Pangea Speed's Zion Express Ironhead


What's the old cliche, "Pushing the envelope?" Andy Carter at Pangea Speed didn't simply push it, he crumpled it up and tossed it in the proverbial fire pit. There is no shortage of fresh ideas coming out of Salt Lake City these days, and Mr. Carter is the tip of that creative spear. While Andy's design might be polarizing, his level of execution can not be denied. The complaints of non-rideable art are silenced with video proof. This isn't mere dime-store window eye candy. Andy's machine is a rider, and so is its creator.



The engine started life in a '72 H-D Sportster with a four-speed that Andy lopped off and replaced with a big twin 5-speed. Custom mounts were made to shoehorn all this into a rigid Flyrite frame, coupled to a 6-over 39mm fork. The gas tank, exhaust, air cleaner, front and rear body work and sissy bar are all hand-formed steel. The bars are Pangea Streamlines, and the headlight lens capsule was hand made as well. A single radial mount Tokiko 4-piston caliper mated to a Ferodo floating disc provides stopping power, and Firestones wrapped over stock H-D mags complete the rolling stock. Andy was trying to get this bike done for 2010's Born Free show, but didn't quite make it. He ended up building 90 percent of this bike in about two months between the hours of 8:00 pm and 4:00 am. Maybe that's why it looks so weird (Andy's words, not ours.)

Thanks: Mom and Dad, Jeremy Jones, Phil Cataina, Brelt, Dooner, ol' Bird Dog a.k.a. Denny, and Brock. I would be lost without you people. Thanks for making sure I have my head screwed on straight

Check out more of Andy's work at Pangea Speed

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Commented on 2-21-2011 At 07:20 am

Well it looks funky as shit, but with that much craftsmanship and to have only done it in two months is ridiculous!

Commented on 2-21-2011 At 07:48 am

So all the body work is metal or what? I had assumed fiberglass until I saw all that metalworking in the video. Do those headlight really light up a dark road?

Commented on 2-21-2011 At 08:02 am

The Industrial Designer is strong in Andy... Rad bike man

Commented on 2-21-2011 At 08:21 am

That is one of the best lookin builds i've seen. Good job andy

Commented on 2-21-2011 At 08:25 am

cool bike, cool vid.

Commented on 2-21-2011 At 08:31 am

ar deco chopper?

Commented on 2-21-2011 At 08:32 am

art deco chopper. The front end reminds me of the columns from the 20-30's

Commented on 2-21-2011 At 08:32 am

Yeah? Do those headlights light up a dark road? Why are pants different than shirts? Blankets? How do they work?

Commented on 2-21-2011 At 08:38 am

Gotta give it up to ya! Great build.

Commented on 2-21-2011 At 08:49 am

Different for sure. Has a nice profile too.

Commented on 2-21-2011 At 09:30 am

Wow who would have ever thought to cut the old 4 speed off and replace it with big twin 5 speed. Great work Andy!

Commented on 2-21-2011 At 09:35 am

Andy is a good dude His bike is rad

Commented on 2-21-2011 At 11:14 am

hell yeah thanks for all the input you guys. All the body work is 18g steel. those lights are acctually just the "low beams" the projector in the center is what i use to light the road (it just looks cooler with the rings )

Commented on 2-21-2011 At 11:27 am

XBrooklynX asks some tough questions that shouldn't be ignored.

Love the bike, Randall! Sweet Vid, Laramie!

Commented on 2-21-2011 At 11:31 am

fucken crazy shit

Commented on 2-21-2011 At 11:49 am

Mahna Mahna

Commented on 2-21-2011 At 11:58 am

Thats awesome. I assumed it was all glass until I saw what he was doing in that video...

My vote also goes to more CC video features of bikes. Seeing pictures is one thing, but seeing/hearing the bike in action is amazing

Commented on 2-21-2011 At 12:51 pm

Well earned spot Andy!!!! It is truly an inspiring build!

