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John B. Deitz
The Raven is my
1st Harley-Davidson -- a 1993 FXR purchased in the Fall of 1992.
|Originally red, it was customized and
repainted in the Winter of 1994-1995, following an
accident, to another shade of red. (I'm looking for a
photo of it at this stage.) The tank and fenders had
"ghost" flames, iridescent not very obvious
unless you looked at it in the proper light -- they sort
of shimmered. (Paint job cost me ~$1000, but it looked
very neat!). Also had some minor new chrome and an
S&S Carburetor installed.
|In 1997, while parked in a lot at my
work, a New York State government vehicle backed into it,
damaging the tank. At first, I just tried to have the tank
repainted. The fellow who did the original custom paint
job apparently went to the nether world of too many drugs
and sniffing of fumes, so I had another customizer try to
duplicate the paint job. Unfortunately, while the
original guy www.poloralphlaurenaustralia.biz may have been a druggy, he knew how to lay
on paint. The new guy, while good, couldn't duplicate the
technique satisfactorily, so I changed completely. Had it
painted a midnight blue, with a "Ravens" ghost
on the tank (actually a version of the Baltimore Ravens
football team logo). Job was o.k., but clearly not as
special as the ghost flamed version. Had other work done
to make it sleeker, including a low profile seat, and new
chrome-work and muffler.
I sold the bike in January 2001 at more than
it's original purchase price. Even considering the several
thousand of my own money I put into it, I pretty much broke even --
with 8 years of fun!