We checked in with Mike Ellis to see where he’s at on his S&S-powered FXR build.
Where are you at now?
After the initial push, things definitely slowed down once we found out what we were missing and I started tackling more of the fab work. Rob Rouser, inventor of the Sportster, did most of the mechanical assembly and wiring. I pitched in where I could, but with an S&S V111 powering the bike, I didn’t want to leave anything to chance. The bike is now a rolling/wired chassis and we fired it a few weeks ago.
What unique parts have you been working on?
The overall aesthetics of a stock FXR are pretty iconic and appealing, so I didn’t want to stray too far from that look and function. Staying in those parameters, I decided to make some one off side covers and a dash panel amongst other things. This took me through a sharp learning curve on fiberglass. I used some Arlen Ness side covers and a stock dash panel as my base material for the plug. After that was made I laid up the mold (in orange). Then finally, I was able to make the final parts. All in all, I’m somewhere north of 40 hours into those damn things, but it was worth it.
Rob helped steer us in the right direction on the wiring and I finished that off with some aluminum plates that sit inside the side covers and house all of the electrical bits (coil included).
ETA for completion?
Right now, I’m just waiting for leather, paint and powder coated items to get back so I can wrap this thing up. Matt Ross & Duane Ballard are excellent resources when it comes to that stuff, so I should be ripping this thing around for some break in miles within the next 2-3 weeks.
Special thanks to:
Russ Wernimont Designs
Duane Ballard Leather
Matt Ross Custom Paint