Ghost Rider


Benton188

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Had plans to build Ghost Rider sometime in 2020, but I happened to stumble across an amazing deal on a Schwinn Stingray bike and just decided to build it right away lol. Only have the Rider's skull and the Hell Cycle skull done so far, but there's not a whole lot of foam work left before that's done. I also grabbed everything but the chains for the costume, but have yet to add the spikes to everything. Hoping to have everything done by the end of January.
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Benton188

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UPDATE!!
Well, other than the handlebars breaking before I got to ride it, the costume and bike turned out pretty good. Guess I'll have to order some actual bike handlebars since both versions I made were too flimsy or broke in half. Better to have them break before I rode and not during I guess lol.
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Benton188

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UPDATE!!
Huh....could've sworn I did an update a while back after fixing the handlebars, but I guess not.... oh well. I did eventually purchase some new steel handlebars and got them attached, and took 2 or 3 trips this year out to the local state park to ride around and confused the heck out of the locals. On one trip I even managed to ride around the entire Peninsula, a 13.5 mile ride. And yes, I was extremely sore afterwards, but surprisingly not tired. Maybe could've gone an extra 5-6 miles still.

Anyways, this is an update post, so what's new? As mentioned before the handlebars are now steel and can take far more abuse without fear of breaking. I've also replaced the seat with an actual motorcycle seat for far better comfort, though the mounting system has me kind of worried. It's mounted on a small plate near the front of the seat, granted it is welded and bolted for extra measures, but it's still kinda "bouncy". The original seat was far too small and caused what professional bike riders call "Monkey Butt" .......it was....it was not a pleasant following week :confused:. Along with the new seat I had to make a new gas tank since the old one no longer fit, and I lost the cap to it on the last ride. Also needed to add even more flames off the back end so it didn't look so silly with that extra large seat on there. Added a new locking system for the handlebars where a pin can be inserted when parked so the front tire won't rotate, which then can be removed for riding.

I have yet to test the new seat out, but I plan on doing another ride at the park on Halloween day for fun, so I will find out then. Hoping it doesn't decide to just break off for no reason, but you never know lol. Wouldn't be the first time I got stranded on the Peninsula and had to walk back to my truck (Looking at you Halo Ghost....)

20200129_203338.jpg The before.
121328000_2035771316559204_5673868797811975975_n.jpg The after. With new seat, handlebars, flames, and gas tank.
121146101_2035771399892529_2418401911567557435_n.jpg A dark shot of the upgrade as well.
116044326_4922146211132503_2494999073406863058_n.jpg And one picture from a random passerby during my last ride before the upgrades.
 

Benton188

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405th Regiment Officer
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FINAL UPDATE!!
I'm happy to report that the seat did not break lol. In fact is way more comfortable and durable than I thought it was going to be so that's a huge plus. Rode about 15 miles on Halloween throughout the course of the day, and while hills still kill me since it's a single speed bike everything worked great and I had no mechanical failures. So this is probably where I'll leave the bike and suit unless I decide to upgrade the gear system, which given how much I ride it throughout the year wouldn't be worth the hassle.
So I end the thread with one final night time shot of the completed project:
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