Even when parked and silent, a Panhead Bobber grabs your attention. Stripped of a front fender, the springer fork gets more dramatic, the polished and chromed out motor is front and center. The tanks and top frame tube drive your eyes to the fat rear wheel and bobbed fender. Just as in Class C flat track racing, less is more.
With a couple of prime kicks through the Linkert carb, builder Dave Ohrt says a third kick and it roars to life, settles to a nice idle, rumbles through the upswept pipes and trumpet megaphones.
This is a real 1951 Harley-Davidson FL motor, frame and forks, stripped down years ago. Tank trim, badges, even the mirror are O.E.M. Harley-Davidson. The taillight, you may notice, is a real Sparto piece and the dash and police speedo are original Harley-Davidson. The “mousetrap” clutch, a 1952 Harley-Davidson innovation, is a useful addition.
Cadmium and plenty of chrome plating, plus Parkerized fasteners are styling counterpoints; flash against a subtle industrial finish, just enough of each.
This Bobber, built over a decade ago, has been fettled, as the Brits say, and has logged test miles by builder David Ohrt since its complete, fresh rebuild.
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