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1964 FL Panhead Is Today’s Dose of Old School Custom Harley-Davidson

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by Daniel Patrascu from https://www.autoevolution.com

Ever since Softails have come onto the motorcycle scene, garages across the world flocked to use them as a base for whatever project they had in mind. That means most of what’s out there now is based on newer motorcycles that, despite being generally cool, lack the old school appeal of older Harleys.

Take the 1964 FL Panhead in the gallery above. The FL is one of Harley’s historic lines, having started out in the early 1940s, and is generally seen as one of the best representative of the classic Harley look.

Whereas custom bikes based on more recent Harleys are favorites of the present-day online media, older ones such as this one here are stars of motorcycles shows big and small. But for the first time since ever, a global health crisis ended pretty much all such events planned for the year.

To fill the gap, Harley-Davidson announced on Tuesday (June 16) a week-long online event dedicated to some 60 not-so-famous bike builders that would have been the talk of show-goers at the now-canceled or postponed events.

The custom 1964 FL Panhead in the video below is a build made by one of those 60 builders. Its creator’s name is Eric Stein, and he is by no means a full-time motorcycle tuner, but an “operation’s manager” at some North Carolina company.
Since 2014, Stein used most of his spare time to customize motorcycles. This particular one, the most recent of the batch, is his 11th, and a good looking one at that.

Keeping things simple, the Panhead keeps true to the “older style bikes that are appreciated more” while at the same time adding a custom flavor through fine touches like the rear fender or the unique fuel tank – watch the video below for all the info Stein is willing to share about his bike.

 

Magnificent Stock H-D Replacement Rigid Frames

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Edlund Frames Classics from the Masters

The good Doctor Hamster was in a jam recently. We were building a Panhead basket case with a modified stock Knucklehead frame. We had it straightened and fixed by the local master Dr. John. We still weren’t happy and decided to search for a stock Panhead frame. Hell, it was the only way to go.

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Pandemic Panhead Project, Part 2

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The tanks and fender are out to Deny 925, the master of patina paint, for a scallop classic paint job.

In the meantime, I needed to install the Morris Mag, decide on a carb, install the front brake, finish a handful of welds, work with the guys at Bates on a clutch cable, make an old clutch lever work, hell, make the brake lever work and find a brake cable, take the springer apart and add Paughco inner springs, install the headlight and taillight, make a muffler bracket and mo’.

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Pandemic Project Panhead: Part 1

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The Basket Case from Hell

By Bandit with photos by Wrench

It all started on a dark, foggy harbor day in 2018 when the Pandemic basket case arrived at the Bikernet Intergalactic World Headquarters in Wilmington, Califa. It didn’t have the rights to the Pandemic title just yet, but it was coming…

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1948 Harley-Davidson EL Panhead Is Why Motorcycles Should Only Come in Black

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by Daniel Patrascu from https://www.autoevolution.com

Back in 1948, soon after proving its worth on the world’s battlefields, Harley-Davidson began the hard work of making motorcycles for the peacetime years everyone was anticipating. And that meant both coming up with new models, and remaking all of the company’s most successful engineering.

Several years before, in 1936, Harley had introduced the knucklehead engine as first overhead-valve, top of the line powerplant. The moment is still considered a turning point in motorcycle manufacturing and despite lasting for about a decade, the engine inspired all that came afterward.

The panhead, named so because the chrome rocker covers kind of looked like cooking pans, replaced the knucklehead in the lineup in 1948, and it too proved to be a revolutionary piece of engineering. Fitted in two displacements on the EL, FL and FLH bikes, it stayed in production until the Shovelhead took its place in 1965.

Right from the first year of production some incredible machines based on this engine were built. The EL such as this one here, for instance, equipped with the smaller displacement 61ci engine, is still one of the most coveted Harley products in the eyes of collectors and fans.

The bike pictured in the gallery above, part of the Eddie Vannoy collection of vehicles that will go under the hammer this summer at the hands of Mecum, is one of the first-year ELs that probably looks even better than it did when new.

Pitch black, shiny chrome and vivid red combine on the motorcycle to create a visual treat we don’t get to enjoy very often. The bike is, of course, the result of some restoration work, but that doesn’t diminish its appeal in any way.

The restoration work was done while trying to keep as close to the original as possible. The springer forks and rigid frame for instance were retained, but the bike received a Police Special speedometer that goes as high as 100 mph (162 kph).

Funky Panhead Part 5

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New front wheel and disc brake

With the help of Paughco and Black Bike Wheels

Okay, so the classic 19-inch spoked wheel rolled in from Black Bike Wheels, in Van Nuys. They have grown to build spoked wheels for every make and model in virtually every size. Too cool. If you need a spoked wheel give them a call and speak to Elliot or Eric. Tell them Bikernet sent you.

