When he's not lurking on Craigslist or the ChopCult classifieds for old motorcycle parts, Jamie Housel handles international sales for Girl and Chocolate skateboards. Jamie didn't demonstrate his sidewalk surfing chops while we were crawling around his employer's private skatepark, but given his job description, lavish beard and lithe frame, my guess is the brother's got pops. His panhead certainly looks the part, too. Everyone knows the skate scene has chopper fever, and Jamie Housel is leading the SoCal charge.
Here's the back story on Jamie's original 1950 panhead:
I was on the hunt for a 1950 panhead for a year or two. My dad was born in 1950 and died from drinking when I was 21, so getting this 1950 pan was my way of keeping him rolling. I ran into this bike in New Hampshire with matching engine and tranny numbers with its original frame, so I knew this was the one I wanted. It took some work to get it to where it is today although it was a pretty nice bike to start with.
Name of builder/shop: Kiyo at Garage Co.
Year, make and model of frame, plus mods if any: 1950 H-D wishbone, original
Year, make and model of motor, plus mods if any: 1950 H-D EL
Transmission: '50 4-speed
Primary drive: BDL
Fork: 39mm Sportster
Custom-fabbed parts: sissy bar by Kiyo, narrowed Top Shelf bars, mid controls
Front wheel size and specs: 21" H-D with Avon 21” x 3” tire
Rear wheel size and specs: 18" H-D with Avon 18” x 4” tire
Upholstery: Haifley Brothers—the best repop seats, and awesome guys
Paint: Jons in Wilmington
Thanks: to Kiyo for all his help and friendship; my lady Marie for putting up with me and all my friends that have helped with this bike; Verne’s Chrome in Gardena for most of the shiny bits
Go here for a peek inside Jamie's day job.