Ever feel like you’ve known someone a lot longer than you actually have? I think we can all relate. I’ve known of Branden Wildvank as an moderator on ChopCult for years now. And probably just as long through other forms of social media. We’ve been at a countless number of shows and campouts at the same time, but never had a proper introduction until recently. What’s the shame of it all? We live in neighboring towns and he’s a good dude. So what’s the point of this? Reach out, you might make a new friend, they might even have a cool panhead to look at.
Owner name, location: Branden Wildvank, Huntington Beach CA
ChopCult member: CRFyou
Engine/tranny, year and make, model, modifications: 1956 FL, 74"
Frame/Rake: Stock '56 Harley rigid
Front End: Early pan springer.
Tire/wheel size and style: 18/21 Level 80 race chrome wheels with friction reducers and momentum enhancers.
Favorite thing about this bike: If I ever go gay, I'll always be able to find an older man that will love me.
Next modification will be: Whatever it takes to keep it running.
Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc.: General/President Eisenhower owned and rode this bike to Martha's Vineyard while he was in office. This bike rates a salute by all enlisted men and officers under the rank of Colonel when on military bases.
Any building or riding story or info you'd like to include: Rode this on EDR. Saw hookers, strippers, and a cruise ship. People do very dubious things on stage in Ensenada.
Thanks to: Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States, Colonel of the first volunteer Cavalry and Medal of Honor recipient.
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Article and photos by Ryan Loughridge / Website / @_loughridge