BIG SUCKER™ STAGE I FOR MIL­WAU­KEE-EIGHT™

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The good part is some­times when you go the long way around you end up with a nicer end prod­uct.

HB: WHO OWNS IT?

SCRATCH: I don’t want to piss ev­ery­one off, but it’s go­ing to Aus­tralia [laughs]. This was a friend of mine that I met while I was a tour guide on Route 66 while I had a group of Nor­we­gians. One night in Mis­souri, in the room next to me, there was a bike there and a guy came out and I met him. He ended up stay­ing with our tour group all the way to Cal­i­for­nia, and we later be­came friends. Now I’ve known him for a num­ber of years, and he was re­ally in love with my Jessie and asked if I could build him a bike as well. So that’s what started all this.

HB: HOW DIF­FI­CULT WAS THIS RESTORA­TION?

SCRATCH: Each time I do a dif­fer­ent year, I learn new things. A lot of bikes are one year only. For ex­am­ple, this frame. I bought what was pre­sented as a ’40 frame and I thought that it was. I found later that it wasn’t af­ter I had re­stored it. Right about the rear head, there was ex­tra clear­ance be­cause the next year an FL was com­ing out. I man­aged to find the cor­rect ’40 frame. It’s su­per hard to find.

We are dry­ing up on parts around here or they are stashed. A lot of peo­ple are sit­ting on stashes they don’t want to sell. I’ve had parts come from as far as Ja­pan and Aus­tralia. This bike has al­most zero af­ter­mar­ket parts and is al­most en­tirely OEM or NOS parts.

The re­lease of the Mil­wau­kee-eight™ engine re­sulted in the evo­lu­tion of the orig­i­nal Big Sucker™. The all-new Stage I de­sign com­bines all the fea­tures that made the orig­i­nal air cleaner the mar­ket leader. The ad­di­tion of new per­for­mance en­hanc­ing fea­tures has re­sulted in the best Big Sucker™ yet. Check out the new Big Sucker™ and the rest of our in­dus­try lead­ing air clean­ers at www.ar­len­ness.com.

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