When the inspiration touched me to build the Stone Free II tribute motorcycle I tried to find an after market frame manufacturer willing to use my motorcycle to build the frame. It wasn't that I couldn't do the work because I've done tube development before. It was just a lot of work that I hoped to avoid. Well I contacted the largest after market manufacturer of Harley frames and they weren't interested. In fact they said they wouldn't be interested for several more years.
No biggie. As I said tube development is not a problem for me. Of course to build a frame you need to build a weld fixture to keep everything where it belongs. No problem either. I've built weld fixtures and worked in aerospace where tooling was one of my areas of expertise.
Of course I'd also have to prototype the tube geometry and create a CAD model so the bending shop could bend the tubes. Of course I don't want stock exhaust pipes so I have to develop those as well as the frame tubes. Not a problem there for me either.
I also needed a source for a custom radiator because the large rectangular stock radiator won't cut it (I already have a source).
But what do I do with all of this work when I'm done? I'll have a weld fixture, the tube bend data, as well as an exhaust system and even the wiring harness design as well as many parts sources that I will use. So what do I do with all of this knowledge, tooling, and other things that I have to deal with just to build one motorcycle?
Well, sitting around with a close friend, fellow motorcycle builder, and business expert we wondered if someone else could benefit from what I'm doing. Is there anyone else out there that would also be interested in building their own custom Street 500 or Street 750? We were sure there are or would soon be....
If they have the space, equipment, knowledge, and time they could do just what I'm doing. What if they don't? What if they don't know how to prototype a frame and created the CAD model to generate the bend data? What if electrical isn't their speciality and they don't know how to make a good wire harness? What if they can do all of this but don't have the time to do all that it take to build it from scratch?
Well, we thought about that and since the #1 Harley after market frame builder wasn't interested we decided to form a company to provide parts like the frames, exhaust pipes, and electical harnesses for those interested in building their own custom Street 500 or Street 750. That was two weeks ago and we're moving forward with that enterprise. We will not only provide parts but also share our knowledge as well for those that want to customize their Street 500 or Street 750.
Since this is an offshoot of the Stone Free II tribute project we've decided to name the company Stone Free Manufacturing.
Of course we're along way from being able to produce and sell parts because the Stone Free II build is going to be the prototype development motorcycle and I can't really start until I have a Street 750. As I've noted here the Stone Free II will actually be a bobber and so we're also going to build a Street 500 chopper as well so we can offer both rigid bobber and chopper frames.
I've already started to build my website for the company but it is far from being complete. I just wanted to get it up so that the search engines will start to pick it up. That can take weeks but I'm willing to share peek. Just cut me some slack because I'm not a website designer and it isn't complete so some links don't work because the pages haven't been created. But with that said drop by and check it out. You can send me an email if you want from the Contacts page (I do have that working LOL)
Stone Free Manufacturing