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98 Woodman Hill Road
Minot, ME, 04258
United States


Deep Six Cycles is a small grass roots chopper shop specializing in the manufacture and modification of motorcycles and motorcycle parts. All of our products are made right here in the U.S.A.


Those sell outs! (AKA The new Deep Six Cycles News Letter)

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  Man I can hardly believe it my self! Deep Six Cycles has a New Letter? Isn't that for the super corporate wallet humpers just looking for another credit card swipe? Actually  no. The truth is we are excited about our products and what we do. In the ever changing  world of social media trends it is some times hard to keep up and make sure we are reaching the people who would be the most interested in what we do.
   So that is where a News Letter comes in. If you are interested go ahead and sign up, it's easy as heck. Then we can let you know what we have been up to and you may even find a special offer or discount for subscribers only. Who knows? Sign up below!

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Deep Six Cycles Machining Brass Hand Grips Sneak Peek Video!

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  We have been working on a video of our brass hand grips being machined. We just released an unfinished sneak peek on YouTube. Personally I watch stupid boring (to most) machining videos on YouTube when I can so I thought others here may like to see it. I am still learning the editing software as I go and since its shot by us in house it wont be too polished. But I hope it is fun to watch informative and some one will find it interesting... Check it out and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel to see the rest of the video when it is finished! Check it out!

Deep Six Cycles Brass Key Chains!

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  We have added brass key chains to the online store! We have some set designs but a lot of our key chains are made from scraps and left overs. We may experiment with different designs or features. These key chains vary in design, many are one off and have different features from each other. We will not be listing every single one off key chain separately, but you can always come by and see them here in the shop! They are manually machined right here in house in North Carolina with pride. Or take a gamble and get a surprise! Check out the store or come on by and get one!

Deep Six Cycles Chopperiffic Give Away!

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  Can you believe it? We are giving away a set of bars or a set of these crazy foot pegs! All you have to do is repost the first photo below on Instagram with @DeepSixCycles #ChopperifficContest as the comment. That is all it takes to enter. The winner gets their choice of these bars or pegs! The drawing will be held on January 31st.


Honda CM450 Bobber/Brat Bike (Making a Lower Shock Mount Bushing Puller.)

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  I have been working on modifying a Honda CM450  (Bobber/Chopper Custom thing). I am in the middle of mounting a fender to the Swing arm. I wished to weld the mounting bung for the fender struts to part of the lower shock mount on the swing arm. The only problem became the fact that there is a metal sleeved rubber bushing pressed into the lower shock mount. Heat from welding will absolutely result in this rubber catching fire. Since no reasonable amount of hammering with a punch or drift would budge the bushing I had to come up with another solution. I did not wish to take the swing arm off to press out the bushing in the H Press.  Nor did I want to just weld it and have a melt down. Time to search through the scrap bin! 
  I was able to locate some 1"360 brass and a bit of 1-1/4 6061 aluminum. Game on! Please note some of the steps taken may have been skipped as this is not meant to be a tutorial for turning and lathe work. And some of the basic fundamentals were not photographed.  

Here we have the 1" Brass and 1-1/4"Alum drops left over from another project.

I started with the brass first by taking a facing cut to true up the end of the part and eliminate saw marks. 

Here is the finished facing cut.

The part was then Center Drillled.

Next drilling with a 5/16 drill bit in order to be threaded with a 3/8-16 tap later on. 

Next I added a heavy bevel to the outer edge. This will help the puller enter and find center of the i.d. of the shock bushing mount as it begins to displace the rubber bushing . It reduces chances binding.

Counter sink before tapping to eliminate the bur caused by drilling and ensure the tap enters concentric and on center to the drilled hole. This can reduce tap breakage. Others may find the tap creates a bur and prefer to counter sink after tapping. Both ways have worked for me. Next I threaded the part using the slowest turning speed with the back gear of the lathe engaged. Unfortunately I was in a rush and failed to photo the tapping operation.

On to the aluminum. After facing, center drilling, I selected a W size drill bit. The letter size W bit is about .011 larger than 3/8. This will ensure that the 3/8 bolt that will be passing through the aluminum block will rotate freely with out binding or friction. Next I selected a large drill bit just under the od of the brass part I turned and began drilling the counter bore. Do not drill all the way thorough you only need the counter bore to be a little deeper than the lenght of the brass piece and the bushing you are removing. The goal is for the bushing and the brass to be able to enter the counter bore of the puller completely. The roof or ceiling of the counter bore will support a washer and bolt head on the other side (outside). This set up could have been done with the bolt passing through the brass and the threads in the aluminum or using a nut on the outside to draw the brass puller through the shock mount. But this would have required pulling the rear wheel to perform the work. Which I saw as an unnecessary step at this time.

