model, modifications:  S&S SH93H  2007 U Bilt 

Frame:  Paughco 30* 0 out 0 up  Wishbone.

Fork: 1997 Decker. I like my bikes, like I like woman with some space between there legs and built to last. 

Chassis mods: I spent about 6 hours straightening out the motor and trans mounts and about 4 hours  filing and cleening up the welds.

Tire/wheel size and style: MT90K112   16''    BC cat squasher

Favorite thing about this bike:  Riding it

Next modification will be:  The battery compartment, I need to make it bigger, this fucker consumes batteries like I guzel beer and the exhust It's to fuckin LOUD !!! not to mention it keeps lighting my pants on fire and when I ride it in the rain I end up stinking like a laundromat.

Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc: Tail light is a 1927 Derant hubcap, The toilet flusher for deploying the side stand, Alumineum oil tank ( drpos the oil temp by about 20* )

Any building or riding story or info you'd like to include:  Oh I don't want to get any one arrested.

Thanks to: Lee for all the lathe work, Justin at for the foot controls and triple trees, Harry for the smoking deal on the motor, Dore's Hot Rod Hospital for paint and Me for being such a stubborn fucker.

Editor's note: Don't overlook the foot controls and hand-operated kick stand on this bike. Brian says: My left leg was cut off mid femur so I don't have a knee joint on the left, Man if I had a knee I would be rockin a foot clutch a jockey shift. I lost it on May the 9th 1993, 18 years ago. This is the only anniversary of losing my leg that I didn't think about it on the date, I must have been having way to much fun and it totally slipped my mind.


Dave's Swingarm Bike

I've had this bike for many years as a stockish fl. In 2009 I was hit by some stoners in a stolen car. The bike was a write off. After abducting the bike from the salvage place and heavy handing the insurance company into giving me paperwork to do a rebuild,  the plan and parts collection started. This thing was messed up and needed everything. After a year of parts hunting my friend Brian said hey lets do the EDR.  Seemed like a good idea and good motivation to get the bike done . I Spent every spare minute I had for the next 6 months working on this thing into the night with much help from my friend Brian. I finally finished assembly and inspection with 4 weeks left till the EDR. I spent this time breaking in the motor in the pissing rain and with just days before leaving for the run I felt like I had enough miles on it to go. We did the El Diablo Run full speed and had a absolute riot doing so. It was the perfect run to unleash this little green screamer called  "Lucky".

Engine, year and make, model, modifications: !979, 80 inch shovelhead with S&S dual plug heads, Wiseco 9.5:1 pistons, S&S evolution internally oiled valve train, Roller rockers, V thunder EV 3030 cam, CV carb with Yost power tube, Internal combustion air cleaner, Dyna 2000 ignition, custom header with Supertrapp can and a ratchet top 4 speed.

Frame: 1969 FL. 

Fork: 1980 FL

Chassis mods: modified swing arm with short shocks, windowed neck and 1 inch cut out of the front  end.

Tire/wheel size and style:  Black spokes with Continental Dog squashers.

Favorite thing about this bike:  My favorite thing about this bike is how freaking fun it is to ride. Goes fast, stops fast, steers fast.

Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc: The fenders are made from Model T spare tire tins, The exhaust is custom made with ceramic coat for cooler temperature . The wiring is custom with all terminal screw connections,  super tough for the Mexican road.

Thanks to: Brian for all your help , Pig for building the motor and Myk Roc for the fine green flake. Cheers boys.

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Commented on 5-18-2011 At 05:19 am

Lovin the FL. Good lookin' on both bikes. Lot 'o time for sure.


Commented on 5-18-2011 At 05:29 am

great bikes...I love the maple leaf!

Commented on 5-18-2011 At 05:37 am

That FL is inspiration for my next bike. I saved the pic from the "Bikes of the EDR" pictorial. Thanks for the feature!!!

Commented on 5-18-2011 At 06:20 am

Rad bikes. Got to talk with Brian a bit and he is cool as shit. His attitude on riding was so positive. When I caught up to Dave he was checking the comfort level of the blacktop in the parking lot. I did the same test a day earlier. We'll have to compare notes at a later date.

Commented on 5-18-2011 At 07:16 am

Great guys, Great bikes, The 2 Green bikes were my favorites of the run! Tim

Commented on 5-18-2011 At 09:27 am

Definitely two of my favorite bikes. I was impressed with the form following function attitude of the bikes. Good brakes. Gives me something to aspire to build, and clean up my farmer welds and paint.

Commented on 5-18-2011 At 09:50 am

Both of these bikes are amazing and these two guys are some of the most stand up dudes I have ever met. I'm glad they got a write up!

Commented on 5-18-2011 At 10:00 am

Thoses are awesome bikes, the Paint scheme and flames look great

Commented on 5-18-2011 At 10:16 am

Two amazing dudes, two inspirational bikes. Now you know what they do with all those extra holidays up there.

Commented on 5-18-2011 At 02:04 pm

Really nice work and I like that seat on the rigid, looks bad ass

Commented on 5-18-2011 At 05:29 pm

true north; good job lads

Commented on 5-18-2011 At 06:41 pm

Wow! Both these bikes are awesome. I really dig the swing arm bike.

Commented on 5-18-2011 At 09:22 pm

rad ride, digging the tailight

Commented on 5-18-2011 At 09:31 pm

Wow thanks for all the great feed back, I really had a great time on the EDR meeting and yacking with every one, It's what it's all about. Cool bikes, great people, cheap booze and all kinds of crazy shit going on gotta love it.

Commented on 5-18-2011 At 09:38 pm

Both these bikes are way cool

Commented on 5-19-2011 At 10:35 am

Brown leather is refreshing and the green paint pops! I'm not a fan of fishtail tips or vertically open exhaust- rain catcher? But that doesn't mean those bikes aren't sweet.

Commented on 5-19-2011 At 12:33 pm

Thanks for the rad feedback, The EDR was such a cool run with cool bikes and super cool people from all over. We will be back next year for sure. Thanks very much to Chop Cult for the feature. Cheers,


Commented on 5-19-2011 At 12:35 pm

Thanks for the rad feedback, The EDR was such a cool run with cool bikes and super cool people from all over. We will be back next year for sure. Thanks very much to Chop Cult for the feature. Cheers,


Commented on 5-19-2011 At 02:43 pm

The green flake is just too sexy

Commented on 5-19-2011 At 05:31 pm

awesome bikes guys

Commented on 5-20-2011 At 10:32 am

left foot peg = beer holder?

Commented on 5-20-2011 At 07:43 pm

Lucky Lager, I like you guys already.

Commented on 5-22-2011 At 02:20 pm

What's his name??? Brian!!......."The Life of Brian", Monty Python.......'78 Ford truck jade green with an extra drop of black and two extra drops of blue in the mix was the color of my '79 Shovelhead.............yours is very close, nice color !! ;-) FTW, Shooter

Commented on 5-25-2011 At 06:57 am

Two of the coolest cats on the EDR, a pleasure to ride with. Sick bikes too!

Commented on 5-25-2011 At 04:43 pm

Yo James, cool riding with you dudes as well man. When I tell the stories of the EDR I refer to you guys as Taze and The Big Mexican Haha. What a sick fun time.

Commented on 2-15-2012 At 11:39 am

I absolutely love this story. Especially about the:

Fork: 1997 Decker. I like my bikes, like I like woman with some space between there legs and built to last. And that depending on the weather is what the name of the bike is...great story!

Commented on 3-14-2013 At 05:38 pm

Nothing beats the look of the beefy fl front end. Great swing arm bike.

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