To pay tribute to 9-11
After 22 years of military service, I retired from the U.S. Army and wanted to have a Harley that showed MY Pride in my country. So I bought my 2000 FLSTC Softtail and started putting Lipstick on my Pig!
I wanted a 9-11 Tribute Bike, so
I had it painted Olive Drab Green at Guy’s Body shop, our local body shop, and found a pinstriper from Tuttle, OK named MIK who took my idea of an old WWII harley fresh off the battleground.
I had my Warrant Office ‘Squash Bug’ beltbuckle attached to the front bumper.
I wrapped the upper fork tubes with canvas and used Harleys Silencer style grips and foot pegs to give a gunship feel to it. On the primary cover I powdered coated them black and had the inspection cover engraved with Chief Petty Officer Chris Kyle ‘The Ledgend’ in his Honor.
My harley has a set of it’s own DogTags that replace the bell to ward off gremlins!
I attached two 30mm ammo cans on the back to store tools, fuel, camp gear, and a insulated bag for cold drinks on long trips.
I wrapped the pipes and after I got it running, drove it up to Hobart, Ozk to the Tommy Frank’s 9-11 Museum. I met General Frank’s and asked if he would look at my bike and sign the tank, and he Did!
On the back fender I had MIK paint LET’S ROLL in honor of Todd Beamer on Flight 96.
I keep working on my bike as I can afford a part at a time. It’s my work in progress and get more excited after each winters wrenching to try and keep it running.
Best retirement hobby I could have! Thanks for letting me share,
Jeff Avis U.S. Army (retired)
Had Four Star General Tommy Franks sign the tank
I’ve taken it apart and put it back together six winters in a row and it still runs!
I should have kept it stock