Next I bored the counterbore out to .020 larger than the O.D. of the brass portion to allow for a nice friction free slip fit. This way I would not have to worry about the bushing binding and becoming caught inside the body of the puller once removed from the shock mount.

Here you can see the heavy chamfer  entering the i.d. of the counterbore. This helps guide the bushing into the counterbore.

Here you can see the other side of the aluminum body a 3/8-16 bolt will pass through. The head of the bolt will ride against a washer on this flat surface. The bolt will pass through the aluminum puller body then though the rubber bushing and thread into the brass puller. Be sure you have the heavy chamfer on the brass puller facing the bushing. It is also imperative to make sure the bolt is long enough to thread all the way through your puller body before pulling begins. This will improve the wear of the threads in the brass and decrease the likelihood of damaging the threads. This tool is a great once in a while item. In daily use I would find another option for pressing a threaded top hat bung into the brass body of the puller. But I believe otherwise brass and aluminum are the perfect materials for this tool. They are soft and will not mar or score the shock mount itself. Aluminum could have been used in place of brass but you will likely have problems with the threads stripping. So if that is all you have on hand you will probably have to modify this design.

Here it is ready to extract the bushing. It worked great and did exactly what I needed it to. This tool could have been made a number of different ways. With the tools and materials I had on hand this was the easiest way for me to get it done. Hopefully this will spark an idea for some one that will help them out in a pinch some day. I am also aware that I could have bought a puller of some sort to do this or made a tool to work with my slide hammer. But again this took under 20 minutes and was completed with scrap and cheap material I had on hand.


Jaded Billy D from Hellmutts Triumph

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  I had not been working out on my own all that long when Billy D of Hellmutts and I stuck up a deal. I would supply some brass pegs and such for his Triumph project and he would hook me up with a helmet. It was a great deal for both of us I think. I still run the helmet nearly daily and the lining job and paint have held up great! And Billy went on the build this totally bad ass Triumph! I stole the pictures from so be sure to check out the link for details. Also if you need a vintage helmet or have one you need to have refurbished be sure and hit up I sure can't say enough good things about the service and craftsmanship that Billy and his wife have provided! 

Carnage and the Beast! Oh wait, I mean beauty!

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If you have not been paying attention to our posts on other social media you may not have realized that I managed to completely decimate the sprocket cover on my Ironhead Sportster chop.

Here is the carnage! Opps!

I was going to construct a whole new mount/ sprocket cover. But since I just wanted it done so I could ride I buzzed it back together. Hopefully this winter I will be able to get around to ordering up some material and fabbing one up!
Oh and this is just another one of those slammed mornings getting everything shipped out! 

Deep Six Cycles Stainless Rabbit Ears and more!

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I made these bars the other week. I still have a set for sale. Polished 1" Stainless Steel Rabbit Ears with Polished manually machined brass pressed on. 3.5 mounting pattern. $285 plus shipping for this pair. Email Or check out our online store for more info!
  Deep Six Cycles Polished Stainless and brass Rabbit Ear Handlebars photo IMG_20141029_124455_zpsf1515723.jpg photo 20141029_124054_zps3c0fe710.jpg

 Oh and we can hook you up with pegs for those funky Ironhead and Shovel mounts! Brass Foot Pegs for Ironhead Sportsters and Shovelheads by Deep Six Cycles photo IMG_20141015_080615_zpsda79c5ce.jpg

We have been selling quite a few of our brass products with and antiqued finish. See those pegs on the left? Brass Foot Pegs and Shift Knob by Deep Six Cycles photo IMG_20141015_074322_zpsb91c0484.jpg

And these antiqued foot pegs and hand grips. Brass Handgrips and Foot Pegs by Deep Six Cycles photo IMG_20141015_071248_zpsd955418b.jpg

Here are a set of Brass Hexogram Pegs, Brake peg and Grips with a special custom spin.  photo 20141017_163611_zpsbce65f89.jpg

That Thing 2014

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We had a great ride and I would like to thank every one for turning out for "That Thing" our run through the country side. 

The Stumblers arrived early.

Early and waiting on the rest of  the folks to show up for the ride.

