Austin's Shovelhead


Can a swinarm bike look good as a custom? I'd argue a solid yes. Austin's example here shows that a brutal and classy machine can be created with reasonably mild modifications. 19" wheels front and rear give it a bit of a monster truck stance and makes curb hoping easy in the crumbling infrastructure of downtown Los Angeles.



Engine, year and make, model, modifications: 1979 FLH Shovelhead.  Rocker clutch, Jockey shift no front brake and high mid mounts.


Frame: Stock 79 frame with a 58 Panhead swing arm. 


Fork: 41mm Wide Glide


Chassis mods: none


Tire/wheel size and style: 19 x 4.00 Avon Mark II's Front and Rear. Front sportster wheel. Wheel Works built the rear wheel with the stock dual flange hub.


Favorite thing about this bike: It always runs and is pretty fast!  I've put some real miles on it and its never let me down!  She's been to all over California, down to Mexico, across Arizona, Nevada, and Utah, and around New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania on the Gypsy Run 2011.


Next modification will be: Maybe put on some 6" over tubes and put on my "Ghetto Frank" for my old lady here and there.


Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc: Kiyo made the bars, mid mounts, shaped the seat and  and gifted me the sissy bar that was on his Knucklehead.  I cut the oil bag and made a box for the battery, painted the tank with spray paint, and had a brass shifter knob made and ODYN VOVK carved in it.  


Thanks to: Kiyo! He helped me out so much with this bike. And my old lady for puttin up with my late night choppa shit!

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Commented on 2-20-2012 At 07:39 am

Love it. No pretension here. She's meant for riding, plain and simple.

Commented on 2-20-2012 At 08:45 am

great looking bike (from some one who just hardtailed his harley).

Commented on 2-20-2012 At 09:48 am

Love swing arm shovels

Commented on 2-20-2012 At 09:48 am

First "tribal bike" I can recall seein on CC.

Commented on 2-20-2012 At 10:03 am

nice work austin!!

Commented on 2-20-2012 At 10:03 am

black and rat cant beat that

Commented on 2-20-2012 At 10:19 am

Yup. A bike made purely for the rush the ride will provide. And it being a shovel makes it all the better. A student once said to me "Mr. C, you're bad A-S-S" (spelled it so he could get it out in class). This machine is also bad A-S-S. I could say it here, but more fun to quote the kid.

Commented on 2-20-2012 At 10:57 am

What is the meaning of ODYN VOVK?

Commented on 2-20-2012 At 11:03 am

Oh, "one wolf" apparently.

Commented on 2-20-2012 At 11:40 am

A great looking bike that would lose it's character with a rigid frame.

Commented on 2-20-2012 At 12:53 pm

Austin rides the shit out of this bike!

I rode Malibu with him a few months after he put this bike together.

I couldn't keep up!

Commented on 2-20-2012 At 02:06 pm

I really like those subtle pipes sweet ride Austin

Commented on 2-20-2012 At 05:36 pm

Nice heAdlight visor hahahahba

Commented on 2-20-2012 At 05:36 pm

Nice heAdlight visor hahahahba

Commented on 2-20-2012 At 07:49 pm

3gknucks goin DOWN!

Commented on 2-20-2012 At 08:06 pm

Sweet sissy bar, great pipes. I like it.

Commented on 2-21-2012 At 05:08 am

Tank art.................................................awesome.

Commented on 2-21-2012 At 06:20 am

dig it! Really cool to the point bike with a lot of style.

Commented on 2-21-2012 At 11:12 am

Go Austin Go!

Commented on 2-21-2012 At 11:12 am

Go Austin Go!

Commented on 2-22-2012 At 05:54 pm

swing arms rule

Commented on 2-22-2012 At 08:05 pm

my '79 FL didn't stop for shit with just the back's yours work with that banana caliper??? The wideglide's cool as it is....6 over???WHY?? AX is that you??? FTW,Shooter p.s. the Love show was cool

Commented on 2-23-2012 At 09:01 pm

coffin tanks just make some as scoot!

Commented on 2-24-2012 At 09:59 am

Swing arms RULE, hardtails are for sissies...

Commented on 2-26-2012 At 08:26 am

kick ass shovel man , love the pipes

Commented on 2-26-2012 At 10:23 am

i like. tres tres nice

Commented on 4-1-2012 At 01:10 pm

very damn cool! i dig the 19's! keep on raisin hell on that bad lil mo-sheen!

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