1999 Harley Davidson Pandhead Sportster

What was your intended objective when you started the build?

I am a garage builder and I rely on what is available to me as donor bikes and my budget to modify them. I got this bike short notice for cheap and had the extra money to put into it. I knew instantly what I was going to do. A nice little lane splitter “old school style” chopper that would inspire curosity and intrigue. I would build a Panhead Sportster motor with a Springer using original triple trees, Hard tail, King Queen, Friscoed and Candied Flake for a finish.

What motivated you to start your project?

I was challenged to enter a three and a half day build off in a remote place outdoors using minimal tools, supplies and resources. I accepted.

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

I think the whole bike has a lot going on. Given the short time between when I was asked to build the bike, getting the parts needed and putting this together in a few days…I think the most creative thing is the little time I had to plan and to build this. The “dummy” primary pull start raises eyebrows and questions for sure though.

What are you most proud of?

I am proud that this bike came out pretty nice for a rush rush build. I fell in love with it before I even completed it.

What do other people say about your motorcycle?

People ask a lot of questions about the motor, ask what kind of front end it has, ask if the pull start really works but mostly people look…more like stare at it and compliment. That’s usually before they hear it was done as a challenge in a few short days.

 

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