Mike Davis' 1953 Panhead


Mike Davis is well known by the chopperazzi for his uncanny ability to dig up old motorcycle treasures. From an original Bates seat with perfect patina to a stable of delectably modified Triumphs; many a neat part and machine has passed through this man's garage. Many ChopCultists dabble in flipping vintage junk, but Mike has practically written the manual on it. One bike that hasn't been flipped is this black pan. What does a dude who's had it all at one time or another keep for himself? This is it.


Owner: Mike Davis

Location: Santa Ana, CA

Bike name: Black Dahlia

Engine: 53 FLE

Frame: Stock

Fork: H-D springer 

Chassis mods: None 

Tire/wheel size and style: 16" Stars/Firestone balloons

Favorite thing about this bike: Everything 

Next modification will be: Done!

Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc: Stellings risers, Superior pipes, Flanders bars, Bates leather. Sorry haters—these parts look the best

Inside story: I pretty much have broke down on this bike at every event I tried to go to over the last three or four years, but after the case cracked last year on the way to Arizona that was it! Yoshi & Kyio rebuilt the engine top to bottom. It's now running perfect and is a blast to ride. I have owned and sold a lot bikes but this is the only one that I have felt a real connection with and have no intentions of ever letting her go  

Thanks: Garage Co., Chica, and all my friends who helped me

Mike runs the Born Loser MC blog and is a co-founder of the Born Free Show

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Commented on 1-10-2011 At 06:15 am

I love it when period correct bikes last and look this good. very nice.

Commented on 1-10-2011 At 06:37 am

There really is something about the old iron that is just SOOOOOOO sweet.

Nice bike.


Commented on 1-10-2011 At 07:09 am

That is beautiful! The garage rocks also, filled with awesome toys!

Commented on 1-10-2011 At 07:47 am

Thanks Bill..

Commented on 1-10-2011 At 08:19 am

I am so digging the dual taillights with the port/starboard passives on them.

Commented on 1-10-2011 At 12:50 pm

This is a bike to study, really study.
If this ISN'T "period correct" it's "better than period correct."

Commented on 1-10-2011 At 03:38 pm

the garage has inspired me to get rid of some bikes and transform it back into a Man cave!

Commented on 1-10-2011 At 06:57 pm

sick bobber mike

Commented on 1-10-2011 At 06:58 pm

what sort of taillights are they, I dig them!

Commented on 1-10-2011 At 07:07 pm

Love that man!

Commented on 1-11-2011 At 01:16 pm

Nice bike and cool garage

Commented on 1-11-2011 At 03:43 pm

Aged to perfection. Just awesome dude.

Commented on 1-11-2011 At 04:11 pm

ive spend many long nights in that garage with Michael, sweating, bleeding, kissing.

Commented on 1-12-2011 At 01:38 am

Old skool cool . . . diggin' the Brit stuff, too.

Commented on 1-12-2011 At 06:54 am

very tidy, and nice double barrel sparto in the back. Do they double as turn signals?

Commented on 1-12-2011 At 07:25 am

Hey Joe, maybe the sweating and bleeding but I don't's all business!

Commented on 1-12-2011 At 07:48 pm

that is a great bike I love a pan wish I had me one.

Commented on 1-14-2011 At 05:02 pm

beautiful bike mike. my fav is still the one you brought down to the brooklyn invitational. did you sell that beast?

Commented on 1-16-2011 At 07:55 am

Yes that Pan is gone.

Commented on 1-30-2011 At 10:39 am

wish i could put together a machine like that. Good work.

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