The Panheads of Born Free 3


By now practically everyone on the innerwebs has heard that Born Free 3 was the show of the year. With tons of great bikes, mellow vibes and good times all around, BF3 was everything a custom motorcycle show should be. Arguably the most iconic of H-D engines, the venerable panhead was well represented in the grass field reserved for the bike show. Just about every pan on display was ridden in, some for very long distances. Many were stock or close to it, and still others were classic choppers, but all of them were worthy of a closer look. The sheer number of panbheads at BF3 was overwhelming, and I'm sure we missed plenty. Here are some pics of the ones that caught our attention.

Stay tuned for CC features on knuckleheads, Jap bikes and much more from BF3 in the weeks to come.



If you've got pics of your own, please feel free to post them in the CC events forum here.

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Commented on 6-29-2011 At 06:46 am

i think my head just exploded ! either that or i just had a pangasm

Commented on 6-29-2011 At 07:45 am

if you go left to right, top- down, the 12th picture is the born free pan that the guy is running stealth style. i loved that bike straight outta the raffle.

oh well. his bike now...

Commented on 6-29-2011 At 08:19 am

I have alot of the same pictures that I took there. By far THE best show I have ever been to!

Commented on 6-29-2011 At 08:28 am

dont forget calebs pan that took the builders top vote!

Commented on 6-29-2011 At 08:30 am

Riotontheroad, don't worry we have another feature coming up that shows all the "Builder's" bikes.

Commented on 6-29-2011 At 08:34 am

I had to go play Panheads forever by David Alan Coe after looking at those pics.

Commented on 6-29-2011 At 08:56 am

wow, good to see all the bikes i missed while running around like a lunatic all day! One stop shopping it looks like. Wonder if someone will bitch that there were "too many neat bikes"
Thanks for all the support Bill and Magoo!

Commented on 6-29-2011 At 09:15 am

I hope someday a show like this can be closer to Florida.

Commented on 6-29-2011 At 09:27 am

Mind blowing experience seeing all those pans in one place. Born Free has rapidly grown to be the best builders show going. I went to the first one, missed the second, and just about lost my head at the third... keep it up!!!!

Commented on 6-29-2011 At 09:45 am

If you were in Florida you should have been at SmokeOut East with us!

Commented on 6-29-2011 At 10:28 am

We need some pics of that gorgeous gray pan running the rigid Crazy Frank fender! Anyone got any?

Commented on 6-29-2011 At 11:04 am

I love Cycle Porn.
So exploitative....

Commented on 6-29-2011 At 11:34 am

I'll take # 8 please.

Commented on 6-29-2011 At 02:48 pm

Can I just say this is Pan-tastic?

Commented on 6-29-2011 At 05:56 pm

i kind of looking but did anyone see the born free panhead from last year out there? still bummed i didn't win hahahaha.

Commented on 6-29-2011 At 06:33 pm

And thank you

Commented on 6-29-2011 At 06:53 pm

picture 12 and 16 are the born free pan from last year, the pipes give it away for sure. Tim has all the stuff to go back to the original combination but wanted to make it his, so he changed a few things up. It's still a really cool bike, in a sea of really cool bikes!

Commented on 6-29-2011 At 08:15 pm


Commented on 6-29-2011 At 10:42 pm

Amazing bikes! A nice tight Pan is on the list for sure. Future generations are gunna have so many damn neat barn finds.

Commented on 6-29-2011 At 10:51 pm

17 was on the cover of street chopper a few months ago

Commented on 6-30-2011 At 08:30 am

Some works of art there

Commented on 6-30-2011 At 08:45 am

The baby blue bike with the prism tank on it, pic #4 it think, is my new favorite bike of all time. Would love more pics of it if anyone has any. PM me if you do.


Commented on 6-30-2011 At 08:45 pm

Wow all those Pans are "period correct" for the most part but damn they are sweet!

Commented on 6-30-2011 At 09:00 pm

I busted my ass for three months getting my bike finished.The day of the show I was ready to head out around 3:30 pm to at least catch some of the action.As fate would have it, my brother in laws bike decided to die completely! I took it as a sign and decided not to go solo and fix his bike instead.Turned out to be a blessing in disguise, turns out that running a suicide clutch and jockey takes some getting used to haha. Next year I will have time to spare and nothing will stop me from heading out there and making some friends.Working on my bike by myself is not as much fun as having someone to drink a beer with share the work. I'm exhausted for now and all I can do is wait for pictures to show up and think of what a great show I missed.

Commented on 7-2-2011 At 06:35 am

Beautiful bikes. Hats off to all the riders of those machines!

Commented on 7-3-2011 At 04:21 pm

DripShovel, i think you are talking about Jason Craze's pan from eternal combustion....... that was one of the greatest motorcycles at this show, it should have gotten more attention in my opinion. By for the greatest motorcycle show and 4000 mile trip I have ever been on. thanks

Commented on 7-3-2011 At 07:05 pm

someone needs to learn y'all how to shoot pics of scooters...your photography skills are non-existant

Commented on 7-5-2011 At 11:27 am

Send us your shots of the show Shooter. I'm sure they can swap them out.

Commented on 7-7-2011 At 06:36 pm

F*#K, I need a Pan!

Commented on 7-7-2011 At 09:55 pm

Very nice bikes.

Commented on 7-10-2011 At 09:06 pm

show was amazing the ride from brooklyn to california was also pretty damn amazing thanks to born free guys for giving me and some friends a reason to do a cross country trip and doc and a few others who helped out along the way .........

Commented on 7-17-2011 At 11:02 pm

wasn't at BF3..........if my scanner was working I could send in piles of pics of scooters, rods and pin-ups take I've taken with throw-aways that'd speak for brag, just fact..........

Commented on 8-19-2011 At 01:29 pm

Thank you for posting these. I really really really have to try and make BF4.

Commented on 6-24-2012 At 12:05 pm

i wish i could go to born free 4

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