Clay Krick

Name
Clay Krick
Instagram Account
@white_trash_white_rice
City
Hershey
State
Pennsylvania
Country
USA
Bike Year
1976
Bike Motor
Honda CB750

What have you done?
This whole bike build has been a huge learning experience for me. Almost everything on this bike has been made from scratch or altered in some way by using basic tools and fabrication techniques. About 80% of these parts are things I’ve never built before.
– Frame: I started by designing and building a 6 1/2 foot long rigid girder front end. I chopped off the front half of a rusty Santee frame and turned that into a gooseneck.
– Handlebars: The handlebar through the gas tank idea was the most challenging thing to make on this bike. With nothing to reference, I started making templates for the tank out of cardboard, tracing them on 16G steel, and cutting each piece with a cutoff wheel. A piece of exhaust tubing surrounds the single stainless T bar passing through it, which is bolted to a custom riser set up allowing the bars and gas tank to be removable.
– Rear Fender: The rear fender was inspired by Crazy Frank’s Prism Fender which are nearly impossible to find – so I had to make my own. It’s also constructed using 16G steel, 1/2” twisted square stock sissy bar, and 1/4” round stock for a border. A mini Finch light is bolted to it as well.
– Oil Tank: Removable panels hide a Triumph oil tank which was inspired by 70s AEE choppers. A 1/4” round stock border outlines that also.
– Exhaust: 4 upsweep exhaust pipes were made using an exhaust builders kit and twisted flat stock for supports.
– Floorboards: Mooneyes gas and brake pedals are used for floorboards and bolted to swap meet highway bars.
– Rear Suspension: The rear spring struts were found at a swap meet as well. Maybe on an old digger? A swingarm CB750? Who knows.
– Kickstand: The center kickstand was taken from an 80s Kawasaki and modified to work on this frame, still keeping it fully functional.

What do you have left to do?
I’m currently making a custom headlight bracket to mount 3 HELLA lights. A removable seat pan and electrical box still needs to be fabricated and welded. After those are made, everything gets fully welded and prepped for chrome and paint.
Any problems so far?
Besides metal moving from heat, cold weather approaching, and balancing a full time job on top of all this, it’s been smooth sailing. Always triple checking measurements and making my welds strong.
Favorite part of the bike so far?
The Gas tank-handlebar-front end combo continues to blow my own mind. I never thought I’d be able to pull all of this off, but here we are and I couldn’t be happier with the overall look.

Favorite part of the competition?
My favorite part has to be interacting with everyone in and outside of the competition. Seeing reactions to these custom parts I’m making and the helpful tips and suggestions are just a huge bonus. I couldn’t ask for a better group of guys to compete with either. Everyone helping each other out in anyway we could.
Shout outs:
I want to thank Dylan, Rich, Nick, Zac, my Dad, Corey, and everyone else who’s been messaging me or offering to lend a hand and some knowledge. I couldn’t have gotten this far entirely on my own and everyone’s been very supportive since I started building bikes.
-I’d also like to thank Biltwell Peoples Champ, Bornfree, and everyone else who’s been involved with this competition and show. From offering a wide selection of parts and other resources to helpful tips and support. It definitely means a lot! Thank you.