’79 Patience

Originally Published In The October-November 2020 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine

Article By: Chris Callen                      Photos By: Missi Shoemaker

There are builders in this thing that go about their craft for the paycheck at the end of the day, others who do it for the celebrity status they achieve, and others who make motorcycles with their hands as if they would die without doing it. Their passion for it comes far before any of the other incidentals involved in the work. As they set out about learning the particulars of their craft, they continued to dream of the next perfect part they could make for their build. And that passion fuels our industry and drives the culture surrounding it today like it always has.

One such story involves my brother Xavier Muriel. This little beauty that you see here was actually his introduction to the national motorcycle scene. Of course, as a monthly columnist in this very publication, you already know his story as an accomplished Rock musician, so there is no need to start at square one. However, we should begin with the last phase of it. As Xavier became keenly aware that his love for being a touring musician, at least in his then current situation, was coming to an end, his motorcycle habit was ramping up hard. That was, in fact, how he ended up writing for us. As he toured the country, he would visit shops and scout parts on his days off, perfect for a monthly column; the rest is history. Around the time that he began to make plans for his departure from the band, he had been scoping out SpeedKing’s gold bike with the drop seat conversion. He was a big fan of this look and sent Jeff a ’79 FXE frame to have the conversion done. As it turned out, the frame came back just in time for Xavier to leave for another tour, and the ’79 sat in his kitchen for months. When he got back to L.A., he started to shape it into something in a little one-car garage at his house in Burbank.

Nearly halfway through it, companies like Tech Cycles and Baker were interested in helping out. After all, we found a way to have X do a Grease & Gears Garage segment on driveline alignment during Sturgis that year, so hundreds of thousands of people would see his work using these products. Mostly though, I think that a lot of companies like this can see the value in someone with passion and are glad to support efforts they are involved in. After that segment, Garrett and the boys from S&S started working with him on the motor. Now, this went on for a bit. Xavier would get small parts accomplished in between touring. He’d come back to his Burbank workshop and throw some hours into it here and there. All of that would change once he was invited to be a builder for the inaugural year of the In Motion Show. With precious little time, he put it into high gear. Billy Lane, a good brother of Xavier’s, invited him to come down to Choppers Inc., where he would have run of the shop to finish his build. Muriel recounts the times where people would make comments about how nice it was for Billy to build his bike for him, but in truth, it was the perfect situation. While Xavier had been incredibly proud that he was able to build a motorcycle like Cholula, his previous build, with limited tools and supplies, this was a chance to work in a world-class facility with a true master just across the room. Muriel had access to tools he had only dreamed of and never stopped asking Billy questions. The whole time, however, Billy never told Xavier how to do something, he kept him on track and provided counsel if there was a question of strength or execution. During this time, Xavier slept on the floor in the office of Billy’s Daytona shop, they’d have coffee every morning, and they’d both go to work.

As the In Motion deadline was looming, and it was time for Xavier to head back to Texas to finish things off from his own shop. This is where patience comes from, that last little bit of a build where you want to finish, you want things to be perfect, but you want to be done. Add in a rock-solid deadline, and the stress becomes immeasurable. At one point, I remember X calling me and saying that he just didn’t know how he would finish it. I mentioned that he was at the intersection where you either buckle down and get it done, or you throw in the towel. I knew that would incense his stubborn nature just enough to push him to go for it. With a little help from guys like Kiwi Mike, who ended up overnighting him a wheel with rubber, he made Lone Star and the In Motion Show. He said it reminded him of a time where Buckcherry was touring in France. Their bus broke down, they had to sleep in the lounge of another band’s bus to make it to the next town, but they did what they had to because there was no canceling the gig. Once at the In Motion Show, the payoff of riding with builders that he had such mad respect for like Will Ramsey and Jeff Cochran was worth all the extra effort. As they completed the shakedown ride, he admits hoping that he wasn’t the guy who would create a problem for everyone else with something he had done breaking. All a lesson in patience, all the application of form following function.

The front end on this little beauty is a key feature in Muriel’s builds. He likes the 39mm style tress, once the junk is cleared away from them. This is a proposition that requires a big commitment in time, but the end result is spectacular. While this bike has a front brake, he’s gone to great lengths to take that ultraclean look a little further. He has a ton of little touches like the rear mount on the fuel tank, and the fender struts take it that one step further. The choice in metal finishes, gloss black and raw aluminum add up to an incredible build and one that didn’t stick around too long either. Up until the article you are reading now, Xavier has operated out of his two-car garage in Austin under the name Providence Cycle Worx. Recently, he moved into his first “Big Boy Shop” by teaming up with Mark Mathews of Texas Performance Motorcycles, and together they now share a sizable space. Xavier says that it’s such a good feeling to walk up to the door, put his key in, and have coffee as the shop fires up. At the same time, there is a very real sense that the water on the floor after a hard rain isn’t going to clean itself up, and no matter what time is spent on or off the lift, the bills need to be paid in thirty days. He’s steadily at the task of finishing the High Seas Rally bike that will be given away to one lucky cruise member in 2021. Along with Xavier, Cycle Source will be on hand for some Grease & Gears Garage segments and some other fun events, so make sure to go check that out. The long and short of it is, you can do anything you want in your life, Xavier here is the perfect example. All you need is a ton of passion, some determination and in the end,… a little Patience.

PATIENCE TECH SHEET

Owner: Misty Asermely

City/State: South Dakota

Builder: Providence Cycle Worx

Year: 1979

Model: FXE

Value:

Time: 4 Months

Engine

Year: 1979

Model: Shovelhead

Builder: S&S

Ignition: Dyna S

Displacement: 93”

Pistons: S&S

Heads: S&S

Carb: S&S Super E

Cam: S&S

Air Cleaner: S&S

Exhaust: Providence Cycle Worx

Primary: Tech Cycle

Transmission

Year: 2018

Make: Baker 6 In To N1 Drum

Shifting: Foot

Frame

Year: 1979

Model: FXE SpeedKing Drop Seat

Rake: 0 Degrees

Stretch: 0

Forks:

Builder: 39MM H-D

Type: Narrow Glide

Triple Trees: H-D

Extension: Stock

Wheels

Front Wheel: Paughco

Size: 21”

Tire: Metzeler 880

Front Brake: Jay Brake 4 Piston

Rear Wheel: Midwest

Size: 18”

Tire: Podium

Rear Brake: Jaybrake 4 Piston

Paint

Painter: Terry “T-Bone” Gray

Color: Black Pearl

Type: Valspar

Graphics:

Chroming: Space Coast

Accessories

Bars: Biltwell Chubbies

Risers: Biltwell Slimline

Hand Controls: Jaybrake

Foot Controls: Providence Cycle Worx

Gas Tank(S): Providence Cycle Worx

Oil Tank: SpeedKing Torpedo

Front Fender: N/A

Rear Fender: RWD

Seat: Biltwell

Headlight: Paughco 5 3/4

Taillight: Paul Cox/Providence Cycle

Speedo:

Photographer: Miss Shoemaker

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