Panhead Chopper

One custom that I forgot in my digital files of bikes to be featured, but still very current in terms of style to deserve to be published today.

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)

11 Responses to “Panhead Chopper”

  1. 1 LenNY Oct 25th, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Great looking bike very nice very classic….

  2. 2 Bruce Oct 25th, 2012 at 9:53 am

    You are right, Cyril. You could have published it in 5 years and it would still be current as a classic chopper.

  3. 3 Rodent Oct 25th, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Nice ride !!

  4. 4 Brandon Oct 25th, 2012 at 12:15 pm


  5. 5 eBikerLeather Oct 25th, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Awesome bike! This is going to my collection of bikes on pinterest.

  6. 6 burnout Oct 25th, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    Cool parts do not always end up on a cool bike…….but these did! peace

  7. 7 Septic the Sceptic Oct 25th, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    We need a Much Much Like button.

  8. 8 Dale Oct 26th, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Very cool scoot

  9. 9 Steelchoppin Oct 26th, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Paul is a great builder. If Bare Knuckle Choppers would had started in the 1990’s instead of 2000’s BKC, Walmart would have sold his shirts too.

  10. 10 Roadside Marty Oct 26th, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Paul Wideman is one of the most underrated builders in this industry in my opinion! His shop, Bare Knuckle Choppers, is continually creating new parts as well as custom designed one off pieces that exceed others standards by far..not bad for a MO farm boy who has overcome more adversity than most people know, personal and professional, and I for one am damn proud to know him AND be a customer!!! Roadside Marty

  11. 11 Kevin Boyle Kustoms Oct 29th, 2012 at 12:46 pm


Comments are currently closed.
Cyril Huze