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Rdub's 1976 Harley-Davidson FL

 

ChopCult member RDub loves to ride his sweet old FL into the countryside east of his SoCal home and find a lonely place to camp. You know... to clear out his head, get back to nature, be one with the machine, that kind of stuff. When Rob goes on these solo missions he turns into "Maximum Bob." Old Max Bob isn't afraid to ride rough dirt roads in the dark, and he always comes back with interesting stories.

 

 

 

One particular night MB was jonesing for some motorcycle camping after a long dry spell. You see, Robert spent good money buying quality parts, rebuilt the top end of this machine on his kitchen table, fussed over details and labored over the rebuild of this bike. He sold his RC51 Honda, and this old FL was the exact opposite in character. Instead of 99% ride and 1% labor, the shovel proved to be the heartless inverse of that formula and didn't reciprocate the love Rob showered on it one bit. He did get one good summer out of it before smoking the top end yet again. So, it was one of those nights where the bike was running tip-top, all the stars were aligned and there was absolutely nothing to do. Bob strapped a bedroll on his bike and rode off into the warm midnight air of southwest Riverside county. On this particular night Rob found a bitchin' dirt road and cruised it for miles, until he got tired and just gave up. The place he parked seemed like a good place to camp: no one around, stars in the sky, pleasant weather, etc. So Bob snuggled up in his bedroll and knocked out in the deep sleep of a contented traveller. Startled awake by the sound of boots on gravel, Rob looked up and was surprised to see a dude staring down at him in amazement. "What exactly are you doing?" the stranger asked. "Just chillin' man, camped out on this dirt road last night, seemed like a cool spot," was Rob's reply. "Well," the dude said, "This dirt road happens to be my driveway." Rob glanced 20-30 yards further up the road and sure enough there was a big old house." "Where the hell was that house when I parked here last night?" Rob asked himself in disbelief. Fortunately, the homeowner was cool, and let Rob pack up and ride home.

 

The shovel blew up again not too long after that trip and has been a cantankerous old wretch ever since, so there haven't been any Maximum Bob sightings in quite awhile. Now, nearly a year after much heartache RDub has taken his shovel to Moreland's Choppers in Solana Beach, where Ken Moreland personally got Rob's machine running properly. With all previous problems now sorted, Rob is stoked and his FL has never beed crustier, thanks to the salt air that whips through Moreland's doors. That's not fauxtina, it's just what happens if you don't chrome, paint, powdercoat or oil raw steel. Now that the bike is dialed, keep an eye out, you may glimpse a chunky rustbucket with a bed roll heading down the highway looking for adventure or whatever comes his way, and you'll now that's our friend Maximum Bob.

 

Quick specs:

Engine, year and make, model, modifications:
1976 Shovelhead, Keith Black pistons, Andrews cam, Diamond valves, S&S springs, S&S Super-E
 
Frame:
Stock
 
Fork:
Stock with a little lowering
 
Chassis mods:
None
 
Tire/wheel size and style:
Fat tires on 16’s
 
Favorite thing about this bike:
The fact we did almost everything using common garage tools
 
Next modification will be:
Hurst caliper
 
Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc:
Cut the rib out of the oil tank, shortened fender struts, made the battery box, tail/brake light made from a KX125 piston, swapped the box style swing arm for the older style round, shaved fork, homemade foot controls and jockey shifter,
 
Any building or riding story or info you'd like to include:
No but Chris puked out my car window and it was funny.
 
Thanks to: (you may include links to websites here)
Biggest thanks goes to my good friend Kim at BCM. The Biltwell crew, 70 Moto, Bench*Mark, Rolling Rock, Rick the Welder, SNAFU, Temecula Motorcycle Service, Morelands Choppers, Eddie Van Halen.

Engine, year and make, model, modifications: 1976 shovelhead, Keith Black pistons, Andrews cam, Diamond valves, S&S springs, S&S Super-E carb

Frame: Stock 

Fork: Stock with a little lowering 

Chassis mods: None 

Tire/wheel size and style: Fat tires on 16’s 

Favorite thing about this bike: The fact we did almost everything using common garage tools 

Next modification will be: Hurst caliper 

Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc: Cut the rib out of the oil tank, shortened fender struts, made the battery box, tail/brake light made from a KX125 piston, swapped the box style swing arm for the older round model, shaved the fork, homemade foot controls and jockey shifter

Any building or riding story or info you'd like to include: No but my friend Chris puked out my car window and that was funny

Thanks to: Biggest thanks goes to my good friend Kim at BCM. The Biltwell crew, 70 Moto, Bench*Mark, Rolling Rock, Rick the Welder, SNAFU, Temecula Motorcycle Service, Morelands Choppers, Eddie Van Halen


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Commented on 9-6-2010 At 06:14 am
 

Sweet ride. I had a '76 that I kick myself for selling on a daily basis. They seem to be a magical year. This one fits the bill as well.

C

Commented on 9-6-2010 At 06:42 am
 

I like the "packing list" holder under the seat...cool idea for a registration holder! Great looking bike!

Commented on 9-6-2010 At 07:08 am
 

Thoroughly and unapologetically badass. I love chops like this.

Commented on 9-6-2010 At 09:05 am
 

Just another rusty rat to each their own.

Commented on 9-6-2010 At 09:31 am
 

this scooter give me wood!

Commented on 9-6-2010 At 11:09 am
 

Sweet bike. I think I took a few pictures of it while it was at TMS. Not sure, I'll have to find pics to compare. The story makes me think of the shovel in my garage right now.

Commented on 9-6-2010 At 03:25 pm
 

have a 72 fl love it giving me some awesome ideas for mine. thanks for shareing.

Commented on 9-7-2010 At 04:01 am
 

I am a fan of this bike, practical craftsmanship!

Commented on 9-7-2010 At 07:39 am
 

Kool bike! Not tring to be smart here but your master link clip is on backwards, just don't want you to lose your chain while your tool'n down the road! Great bike!

Commented on 9-7-2010 At 07:41 am
 

I'm a retard never mind my remark about the chain. nice bike! Ha Ha

Commented on 9-7-2010 At 10:36 am
 

she's nice, but it needs a coat of paint, never got into the rusty peice'o crap look myself.

other then that, fine machine.

Commented on 9-7-2010 At 10:40 am
 

Get off the couch and clean that thing.
Too much fucking time & effort went into to just let rust away.

Commented on 9-7-2010 At 07:56 pm
 

thats intense

Commented on 7-17-2011 At 03:27 pm
 

reminds me of my old green Shovelhead.......similar, but different...FTW, Shooter

Commented on 6-17-2012 At 06:52 pm
 

that shovel is dead sexy but then I'm prejudist about shovels been ridin my 84 since she was brand new in oct.84

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