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BIKERNET'S CHOICE FROM STURGIS H-D RIDE IN SHOW

Matt Anderson's Wild 1982 FXR by Gilby

Rogue and Dmac
10/10/2016


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Rogue presenting Mark Anderson the Bikernet Editors Choice Award at the 2016 Harley Davidson Editors Choice Bike Show in Sturgis
Rogue presenting Mark Anderson the Bikernet Editors Choice Award at the 2016 Harley Davidson Editors Choice Bike Show in Sturgis




I represented Bikernet as the All-Powerful Bikernet Bagger Editor in the 2016 Sturgis Harley-Davidson and Editor's Choice Bike Show and though there were a lot of great motorcycles entered I ended up picking the 1982 FXR of Matt Anderson. I had to pick something I could call a Bagger. It's the code of the west.



When I was going from motorcycle to motorcycle and giving them a really close check, I noticed this motorcycle with the Weber 40mm DCOE Carb and thought cool, as I like and have run them on a few motorcycles. They are not the easiest things to set up but when they tuned properly, they really work.The other thing jumping at me was this wild carb on the left side of the motorcycle as opposed to the right. Hum, this needed further investigation and it did not take me long to realize how much work was etched into every element of this motorcycle. It had to be my pick.



The owner Matt Anderson did such a good job filling out the information sheet I am going to use his words now:

I purchased the bike in 2013 after a friend sent me a picture of a classic FXR Harley for sale. He was not sure what it was but knew it was a Shovelhead and thought I would be interested - of course I was! It turned out to be a 1982 Harley-Davidson FXRS. It's a cool bike being the first FXR, first year rubber mounted engine, and a 5-speed transmission. Bought the bike for $4,000 and rode it for one year before the crank went out of it.

It sat for about 6 months, before I decided what I wanted to do with it.

I found an S&S stroker bottom end on Craigslist and it fueled my desire to start a wild build of a hot rod FXR. Over a two-year period I worked and picked away at the bike to give it the look and profile I was sought.

Right side view of Conleys fairing
Right side view of Conleys fairing



Being a hot rod chopper guy I did not want to build the bike and conform to the current look of a typical FXR. I went with the Conley's fairing to give it that FXRT feel. I then decided that the narrow glide front end needed to be changed as well, so the fairing was modified to fit a wide glide front end on an FXR which is unusual.

RC Components 21 inch Nitro Wheel with Klockworks Fender
RC Components 21 inch Nitro Wheel with Klockworks Fender



Being a fan of Invader wheels I wanted a look that would go with the profile and style of the bike. RC Components Nitro Wheels have a very hot rod feel to them and was a perfect fit for this bike. In the front I used a 21-inch classic.


Rick Doss Rear Fender and Sprotor, which is a combination of a chain sprocket and a brake rotor. It seriously cleans up the rear wheel.
Rick Doss Rear Fender and Sprotor, which is a combination of a chain sprocket and a brake rotor. It seriously cleans up the rear wheel.



In the back an 18-inch did the trick. This helped make the wheels stand out. I also decided that from one side of the bike you should be able to see the lines of the wheel which inspired the idea for the sprotor brake system. Having that figured out basically left me with figuring out front and rear fenders and the gas tank, side covers, and handle bars.

The rear fender had to make the bike. I found a fender made by Rick Doss. He mastered the profile I was looking for; it also had tubing inside the fender to run wires which is not commonly found when buying aftermarket fenders. It was a little too wide for the frame so I had to narrow it about 3/16 of an inch to make if fit after paint.

Having figured out the rear fender the front fender was next. What I found best to match the rear was a fender from Klockwerks for a 21 inch wheel; I just had to trim a little off the bottom.

The gas tank was an easy choice FXR style but stretched 2 inches and radius on the bottom to show off those chrome rocker boxes. They were too sharp to covered up.

Burkhardt Magneto Cam Cover with Joe Hunt Magneto
Burkhardt Magneto Cam Cover with Joe Hunt Magneto

 
I used a Burkhardt Cam Cover and a Joe Hunt Magneto from a California company called Outlaw Cycles. They fit very well and were quality made.

