1977 Harley-Davidson Shovelhead

What was your intended objective when you started the build?

To create a bike that not only reflected the styles I like, but to push my skill set in fabrication. I had this vision for a long time and was grateful to be in a position to execute it.

What motivated you to start your project?

My wife and I stumbled upon the Handbuilt motorcycle show in Austin, TX while on vacation and it inspired me to start this build, my first ever.

What was the most unique and creative thing you did to the bike?

I designed and hand made the frame and girder frontend, which are polished 316 stainless steel.

 

What are you most proud of?

The finished product. I put my heart and soul into this build with many late nights asking myself what I had gotten myself in to. The overall lines and ride ability of the bike are what I am  proud of.

What do other people say about your motorcycle?

The reception of my build has been overwhelming…I never imagined that something I built in my garage behind the house would be received so well. Many people assume that the bike it all chrome.  Countless hours of hand polishing the stainless gives this effect.

 

6 Comments

  • Jack C. says:

    All I can say is WOW! Man o’man, THAT’s a real Harley. The Shovel was the last of the classic all American Harley Davidson’s. This ain’t no weekend, Hollywood Poser motorcycle. This is a true bikers bike. Bad to the bone, brother! And the suicide clutch…..1%er big time! Nothin’ says real biker like watchin a brother footin that clutch and stirring the box with his lefty.

    Love the vintage rubber too. Anything else would look out of place on this sweet old gal,

     
  • Brian Buttera says:

    Thank you Jack!!!

     
  • Mark Duer says:

    Outstanding attention to every detail

     
  • Doc Devorak says:

    Brother… This is truly a “VISION” bike that has been built by a man that saw every piece of it beforehand and took his time to recreate each piece, from HIS MIND. As a veteran (40+ years) “builder from the garage”, you cannot realize the time this beautiful scoot actual took Jack. This fabricated piece of machinery is Jacks “vision” combined to become the motorized, artistic mover of a man to be admired by all and Jack should (and I’m sure) so proud. I’ve admired this mans skill-sets, big time since I first saw this scoot in The Horse”! Kudos, kudos, and a thousand kudos, brother. This is just too awesome.
    (“I see’s ‘um, I builds ‘um”!)

     
  • Brian Buttera says:

    Thanks Doc, I am the builder of this motorcycle…I really appreciate your comment, when from a veteran like yourself it means even more. Also, I don’t think it’s been it the Horse (yet) but was in the June issue of CycleSource this year. Thank you again

     
  • Brian Buttera says:

    Thank you, Jack!!

     

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6 Comments

  • Jack C. says:

    All I can say is WOW! Man o’man, THAT’s a real Harley. The Shovel was the last of the classic all American Harley Davidson’s. This ain’t no weekend, Hollywood Poser motorcycle. This is a true bikers bike. Bad to the bone, brother! And the suicide clutch…..1%er big time! Nothin’ says real biker like watchin a brother footin that clutch and stirring the box with his lefty.

    Love the vintage rubber too. Anything else would look out of place on this sweet old gal,

     
  • Brian Buttera says:

    Thank you Jack!!!

     
  • Mark Duer says:

    Outstanding attention to every detail

     
  • Doc Devorak says:

    Brother… This is truly a “VISION” bike that has been built by a man that saw every piece of it beforehand and took his time to recreate each piece, from HIS MIND. As a veteran (40+ years) “builder from the garage”, you cannot realize the time this beautiful scoot actual took Jack. This fabricated piece of machinery is Jacks “vision” combined to become the motorized, artistic mover of a man to be admired by all and Jack should (and I’m sure) so proud. I’ve admired this mans skill-sets, big time since I first saw this scoot in The Horse”! Kudos, kudos, and a thousand kudos, brother. This is just too awesome.
    (“I see’s ‘um, I builds ‘um”!)

     
  • Brian Buttera says:

    Thanks Doc, I am the builder of this motorcycle…I really appreciate your comment, when from a veteran like yourself it means even more. Also, I don’t think it’s been it the Horse (yet) but was in the June issue of CycleSource this year. Thank you again

     
  • Brian Buttera says:

    Thank you, Jack!!

     

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