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Speedmetal Knucklehead

 

If you were fortunate enough to get to Born Free last year, you may have seen the Speedmetal crew and their quiver of killer chops. Dave Barker and the boys build a mean machine we were lucky enough to catch up with 'em in Colorado last month. When the boozin' and carousin' was finally over at the first annual Pagosa Springs Outlaw Snowdown, Dave rolled the bike over into some dirty snow for a few pics. Now, it's easy to look at a bike of this caliber and assume it's just a trophy queen, but Dave rides the piss out of it, the way the Good Lord intended it to be.

 

 

Owner name, location:  
Dave barker Speedmetal Denver,co 
Bike name: 
 
Engine, year and make, model, modifications:
1947 Harley Davidson EL
  74" wheels, dual linkerts
Frame:
 32 Harley davidson VL
Fork: 
Harley 45 narrowed and around 4" over
Chassis mods:  
 Raked neck, panhead axle plates, leveled the frame where the transmission mounts and tied into the pan axle plates. 
Tire/wheel size and style: 
 Borrani high shoulder rims front and back. 18" rear and 21" front
Favorite thing about this bike:  
   Joson craze is bummed cause it keeps up with his new dyna.
 
Next modification will be:  none
 
Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc: hand built gas and oil tanks, bars, controls, fender, sissybar, exhaust pipes, flipped upside down original aris headlight, seat pan, dual linkert manifold and progressive linkage, and a little John 5 speed transmission. Paint and stripes by steve "shooter" Benth in Sheridan, Wyoming
 
Any building or riding story or info you'd like to include:   "don't turn this rape into a homicide" Magoo.
Thanks to: (you may include links to websites here)bill and Magoo, deluxe motor co, bitchin stitchin, the speedmetal crew, Woodys wheel works. Kris Bennett photography

Owner name, location:  Dave Barker / Speedmetal Denver, CO 

 

Engine, year and make, model, modifications: 1947 Harley-Davidson EL,  74" wheels, dual Linkert carbs 

 

Frame: 32 Harley davidson VL

 

Fork: Harley 45 narrowed and around 4" over

 

Chassis mods: Raked neck, panhead axle plates, leveled the frame where the transmission mounts and tied into the pan axle plates. 

 

Tire/wheel size and style: Borrani high shoulder rims front and back. 18" rear and 21" front

 

Favorite thing about this bike: Jason Craze is bummed cause it keeps up with his new Dyna™.

 

Next modification will be: None 

 

Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc: hand built gas and oil tanks, bars, controls, fender, sissybar, exhaust pipes, flipped upside down original aris headlight, seat pan, dual Linkert manifold and progressive linkage, and a little John 5-speed transmission. Paint and stripes by steve "shooter" Benth in Sheridan, Wyoming 

 

Any building or riding story or info you'd like to include: "Don't turn this rape into a homicide" -McGoo.

 

Thanks to: Deluxe Motor Co, Bitchin Stitchin, the Speedmetal crew, Woody's Wheel Works. Kris Bennett Photography

 

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Commented on 2-6-2012 At 07:39 am
 

We saw that bike out in CO as well, it is a gorgeous rider and there are just a ton of small details that really make the bike!

Commented on 2-6-2012 At 08:00 am
 

I have the Street Chopper issue with this bike in it, Damn good looking scooter. Love it down to the color and pipes

Commented on 2-6-2012 At 11:45 am
 

It's incredible looking, plenty of details to keep the eye wandering.

Commented on 2-6-2012 At 02:07 pm
 

thats a good lookin scoot! it's good to know that a scoot this badass isn't parked.

Commented on 2-6-2012 At 05:49 pm
 

Absolutely beautiful.

Commented on 2-6-2012 At 07:52 pm
 

woody award

Commented on 2-7-2012 At 10:54 am
 

Cool seat, nice tailight cave. Sweet plumbing.
Beautiful

Commented on 2-7-2012 At 11:25 am
 

Everything Dave creates amazes me Bro! He also made that sweet golden Triumph chop you see just about everywhere now. He is a true legend of our time. Speedmetal is the fuckin shit!

Commented on 2-7-2012 At 06:01 pm
 

If you read this Dave, its Russia, sweet dually for sure, and ps i am sorry i took a dump in your toilet and the shitty beer i brought. until next time be safe

Commented on 2-7-2012 At 06:01 pm
 

If you read this Dave, its Russia, sweet dually for sure, and ps i am sorry i took a dump in your toilet and the shitty beer i brought. until next time be safe

Commented on 2-17-2012 At 09:09 am
 

Beautiful bike, but I'm scratching my head on the Linkert setup.

Anyone have any info? What's the needle settings, half of the usual? Then set in tandem?
Also, is that manifold a one-off, or does "Little John" still makes them?
Do the intake/exhaust and motor internals (valves/cams) need to be modified?
I probably wouldn't be able to do this to the scout, due to the intake/exhaust size. But it's worth asking.

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