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07-04-2017, 9:37 AM
Just sold my rigid Evo sporty and I'm halfway through my tall,skinny xlch project and I'm thinking about what I'd like to do next. I'm really digging one of Nick Zazzi's (Industry Customs) rigid Panhead chop (pic) and also have a buddy with an Evo Fatboy which has inspired me. He loves the comfort and stability of the big wide tires, but he likes his suspension too. Anyhow I'm thinking I'll start with an early 70's FLH Shovel and go from there. I like the beefy front end. Nick Zazzi looks tuff on his, he's about 4 times my size! I want to make a skinny dude, Fatty Chop. Anybody have inspiring pics?


07-05-2017, 9:39 AM
Does this count?


07-06-2017, 6:13 AM
Does this count?


Definitely! I love that bike. I saw it a while back during yet handlebar options thread. What year and make is it?

07-06-2017, 12:18 PM
Manic Mechanic---good looking bike.

07-06-2017, 1:03 PM
Any suitably framed Shovel will do since you can install whatever front end you wish.

16" front tires don't plow on sandy SC roads or dirt nearly as much as narrow tires, and there are plenty of later dual disc Wide Glide takeoff parts at swap meets. Drum brakes are of course utter shit for actually stopping and the older single piston disc calipers aren't very good even with braided lines. Wheels are plentiful at swap meets too so you could do your project for very reasonable money.

If building from a basket (or you just want a much better transmission) you can use a Softail five speed with the excellent Denso starter. All earlier HD stock starters are shit by comparison though an All Balls starter motor helps considerably. It doesn't cure the mongoloid starter Bendix arrangement though.

Another option that's often overlooked are the early Evo Wide Glides with the Shovel style frame. They'll take either engine and if you are building it to put miles on the Evo sheds heat much better. (You can beat SC heat with a large fucking oil cooler but those aren't chopulent.)

07-06-2017, 1:59 PM
That's actually quite a new bike by chopcult standards. It's a 1995 dyna. I wanted an evo as a backup/everyday bike. It just works with no fuss and its incredibly comfortable. I can cruise at 80+ and it tracks like its on rails.

The front end is a 1969 flh. I will echo what framall said with the front brake being next to useless but I only use it to hold the bike at stop lights or inclines.

It starts first or second kick even after sitting for months. There's minimum electrics and no electric starter so its easy on the battery.

All I have to do to it is change the motor and gearbox oil....


Tempted to go the same route with this one.


07-06-2017, 2:05 PM
Spotted this online and I think it looks magic.


07-07-2017, 5:05 PM
That's basically 1970s-70s standard except for the handlebars. To each their own but little bars with poor leverage ain't optimal for a heavy front end. The flip-up solo seat is great for access and if you want a good seat pan Bar Enterprises are stout and turn up used fairly often. You can upholster them with a bit more padding if you value your spine.

Warning on the old (non-rubber bushed) split tanks: Make fucking sure you shim the mount tabs so tightening the mount bolts doesn't bend them or you are begging for them to crack which they never do at a convenient time. Locking hardware and Loctite are your friends after you align the tanks. Each set of tanks may be different so when replacing, check and shim.

07-07-2017, 7:39 PM
Good tips!

07-09-2017, 10:16 PM
None of these are mine!

07-09-2017, 10:20 PM
Also not mine!

07-10-2017, 5:57 PM

07-13-2017, 9:15 AM
None of these are mine!

The second one down is Hirschberg's FX - basis for Willie G's Superglide and maybe the coolest custom motorcycle ever built

07-13-2017, 10:18 AM
The second one down is Hirschberg's FX - basis for Willie G's Superglide and maybe the coolest custom motorcycle ever built
Yes it is. Hirsch built some pretty neat bikes and hot rods.

07-14-2017, 7:25 AM
Yes it is. Hirsch built some pretty neat bikes and hot rods.

and founded the 77

07-14-2017, 7:58 AM
Another from Zazzi


07-28-2017, 8:54 AM
Ironic but typical Willie G would take credit for someone else's design ...

07-28-2017, 12:54 PM
The twin cam is not as cool as the Shovels, Pans and Knucks but this was before I new anything about those and was the first bike I built back in '06. They are more bobbed then chopped I guess. I keep changing my mind on what to do and what direction to go with the knuckle. I was going for all original but the more I see stuff I like the more it has evolved to a bobber, especially since finding original parts started killing my pockets. Headlight is not staying, just on there for the DMV inspection.


