No stranger to vintage iron, Chicago Willy is at it again. His latest creation has been turning heads and bucking trends since it rolled out for the first time at the ECC swapmeet this fall.
After cleaning his social calendar last year, Willy buckled down on a frame-off rebuild of his faithful machine. Heavy lifters on the project included T-Bone and Garage Company's Kiyo, with Harpoon on duty for the tasteful paint. What Willy and these friends did was nothing less than magic.
Longer and more detailed exposés of this stunning motorcycle will surely materialize as Willy makes the rounds. No matter where you might have seen his bike first, one thing is certain: Willy's bike is hard to miss.
Details make the difference, and Will's panhead is packed with them. One of the things that make the many custom-fabbed components on this machine unique is how period-correct they appear in concert with the vintage parts that surround them. Especially functional and attractive is the one-piece P-clamp on the springer tree and the toe/heel shifter centered in the powerplant's open belt primary. Good stuff.
In the span of a few short months, Will's panhead wowed admirers at the El Camino Swapmeet, Born Free I in Orange County, and at the Dave Mann Chopperfest in Ventura. At the latter event, Will's bike graced the cover of Cycle Source magazine. Congratulations and nice work, Willy.
Special thanks to Josh Gilbow for the photos of Wilbur and his wonder bike in action at last summer's Cycle Zombie Skate Jam