At first glance it just looks like a very nice reborn Shovelhead. Then spend some time looking closer and you will find out that this machine is much more than it appears. The list of tricks is very representative of the work of builder Bernard Massard at his south France custom V-Twin Mechanic shop. Starting with with an early 1966 Shovelhead, immediate tasks to be performed were obvious: a full tranny and engine rebuilt adding some of the best add-ons motor components of the industry to turned it into a 1480 cc powerplant: Jims, Andrews cam, S&S oil pump, Dyna 2000 ignition, Mikuni 45 carburetor. Then turning the stock frame into a rigid one and welding the rear fender to hug the tire.
From there, the rest of the build is an addition of creative ideas perfectly executed. An Evo Harley Springer front end was shortened 10″, and after modification of the stock rockers. fitted with 2 Scooter springs! The reservoir (no gas there) was hand formed taking inspiration from an Italian Aermacchi tank, welding a fat rod around it and a 70’s style gas cap. In it, is the a similar shaped oil tank. To fill the free space under the seat where you would expect the oil bag are installed together, in the same compartment the battery, the coils, the Dyna ignition and all electricals.
Braking setup is a single PM caliper in the front and a modified 4-piston Harley Twin cam in the rear, both brakes being activated together with right foot pressure via a Nissin mini master cylinder taken off from a Jap bike. Handlebar setup includes reverse hand controls with clutch on the right side and throttle on the left, gearing being done via a left side installed hand shifter.
Air filter was built using the oem pair of Springer front end rockers as front and back covers. Exhaust system exiting discreetly on the left side was hand-built from stainless steel tubing with addition of alu end caps. Wheels can be identified as borrowed from a Harley V-Rod with right front disc being forgotten for evident aesthetic reason. Named “Smockey Gold” this custom is another successful demonstration of the almost infinite options available to all when rebuilding an old bike, keeping some of its original flair while reinventing it cosmetically and mechanically. V-Twin Mechanic.