Riding Brooklyn on A 49 Panhead

Cicero deGuzman of Godspeed 45/06 sent me this video he shot of Tim Vander from the Death Science Blog riding in Brooklyn.his 1949 Panhead in a 1936 frame. Of course in B&W…

15 Responses to “Riding Brooklyn on A 49 Panhead”

  1. 1 chopperfreak29 Mar 17th, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Now that’s a bike. More bikes and videos like this please! I can spend hours looking at a properly put together old pan, while the ultra modern “art projects” barely keep my attention for seconds. Nothing beats the feeling of cutting through city streets on well built classic chop.

  2. 2 pooper Mar 17th, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    hahah.. if your gonna own and ride an old bike, may be a good idea to learn how to tune it. That guy was about to have a stroke kicking that thing over. Took so long to start they had to cut it.

    Learn to adjust your points, jet the carb, and what the compression stroke is. Anything more than a few kicks, you are doing something wrong.

  3. 3 rugburn Mar 17th, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    vander in brooklyn last year just after he finished it

  4. 4 TodT Mar 17th, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Could not have said it better myself chopperfreak…

  5. 5 colemanfu Mar 17th, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    Looks cold – good thing he kicked the hell out of it to warm up some. Brooklyn looks like Russia. The bike is like art work – nice stuff.

  6. 6 Seymour Mar 17th, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    The bike is perfect, love the b&w footage, but yeah you know there are gonna be internet hardcores that are going to give you flak about the kickstart!! : )

  7. 7 Dylan Mar 17th, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    Chopperfreak29 is right we do need more videos like this. Hmmm…..

  8. 8 nicker Mar 17th, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    “…learn how to tune it…”

    Hell, too many aren’t even interested in learning what being a biker is about.

    Anyway, the fear of Boomers kicking themselves into a heart attack is enough to keep most of the posers from “infesting” the “old iron scene.”……. 🙂


  9. 9 Quint w/HogRadio.net Mar 18th, 2011 at 12:26 am

    Dig the bike, and the city in b&w is like home movies from the panhead era. I think godspeed could have edited the piece to make it look like it started in 1 kick, but leaving it as it is seemed real.

  10. 10 Wiz Mar 18th, 2011 at 3:02 am

    Yeah Baby, Uh Huh, Uh Huh!! That’s what I’m talkin’ about! And by the way, when they’re cold you gotta kick the shit outta ’em! But it’s worth every stroke!! Wiz

  11. 11 Kirk Perry Mar 18th, 2011 at 8:08 am

    The fellow can always install an FX (E79-85) shifter cam into the top of a ratchet top (his is) and change the shifting pattern from back for 1st, forward, forward, and into 4th and instead, shift forward for first, back for 2nd, 3r and 4th.
    So for every time you see him move the lever forward, he could be moving the lever back.
    Not much difference? Try it. 🙂

  12. 12 Architect Mar 18th, 2011 at 8:12 am

    I was born and raised in NYC, learned how to ride Harleys there too. That video was mostly shot on the Brooklyn Queens Expressway, which looks and feels like a highway after the bombing has stopped. I give him the big balls award for riding a rigid on those roads, no matter how kicks it took to fire up a cold pan.

  13. 13 A 1 CYCLES Mar 18th, 2011 at 8:43 am


  14. 14 Kiwished Mar 19th, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    He seemed to be changing gear a lot, I wonder if he has one of those new fangled 6 speed boxes fitted? My old pan goes into top (4th) and stays there on roads like those. And yes if my bike doesn’t start after a few kicks I ignore the B’stard and go in for a coffee.. :o)

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