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The Wallace

The Wallace won "Best in Show" at Quay Vipers Custom Show in Ireland, Sept. 2005 and 13th in its class in Las Vegas. The starting point for the Wallace Bike was a 2005 Harley Davidson Softail Deuce. The frame was basically left stock, the only major changes being the fitment of an RC Components single-sided conversion kit and the removal of the standard fender struts. The lack of radical work on the frame meant that the front end was kept close to standard. The lower legs were kept as stock H-D parts and the uppers replaced with 2in overs, held in place by 7-degree raked Accutronix triple trees.

Accutronix was also responsible for the risers, which hold a set of custom fabricated bars. The bars, which Colin describes as being the hardest part of the project to get right, were built from scratch by Richard. The design has been created to represent a pair of crossed swords, a motif which runs throughout the build of the bike and is the main component of the William Wallace tribute theme. The first mock-up of the bars was done in cardboard, before the final version was built from a solid bar, which was then bored out to allow the electrical wiring to be concealed.

While looking at the bars, most people notice that there is a lack of instrumentation. What they don’t realize is that they are actually there – just hidden from view. The displays for the speedo etc. are digitized and display on the surface of the rear view mirrors when the ignition is on. The American Eagle Motorcycle Co. digital mirror units were supplied by Clan Customs. The trick electrics continue with the keyless ignition system and as far as Colin is aware, its use here was the first time it had been incorporated into a standard wiring loom.
By removing conventional ignition and instrumentation, Colin was able to expose more of the gas tank. His reason for doing this was to show the metalworking and paint skills of Ali Grant at Bike Paints in Cupar, Scotland. Once again a Claymore sword motif is used in tribute to William Wallace. In this particular case, the pummel of the sword is used to conceal the appearance of the filler cap. The ‘blade’ of the sword then continues along the gas tank through the seat and finishes on the rear fender with more relief work. The element of the sword’s blade where it passes through the seat is all hand-stitched, along with the intricate Celtic knot work in the center of the saddle.
The Celtic warrior theme continues with the treatment of the engine. The 88ci Twin Cam has been left mechanically stock but has been dressed up. An EVO air cleaner was covered with leather and studded, to give it the look of a traditional Scottish shield. This was then mounted on a custom made intake. A set of Martin Bros pipes were fitted to take care of exhaust duties.
Over on the other side of the motor, the gear linkage was supplied by Accutronix and used due to its battle axe design. This look is picked up by the Tauer Machine primary drive cover, which in turn is mounted over a Primo 3in belt drive.
When it came to wheels for the project, the obvious choice was to choose from the RC Components range, to match the single-sided swingarm. In this case Metzeler-shod 18in rims were used both front and rear. Colin stated with RC Components when it came to selecting the drive and braking package for the rear; a combined pulley and disc. Front braking is handled by PM, with Goodridge braided hoses used on both brakes.
The final detailing on the Wallace bike is down to Accutronix, for the forward controls and the hand stitched seat which was designed and executed by Stuart.

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