Jimmy’s Panhead Bobber
When Jimmy sold his ‘80 rigid Shovelhead bobber, he decided it was time to exercise yet another idea and build a one-off bike in the Frisco Chopper-style.
He went to visit Dick Elvasky of Atlas and design a whole new bike. The chassis has a 2” raised backbone with a stock 31-degree raked neck and was to utilize a 1946 H-D ‘springer’ front end. Bill Chambers was commissioned to build an 88 c.i. Panhead based on an Evolution bottom end, shovel barrels, S.T.D. pan heads and topped with an S&S super E carb in chemfilm gold to look like carbs of old. Transmission is a JIMS close-ratio 5-speed that Shine mounted low in the chassis. Rims are SUN hoops, stainless spoke laced on OEM H-D Star hubs done at Buchannon’s. Handle bars were built to mimic the “sweat fit” look of the forks with a fluid arch and welded in place with hand control anchors. Gas tank was a peanut, into which Shine hand-hammered details matching the rear fender. Stainless pipes and custom 36 EL primary to conceal the 2” B.D.L. clutch and belt. Chrome plating was handled by Frank Huizar at Quaker City Plating. PPG paint was applied by Abe Rodriguez. Tony and Maryann from Hidecore did the matching grips, running boards and seat in hand tooled leather.
The bike was in competition for America’s Most Beautiful Motorcycle in 2005. It has since been sold and resides with Vincenzo Albanese in Italy.