This bike is where it all began. Jeremy wanted a custom Harley, but couldn't afford to buy one. So, he would make one instead. With the help of Tom Stevens, Jeremy acquired a donor 1989 Sportster and a beginner's skillset for frame construction. Designing by the seat of his pants, Jeremy went with a 37 degree rake in the neck and added 4 inches to the backbone and an additional inch to the downtube, creating a low drop-down seat. After fashioning the oil tank inside the gas tank, he ran each oil line inside copper tubing in order to show off the mechanics of the bike. In order to avoid utilizing pre-machined parts, Jeremy turned to unique sources that bring out his value for history. The rear fender is taken from a small trailer, the headlight from a Model A Ford, the fork boots being removed from pickup truck shocks, and the toe shifter is the nozzle from a MIG gun. The seat was stitched by his own hands (lined with an old blanket) and the wheels were salvaged with new spokes in place. Following the theme of the build, he wanted to keep the paintjob as simplistic as possible. For this purpose, Jeremy turned to Ford's Model A gunmetal blue, then enhanced it with black panels and scallops. "In the end, I felt like I had stayed true to my purpose. I think the coolest part of this bike came from a lack of three things: money, experience, and the proper equipment. Only then are you forced to be creative and just try to see if it works."
Photo courtesy of: Bessie Black