1960 Harley-Davidson Panhead Custom | Trippin’ Out!

1960 Harley-Davidson Panhead Custom | Trippin’ Out!
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Back in the day Don Modrowski from Toledo, Ohio, raked his 1960 Panhead frame 1/2 of an inch and stretched the downtubes to a whopping 7-inches.

Back in the day Don Modrowski from Toledo, Ohio, raked his 1960 Panhead frame 1/2 of an inch and stretched the downtubes to a whopping 7-inches. He then added a rigid frontend that was 27-inches over with some drag bars and 4-inch risers to take this bike from mild to wild. The magneto-fired engine was warmed over with some solid lifters, alloy pushrods, a Tillison carb, and a ton of chrome. Don was also the man that did the amazing fiberglass work on the ’glass coffin tank, square-edged molded the frame with bondo and welding rod, and sprayed the way trippy acrylic lacquer paint with his own two hands. Talk about a multi-tasker.

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The New Industry

The New Industry
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It seems as if today choppers as we know them are kicking ass.

It seems as if today choppers as we know them are kicking ass. Gone are the lame-assed million-dollar “refinance my house and bought a bike for the price of a boat” choppers. Now roaming bands of greasy haired and handed guys are the ones who are putting together well-built bikes. The bikes now look like they have already stood the test of time before the builder has even given its first kick. I am talking about quality-built bikes that both look like they are from the past, but with a major dose of what’s really happening today. These dudes aren’t building theme bikes with bad taste adorned with 18-wheeler and Cadillac parts, they are putting together bikes that look, sound, and ride classically. And they aren’t doing it from a catalog. They are doing it out of scavenged and hustled bike parts that came from what the mother company produced decades ago. These same soulful hunks of steel and aluminum have passed through many brothers’ hands to get where they are today. And rightly so, because that’s the way real choppers should be.

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The Perfect Panhead | 1959 Harley-Davidson Panhead

The Perfect Panhead | 1959 Harley-Davidson Panhead
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John Edward’s Pink Panhead

I’ve known John Edwards for close to two decades now. From what I’ve seen over that time John has always been the kind of guy with an eye for what looks right and a talented car, truck, and bike builder. He’s also one funny dude with a great sense of humor, so when he told me he was going to paint his next Panhead pink, I thought he was shitting me. Well, a few months later while we are sitting at a local bar in his hometown of Garden Grove, California, he shows me a picture of his sheetmetal fresh out of his Olde Tyme Custom Paint booth and damn if it wasn’t the sweetest shade of pink I have ever seen laid on two wheels.

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Wayback Machine | 1977 Honda CB750A

Wayback Machine | 1977 Honda CB750A
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Scot Schneider’s CB750

Leisure suits. The Bee Gees. Pintos, Gremlins, and Pacers. Yeah, in a lot of ways, the ’70s sucked. Hard. But the ’70s also gave us some serious coolness, especially in the motorcycle department. So, four years ago when Scot Schneider set out to build his latest creation, he had one thing in mind—a loving tribute to the beautiful scoots from what many consider the Golden Age of the Chopper: the 1970s.

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The Gas Box | 1976 Harley-Davidson FXE Shovelhead

The Gas Box | 1976 Harley-Davidson FXE Shovelhead
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Greg Christian’s Shovelhead

Out in Lakewood, Ohio, is a little place by the name of The Gas Box. Since 2009, Jesse Bassett, proprietor of The Gas Box, has specialized in custom fabrication and vintage motorcycles of all makes and models. Having built some nice British bikes, Jesse wanted to build a Harley-Davidson Big Twin, and when a customer by the name of Greg Christian came knocking, a Shovelhead build was next on the list.

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1949 Harley-Davidson Panhead

1949 Harley-Davidson Panhead
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From The Archives

Back in Match of ’74 Sonny Newal of Vista, California hardtailed this ’49 Panhead then narrowed and lengthened a stock springer a total of 4-inches. For the sheet metal, Sonny “flat bottomed” a Sportster, chopped up a 5-inch FLHT tank and a dude by the name of Lee Moye lacquer painted this sweet machine candy pearl orange. I sure he and his ’ol lady as well as his brothers in the Rouges MC dug cruising the California coast back in the day. STC

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Mother F-ing Space Olympics | 1973 Harley-Davidson Sportster

Mother F-ing Space Olympics | 1973 Harley-Davidson Sportster
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A.k.a. Kirk’s Bike

The most important thing you should know about Kirk Jones (KIRK!) is that he is angered, disgusted, and bored by the “norm.” KIRK! has been responsible for many unique internal-combustion-driven projects over the past 15 or so years, all going against the grain and striving to subliminally give the finger to the expected, while retaining design integrity, creativity, and yes, maybe even class. With project names like “My Little Pony” and “May Cause Dangerous,” the cryptic name of his latest endeavor, “Mother F-ing Space Olympics,” comes as no surprise. I caught up with KIRK! at his desert compound to find out about his recently finished bike.

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The Weed Steed | 1969 Harley-Davidson Sportster

The Weed Steed | 1969 Harley-Davidson Sportster
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Duane’s ’68 Sporty

So you want to know how this bike came about, huh? Well, it happened after a tarot card reader gave a few of us Haints a tip on a mystical steed being held prisoner from choppers past. Now knowing our destiny, our brother Duane unleashed his stash of cash and we set out on a quest to far away lands deep in the heart of Alabama.

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Mr. Roboto | 1979 Harley-Davidson FLH Custom

Mr. Roboto | 1979 Harley-Davidson FLH Custom
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Dave Polgreen’s Shovelhead

I have known Dave Polegreen for a few years and it amazes me that the guy churns out so many bitchen bikes on a regular basis. It’s like there are three of him banging away on old Harleys in his basement. Dave has already had bikes featured in Street Chopper, and I am sure he will have a few more in future issues.

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Hog Killer | 1968 Harley-Davidson XLCH Sportster

Hog Killer | 1968 Harley-Davidson XLCH Sportster
Hog Killer | 1968 Harley-Davidson XLCH Sportster - Street Chopper Magazine
It’s hard to figure out who to go to these days. I’m sure you’ve walked into shops that look like several customers’ dusty projects have been on a bike lift for years without any progress. And there’s a chopper shop or three in nearly every major U.S.

It’s hard to figure out who to go to these days. I’m sure you’ve walked into shops that look like several customers’ dusty projects have been on a bike lift for years without any progress. And there’s a chopper shop or three in nearly every major U.S. city with the current explosion of garage-built styled bikes.

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