Fuel Cleveland Builder Series Profile: Name: Matt Anderson Shop: Gilby's Street Dept. Location: Elsworth, WI Build: 1971 Dual CB750 Chopper
Intro - 3.19.18
I learned of Matt Anderson and his crazy idea to build a 1971 dual engine CB750 a few months ago and it was instantly a no brainer to extend the invite to have him unveil it for the first time at Fuel Cleveland on July 28th, 2018. Though I haven't had the pleasure of meeting Matt yet in person, what encounters I have had with him over email, you can just tell he eats, sleeps and breathes custom motorcycles. I personally can't wait to see his dual engine come to a reality and see him ride it into the show.
Words from Matt:
First off, I just wanted to say thank you for giving me the opportunity to be a part of Fuel Cleveland, along with the growing culture of custom motorcycles and level of talent the bar has been raised to. I feel truly privileged to get a chance at this experience.
I have been around motorcycles my whole life. I grew up with a true blue biker for a dad. There was not a day then went by that I can't remember seeing my dad dressed in leather boots, Levi blue jeans, a black T shirt and big wallet chain hanging on his side. His one and only bike until I hit my 20's was a 1950 Hydraglide with a Shovelhead power plant. Watching my dad and hearing that motorcycle out in the garage revving.. I knew what I wanted to do with my life and who I wanted to be.
Along with my love of Harley-Davidsons I also was a fan of Honda CB motorcycles and have had just about every model of CL and CB they have ever made. One of my first bigger street bikes was a '76 CB750k when I was about 20. I rode it for about a year before I decided I needed to chop it up and make it my own... and just like that I was hooked on building custom bikes. Like many of us, my first build was low budget. Hell, all I had was some old farmers stick welder, a grinder, and a vision of what I wanted it to look like.
From then until now I have worked in two independent shops- Color and Chrome in Superior, WI and currently Gilby's Street Dept. in River Falls WI. Through this experience I have worked at honing my skills in repairing every make and model of motorcycle, as well as building hot rod engines and custom bikes! I am truly lucky to be a part of Gilby's and have had a great team of co workers for the last 5 years.
Working at Gilby's has given me a lot of opportunities to build and create some very cool exotic customs. Everything from superchargers, to multiple carbs, wild induction, and even crazy length frames. Big engines and big horse power is what I am all about and it's a perfect fit! So being that I have been building a lot of cool bikes for other people I wanted to do one for myself. A couple years ago I picked up a 1982 FXR. I rode it around for a year before the crank run out got so bad, the vibrations literally cracked the cases. So I decided to strip it down and build a nice rider. The FXR was an awesome platform and it was right when the FXR craze was really starting to get big. I finished it for Sturgis 2016 and it was an instant hit. My second show I picked up two magazines, American Iron and Bikers Net. That was an experience ! It also won best FXR at the Cycle Source show . Since Sturgis, I've showed the bike over this past winter and won several more awards with it. It really inspired me to push myself more as an independent builder.
Since then, I had a few bikes on the back burner. One being this 1971 CB750 twin engine jobber that I started back when all I had was a single stall garage and stick welder. Having been invited to Fuel Cleveland, I decided to use this bike for my build and go back to my roots that lays with choppers and Honda CB750's. I am building the bike out at my house in the cold and all just like the old days and keeping this build old school and true to what so many of us started out doing! I can't wait to finish it and ride out for the show with two engines, 8 carbs, 8 pipes, and big smile on my face having this bike go from where it all started to where it will take me next.
The beginning stages.
Currently I am working on putting a hard tail on the frame, making engine mounts and getting the over all look of the frame the way I want it.
You can follow Matt's progress on his build via his Instagram page @Mattgilbys_street_dept and also on this blog. Make sure not to miss this amazing dual engine chopper unveiled for the first time at Fuel Cleveland on July 28th, 2018!
Biltwell AlumiCore grips are available in two styles to fit select make and model-year Harley-Davidson motorcycles: Throttle-by-Wire (TBW) and Dual Cable. AlumiCore grips will not fit any other non-Harley Original Equipment or aftermarket throttle or hand control. If you have never disassembled or serviced the hand controls on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, we recommend consulting a professional mechanic for this procedure. Harley throttles and hand controls are precise components, and assembling them incorrectly can lead to serious headaches.
These instructions show how to install TBW AlumiCore grips, but the steps and procedures are similar for Dual-Cable hand controls. These tips DO NOT show you how to remove your old grips. If you don't know how to disassemble the hand controls on your motorcycle, DO NOT try to install AlumiCore grips - consult a service professional to do the job for you. INSTALLING ALUMICORE GRIPS
STEP 1: Carefully disassemble the left- and right-side hand control clamshells that hold the old grips on your motorcycle. Remove old grips and clean both bar ends with contact cleaner and a ScotchBrite pad to remove dirt, grease, glue and other debris. If your handlebars feature aftermarket bar-end attachments (mirrors or sliders, for example), remove these pieces -they will not work with AlumiCore grips. Slide the left (clutch side) AlumiCore grip onto the bar end until it bottoms out against the handlebar.
STEP 2: Capture the left grip's locating flange inside the clamshells, making sure both halves of the hand control assembly engage tightly with each other around the inside end of the grip. Make sure the buttons inside the clamshells are seated properly, and that the clamshells don't pinch any of the wires inside. Reinstall and tighten the bolts that secure the clamshell assembly to the handlebar.
