Chicago Willy's Panhead


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.


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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.

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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


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Commented on 12-21-2009 At 08:07 am

I LOVE that 2 into 1 exhaust. Beautiful ride!!!!!!!!

Commented on 12-21-2009 At 08:53 am

saw it in cycle source! dig it man! im curious about that tailight though.

Commented on 12-21-2009 At 09:05 am

Good lookin ride man.

Commented on 12-21-2009 At 11:59 am

I have seen this machine on so many blogs. So many great details and features. Like your heal/toe shifter...hell, the whole bike.

Commented on 12-21-2009 At 12:15 pm

clean scoot! love the pipe!

Commented on 12-21-2009 At 01:20 pm

stunning machine.

I'm impressed by the abundance of love showered on even the smallest part.....niiice!

Commented on 12-21-2009 At 01:52 pm

love all the little details on the bike, all around the bike is classy. just got done reading the article in cyclesource

Commented on 12-21-2009 At 02:23 pm

One of those bikes you just can't get enough photos of... in fact, probably has to be seen in person to really enjoy. :)

Commented on 12-21-2009 At 02:25 pm

Diggin' those colors. Nice work!

Commented on 12-21-2009 At 05:58 pm

absolutely fantastic motorcycle!

Commented on 12-21-2009 At 06:47 pm

MAN, Will always has good bikes...

Commented on 12-21-2009 At 08:47 pm

Truly piece of art...

Commented on 12-22-2009 At 07:49 am

Is it to soon to vote it bike of the year 2010.
Nice shoes Will...

Commented on 12-22-2009 At 10:05 am

A fine example of Heart and Soul!!

Commented on 12-23-2009 At 08:30 am

Saw this bike on another blog. Wish it was mine!

Commented on 12-23-2009 At 04:41 pm

Tits!! I dig the paint on the frame! I need one of those headlights too!! very cool

Commented on 12-23-2009 At 09:39 pm

good looking bars on it anyone know what they are?

Commented on 12-23-2009 At 10:40 pm

Thats a bad ass ride, saw it at the David Mann show in Ventura, it looks even better in person

Commented on 12-24-2009 At 09:30 pm

that thing is just right, man...just right.

Commented on 12-25-2009 At 01:49 pm

classy looking, love that heal/toe shifter

Commented on 12-28-2009 At 04:50 am

2in1 pipe and frame seem to be one, very nice !

Commented on 12-29-2009 At 03:22 am

Saw that bike already on a Cycle Source Special Feature, I think it was the January edition of 2010, issue #10 "The rebirth of cool".

What could I say huh? A kick ass bike, clean and sober, period.

Commented on 12-31-2009 At 02:54 pm

Killin em bro. Sick!

Commented on 1-2-2010 At 04:25 am

Some very nice details!

Commented on 1-8-2010 At 03:39 pm

DAMMMMM. supa dupa clean.

Commented on 1-12-2010 At 04:37 pm

Nothing but class and style points here Man! Wicked stance to boot.

Commented on 2-15-2010 At 01:24 pm

That paint is Dope!

Commented on 7-29-2010 At 06:57 am

nice ride!!!!!!!!

Commented on 10-22-2010 At 09:02 am

Sick Sled!!!!

Commented on 1-20-2011 At 09:59 pm

Fresh Fresh Fresh!

Commented on 4-2-2011 At 09:15 pm

Melt Like Butter

Commented on 1-5-2012 At 01:48 pm

nice work clean machine

Commented on 3-28-2012 At 09:18 am

I second what everyone above me just said!

Commented on 2-13-2014 At 05:19 pm

Fine ass machine.

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