So, having just got the bike back from Benny, I had the chance to sit and look at it for a while this morning before getting out on the road. It isn't a chopper, it isn't radical, but it reflects a time and a style I've long been fascinated with. I've had the bike nearly two years (as bought, top) and it's finally fulfilling the role I saw for it as a rideable bike with a "60s hooligan" feel.
If you remember, inspiration was always Jack Nicholson's stripped Panhead in 'Hells Angels on Wheels' and though my bike looks nothing like it, it's captured something of the essence of what I love about that movie motorcycle. I like those early LIFE mag HA shots, where the bikes retain their stock geometry (even down to some with fatbobs and stock FL bars) but the Bates seats and 21" front rims have started to appear.
Matt Davis gave me the mufflers off his Panhead. Benny gave me that Triumph headlight – and made the sissy bar and pipes with Zip. The Roth scoop was gifted to me by Dr Sprocket, and the rear tyre by my dear brother Adam. I worked on Leedog for six months to persuade him to sell me the seat. Pete S and Johnny R (RIP) were always happy to offer valued advice and practical help.
Thanks fellas. It gives this bike value way beyond its worth in cash.
Gonna put some more good miles on the '52 this summer.