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bought this bike as a
case in 1999. I knew it would be a nightmare when we got
it. It took four years and a lot of resources to
The title and the frame is a 1976 Harley Davidson. The motor
Pan Head. From talking to people we have narrowed it down,
motor was manufactured between 53 and 60. The transmission is
even older, but not quite as old as Brentley acts.
The final electrical assembly began in Febuary, 2005 at our dear friend Bill's house. Without Bill's unduplicatable assistance, this project would still be under construction. We are forever indebted to him.
bike got a lot of attention at the show. Everybody wanted to talk about
it. I knew very little other than it is a Kick Only, Suicide
Clutch, Hand Shifter and Brentley was trucking. I sure wished
would have been there to talk about his bike.
Bill did come by for a while and answered a bunch of questions about the electrics, electronic ingintion, led lighting effects.
I talked with Brentley several times that day. He was proud that his bike was getting all the attention, but he was still mad that I had brought it up before it was finished.
caught totally off grard when they announced the winner of the Best of
Show catagory. The Panhead had won!
Here, Olivia and I are laughing due to the comment made by Brentley's good friend,
"Well now maybe he won't be so mad at you for bringing his bike to the show."
Bill, and Brentley
10, we took the Pan Head and the VRod to Townsend for the Helena ABATE
Spring Opener. The Pan Head, again won Best of
following file is a movie
It is a very large file. I do not suggest
that you click on it unless you have a high speed connection
The PanHead Movie One
PanHead Movie Two
continues to tweek this bike. He now has a different
to put on it. It seems that the Bendix is over fueling it
the time and will not adjust. He also has new pipes for
The first set have discolored from the over fueling problem.
it is running better, it should start on the first kick. When
that time gets her, I am hoping to learn to start it. If I
start it, I will learn to ride it. And then, I will be riding
this bike. This is a bike from the memories of my past.
bike continues to haunt Brentley. As soon as he changes one
that he thinks will make it BEST. He then finds something
else. Here it is the winter of 07. The bike sits in
garage waiting for more money to be pored into it. Brentley
it several times this last summer (no distance) and wondered why it was
so hard to start. He took it over to Cal, the Knuckle
Cal said, "Compression, you have very little compression."
We will never sell this bike. And someday, it will run well and I will be riding it. I think it is the perfect color for a Motor Maids's Bike!