Our first undertaking to put a springer front end on a metric bike was the honda VTX 1800. We had to buy a VTX and measure everything on it. Then we disassembled the front end, measured the neck angle, bearings & Steering stem. We then drew everything up in our CAD system. Finally, we tried to fit parts designed for a Harley to the VTX. There was a lot of head scratching, but we did it. We are in production now on the VTX. It looks and rides great.

Click here to view a large picture of our Metric Springer.

Our second attempt is the Yamaha Road Star. We had to buy one of those also. The local dealer has about 200 pre-owned bikes in house & he was nice enough to let us measure every yamaha in the building without any disassembly. We are off and running on the Star. When the product is finished and test rides are completed, we will post it on our website.

Our future projects are still undecided. We don't know enough about metric bikes to choose and we get different opinions from everyone we talk to. We plan to let potential customers and bikers, more knowledgeable than us, decide for us. If you are interested, we want your input & suggestions. We will listen to you. Please write or give garth, the owner, a call.

Form of payment: Credit card, cashiers check, money order or personal check. If you send a personal check, expect a two week delay. We don't require a deposit. We don't need any front money. We are able to finance our own operation. If you cancel before we ship, there are no hard feelings or penalty. We will simply sell your springer front end to some other lucky biker.

Order suggestions: Call us & tell us what you want. We will take your information and start on your front end. When we have it ready to ship, we will notify you & ship when payment is received.

Waiting time/delay: We don't know. we might get orders for five, fifty or five thousand springers per year. Who knows? We will give you an honest guess as to delivery date. We will fill orders, in the order that they are received. That is the only fair way. This is a new venture for us. We have been in the manufacturing business for 30 years but the springer business is only 6 months old. We will learn as we go.

You are welcome to come by and visit if you are within driving distance. We have bikes with our springers on them for your inspection.

Knob City Cycles, LLC
114 Lovers Lane
PO Box 1550
Bald Knob, AR 72010-1550
Phone: 501-724-6550
Fax: 501-724-5873

Springer Front End
All 304 stainless steel w/brushed mat finish (Bolts are grade 8 steel, chromed where posssible)
$1800

Springer Front End
Steel, ready for paint
$1350

Springer Front End
Steel, chrome plated- not yet available, but working on it.
We can not find a suitable chrome plating shop in arkansas within driving distance. Sorry.

Shipping crate/box & Insurance
$55


Shipping charges will be quoted to your door.

Q: Can I use my existing front wheel and brake system?
A: No, it is too wide. Our front end is considered a mid-glide and the VTX is a wide glide. you will have to use a 21" wheel 3 1/4" or 3 1/2" wide. The brake system we suggest is modern but made to look like a old harley springer set-up. We will suggest to you where to purchase your parts if you local bike shop can't help you. Good news: your front fork, wheel, brake system and fender has some value, from $400 to $800, check e-bay. People crash and bend their front ends daily.

Q: Do I have to use a 21" wheel and tire?
A:
Again, yes. a wheel smaller than 21" will not give you enough trail. The 21" wheel/tire gives 3.120" of trail on the VTX. The 16" wheel/tire only has 2.110" of trail and we consider that borderline unsafe. You sure don't want a high speed wobble due to not enough trail. There is also a ground clearance issue with a small wheel/tire. The bottom of the frame needs to stay parallel to the ground.

Q: What wheel & tire do you recommend?
A:
We like to use P.M.F.R. Wheels. Contact John or Deb Trutnau at 9522-496-0053. Their website is www.pmfronline.com. This is a mom & pop operation, with about 10 employees. They are honest, easy to talk to, easy to do business with and they care about your repeat business. Their wheels are the best made anywhere. If you order a PMFR wheel, tell Deb you need a 21" x 3 1/2" mid glide with 3/4" bearings. Remember, this is a Harley type springer converted to a metric bike. If you need less expensive wheels, we stock chrome spoke wheels for  under $200.

