Easy Rider - May 1989
Wymond Walkem, Georgetown, Ontario
1983 Harley-Davidson FXBS
far as Wymond is concerned (and we're quoting), -The only way to
do it is to go all the way. That's the simple philosophy of this
respected bike builder and owner of Walkem's Cycles, a Canadian
shop which accurately boasts of Precision Harley-Davidson engines.
His bike was photographed in August of '87 at the halfway point
of its maiden voyage. In late July, after a humdinger of a shop
party, Wymond had battened down the hatches and hit the great highway
headin' south-by-southwest, to Sturgis and all points west.
right after passin' the syrupy "Have a Good Trip" sign on the Canadian
side of the Ambassador Bridge to Detroit, Michigan, he caught a
whiff of the undeniable scent of a melted belt - Fried City, and
not more than a coupla hours from home.
It was tough findin' someone to help (they don't call Detroit the
Murder Capital for nothin'), but some true bros from Motor City
Harley-Davidson appeared and got him fixed up with a new front belt
It was a lollipop putt the rest of the way (no walkin' for Walkem).
Sturgis was puss, and so was the ride through Montana, Washington,
Oregon, the Nevada desert, and the West Coast. He shut'er down in
Morgan Hill, California, to say hi to John Reed and Len Cruse at
CCI and tighten up his road warrior. Next thing he knew, he was
strollin' through the halls of Paisano in good ol' A-gory, Californy,
home of Easyriders, V-Twin, et al.
state-of-the-art 1980's custom blockhead, double-belted and double-disc-braked,
made it home in a breeze. Two years later, he reports she's got
18,000 miles on 'er, with plenty to go. Oh yeah-Wymond, always the
thinker, ventilated the belt housing, allowin' for airflow and reducin'
the chances of another ball-bustin' meltdown.
Wymond wants to take the opportunity to thank Ron at Axtell, Elaine
and Woody for his leather cable covers, Klaasje for makin' his seat,
and the Motor City H-D men for bein' there when he needed a brother.