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5- Ball Bagger Project Bike -- A High Speed wobble leads to a new concept

Paughco delivers the goods!

By Krash Kranzler
9/28/2014


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The 5 Ball Bagger in her former glory!
The 5 Ball Bagger in her former glory!

And after the wreck!
And after the wreck!

 
After a high speed wobble caused me to wreck the Bikernet Baggers Project bike, I spent the next few months looking for a cause and solution to the high speed wobbles that Harley - Davidson Touring chassis's are known for.
 
This research lead to a couple great articles that can be found here. 
 
An Engineers Perspective.
 
More questions than Answers, but also to a plan to build a Bagger that would be as wobble free as possible, by using products from our sponsors.
 
First thing we needed was a strong frame combining the neck geometry of the FXR chassis with the required bag mounting points of the FLT.
 
A call was put out to Paughco with the request for a FLT frame with 35 degrees of rake instead of the FLT's standard 26 degrees.  Paughco has been building frames for longer than I have been alive, so I really wasn't surprised when I was informed that my custom frame was already available in their catalog as Part #R147AFLT.
 
Paughco has your replacement FLT frame available with rakes from 30 to 40 degrees.
Paughco has your replacement FLT frame available with rakes from 30 to 40 degrees.

 
 
Late Touring Model Frames 
For Rubber-Mount Drivetrains
 
These frames are set up for the following components that must be purchased separately:
 

• FXWG or FXST front ends
• Engine and transmission for Touring models

• 1997–up Touring model snap-on side covers
• 1997–up Touring model fenders and          saddlebags

• 1997–up stock guard rails and highway bars

• 1998 Road King gas tank and seat

• 1999–up forward controls for Touring models
 
Assembling the Backbone before welding
Assembling the Backbone before welding

5-Ball Baggers new frame awaiting final welding.
5-Ball Baggers new frame awaiting final welding.


The completed 5-ball Bagger frame ready to be shipped out.
The completed 5-ball Bagger frame ready to be shipped out.

 
As Paughco was busy bending tubing and getting it all welded together on their frame jig, I was tearing thru catalogs and making lists of the parts the new 5-Ball Bagger was going to need to get from a wrecked pile of parts to a rolling chassis.
 
Paughco has all your Springer needs covered
Paughco has all your Springer needs covered

 
Deciding to order the frame with a 35-degree neck angle meant we will not be using the factory reverse triple trees, which caused many a late night debate session on what type of front fork assembly to go with. Do we choose a Hydraulic style fork with raked triple trees or a Springer. In the end the Springer with a 21-inch front wheel won out and will be ordered from Paughco shortly. Paughco makes springers with 3 degrees of rake in the trees for lighter handling.
 
 
The Factory rubber cleve blocks, used to hold the Engine and Swingarm in the Chassis, allow flex, which is neither needed or wanted. I put the call out to Custom Cycle Engineering for a Spherical Bearing Upgrade. They will replace the rubber cleve blocs. Bikernet has covered this conversion in the past and you can find more info here.
 
 
Len Edmondson with Azzkiker Custom Baggers Built this Custom Bagger that has the lines that I am looking for.
Len Edmondson with Azzkiker Custom Baggers Built this Custom Bagger that has the lines that I am looking for.

 
Between the Paughco Frame and Springer and the Spherical Bearing upgrade we should have a wobble free Rolling Chassis just waiting for final assembly. 
 
Not much worth salvaging after the trail of destruction
Not much worth salvaging after the trail of destruction

 
 We plan on  only reusing the stock Evo engine and transmission from the original bike--they survived. Every other part outside of the Saddlemen seat either bent, broke, or was destroyed as she flipped multiple times trying to rid herself of parts she didn't think necessary.
 
 
The bags will be replaced with 4-inch stretched GTO bags from Johnny Mac's Chopper house, These bags are built right here in the USA and are rugged and have the style I am looking for. To see how the GTO bags are built check out the fabrication process here.
 
 
Johnny Mac's Chopper House demonstrates their Fiberglass production.
 
GMA hand Controls
GMA hand Controls

 
 
We will also use several parts from Belt Drives Limited/GMA such as GMA brakes, new foot controls, hand controls, and recently designed floorboards. 
 
GMA Floor Boards
GMA Floor Boards

GMA 500 series brakes
GMA 500 series brakes

 
 
So stay tuned as we finally get the 5-ball bagger on the lift and start building a bagger the Bikernet way for the long reliable road ahead!
 
 
 
 
 
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