07-30-2017, 10:10 AM
My favorite chunky shovel. Hidemo's "Street Bobber".
Looks fun!

The inspiration for my next build.

07-31-2017, 2:01 AM
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01-29-2018, 9:57 AM
Every day I have to fight the urge to imagine this sucker as a tall skinny chop. I really want to fight it and follow thru with this fatty style. I think it will be super comfortable and fun being low to the ground and just putting around. I imagine it will be like when I stopped riding my skinny road bicycle and realized again that I am way more of a beach cruiser kinda dude.

Here it is just as a roller. Flh wide glide front end. 16" wheels front and back. Fab Kevin hardtail.

<img src='https://i.imgur.com/LjUEZHT.jpg' />

The '75 motor is getting the full treatment. Flywheel balanced, new bearings everywhere,new pistons and rings, valve guides and valves, cycle electric charging system, bdl 1.5" belt drive, etc.

01-29-2018, 12:18 PM
It'll be cool like that bromigo. You already had the right guy hard tail the frame, so your decision making process is solid.

01-29-2018, 6:31 PM
Thanks for the encouragement BadMonkey!

I think it will be cool too, just gotta stick with the plan. This will also be my first go at doing a hand shift bike. Never ridden one, never had one.

Gonna do modern style tires, again fighting the urge of the old school style tires that would accompany a tall skinny vintage chop.

Also gotta figure if I'll do large split tanks, at least 3.5 not 5gal, so I can actually pass a few gas stations or go Slim on the tank. We shall see.

01-30-2018, 5:21 AM
I like the 3.5 tanks on bikes like yours the best. Big enough to have that classic shape, but not so big to look clownish. Go for it with the handshift too. Adds extra fun to riding the bike, and not every jackleg on two wheels can do it. I would recommend running a front brake, at least while you're learning the handshift. Makes it a lot easier.

01-31-2018, 9:54 AM
Not mine but love em

02-01-2018, 9:53 AM
being as i'm building an old sporty, i'm not into the big guys... yet. i've been told i will be by a veteran HD owner and i believe him. but for now, for me, it's all sporty, all day. these are rad bikes, though, especially those last two. i love when HDs are all mad maxed out.

05-24-2019, 8:06 AM
Well...i did what I set out to do.

https://i.ibb.co/GHHn7yQ/IMG-20190514-195620-024.jpg (https://ibb.co/TWWYc6M)
https://i.ibb.co/SxkHxDJ/0514191859d.jpg (https://ibb.co/g70Q7b6)
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https://i.ibb.co/k6M2wHs/0514191858.jpg (https://ibb.co/G3FQ8x4)
https://i.ibb.co/HzsFpn5/0514191857.jpg (https://ibb.co/fp51G4j)

05-24-2019, 8:12 AM
man that thing is solid and clean!

05-24-2019, 8:48 AM
awesome bike

05-24-2019, 12:21 PM
Fucking cool.
Glad you didn't do another of the samey-same.

05-24-2019, 12:44 PM

05-24-2019, 6:03 PM
Thanks y'all. I'm very happy I stuck to the theme. I feel like it's got a timeless look anyone can appreciate. Like many of y'all i like and enjoy all shape and sizes.

05-25-2019, 3:56 AM
Love it. What bars are those ? Really like it I call dibs when you part with it. Ha ha ha ha

05-25-2019, 4:52 AM
How did you mount the floorboards?

05-25-2019, 9:11 AM
Love it. What bars are those ? Really like it I call dibs when you part with it. Ha ha ha ha

Bars are zombie performance 8 bit apes (wide version) 10" rise

05-25-2019, 9:13 AM
How did you mount the floorboards?

The fronts of the floor boards mounted to the controls brackets and the rear I had to make some mounts and brackets. Little bit of fab and welding.
The right side was a little trickier to clear the pipe. Ill take closer pics eventually

05-25-2019, 1:18 PM
Is the tank ribbed or split ?

05-25-2019, 3:16 PM
Is the tank ribbed or split ?

Split . lowbrow wx tanks

05-25-2019, 8:03 PM
those tanks, love them!

reminds me of when my son was looking at my shovel with one piece superglide tank. he said " dam dad, don't see many bikes with that tank on them".

reminds me of the old Harley axe tanks guys use to build. of course they were one piece after all the beating and welding.