Big Jim's 1940 EL


It's safe to say the MoCo's knucklehead is on the dream list of practically every chopper junkie in the world. Sure, the perfectly restored '36-'47 full-fendered machines are gorgeous. How about one with all the gingerbread knocked off, stripped down to the core essentials and just crusty enough to bang around anywhere you please? That describes Hate Fucker Jim's Tucson-built knuckle to a tee, and it is bitchin'.



Engine: 1940 EL Knucklehead 

Frame: Early knuckle frame

Fork: VL Springer 

Chassis mods: Stock 

Tire/wheel size and style: 19" front and rear. Y'know, for wheelies and muddin' and junk 

Favorite thing about this bike: Everything! It's a Knucklehead… and the tank is rad!  And man, I love kicking this fucker for hours (so fun!) 

Next modification will be: Again, changing the seat. Possibly dial it in or something  

Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc: Got rid of everything that might be reliable. She's nasty, in a real cool way 

Back story: I finished this bike the day before Slab City Riot. The ride to SoCal was the break-in and first ride, so everything went horribly wrong. The magneto was the big problem. We worked on it all Saturday morning! I finally got it fired up and rode it to the party, then worked on it some more at the event. Sunday it made it most of the way home. Easily the most epic ride of my life. I've been riding the dog shit out of the stupid knucklehead for the past week, and I'm lovin' it! 

Thanks: To my wife for putting up with my shit. I love you, Niff. The Hate Fuckers, Fastlane Tattoo in Arizona, Sammy Slow Jams, RJ at Precision V-Twin, Robert Hernandez in Phoenix

Fastlane Tattoo

Hate Fuckers

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Commented on 12-27-2010 At 07:09 am

Thassa' bad Knuck! Great pix. Ain't no room for trailer queens when yer southbound 'n down! Respects

Commented on 12-27-2010 At 08:15 am

Love the knuck! I will have one myself one day!

Commented on 12-27-2010 At 08:55 am

Love the style of this Knuckle, Well done Sir!

Commented on 12-27-2010 At 09:05 am

Sick shit!

Commented on 12-27-2010 At 10:00 am

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Commented on 12-27-2010 At 12:00 pm

awesome bike, cant wait to see it around town and if it went through roberts hands you know its been finessed

Commented on 12-27-2010 At 01:43 pm

as far as i'm concerned the knuckle head and the shovelhead are the 2 nicest motors harley has ever made! nice bike man!

Commented on 12-27-2010 At 04:44 pm

Bad ass knuck, wish I had one, someday. Slab city was the shit too!

Commented on 12-28-2010 At 08:03 am

Sick bike. But who pimped the lid? That shit is badass

Commented on 12-28-2010 At 01:08 pm

Jim the same dude that had that Spartan "Fuck You" Panhead? If so fuck this raises the bar even further than that bike did. Real cool dude too, met him @ Born Free 2 in the shitter line and we rapped a bit. Good peeps, great bike.

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Commented on 12-29-2010 At 07:16 pm

I love Knuckleheads, that thing is sick

Commented on 1-5-2011 At 01:43 pm

HHAHAHAAA The Shotglass Tail Light!! I'm gunna go do a shot!

Commented on 10-24-2011 At 06:50 am

Love the empty PBR cases in the background!

Commented on 9-13-2012 At 08:29 am

i would love to have an old knuck like that

Commented on 11-4-2013 At 09:51 am

Nice pile of pbr boxes for a backdrop. This knuck rules

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