Keeping your bike “Roots” while mixing and matching parts belonging to several motorcycling eras is the new game and challenge of many custom builders. “Damage Case” is a good example of a chopper that will never be period correct – it was not the intention – but still looking like it was built in the 50’s or 60’s, the 2 decades used for its inspiration. This project from Paul Wideman at Bare Knuckle Choppers for bike owner Nichole Grodski, started from an original 1935/1936 VL Flathead frame modified (rake and stretch kept stock) to welcome a rebuilt (by Stripped Down Cycles) of a 1950 Harley EL Panhead motor dressed with CCE Pan Covers and using a SU carburetor.
Front end is a mix K/XL tubes and sliders mounted on a Bare Knuckle triple-tree. Wheels (21″ front, 16″ rear) are late model Harley-Davidson laced to OEM drum hubs (Front XL drum, Rear Shovel drum) wrapped in Metzeler tires. Drivetrain is a setup Harley/Baker rebuilt 4-speed transmission with a Rivera Primo drive and a one-off Bare Knuckle Suicide Chain Drive Most other parts are one-off: stainless steel: exhaust, gas tank by Will Ramsey, stainless mid-controls, bars, sissy bar, etc. Paul Cox taillight. Seat by Warren Ramsey. Paint job by Hillbilly. “Damage Case” by Bare Knuckle Choppers. (photos @ AMD)