Top 10 Things Most Bitchin’ at Mule Motorcycles (besides Mule)

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5. Handmade Aluminum Airbox for the Top-Secret Bike Nobody Knows About

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I gave my fabricator a set of throttle bodies to make this fit just like the plastic airbox piece on the stocker, then I put it back on the bike – then started adding pieces, trying to get as much volume as possible without running into stuff. These little horns had to go on to get air in, but when I put them on I had to thread it in, then they’d interfere with different stuff. So then we had to cut it up and rearrange things – and, I guess that’s why the factories don’t make airboxes out of aluminum. Later I realized I could just unbolt the radiator and slide it in a lot easier and make the airhorns way bigger – so that’s what I’m fixing to do. Airbox Part 2 …

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  • Old MOron

    Yup, that’s some real cool stuff.
    Very interesting bit about the trail and the offset.
    I’m going to have to read it again, because I haven’t fully understood it yet.

  • http://www.motorcycle.com/ Sean Alexander

    This is my favorite Top-10 yet. Of course being a favorite Top-10 is sort of like wining a bronze medal at the special olympics.

    • fastfreddie

      Could be worse:the dreaded silver…;)

  • Jim Hatch

    This was a great read, reminded me of the characters I used to get to visit growing up in NJ in a motorcycle family.

  • Oslo Norway

    This is very cool!

  • BILL FERRY

    RP and I correspond.. now and then. We are of an age and get on well.
    Mrs Mule has invited me round for tea and scones.
    I love his bikes, espec’ the HD’s and can’t afford them.. he knows that.
    And he always knows what I always say..
    Mule.. my hero.
    WF

  • Mark Lindemann

    Rich Pollock should print out this story, frame it, and hang it on the wall along with the sockets. That would be the eleventh bitchin’ thing in the Mule garage. Well done, JB and RP!
    –ML

    • gerald estes

      yup, got that frame ya mentioned setting right here along with the builders digital blueprints sandwiched between 2 plates of glass…for those of us that aspire to just an ordinary day’s pick of bitchin’ mule stuff.

  • gerald estes

    …oo oo weres the ‘JAP’ test rider…course nobody can afford ‘em but makes since to me to fit some sort of 0 – 8,000 rpm electro-monobloc throttle body to that sucker just so’s to cut a few donuts and confirm the bitchin’ carbon tanks not leakin’.