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Jeff Leighton's Knucklehead

 

We featured Jeff's knucklehead back in November of 2009. It was beautiful in its dry build stage, but after getting some massaging from Harpoon and the local chromer Jeff's bike took on a whole new luster. Show-quality bikes are all the rage these days, and Jeff leads the pack with this machine. Years of hard work, lots of help from friends and a focused goal from the beginning combine to create a truly unique chop that is finished at a way higher level than most. The best part? Jeff rides the shit out of his show-quality bike, but it gets treated like a real motorcycle, not some pampered trailer queen.

Look for a full feature of Jeff's cover bike in the October/November 2011 issue of Street Chopper Magazine.

 

Owner name, location: Jeff Leighton, San Fernando Valley
Bike name: Violet Fantasy
Engine, year and make, model, modifications: 1938 EL Knucklehead, large port heads and 74 internals 
Frame: 1956 Harley straight leg frame
Fork: 1935 Harley VL front end extended 5.5 inchs
Chassis mods: The frame is fully boxed and molded, tank was concaved and dropped 1/4" on the top and other side. fender had one side clipped 
Tire/wheel size and style: 21" wm1 borrani spool front wheel, 18 wm3 borrani star hub rear
Favorite thing about this bike: the amazing paint that the one and only Harpoon came up with, and the hand made riser parts to take flanders tops
Next modification will be: alot of road wear 
Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc: hand made foot controls, shifter lever, foot pegs, riser bottoms, sissy bar, exhaust pipes, narrowed flanders bars
Any building or riding story or info you'd like to include:
I built this bike, but it wouldnt be what it is without a great group of friends that helped along the way. From Harpoon killing himself and his social life to do hands down the craziest paint job ever, Frank Kaisler always being the best person i know and giving me the motivation to make things better and better. Wes White for being a great friend and putting up with me.  Chris Hamilton killing it with his expert welding skills, Grant Reynolds for always being around to give a helping hand, Scott and Brent for helping with the crazy one week time frame to get it to the GNRS. Shawn and Scott at Bronson Ville for the oil lines and helping hands at the very end. Bikes come and go but the people i get to call my friends because of the motorcycle world are life changing. 

 

Owner name, location: Jeff Leighton, San Fernando Valley 

Bike name: Violet Fantasy 

Engine, year and make, model, modifications: 1938 EL knucklehead, large port heads and 74" internals

Frame: 1956 Harley straight leg

Fork: 1935 Harley VL front end extended 5.5"

Chassis mods: The frame is fully boxed and molded, tank was concaved and dropped 1/4" on the top and other side. fender had one side clipped  

Tire/wheel size and style: 21" WM1 Borrani spool front wheel; 18" WM3 Borrani star hub rear

Favorite thing about this bike: The amazing paint that Harpoon came up with, and the hand-made riser parts to take Flanders tops

Next modification will be: Alot of road wear

Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc: Hand-made foot controls, shifter lever, foot pegs, riser bottoms, sissy bar, exhaust pipes, narrowed Flanders bars

In Jeff's Words: I built this bike, but it wouldn't be what it is without a great group of friends that helped along the way. From Harpoon killing himself and his social life to do hands-down the craziest paint job ever; to Frank Kaisler always being the best person I know and giving me the motivation to make things better and better. Wes White for being a great friend and putting up with me. Chris Hamilton killing it with his expert welding skills; Grant Reynolds for always being around to give a helping hand; Scott and Brent for helping with the crazy one-week timeframe to get it to the GNRS. