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It took about 4 months to complete this CMC that had sat for 17 years partially built.  Added disc brakes on the '72 ball joint IRS chassis.  redid the electrical and fuel systems, installed the windshield.  Pulled the reman 1641 engine apart and resealed it, rebuilt the dual Solex carbs. Replaced the clutch set, new Ridler polished aluminum wheels, finished the interior, Porsche 914 gauges, installed the full tonneau , top and side curtains. Many hours bringing the black Gel Coat back . Runs and drives great and conveniently Titled as a 1964 VW.



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The gel coat had no real shine when I got it. Soap and water 320 then 600 followed by 1200. Then a buffer with course, then medium compounds, last step was hand applied " Wizard" polish. A lot of time but way cheaper than painting it. Next I have to finish a partially restored IM for a North Carolina friend. Windshield, full interior, top and pull the engine for a reseal and dress up.  Connie recently said "Why don't you buy the Harley you have always wanted" So with that said, I brought a low miles, like new Harley Dyna Super Glide as the mountains here are fantastic for long warm weather rides. Thanks for the compliments~

Product photo of 2005 Harley Davidson Dyna Super Glide

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Al, you did a great job at redoing that speedster. Can't believe how that thing shines.  Also welcome to the "2wheeled madness". I have been riding from the day I turned 15. I had a really bad accident on my Beemer back in 1983. On Valentine's Day a year later after I had recovered, my wife said,"If you want another motorcycle go get it". I was lucky to be able to buy a new 1984 BMW R100RS Last Edition. Love that woman !! The RS, I wish I still had, went to my son-in-law who sold it. Many BMW's later, I still have my 2012 BMW 1600 GTL. It might be the last bike I own. I just turned 74, but I don't see an end to my motorcycle riding anytime soon. It's a beautiful bike to ride now that my knee is fixed. Enjoy that Harley ! I have rented many Harleys over the years while on vacations. Looks like a fine ride.

Alan,                                                                         Beautiful, black Harley! I wonder how many of us Speedster Replica owners also own a motorcycle,  it seems like a given. Along with my CMC Speedster I have had 4 Harley-Davidson’s & 3 Indians. I still have 2 Indians, a 2000 Indian Chief which I built into a Trike when I broke my hip, and I also have an award-winning 1908 Tribute Indian Board Track Racer. At almost 78 years old now I rarely ride and my wife never anymore and I look pathetic riding around on a Trike with my dog on the back!🤣 So I’m selling them both but of course keeping my Speedster.   Keep the shiny side up!👌IMG_2024-04-09-191152

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IMG_5084@El Frazoo posted:

WOW!! Those old bikes are pretty special. Museum pieces. But you ride them??

The largest Internet Harley dealer in Lathrop California bought my Tribute 1914 Harley Board Track Racer to display in his showroom and wanted to buy my 1908 Indian also but I couldn’t bring myself to allow him to show an Indian in a Harley showroom🤣 so I still have it. & Yes I can ride it, but I don’t.

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My black CMC Speedster had dozens of inquiries but I sold at full asking price this AM, a guy drove all night from Georgia, loaded up at 7AM on his trailer and away he went !



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OMG!   He must be Alan Merklin’s “Kindred Spirit” !!!

I thought Alan (and Connie) were the only ones doing that!

(And it sure beats a 3-year wait!)

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