It's my first motorcycle build of any kind. I've always loved cafe racers since I was back in high-school (2004) and a local shop, Exotics Inc, spent some time building a couple custom cafes. That was the first I'd ever seen something like that. I actually own a 79 gs750 cafe, I love cafe lines and the overall look. Most of my motorcycle life has been spent on modern sport bikes. I love the aggressive styling. As of late, I don't have the desire to burn up the track like I used to, so I bought a little Sportster Bobber. I love the raw sound of the Vtwin and the customization that comes with a Harley! During Covid lock down I was in my garage and was thinking...man, if I could have a bike that had that old cafe look, aggressive and clean like a sport bike, and with that raw vtwin rumble.... so I looked for another sportster and decided to make just that.
Again, never built a bike before. My dad Ron McKee has owned a paint and body shop in Winston Salem NC for nearly 40 years, so I've seen alot of cool stuff and had access to see alot of cars and motorcycles come together in their final stages. In the past few years my dad and I started a Modified Stockcar racing team "McKee Motorsports" building, operating and maintaining open-wheel race cars powered by Chevrolet 350 engines. Building those really gave me the confidence to say, "I can take on a bike". (I added the 09 to the bike as thats the number on the race car!)
In my day job I'm a telecommunications district manager, so this was going to be a spare time thing. I just spent a few hours a night, tinkering in the garage from May until October, building exactly what I wanted, no corners cut.
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