Being chopper inspired, I wanted the bike to feel like you were holding, riding, and sitting on a piece of jewelry.

Hydraulic suicide clutch control. It won't stay disengaged. Hang on!
Hydraulic suicide clutch control. It won't stay disengaged. Hang on!



All chrome controls were a must, as well as the bad-ass feel of pushing down the suicide clutch with my foot and grabbing first gear with a jockey shift.

Don't see many FXRs with Jockey shifters.
Don't see many FXRs with Jockey shifters.

 
Accutronix makes a beautiful hydraulic setup, and I made it work. I swapped out the stock 5-speed trap door for a later Softail 5-speed to run the Pro Pne hydraulic actuator which really cleaned up the look of the bike.

With all of that going on, the bike still was not cool enough in my eyes.

So, I put a rear head on the front cylinder, which include extensive work.

 
I cut and welded flanges to the heads and hand ground the heads and fins to fit. The look was really coming together.

All the work was done in house other than calling Leinweber and having them build me a cam for a big-inch Shovel and the intake and exhaust lobes were reversed on the front cylinder.


Hot Rod exhaust. Sorta close to the magneto.
Hot Rod exhaust. Sorta close to the magneto.



The pipes were next. I knew I would have to come up with something to clear the magneto and pushrods. I had to stick with a 1 3/4 pipe in the drag slash cut iconic style and fitting to a Shovel. The fast back look of the bike made it an easy choice to run them down at an angle adding to the shotgun dragster look.

With all of this going on I started to wonder if I had gone too far and would it run??

Hot rod compression releases for easy starting.
Hot rod compression releases for easy starting.



Would the starter even crank over this 11.5:1 compression 94-inch beast? External compression release lines were the next radical idea. I wanted to feel like you were getting ready to start up a top fuel dragster and the left hand style push button compression releases did just that.

With all this going on I still wanted the bike to be practical and easy enough for anyone to ride.

Jensen Speakers
Jensen Speakers



I added hydraulic controls, good smooth handling brakes, throttle response, power, LED integrated taillight, turn signals, and headlight. Even some tunes were added with a blue tooth stereo and 6.5-inch speakers from Jensen to rock out to some ZZ Top or Booker T.

Along with all the paint jobs done at Gilbys Street Dept. this one was top notch and well known to the style. Scrolling, gold leaf, and tangerine colors layed down looking like glass is what you get when you have people like Justin McRoberts and Todd Gilbertson painting your bike.

Like most bike builders I know, we all seem to leave the seat for last. The Jody Perewitz and Mustang seat had designed a solo seat just for the FXR and the profile could not have been a closer match for what I wanted, low profile clean lines, flowing to the tank and rear fender.

Credits: I would like to thank everyone at Gilbys Street Dept. that helped make this build a reality.
Alyssa Heil
Justin McRoberts
Todd Gilbertson
Donald Hershaw
Austin Colburn
David Anderson

Gilbys Shirt
Gilbys Shirt



2016 HARLEY-DAVIDSON EDITOR'S CHOICE SHOW BIKERNET WINNER SUPREME TECH CHART

Fabrication: Matt Anderson
Manufacturing: Matt Anderson/ Gilbys St Dept.
Welding: Matt Anderson
Machining: Matt Anderson/Carquest Machining
 
 

 
ENGINE 
Engine: Shovelhead
Year: 1982
Make: Harley-Davidson
Model: FXR
Displacement: 94 Cubic Inches
Builder or Rebuilder: Matt Anderson
Cases: S&S
Case finish: Aluminum
Barrels: HD 1340
Bore: 3.538
Pistons: Wiseco 9.5:1
Barrel finish: House of Kolor Shimrin2 Tangerine Red
Lower end: S&S Stroker 4.5 Inch
Stroke: 4.5 Inch
Rods: S&S
Heads: H-D
Head finish: House of Kolor Shimrin2 Root Beer Brown
Valves and springs: Manley Valves and S&S Springs
Pushrods: JIMS
Cams: Leinweber E5S .540
Lifters: JIMS 
Carburetion: Weber DCOE 40mm
Air cleaner: Only Air Horns
Exhaust: Matt Anderson
Mufflers: NA
 
Matt sitting on his motorcycle at the 2016 Sturgis H-D Editor's Choice Ride In Bike Show. The first one of it's kind produced by Chris Callen of Cycle Source Magazine.
Matt sitting on his motorcycle at the 2016 Sturgis H-D Editor's Choice Ride In Bike Show. The first one of it's kind produced by Chris Callen of Cycle Source Magazine.


