Get your motor runnin’…

...head out on the highway!

That was the idea.

It took some time to come true but after almost 12 month the engine was brought back to life. Not yet on the highway, but on the street in front of the workshop. The result was encouraging and sound of the Hattech exhaust pipes was stunning. We decided to replace the original exhaust pipes with the Hattech Cannonball pipes. They provide a smooth sound, reasonable power without loss in torque, manufactured 100% stainless and a nice retro look. The length suits fine with our new sub-frame (welded by Brandon). We use them with DB silencer included. They are still loud enough but not too noisy that they bother when driving. Anyway, the sound is appropriate to the kind of bike and may cause some attention- as happened some month later, when a ‘paparazzi’ caught us on the highway already in full dressed mode.

Check the Braap! here:

After this, it took us another half year to work on the details and to improve electrics, body structure and some special parts that we still had to made. Side panels, fairing, the original dampers and the seat cover.

After all this, it came to the most boring part of every build: Waiting for the painter finishing his job. But everything comes to an end and finally the bike did hit the road in the almost final shape.

And exactly on that day a good friend of us spotted our testdrive on the motorway to Braga. Some days later we received his message with the famous ‘shot’:

The Paparrazi situation on highway A3:

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In the last line of each blog post we usually explain where the inspiration of the header comes from. In this case we think it is not necessary, just lay back, open a beer and enjoy the immortal scene from Easy Rider. Born to be wild, performed by Steppenwolf.

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