The mantra at Flatironmike Customworks is simple. "Build. Ride. Repeat." Mike Camillo did just that with his original Mule way back in 2003, then debuted that machine to a global audience on EDR I in the spring of '06. With its mutated mill and softail frame Mule 1.0 was a polarizing beast, and several keyboard commandos said as much on boards and blog feeds. Not one to suffer the absurdity of Internet abuse lightly, FIM hunkered down in his Connecticut garage and ruminated on Mule 2.0.
What’s the reason for making the switch to the Mule v2.0? After four complete ground-up builds, I still had the bug. I keep refining my work to the "less is more" aesthetic. Paint? Nah. Chrome? Nah. Minimal? Uh huh. If these builds don’t have it, you don’t need it. The original Mule will be restored in time, but, for now, this tall, lanky, lane-splittin’ machine with a bit of dirt track hubris is the way to go for me.
Make and model, motor: 93” FHP knuckle top/S&S shovel bottom hybrid with Mikuni HSR42 carb and Zippers nosecone electronic ignition
Year, make, model frame/front end: Stock H-D ’58 panhead swingarm frame and stock ’78 H-D Super Glide fork
Front wheel and tire make/model/size: 19” stock H-D Super Glide wheel with 19" x 4.00" Avon tire
Rear wheel and tire make/model/size: 19” V-Twin repop star hub wheel with 19" x 4.00" Avon tire
Transmission: Baker 6-into-4 case with overdrive (0.86:1 final)
Primary drive: Rivera Engineering Primo 2” open belt and Pro clutch
Custom fabbed parts by FIM: Chopped Sportster gas tank, lane splitter handlebars and risers, seat pan and leatherwork, custom exhaust, shift lever and knob, battery box, remote front juice brake set-up
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