Professional mechanics of busy Custom Motorcycle Shops don’t work on their own bikes during business hours. Nor after hours because most days, custom building for clients requires daily extra shop hours… And you thought it was easy, without any fabrication or mechanical set backs? So,like many pros bike builders, Udo (a member of the Thunderbike Germany Crew) reworked his Shovelhead in his own garage, giving it a complete new appearance and extra muscle.
18 years that Udo owns his Shovelhead. Quite obsessed with it – he swears he will never get rid of it – the 1978 FLH had already more cosmetic surgeries than Joan Rivers. For reasons only him knows, he went for a drag race look which first required to boost the Harley stocker (1340 cc, 82″ for years 1978 to 1984) to a 98′ equipped with a Sidewinder crankshaft, Andrews Camshaft, an S&S oil pump, contact ignition, a Dell’Orto Carburetor working with a Malossi velocity stack. Tranny is Rotary 4-speed (kicker only) in a Primo 3″ BeltDrive primary system with Barnett clutch plates.
Aesthetically improving it for the speed look, an extra 11-degree rake was added, the rear fender was stretched and is now held by internal struts/ A low stance was created by shortening the stock FL shocks, and a more racy appearance was achieved by installing a narrower and more profiled Paughco Mustang gas tank. Handlebars come from a Nightrain (shortened 2″) installed on a set of HD risers. Paint was applied by Marc Witczak, the old school way w/o airbrush.