Commented on 2-21-2011 At 01:07 pm

brook, maybe we should inquire with icp and the juggalo population so we can get to the bottom of this, i have always wondered how blankets and magnets work....

Commented on 2-21-2011 At 01:50 pm

totally bad ass!!! love it

Commented on 2-21-2011 At 01:57 pm

so friggin awesome! well done sir>

Commented on 2-21-2011 At 02:03 pm

Very Nice I love to see bikes when people forget the norms and build stuff that's "out there". The fact that it's rideable and not a trailer queen makes it that much better.

Commented on 2-21-2011 At 02:12 pm

The fab work is like,well,'fab" (i,e. fabulous)
The design work will take some getting used to.

Commented on 2-21-2011 At 03:04 pm

Saw this on Hot Bike, Crazy looking sled. Real cool. Really like the fairing lights.

Commented on 2-21-2011 At 03:27 pm

I am digging it.
The perfect bike is one that has haters as well as admirers & with
just a touch of unorthodox styling, I think Andy pulled It off.
originality shines brighter than trends.

Commented on 2-21-2011 At 03:30 pm

I'll just invoice you for the cameos.

Commented on 2-21-2011 At 03:37 pm

The craftsmanship is cool but it's one friggin ugly machine to me.

Commented on 2-21-2011 At 05:02 pm

Amazing work... great footage... keep it up, both parties.

Commented on 2-21-2011 At 06:05 pm

One word... Like no other, nothing compares. whoops, five words.

Commented on 2-21-2011 At 08:24 pm

I DIG it!!!. Good work Andy.. Hats off to ya,, your Idea you built it. That COOL.

Commented on 2-21-2011 At 08:50 pm

thats what its all about, breaking outta the ordinary.
sick bike.

Commented on 2-21-2011 At 09:07 pm

This video doesn't even begin to show how much weirdness and oddities this bike has going on. It's insane, and I love it.

Who uses wood to built a chop? Andy does.

Commented on 2-21-2011 At 09:28 pm

Sick sick sick bike. Wasn't sure if it was done when I saw it late last summer. Congrats on the CC spot, Andy.

Looks like DP was trying to get some camera time back there. Whore.

Commented on 2-21-2011 At 10:54 pm

good Stuff andy!

Commented on 2-21-2011 At 11:09 pm

Glad to see it made an impression Andy! Cant wait to see what the future holds! At-a-boy!!

Commented on 2-22-2011 At 01:12 am

born free 3.......

Commented on 2-22-2011 At 05:22 am

love it. that's all I can say. Oh, and I want to ride it as well. And listen to Bad Brains while doing so....

Commented on 2-22-2011 At 05:27 am

Not my flavor, but amazing workmanship!

Commented on 2-22-2011 At 07:35 am

thats the stuff

Commented on 2-22-2011 At 08:17 am

got to hang with this man in baja after born free last year. skating and trying to surf with all the SLC bros was a blast. mega props to andy on this epic bike. this one will stand out in the sea of copycats for eternity. ruler!

Commented on 2-22-2011 At 09:12 am

sick! you should have called it ming the merciless!

Commented on 2-22-2011 At 10:01 am

I like it. Its smooth like a 50s diner. i wish i was around in the 50s.

Commented on 2-22-2011 At 10:35 am

I love how Andy does his own thing & he does it Really well!

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Commented on 2-22-2011 At 04:52 pm

Can't wait to see it and if allowed, touch it.....

Commented on 2-22-2011 At 06:09 pm

Original insanity, I love it.

Commented on 2-22-2011 At 06:44 pm

Nice. where can i see more pic's?

Commented on 2-23-2011 At 12:17 am

miracles. ICP4LYFE

Commented on 2-23-2011 At 01:01 am

amazing work- That rebel Ute scream in the middle made me put my hand over my heart.

Commented on 2-23-2011 At 02:23 pm

I cant watch the video on my apple2 but i'm imagining it's sweet. Andy was probably riding with no hands and juggling chainsaws...

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