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Win this Retro Custom Panhead Bobber

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If you have dreamed of building and riding a custom Panhead with a big motor and all the updates, here’s your chance to WIN the bike of your dreams!

The hard work is done. The build components top notch. The custom fabrication, paint and assembly everything you would hope for as it was done in the J&P Cycles shop. The bike came out so well HOT BIKES featured the build in the May and June 2006 issue, and Corbin’s RIDE ON TV show featured the build in 2006 as well. The Museum’s drawing was held and it was given away to a winner at the end of 2006, But John Parham, who loved the bike, bought it back from the winner. Now Jill Parham has donated it to the Museum and it’s become the National Motorcycle Museum’s 2020 Fund-Raiser Bike!

2nd Prize is $500.00 J&P Cycles Credit

3rd Prize is $250.00 J&P Cycles Credit

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John Parham supervised the build and here’s how it came together.

Starting with Chopper Guys’ Fat Guys Rigid Custom frame and chrome Paughco wide springer fork and triple tree, the stock geometry chassis came together. Wheels are 40 spoke by DNA; 16 inch rear, 19 inch front for good handling. Brakes are the best; polished PM calipers with massive 11.5 inch Russell rotors. Fenders are straight from the J&P Cycles catalog as are the tanks and caps. But through custom fabrication, the oil tank is in the right fuel tank. Tail light is Knucklehead era. The ride is enhanced by the Burly handlebar, Lepera seat, footboards, lighting and controls from J&P Cycles with turn signals by Auto-Gem. Powder coating was handled by Custom Z Powdercoating. Red and silver paint plus unique graphics incorporating gold leaf were done by Scott Takes, Underground Studios right here in Iowa.

Using S&S cases, the 88 cubic inch motor is built around Truett & Osborn flywheels assembled by V-Twin. Cylinders, rods and pistons are from V-Twin Manufacturing as are the heads and most of the valve train. Cams are by Sifton, wrapped hand made headers are from the J&P Cycles shop and fishtails are from the catalog. An easy to service points ignition fires the fuel charge from the S&S Carb. Custom Chrome supplied the kicker kit, but there’s a Spyke Stealth Starter, too. Primo Rivera supplied the Pro Clutch and chain primary drive. The five-speed tranny is from Milwaukee Twins and runs a belt final drive.

Specifications:

    • Fabrication & Assembly: J&P Cycles, 2006
    • Paint: Underground Studios, Scott Takes
    • Frame: Chopper Guys, Fat Guys Rigid Custom
    • Fork: Paughco Wide Springer
    • Wheels: DNA 40 Spoke; 19″ Front, 16″ Rear
    • Brakes: Chrome PM Calipers, Russel 11.5” Rotors
    • Handlebar: Burly
    • Seat: Lepera
    • Controls: J&P Cycles
    • Lighting: J&P Cycles, Auto-Gem
    • Engine Assembly by V-Twin
    • S&S cases, 88 Cubic Inch
    • Truett & Osborn Flywheels
    • Cams by Sifton
    • Top End: V-Twin Manufacturing
    • Exhaust: V Twin Fish Tails
    • Carburetor: S&S
    • Ignition: Points / Coil
    • Kicker: Custom Chrome
    • Elecric Starter: Spyke Stealth Starter
    • Clutch & Primary: Primo Rivera Pro Clutch
    • Transmission: Milwaukee Twins 5-Speed
    • Final Drive: Belt Drive

Sure, this custom looks good, but more power, great handling and powerful brakes make this Pan a super ride and you could WIN IT!

So why not donate to WIN this Magnificent Machine, and at the same time support the National Motorcycle Museum?
The winner will be drawn December 31, 2020…and you could be the lucky winner!

Funky Panhead Part 4, New Frontend Installed

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Brand New from Paughco, Early-Style Springer and Black Bike Wheel

I spent a lot of money and time rebuilding an old 41mm wide glide for my 1969 Panhead build. It was one of those crazy builds, fulla twists and turns, but the glide haunted me.

Then I got a call from the masterminds at Paughco. They recently developed a new springer configuration, because so many overseas manufactures stole their classic, flat side design.

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Classic David Mann Styled Panhead Chopper Featured

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Old School Chopper Built with Today’s Resources and Time-Honored Work Ethic
By Bandit with photos by Peter Linney

Micah owned Micah McCloskey’s Custom Motorcycles on Sherman Way in the San Fernando Valley for 34 years, from ’79-‘13. Before that he worked at the same shop for Joe Scarber and before that for Gary Bang, before Gary became a major distributor of custom motorcycle parts. He’s an active member of the Ugly MC and the pilot for our 5-Ball Racing Team Salt Torpedo effort for Bonneville this year.

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