I first laid eyes on The Rambling Rose during our recent visit to the Ventura Nationals. There were a few pre- parties on Main Street and they were packed to the gills. Needing to take a break from the overwhelming crowds, I walked outside and was immediately punched in the face with Dan Collins’ bike. Maybe it was the way the street light shined down on it, but The Rambling Rose spoke to me. No bells or whistles, just a solid runner with style. If you know Dan, you know he goes above the norm with his builds and takes fabrication to the next level. I often wonder if he had to restrain himself with this build as it is simple, but perfect. People say "less is more" and I agree; with Dan’s bike, it's spot on. Enjoy!
Photos By Dan Collins
Owner name, location: Dan Collins, Ventura Ca.
Bike name: Ramblin' Rose.
Engine, year and make, model, modifications: 1945 Harley Davidson, Knucklehead.
Frame: 1948 Panhead Wishbone.
Fork: Ron Finch single spring Cyclops springer.
Chassis mods: Molded frame, no sidecar loops etc.
Tire/wheel size and style: 16" stock mechanical brake star hub w/ Beck 21" Spool w/ Avon speedmaster.
Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc: Old Gold Garage Snakecharmer seat, sissybar by LeBeef, stainless heroin bars, capped Hummer tank with Panhead badges, painted by me, '36 Ford spare tire cover rear fender, Tailgunner Taillight, Guide Headlight and running light, Handmade bird deflector by me, 80" stroker motor with UL flathead flywheels.
Any building or riding story or info you'd like to include: These pics were taken in and around Death Valley a few months ago. On the way home from the Death Valley Run. I decided to stay another night and ride home solo, about an hour after these pics were taken I lost compression in the motor and that was all she wrote until I have a chance to go through the engine. Thanks to Lisa Ballard and the Chopcult followers for helping me get a truck to drag my sorry ass home that day from Mohave.
Thanks to: Kiyo for my Linkert, Ryan Grossman for the Finch springer
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Photo by Geoff Kowalchuk