Cliff Shold’s Ride







This was the last bike I built before transferring overseas for a three year tour.

It started life as a 1959 XLCH. I blew that engine into so many pieces on the way to races at York and Redding, that Harley in D.C. suggested getting a crate motor. I did that, built the bike around that engine two or three times, then finalized it with the shot you see. It had a pretty radical rake, extended forks, 19 inch front tire, fiberglass front fender, dual (upper and lower) headlights, tach, western pull back handle bars, king and queen seat, sissy bar, side mounted maltese taillight and license plate, shortened rear fender, and a 16 inch Goodyear rear tire. Sporty tank feeding the engine through an SU sidedraft from an Austin Healey 3000.
We last heard the bike was still located and registered in Maryland, but don't know the name of current owner.  (A friend was in the town some time ago, began talking to some locals, mentioned the bike, and said they got real quiet real fast.)
Note: Cliff is still looking for the above bike.

I have another Sporty we found in a patch of weeds last year. I am looking to build this one somewhat like the above picture. This time, I'm shooting pictures every step during the build. Got about twenty as starters for pre-build shots.


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