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Custom Motorcycle Part 2

The lower half of Sniper is a Legend Low Frame that has been chopped in half while the upper piece was designed by Daley and is made from billet aircraft aluminum.

This is not your standard V-Twin carb arrangement. Instead, Mark utilizes the carbs from a Honda CBR600.out how he pulled it off, this homogeny of standard tube rails and machined bar aluminum mixed in with a small section of custom molding all tempered with the strength of a hundred metal studs.

Well, maybe not exactly 100, but there is $1000 worth of 12-pt stainless fastener bolts in the industrial-edged design of the frame. Overall it achieves the stop-you-in-your-tracks effect Daley was striving for.

A 100 cubic-inch Crazy Horse Power Plus engine cradled tightly within the unique frame is the source of Sniper’s power. But look closely and you’ll notice that the intake manifold is where the pipes should be. He flipped the "’ve got a motorcycle that is industrial yet elemental, that shines through based on the sum of its parts instead of through the polish of its chrome."

valves in the head around, so the pipes, conversely, run out of where the intake should be. Daley also went with an unconventional injection set-up, equipping Sniper with the carbs off a Honda CBR600.

On that arrangement, he split the manifold so it’s really two small CBR600 carbs feeding each cylinder of the V-Twin. He also made the rocker boxes on the engine and a cam cover for the Crazy Horse engine, an idea he hopes to go to production with.

Other finer details include hiding the oil tank inside the right half of the fuel tank. There’s another small oil reservoir right above the tranny, and the lines that connect the two alternate between hard lines and soft steel braided ones.

The gold trim that complements the red paint and black components is a combination of ceramic and gun coatings like ones used on AR-15 rifles.

Northwest Industrial Coatings applied the gold powdercoating to the spokes of the wheels, foot and hand controls, the fork spring, headlight housing, cylinders, rocker boxes, primary covers and various parts of the transmission.

While the view of the right side of the bike is dominated by the carb arrangement and 12-point bolts of the frame, the view of the left side is just as hardcore thanks to stout pipes and a wicked open primary.

The Thunder Struck pipes are short and stout, constructed of several small sections that bolt together while snaking forward through the frame before exiting in front of the primary drive. The triple-belt open primary is a Thunder Struck original, its heavy-duty black belts

Thunder Struck's triple-belt open primary suits Sniper's industrial design to a tee.offset by touches of gold powdercoating.

Attach that to a bullet-proof Baker Torque Box 6-speed and you’ve got a motorcycle that is industrial yet elemental, that shines through based on the sum of its parts instead of through the polish of its chrome.

Which is as it should be, because there aren’t a whole lot of shiny extras on this bike. Chrome has been supplanted by gold, black and red. The lack of fenders lets one admire the 21-inch front tire mounted in a RMD billet fork with legs that Daley designed.

There’s no front brake, so there aren’t any unsightly brake lines running down the black legs of the sprung RMD fork. The lack of fenders also showcases the black 280mm swath of Metzeler rubber rolling out back.

Besides raising the bike up and down, the Legend Air Suspension also serves up Softail duties on the bike’s backside when it’s in motion. The bars are tidy and free of gauges, and even the custom-made headlight housing is a no-nonsense, compact design.

After almost nine months of work, hours spent dialing in the machining with John Griffin of Varney Machine, overcoming the challenges of mating the two frame halves, making the brake on the rear wheel work and flipping valves in the engine, Sniper was ready to head to Star Auto Body for paint.

But Daley isn’t a big fan of red, so the motorcycle Mark Daley of Thunder Struck Custom Bikes has been building award-winning motorcycles for 14 years and counting.

Sniper is the latest decorated bike in his stable. almost ended up green. Ferrari Red was a last minute decision, but based on the striking end result, we think he made the right choice.

Daley has plans on heading back to Vegas this year. He’s got an Artistry in Iron title to defend. He’s already working on resurrecting an unfinished project called ‘Overkill,’ a radical custom with a bunch of 3-D, swoopy metal.

In the meantime, he plans on showing Sniper at the 2010 Sacramento Easyriders Bike Show on January 15-16 and at the AMD World Championships in Sturgis during the summer.

He’s also busy in the Medford community as he has hosted the Thunder Struck Xtreme Bike Show & Street Party on the third weekend in August for the past 14 years. Not bad for a kid who used to get in trouble from his mom for taking the toaster apart to see how it worked.

His mechanical skills now earn him the respect that comes along with being an Artistry in Iron champion. Return from Custom Motorcycle show to Custom Bikes

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