Stopped by Erik's shop last night to get my first glimpse of the *finished bike.
frame and fork
drive side rear dropout
the clamp face and "tip" will be polished, the area in between will be painted
polished downtube barrel adjusters
the head badge will also be polished
plenty of clearance
"S bend" stays
fork blade curve
*There was still a brake bridge and hidden fender mounts to be done
We also finalized paint.
I was still torn between doing the GT-40 paint scheme and going classy with a gloss black finish to highlight the polished accents.
Erik though started getting really excited about the possibilities of a GT-40 inspired paint job, and I figure that this "theme" bike will totally cement his reputation as the American Chopper of U.S. frame builders.
The paint scheme will be based on the above car, but will not be a slave to it. He's planning on doing a red instead of the orange, and the paint will be sparkly as all get out instead of the matte finish.
Even though I'm still a little squeemish about the paint, if he's got ideas and is excited, I should just let him do his thing. Besides, what's the point of getting a Groove if it's not going to be flashy. If I wanted a classy bike, I'd have bought a Kvale (just kidding).
The plan is that instead of the number in the racing stripe, it will have the Bike Jerks skull inside the white circle. Beyond that, the details are all up to Erik and I'll have to wait to find out.
Oh and the bike officially has a name. The PG-40
I can't wait ride this thing.