Panhead Style Lot Lizard

With sick and twisted in your face one-of-a-kind custom motorcycles and handmade parts, Long Island New York’ Chaos Cycle plans to wreak havoc on the motorcycle industry. And as soon as you load their website, partners George Stinsman tells you right away his philosophy: “Without order nothing can survive. Without chaos nothing can evolve.” And the custom bike you are looking at has known chaos as a former drag raced Panhead style bike before evolving a lot to end up as the machine featured here. Client Joey Serano visited the shop asking George if he could build a nice bike starting from a 1965 Panhead engine he inherited from his father. When the motor was delivered to Chaos Cycle it was literally in buckets. The engine was the heart of Joey’s father 1965 Panhead Drag Bike and when he took the bike apart in a barn years ago, he let it sit there until the barn burned down and nothing survived except this motor. There was a steel barrel hanging in the barn which had fallen over the motor during the fire and had managed to protect it…

George Stintman went through it and replaced almost all the internals. It’s now a 103″ motor where Harley heads were ported and polished, the STD cases given S&S flywheels and pushrod, Andrews Cam, the S&S cylinders given Wiseco big bore pistons with the whole package receiving a dual Mikuni carb round slide set-up to breathe through. Then he started to build a frame that would showcase the motor and make for a nice light and tight package. The bike, pre-named Lot Lizard, had to look better and perform better than his dad’s bike and also be all hand fabricated.

Being a big fan of peanut tanks, George pounded out his own version along with one of their “leave your problems at home” fenders. The oil bag was an ebay job that he found to be interesting for this project. Using a DNA springer front end as a base, they made and installed new front legs with a more hot rod look. Custom bars were bended to sit very low like in drag racing but still offering comfort while cruising. The “Big Bertha Spoke Wheels” (21 x 2.15″ front and 18 x 6″ rear) and 2-piece rotors were bought from friend Matt at Liquid Choppers and wrapped in Dunlop rubber. Other parts include Nissin hand controls, GMA forward controls, RSD pegs. Xian Leather custom seat.

Recently, “Lot Lizard” won The Freestyle Class in the World Championship of Custom Bike Building program ‘Ultimate Builder’ affiliate event at the Progressive International Motorcycle Show at the Jacob J Javits Exhibition Center in New York.  Chaos Cycle.

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20 Responses to “Panhead Style Lot Lizard”


  1. 1 Zipper Feb 28th, 2011 at 8:33 am

    Priceless memories for owner Joey Serano. Way cool. ..Z

  2. 2 Kevin Feb 28th, 2011 at 8:45 am

    I like it. But when are custom builders going to build something new, outside the repetitive same “new bobber” style?

  3. 3 morriscustom Feb 28th, 2011 at 8:54 am

    Beautiful,Beautiful I guess Im showing my age,but this is what its all about,dual carbs panhead,simple!!

  4. 4 El Loco Feb 28th, 2011 at 9:31 am

    Straight out of the pages of Indian Larry’s book………

    El Loco

  5. 5 Kirk Perry Feb 28th, 2011 at 10:37 am

    “I like it. But when are custom builders going to build something new, outside the repetitive same “new bobber” style?”
    ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
    They can. You can. We’re showing everyone how to build a ’49’er knuckle or Panhead sled.
    Online, out of repop parts, beginning in March, when you click my name, you’re be taken somewhere else.

    Note: OEM parts are acceptable, but not encouraged, as old bones fit. Having everything fit is no fun at all, but we’ll cut your modification time by 90%, because we’re been there and done it.

    Note: The parts creations are called 49’ers, because if you get caught riding one in California, the penalty is the same as manslaughter. You get a state mandated (no judge discretion) sentence of 25 yrs. to life in prison, with a chance of parole in 8 yrs. Your creed (m/c) will be lifted by a tow truck and allowed to swing back and forth against the truck bed, as it heads for the impound lot.

  6. 6 Shifter Feb 28th, 2011 at 10:45 am

    A very nice one, but too many with the same profile.

  7. 7 Steve Carr Feb 28th, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Great Bike, This style will live on, long after some of these new “boardtrack” style bikes.

    keep it up.

    Steve Carr

  8. 8 George Stinsman Feb 28th, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    Thanks for the compliments guys. To me a “bobber style” bike will for the most part have a similar look to one and other, what seperates them are the details.

  9. 9 Hddave Feb 28th, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Just an awesome bike!

  10. 10 WILLIE@TROPICALTATTOO Feb 28th, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    sweet

  11. 11 Larry R Feb 28th, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    Chaos, You knocked it out of the park. Great bike. I’ll not get tired of the style. Brings back many good glory day memories with flare.

  12. 12 Mark V Mar 1st, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Was a pleasure shooting this very special one off custom. When you know a bike is put together with blood and sweat and part by part it makes the end result so much more a labor of love… Well done George as always!

  13. 13 Iron Horse Mar 1st, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    Sweet bike. Same lines as lots of others maybe, but I really like it none the less. Some things just never go out of style and this is one great example. Excellent job Chaos/George!

  14. 14 George Stinsman Mar 2nd, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    sorry cant help but to respond to that (think of me as you will) that is no way near a sportser gas tank, though not exactly, the bars are closer to hollywood bars than drag bars, I agree with you on not being like indian larrys bikes Whats custom built? almost everything, but ok you could buy a frame thats close but not exact, thats why i made it. I wasnt defending myself just explaining my thoughts on a style of bike, feel free to dislike the bike, that dont bother me just get the facts straight

  15. 15 jatinder pal Mar 3rd, 2011 at 5:32 am

    Now this is what i call a bike,it is cool bike.

    Attention to detail,selection parts…..very nice.

  16. 16 Dale Mar 24th, 2011 at 9:51 am

    I dont get it? The bike looks like its custom all right……..Ya right out of the custom chrome catalog. All you so called custom builders out there get you head out the f$#&ing catalog and build a real bike. The only people you are impressing is simple minded people who have not a clue.

  17. 17 Bill Apr 5th, 2011 at 8:00 am

    These pictures don’t do this bike justice. If one could get a closer look you’ll see a lot more hand-crafted details. I’ve seen this bike in person, as well as many other of George’s bikes, they are anything but bolt-on catalog bikes. He painstakingly fabs his own pieces and modifies other items and puts his own touch on each bike. Though I’m sure Dale in all his years of expertise can see more than me from a little picture (sarcasm).

  18. 18 Mike Apr 5th, 2011 at 11:43 am

    A Dale you are a tool if you had half the talent in your whole body that these guys do in there little toe maybe then you can talk. Nice Job George looks awesome. Keep up the good work, we look forward to stopping in the shop next time we are on the island.

  19. 19 George Chaos Cycle Apr 6th, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    i think i got the headlight from custom chrome, so your not completely wrong.

  20. 20 Jim Held Dec 10th, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    I like the style and that clean look,It’s fresh and the type of bike I would love to haul ass on.I’m happy as long as its not some silly ass theme crap.You know that tv wantbe guy.Keep up the true bike builder style bikes.

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