Q: Do you sell builders kits, that is,  all the metal parts needed & let the shops do the assembly and welding?
A:
No, we can't control the quality that way. Most builders could get the forks the same length, the axle square with the forks, make sure the forks are parellel, not twisted and weld the parts together to stay. However, we are concerned that some unskilled builder will get it together under a shade tree in their back yard and sell it as a manufacturer. Our liability insurance provider also wants us to do the welding, if you don't mind.

Q: Do you make springer front ends for Harleys?
A:
No. We can't do it all. And we have our hands full doing all of the engineering that is required with all the variety of makes and models we are and will be dealing with. However, a man that has been in the Harley business for many years can help you. He gets most of his cast and machined parts from us. (We have our own invest cast foundry, tool and die shop and C.N.C. Machine shop.) Call Kenny at Rogue Biker 501-945-8855 or www.roguebiker.com. He has the same welding/alignment jigs we have and his quality is as good as ours.

Q: What about Front Brakes?
A:
We build the front end for a single right side brake system. We suggest that you use a 4 piston caliper and 11 1/2" rotor. If you want something other than that, you will need to tell us.

Q: Can I order a rolling front end from you?
A:
No & Yes. We really don't want to be in the parts business. All we want to do is make springer front ends for metric bikes. May we suggest you take your bike to your local bike shop and have your front end installed. If your shop is a metric shop and doesn't have experience with harley type springer front ends, we will help you and them any way that we can. If you can't find anyone in your area, we will order the parts and do the labor, but only if we have time.

Q: Does the front end come with the axle?
A:
Yes. We order them from Custom Chrome. They are made for springers. They are heat treated and come with the two good looking chromed acorn nuts.

Q: Will I have to buy a new head light?
A:
No. Your springer will take your stock/issue headlight. But, if you want a different head light your local bike shop won't have any trouble mounting one.

Q: Will my springer come assembled?
A:
Yes. To install it will be easy. You will have to tighten and torque the steering stem bolt and the two fork bolts on top of the upper triple tree. (Use strong thread locking compound) We will ship in a custom made wood box with proper padding. (Note) If you are within driving distance, you can save about $100 on crating & shipping charges if you come pick it up, and we would be pleased to meet you.

Q: Can I use my handle bars and risers?
A:
Your Honda VTX bars are 1", the same as Harleys, so yes, as far as your bars go. But you will need to purchase a set of handlebar risers. They come in hundreds of variations, heights, metals, possibilities and prices. The VTX bike has Harley type 4" chrome risers installed.

Q: Can I install a front fender?
A:
I'm sure some shop could install a front fender for you, but why? Everyone we talk to seems to like the old springer, old school outlaw look. If you want or need a front fender, you are on your own.

Q: Will the VTX springer come with the fork stops installed?
A:
Yes. Our fork stops are steel & welded in place. They keep your upper triple tree about 3/8" away from your gas tank. Even if you lay your bike down hard, the forks won't spring enough to dent your gas tank.

Q: What is Invest Casting?
A: Our parts are invest cast.
Invest Casting has been around for a long time. The application has been used primarily for intricate parts that are very difficult or impossible to machine. A prime example would be a four-bladed boat propeller.

An invest cast part is stronger than a machined part because of the grain structure. In machined parts, we cut across the rolled grain in the machining process. In a casting, the grain flows with the shape of the part. Bottom Line, an invest cast part is about 20% stronger, all things being equal. Only a drop cast forging is stronger than castings.

We can make invest cast parts that would be prohibitive to C.N.C. machines. Look at our lower spring bar. It is all one piece with the double spring locators cast in. Also consider the fact that the parts are solid 304 stainless steel. See if you can get a C.N.C. shop to quote that part in one piece. The upper spring bar also has two sets of spring locators cast in place. Click here to view a large picture of our Metric Springer.

The motorcycle industry is very aware & Dominated by parts made on C.N.C. machines. The reason is that you can get in the C.N.C. business for about $150,000. To have an invest cast foundry, OSHA & EPA approved, you spend $2 million plus. We have our own foundry and it's paid for. That's the bottom line.

Knob City Cycles, LLC
114 Lovers Lane
PO Box 1550
Bald Knob, AR 72010-1550
Phone: 501-724-6550
Fax: 501-724-5873