STEP 3: Insert the wedge mechanism of the left (clutch side) end cap assembly into the hole on the end of the AlumiCore grip, making sure the end plug is completely seated against the beveled end of the grip's aluminum core. Hold the end cap firmly in one hand and tighten the Allen bolt until the wedge cinches tightly inside the handlebar.
STEP 4: Slide the right (throttle side) AlumiCore grip tube onto the bar end, making sure the forged aluminum gear interface inside the grip tube engages completely with the end on the TBW mechanism. If you're installing dual-cable AlumiCore grips, please refer to a Harley service manual for the correct make and model-year of your motorcycle. Harley-Davidson dual-cable throttles vary by specification and model year, and require fine-tuning after assembly for safe operation.
STEP 5: Capture the right grip's alignment flange inside the clamshell assembly. Hold the clamshells tightly around the alignment flange on the grip and twist the throttle to confirm smooth operation. If the grip twists tightly or does not snap back smoothly, something may be pinched or misaligned inside the clamshell assembly. Open it up and double-check cables, wires, buttons, and other internal components to make sure nothing is out of place. When you're confident the AlumiCore throttle grip functions correctly, reinstall and tighten the bolts that secure the clamshell to the handlebar.
STEP 6: Put a drop of blue LocTite or medium-strength thread compound on the threads of the recessed Allen cap screw for the throttle grip end cap and screw it into the end of the right AlumiCore grip. Hold the end cap firmly in one hand and gently tighten the bolt with an Allen wrenchâ€”do not over-tighten.
Step 7: Before riding, double-check all the hardware that secures your hand controls and grips to the handlebar. Check the Allen bolts that secure the end caps on your AlumiCore grips. If the rubber sleeves on your AlumiCore grips moved on the knurled aluminum tubes during assembly, gently twist and pull the sleeves so their molded flanges touch the inside edge of the end cap and grip flange.
REPLACING ALUMICORE RUBBER SLEEVES
The rubber sleeves on Biltwell AlumiCore grips are injection molded with Thermoplastic Vulcanizate (TPV) rubber. This pliant yet rugged synthetic material is soft enough to ride bare-handed, but tough enough to provide exceptional durability, even under extreme riding conditions. When the comfort sleeves on your AlumiCore grips show signs of wear from friction or damage due to heat, moisture or sunlight, replace them with Biltwell brand AlumiCore grip sleeves ONLYâ€”do not try to use other grips for this purpose.
Step 1: Remove both AlumiCore grip end caps by loosening their mounting screws with a 3/16" Allen wrench. The Allen bolt/end cap assembly on the right (throttle side) grip will detach completely from the throttle tube. Loosen but DO NOT REMOVE the left (clutch side) end cap bolt only enough to allow the internal wedge assembly to slide out of the handlebar. Carefully cut off the old grip sleeve from the right (throttle side) AlumiCore grip. Repeat this step on the left (clutch side) grip.
Step 2: Carefully clean the exterior surfaces of both AlumiCore grip tubes with contact cleaner and a ScotchBrite pad to remove old glue and rubber debris. Do not spray contact cleaner directly into the end of either AlumiCore grip tubeâ€”doing so could make the left grip slip on the handlebar and/or compromise throttle performance.
Step 3: Spray a quick blast of aerosol WD-40 into the open end of one new grip sleeve. Wipe any dripping fluid or overspray off the TPV grip sleeve before moving to the next stepâ€¦
Step 4: Quickly slide the open end of the lubricated grip sleeve onto the end of the AlumiCore grip tube. A firm twisting and pulling motion may be necessary to seat the new grip sleeve flush against the knurled grip tube's inside flange. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for the remaining grip sleeve.
Step 5: Insert the 1/2-inch-long Allen screw through the right (throttle side) end cap and apply a drop of blue Loc-Tite or medium-strength thread compound to the threads. Screw the end cap assembly into the right-side grip tube and tighten the Allen screw.
Step 6: Insert the clutch side wedge/end cap assembly into the end of the left handlebar, making sure the inside of the end cap stops firmly against the grip tube. Hold the left end cap tightly in one hand and tighten the Allen bolt.
If you hate dry instructional text and boring spec photography, we've created two videos that summarize both installations processes right here:
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Fuel Cleveland is a FREE vintage Motorcycle show featuring motorcycle builders, rare bike owners, painters, and photographers from all over the world. Honoring the industry and it's crafts by carefully curating it and presenting it to the interested masses. The show takes place in a beautiful warehouse called The Madison Venue on Cleveland's East side that we turned into a motorcycle heaven for one day; all while still providing the perfect urban and gritty setting for this Great Lakes focused show.
Again, this is a FREE event and all ages are welcome!
Check out Jennifer's coverage for Fuel Cleveland 2018 here.
Benny and Justin covered the 2017 Fuel Cleveland here.
Ryan Loughridge covered the 2016 Fuel Cleveland show here.
Daniel covers the very first show here. As you can see, ChopCult and many of the contributors have been involved with this show from the beginning and hopefully for many years to come! Go to www.fulecleveland.com for more info and give Fuel Cleveland a follow on Instagram and Facebook.