Hi-Bond Modified Shovelhead


Rico Fodrey is a down to earth dude who is the mecahincal master behind a lot of old iron bombing around the streets of So Cal. From superstars to shitbirds, he treats them all the same and always entertains with his self-deprecating humor and analysis of today's chopper enthusiast. At his small, but tidy shop in Pamona, CA he builds complete bikes and does just about every sort of tune and service a customer needs. He's usally seen riding his ratty ass Honda chop survivor, even though he works on Harleys all day. Maybe that's why? I think it's because it's such a trustworthy old machine and because it freaks out all the period correct choppersnobs who are killing themselves to have the coolest machine this side of Yokohama. When Rico feels like riding the Milwaukee iron, he's usually seen on one of his customers bikes "shaking it down" but he also rides this sweet shovelhead that won first place at the Grand National Roadster Show back in 2005. Years later, the bike still stands up with classic style and subtle touches that never fall out of favor. 



Engine, year and make, model, modifications: 1973 FLH shovel. 80ci. red shift cam, hot rod'd heads


Frame: Stock 1952 HD


Fork: HD 1952  2 under


Chassis mods: Basically stock 1952 chassis except for rear wheel & disc


Tire/wheel size and style: Ft-18 Dunlop rim - star hub & drum brake. RR-16 dual flange- 49t sprocket & 10" PM disc


Favorite thing about this bike: Runs/rides smooth & reliable anywear & everywear = been through 26 states wth only oil & gas 


Next modification will be: Just switched to Biltwell's Risor, and my bars - thinking of selling it so I can build another rider ?


Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc: 1952 tranny wth close ratio gears, BDL belt/Barnett Scorpion clutch- reverse shifting (1 up 3 down) for hot rodding. Foot pegs moved back 11" and about a hundred more subtlle mods


Thanks: to me me me me me me me me & the swazi crew. Funny thing, this is the other bike from Choppertown, seen alot in From the Vault. Kutty's went away but Ive ridden and loved the shit outa this one...  its the real thing.


You can go here and buy a t-shirt or something and support a good guy: Hi-Bond Modified

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Commented on 3-26-2012 At 04:31 am

Clean and Simple !
I like it a lot.

Commented on 3-26-2012 At 06:29 am

That thing sits perfect! I'm diggin' that 18" front wheel, somthin' you don't see everyday on a Harley (at least not around these parts). Maybe if I sold ALL my junk I could put a down payment on it!

Commented on 3-26-2012 At 06:35 am

I remember seeing that in the choppertown movie. It was still being built I think. That's definetly a nice rider.

Commented on 3-26-2012 At 06:40 am

A true Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Nice style on this bike, looks like a blast to ride!

Commented on 3-26-2012 At 07:25 am

Beautiful, good lookin bike.

Commented on 3-26-2012 At 07:49 am

Pomona Lisa

Commented on 3-26-2012 At 12:28 pm

Nice ass shove!

Commented on 3-26-2012 At 12:55 pm

In 100 years and left untouched, this bike will still be fucking cool.

Commented on 3-26-2012 At 12:57 pm

That's my kinda bike!! Real forks, front brake, plenty fuel capacity, ready for a long trip.

Commented on 3-26-2012 At 02:53 pm

God Damn that is beautiful.

Commented on 3-26-2012 At 04:28 pm

nice...stay golden swaziboy

Commented on 3-26-2012 At 04:29 pm

love it - possibly trading my pan for a later fl shovel in a swing arm. love a great bike set up for a long haul or hot rodding

Commented on 3-26-2012 At 08:01 pm

With the help of Yoshi that's the shovel version of my evo, but I'm running tracker bars and a sporty tank.....fatbobs crack and leak AND a S&S Evo doesn't shake nearly as bad as a shovel does.....

Commented on 3-26-2012 At 08:01 pm

With the help of Yoshi that's the shovel version of my evo, but I'm running tracker bars and a sporty tank.....fatbobs crack and leak AND a S&S Evo doesn't shake nearly as bad as a shovel does.....

Commented on 3-27-2012 At 12:11 am

very nice. like the primary.....

Commented on 3-27-2012 At 07:32 am

This shovel is a hoss. Now I wanna see the ratty ass honda...

Commented on 3-27-2012 At 11:03 am

that is one nice piece of machinery.... would love to ride that one...

Commented on 3-27-2012 At 03:37 pm

I know this is a terrific bike - at least for my taste - because I have come back three times to look at it again. Classic with a nice beef to it. Great job!

Commented on 3-27-2012 At 05:37 pm

I really dig it. There is something to be said about clean and simple.

Commented on 3-28-2012 At 04:58 am

In a word - Tastey.

Commented on 3-29-2012 At 08:55 pm

LOVE that bike..... For sale????

Commented on 3-29-2012 At 09:19 pm

12k. Hit up Rico at

Commented on 3-30-2012 At 02:56 am

Super bike!

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