Southern Arizona SF1 Reborn
Vail, Arizona – Here at OldShitRules, we wanted to shine some light on bikes we’ve seen out ‘n about that might be flying under your radar. Hopefully you’ll dig em as much as we do, and will give you some inspiration to finish that project, start a new one, or just get your two wheeled freedom machine out in the wind. I can’t think of a better way to kick of our monthly bike feature than this tough little no nonsense Panhead built and ridden by James Counes.
I caught up with Jimmy on a sunny Tucson day this November at Spartain Frameworks,were you are likely to find him and his dad,”Spartan” George doing what they do best…building ridiculously awesome frames& front ends and working on bikes. Had a great time shooting the shit with these two down to earth dudes and snapping a few shots of SF1. Enjoy the pics and be sure to hit up Spartan Frameworks for any thing you need from custom work to repairs. Here is what Jimmy had to say about this killer scoot…
Found my dads first frame buried and rusting away in the back yard in Safford in early 2012. Started to work at the copper mine and decided to build myself a motorcycle. Un-buried the frame from the dirt, and spent hours cleaning it to make it perfect. Came across a 1940 4 speed tranny from Atomic Trent, picked it up from him for a few hundred bucks and I was on my way to makin a motorcycle. A few weeks later Fastlane Jim came across a 1960 Panhead and was willing to sell it to me. Before I knew it I had half a motocycle!
I then decided to join the Marine Corps in late 2012, so the bike was on hold. Before I knew it, I was out, and I had my eye on EDR 2015. The pressure was on, I am fortunate enough to have my father, Spartan George, help me out. Bike was built in a few months, and I was off for my first shake down run down to Safford, ran like a champ. I put about 400 miles on the bike before EDR. Then it was go time, EDR was the real test. Im glad to say that the bike ran like a champ and didn’t break down. I now know I can only get 69 miles to the tank though!