Eastern Fabrications LLC was started as an umbrella for my artistic endeavors, with custom motorcycles at the core. I have spent most of my life on two wheels, whether it be on road or off, motorized or human powered. The bikes I build are an ongoing exploration and progression of my skills as a fabricator, engineer, and artist. I take influence from countless sources, but noteworthy examples are aircraft, firearms, all forms of motor racing, and the work of my peers.
I pride myself on not building the same motorcycle twice, and always using what I have learned from previous projects to help refine the next. It is extremely important to me to produce motorcycles that are functional transportation first and foremost, art pieces second. Durability and functionality come before following trends and appealing to the latest fads of the industry. I build one bike at at time, using a variety of fabrication techniques including, but not limited to, welding, sheet metal forming, computer and manual machining, casting, metal carving, engine building, leather craft and forging.
Motorcycles are one of the most tedious, painstaking, and complex vehicles to build. They are subjected to a vast array of stresses, forces, vibrations and conditions. A good builder needs to understand how all these factors can meet in a concise, functional motorcycle. I enjoy trying to create visually appealing machines within these stringent guidelines. An E-Fab motorcycle is an extension of me, and represents several months to several years of my time.
"SPEED-FETUS" 1947 HARLEY-DAVIDSON KNUCKLEHEAD CUSTOM
1947 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead Custom
Built by renowned Eastern Fabrications out of Branford, Connecticut. The "Speed Fetus" is a true fully functional Art Piece with well over 2,000 hrs of build time! Boasting an array of hand made parts & antique parts from Harley-Davidson, Moto-Guzzi, Triumph, and Indian.
The Speed Fetus was designed to capture the Japanese Harley scene that is so popular, though sets itself far apart from anything seen before.
This bike has huge amount of "spirit". What I mean by that is attempting to engineer in a sense of history, memories, wear and tear, wrenching, and patination.
After any E-Fab bike is built it is put through a vigorous "Research & Development" process to make sure the bike is strong, reliable & fully functional.
The powerplant is an original 74" OHV 1947 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead engine, adapted to an Indian Chief Overdrive 4-speed transmission and chain-drive primary all with modern internal components for strong performance, reliability and function.
H-5 Morris Magneto for absolute best spark possible
Every single aspect of the "Speed Fetus" is custom made or modified by hand with excellent attention to detail.
Starting from the front we have a Moto-Guzzi front end fitted to a modified Triumph drum brake & 21" Akront rim, custom 7/8" handlebars with leather grips made to imitate real wood!
The 18" rear wheel was designed in house and is fitted next to a mono-shock Öhlins made specifically for this project. For brakes we have a vintage Performance Machine two piston caliper with more than enough stopping power!
All Stainless Steel Hardware
The handlebar risers, throttle linkage, tank emblems, gas cap, shift knob, exhaust tip, seat and tool bag buckles were all carved from jewelers wax & casted in bronze... from there all pieces were sanded, polished and antiqued.
2-into-1 exhaust for good exhaust flow and better performance.
The majority of the bikes finishes (tanks,fender,frame,nuts & bolts,etc) are copper plated and treated with an antiquing acid. This creates a depth to the finish and a variation in color.
Alternator has been upgraded to a Powermaster 12 volt race alternator
With a 28 degree rake the bike is a blast to ride, and is very agile.
Featured in RENEGADE MAGAZINE
There is just too much to list about this art piece I cannot write it all down but; am happy to explain more on request. No expense was sparred building the Speed Fetus; attention to detail, finishing, perfection, reliability, and function is always our priority!