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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Grey Matter And Greenbacks | 1965 Harley-Davidson Panhead

Grey Matter And Greenbacks | 1965 Harley-Davidson Panhead
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Craze’s ’65 Panhead

This build started out as a simple purchase of a throwback ’65 from a guy out in Colorado while I was living in SoCal. I fully intended to ride the piss out of it for a while, then flip it. Unfortunately, somewhere between dribble and full-stream, the crank pin decided that it had run out of gusto. After 4 miles of pushing it home and cursing loudly at anyone who’d listen, I decided to keep her and exercise the bike’s ghosts for good. The motor went to Rico at Hi-Bond Modified to get it back to stock and trustworthy, while I started in on the rest.

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Vintage Speed Metal | 1938 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead

Vintage Speed Metal | 1938 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead
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Dave Barker’s Epic Knucklehead

It all started August of 2010 when my good friend, Rodney, told me I needed to build a bike for the Grand National Roadster Show. I thought building a bike and showing California what Colorado had to offer sounded like a great idea. What to build was easy, I’d been building a dual-carb VL knuckle in my head for a while, and now I finally had an excuse to build it. The very next week I started to collect all the parts I would need for the build. I also took the motor I already had in my possession down to Deluxe Motor Company for them to go through along with the Little John five-speed tranny I got from my good friend, Pete Slaktowitz. It just so happened that Little John was also a Denver guy that made the first aftermarket five-speed transmission for Harleys back in the ’70s. Now that the motor was safe and sound, I went searching for the frame. I looked all over Colorado for a good VL frame and didn’t find anything, probably because I needed one. I had to resort to the dreaded eBay where I got a frame that was listed as perfect. Well, guess what? It was not so much perfect as it was a pile of shit. The back half looked like it had been buried for 50 years and the neck was bent. It was too late to find a better one because the clock was ticking. I straightened the frame, and cut off the axle plates and badly rusted parts. I then cut the tranny plate loose and bent it down so it was parallel with the ground, like it should be. After that was done, I modified the frame to adapt the new Panhead axle plates.

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Ignition | Wheelin’ Through Time

Ignition | Wheelin’ Through Time
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It doesn’t matter if you have been building bikes for years or have just torn into your first Craigslist score, it’s good to see the focus is on keeping old iron alive.

It doesn’t matter if you have been building bikes for years or have just torn into your first Craigslist score, it’s good to see the focus is on keeping old iron alive. I, like you, have been interested in old bikes and cars for many reasons, but the main one is these hunks of metal have a strong linage and a gearhead pedigree of sorts.

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Yep!

Should have a roller next week


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Peck. 

Peck. 


He Didn’t Quite Make the Finish Line Himself, But Ken Burt’s Metal Work Did

Artist Ken Burt won’t be at ArtPrize 2011 to see his work receive the accolades it so richly deserves, but Burt’s work will be represented at the show.

Burt’s ArtPrize piece, “Aluminum Spiral Vase,” is on display in Grand Rapids, MI at the Federal Square Building downtown. Sadly, the expert metalshaping artist from Dundas, Ontario, died suddenly of a heart attack on July 30 at the ago of 50 years old.

Burt, a self-taught metalshaper and steel fabricator, developed an international reputation for his skill at building pieces for custom motorcycles and metal sculptures.

Metal shaping artist Ken Burt working at his English Wheel.

ArtPrize organizers included Burt’s work when they realized it had been properly registered and matched with a venue and made his entry a part of the exhibition which opened Sept. 21.

“We were told we couldn’t emphasize that we had lost him,” said Kevin Boehm, co-owner of Byrneboehm Gallery, who curated the 20 works on display in “The Spot.”

Burt’s 11-inch high vase, fashioned from four separate, flat sheets of aluminum, bent and riveted together, needs no sympathy votes, said Boehm, who called it “an astounding piece. I know it took him three years to make it.”

“He was just so excited about ArtPrize, it was all he could talk about for six months,” Boehm said. “He was a really great guy.”

You can see Ken’s work on motorcycle pieces here…

And his boat project here…

Spiral Vase by Ken Burt

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Grassroots Report: The Lowbrow Holeshot

Last weekend Lowbrow Customs hosted their campout and BBQ at the Western Reserve Motorcycle Club in Salem, Ohio. Over 200 Holeshot guests and at least four times that many dirt-track enthusiasts lined the fence around WRMC’s 1/4-mile dirt oval to watch chopper freaks bang elbows in an impromptu run-what-you-brung race for glory, which was dominated two years running by a cat on a hopped-up Harley with full fenders and chubby apes.


Kop Hill Climb

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Kop Hill Climb

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