Article By: Xavier Muriel
Originally Published In The August-September 2020 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine
Well, we’re still here, waiting! I thought for sure we’d all be back at it, and I guess some of you might be. This is one of the very real cases of marching to the beat of your own drum. I don’t think I can add too much to the already kazillions of opinions about the crap that’s happening in the world today so, how bout I don’t and we just talk motorcycles. Now, I know that someone reading this will say, “But Hey Man, it’s your duty to blah, blah blah, yackety, yack, yack but seeing how it’s my column, I am choosing not to, so there it is, deal with it.
Now, where the hell was I? Oh yeah, motorsickles. Since all this has happened, I’ve taken advantage of the time at home to move forward on the High Seas Rally Build. I have a habit when building, I’m not sure if it’s good or bad, but I am sure that I’m not alone in this. After working on something all FU*#ING day, I look at it one more time before I hit the sack. Then bam I’ll, think of something different as I’m lying there. Next thing I know, I get up the next day and rip it all apart. Now s o m e t i m e s , after I do this, it’s better, and sometimes it is not. There is a silver lining to this staying put thing, and it’s that there’s plenty of time for trial and error. I spoke to a close friend, and when I said to him “getting plenty of work done over there during all this,” he simply replied with, “Shit, I work like this all the time.” I thought for a second maybe I’m slacking! Ha!
For this project, I decided to make my own oil tank and modify a Chop Cult $50 sporty tank that had no bottom or tunnel and had 2” removed from the height. I wanted to incorporate some different things on the tank, using 10-32 top hat bungs. The problem is that no one makes them in steel, so enter the Southbend Lathe and many hours, making 24 of them to be drilled and tapped. Once I was done, I remember thinking, “How did I ever get by without my lathe?” Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t have as many fancy tools as you’d think. I’m always trying to use whatever I have laying around the shop. I try to get as creative as possible, and it usually works out. As you can see by the pictures, rotors to bend round stock, pipe to put curve in a seat pan, etc., etc.. When I start turning into a whiny little bitch about “I don’t have this tool or that tool” I remind myself about building Cholula in a one-car garage in Burbank with almost nothing. She came out awesome if I do say so myself.
I guess if there is a moral to this particular story it would be that motivation, and a little creativity can go a long way! I’m hoping to have this build all mocked up in a few weeks and then get it all, off to paint and chrome to meet the Oct deadline. I’m hoping and praying that this “thing” that we are all dealing with will fade away sooner than later, and we can all get back to attending rallies and seeing our family and friends. If nothing else, I’m hopeful that this will serve as a reminder that the most essential part of it all is to experience each other and live in the moment because that’s all we really have. Until next time Be Good To Yourself and Someone Else… God Bless X.