 Look at these guys. Love my brothers.

Running front of the pack.

One of a few over the shoulder riding shots I took. Strangely this is only one of the photos that have surfaced that has non Stumblers who attended the ride in it.

This rail speeder swung by while we were rallying to go!

Just a good ole week. Never meanin no harm...

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What have we been up to? Well, really just settling into the new shop with East End Motorsports. Setting up the new spot, arranging, organizing and turning out products.

We still ship Iron Pony Express from time to time.

Wait, could it be? Brass Pegs that fit Ironhead Sportsters and Shovelheads? That's it man, we have them you want them!

Did I mention that we have 1" Brass Foot Pegs for Iron Head Sportsters and Shovelheads? You know the ones you can't get nice pegs for any where. They fit those big ugly male frame mounts!

Here are a whole set of antiqued or "aged" brass hand grips and footpegs! I bet you didn't know we offered so many types of finish on our products.

Here are a few more shots of the pegs. This has been a much requested finish on our brass products lately!  

Here we have our antiqued finish brass pegs on the right with common Harley style mounts on the left. One of our polished brass jockey/suicide shift knobs in the center and our brass "Screw It" footpegs fitted with mounts for Ironhead and Shovelhead Harleys.

Did you know that we still manually machine our parts? I know it's like the 50's never ended!

Some times we get requests to produce a part based on one we offer already but with a little twist to fit our customers needs or taste. Take this set of Deep Six Cycles Hexogram brass handgrips. They feature a double hex on one end.

Yes I know only old guys do it this way. Finishing up more parts and they are gone, gone, gone!

I was forced to go down town the other day... Strangely The Cobblers Shoe (my bike) didn't have anything to do with my morning in traffic court.

What have we been up to? Well lets have a look!

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  I have been working on a new line of Rabbit Ear or "Pull Back" bars. They have a turned piece of brass pressed over the cross bar on them. These bars are reasonably priced at $115 plus shipping. Get them powder coated black while leaving the brass as it and watch every ones mind blow! We can also do variations on this design including making them from Stainless Tubing. They look great with our Brass Grips, Pegs and other accessories. Check out our Web Store- Click here to see our Store! Or email us for more info- I still have a ton of ideas I need to put into production so keep checking back to see the latest!

Today we happened to get some large hunks of brass in! So naturally we machined some into a super duty groovy gas cap cover!  We will have them available in the web store affixed to gas caps as a turn key custom solution with in the next few weeks. If you would like to pre-order one or would like to request a quote on having an item custom machined for you please send us an email!

The 6th Hellbilly Hootenanny

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  We had a great time at the Hootenanny. Our Bootlegger Friends treated us like family and we got to catch up with a bunch of other old friends and met a lot of new ones. There were a bunch of great automobiles and the bike turn out was better than any of the previous Hoot's I have been to. We look forward to doing it again next year!

The Deep Six Cycles booth.

There's a new clunker in the family

Yes that is a full ridgid Trumpet! 

Moving! (A.K.A. Sucks)

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  We have been busy moving the shop into East End Motorsports just out side Asheville in Swannanoa, NC. Moving, well all I can say is I have never enjoyed the task of moving all that much. We are excited to be settling into our new location with our new family at East End Motorsports. We will be working under the same roof and collaborating on projects and events when it makes sense to do so. Come out and see what we have going on and stay tuned because there are great things in the works!


Come out to bike night and see our stuff!

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Deep Six Cycles will have a table set up with our merch at the Harley Dealership this Friday. This is the last one of the year! We will have a small selection of Brass Pegs, Grips, Biltwell Helmets and those Flat fenders we sell the heck out of! Come check out my slowly rusting chopper in person and shoot the breeze with me!


Shots in the dark.

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I find myself shooting photos of things. Some of the time these things make it to instagram or various other forms of social media, often times they are posted one place and never make it to the blog. Here are a few photos from last week. I tend to take a lot of the shop stuff for granted just because I see it every day and never think to shoot it. There are probably a lot of missed opportunity's.     

This clutter of the day is a bunch of material in different stages of machining, or just finished.

Here is the finished bore for a set of brass grips with a Joker Machine throttle tube being test fit. P.S. they run a bit small.

These would be our finished Brass Grips with the Joker Machine Throttle tube installed

Just an ole handle bare fixture.

Just the ole splitting of an ole handle bar fixture.

And this ole pic of my ole bike "The Cobblers Shoe"