 

TRANSMISSION
Year: 1982
Make: H-D
Gear configuration: 5-speed
Primary: Rivera Primo Belt Drive
Clutch: 3-Stud HD
Final drive: Chain
 
FRAME 
Frame: FXR
Year: 1982
Builder: Matt Anderson
Style or Model: Pro Street
Stretch: None
Rake: 45 Degrees
Modifications: 40 Degree Neck and 5 Degree Trees
 
FRONT END 
Front End: Wide Glide
Make: Custom
Model: Custom
Year: 2016
Length: 4 Inches over
Mods: Arlen Ness Lowers, V-Twin Fork Tubes
 
 

 
SHEET METAL
Tanks: Drag Specialties Stretched FXR
Fenders: Front Fender Klockwerks, Rear Rick Doss
Panels: Outlaw Cycles
Oil Tank:Drag
Other: Conleys Fairing and Chin Spoiler
 
Look close, this Shovelhead has two rear heads, which causes major machining and a new cam.
Look close, this Shovelhead has two rear heads, which causes major machining and a new cam.


 
PAINT
Sheet metal: House of Kolor Shimrin Cinder Red, Root Beer, and Tangerine
Molding: Gilbys Street Dept. Justin McRoberts
Base coat: House of Kolor Planet Green
Graphics: Scrolling, airbrushing, pin striping, and gold leaf done by Gilbys (Todd Gilbertson)
Frame: Fabrication by Matt Anderson- Paint House of Kolor Shimrin Cinder Red
Base coat: House of Kolor Planet Green
Pinstriping: Gilbys Street Dept. Todd Gilbertson
 
WHEELS
 
Front:
Make: RC
Size: 21 inch
Brake calipers: Hog Halters
Brake rotor(s): V-Twin
Tire: Avon
 
Rear:
Make:RC
Size:18
Brake calipers: V-Twin Sprotor
Brake rotor:
Pulley: V-Twin
Tire: Avon
 
CONTROLS
Foot controls: Accutronix
Finish: Chrome
Master cylinder: Accutronix
Brake lines: Russell
Handlebar controls:Arlen Ness
Finish: Chrome
Clutch Cable: Hydraulic foot clutch
Brake Lines; Russell
Shifting: Hand shift
Kickstand: Drag Chrome
 
Classic Joe Hunt Magneto.
Classic Joe Hunt Magneto.


 
ELECTRICS 
Electrical: Custom by Matt Anderson
Ignition: Burkhardt and Joe Hunt magneto
Ignition switch: Custom race panel
Coils: Magneto
Regulator: Drag Chrome
Charging: Drag Stator and Rotor
Starter: Spyke
Wiring: Matt Anderson
Harness: Matt Anderson
Headlight: Rivera Primo
Taillight: Cycle Visions
Accessory lights: N/A
Electrical accessories: Bluetooth radio and 6.5 inch chrome speakers
Switches: Arlen Ness/Custom
Battery: Drag
 
Weber 40MM DCOE Carb
Weber 40MM DCOE Carb


 

WHAT'S LEFT
Seat: Mustang/Jody Perewitz FXR edition
Mirror(s): Arlen Ness
Gas caps: Drag
Handlebars: Biltwell
Grips: Accutronix
Pegs: Accutronix
Oil filter: Drag
Oil cooler: Jags
Oil lines:3/8 inch Black Rubber
Fuel filter:N/A
Fuel Lines:Helix Racing Red
Throttle:Arlen Ness
Throttle cables: Drag
Fasteners: Drag/Trask

Specialty Items:Two rear cylinders, foot clutch, Weber carb, Wide Glide front end fit into FXR fairing.
Matt also won a trophy at the Cycle Source Show.
Matt does work for Gilbys Street Dept. and their Web site is:
Gilby's Custom Motorcycles 
 
SOURCES 
 
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