What Harley is This?

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  1. Jim

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    I'm working on a set of prints of an old photogenic bike I saw at a show a couple of years ago. It's a great Black & White study even though its in full colour.

    Don't know much about them. Can someone tell me what bike it is, or is it a self build with a Harley badge Thanks.

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    Maybe wrong.... But I think it`s an old Electra Glide,,, early Panhead form... :Smile:

    It`s a kicker any way... :RollEyes::BigGrin:
     
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    Thanks, I thought it might have been one of yours Mo with that Moniker on it:BigGrin:
     
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    I`ll let you know exactly what it is in a couple of hours... :thumb:

    I have an idea it`s been messed about with.... the forks don't look right to me... :Smile:
     
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    I think it is a Harley "Davidson"... but I am not sure... :Wink:


    JJ :Cool:
     
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    Thanks JJ, not a lot gets past you mate:BigGrin:
     
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    Here you go, Jim...

    As I thought similar to an early Panhead,,,, and yes the forks have been messed about with.. rest is explained below.. :thumb:


    Hi Mo..
    It is either an original Panhead that has been customised, or a Panhead engine and gearbox in an aftermarket rigid frame. The vogue word here is ''bobber'', that's what the young people are telling me!

    There are several styles of factory Panhead rigid frames, but I don't know enough to identify if that is an original frame. But someone here sure will.

    There are a million aftermarket frames.

    There appears to be no clutch cable…..a left-hand view would reveal more about the clutch/shifting…..but foot clutch was standard on civilian models until the mid 1950s…but available as an option for later Panheads.

    There are no disc brakes…..which would indicate something original was the start point for what looks like a nice custom bike.

    The forks are cleaned up in the usual FX/chopper style.

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    More on it as it comes in, Jim..:thumb:
     
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    Few more bits of information, Jim...:thumb:

    Doubt I will find out much more... :Sad:


    Yep, looks like a 1955 to 57 Panhead. Straight downtubes on the frame as opposed to the earlier "bowleg" downtubes. It looks like it's genuine Harley parts but without a closer look I wouldn't put any money on it. The fuel tanks are probably aftermarket. Can't really tell from the angle of the photo.
    I quite like it.
     
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    I thought Panhead meant side valve in our lingo It has pushrod covers and rocker covers, so must be ohv ???
     
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    I think it's a FXTRABUSCRAPPYFATAR**SE, but don't quote me on it.!
     
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    It's a vee twin as well:Eeek:

    :thumb::thumb::thumb:
     
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    You can't beat a V Twin....unless its a Harley...:Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    It is a pan head i made the copper oil lines for it it can't remember what the forks are off kawasaki i think they were nitrided to make them black it was bought as a box of bits same mate has a few harleys gold star e type series 1 landy and various other things.
     
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    Thanks all, the finished series of photo's will be called 'Old Panhead':thumb: And no, my head will not appear in any of them:Smile:
     
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    Got to agree its a Harley Bill
     
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    My thoughts exactly Mo. If it had been a period bike with the flat-head, then it would have had girder forks.
     
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    yep I got that wrong flathead is side valve,, sorry :Blush::Blush::Blush:
     
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    The plough must be an optional extra as not in photo!:Rofl1:
     
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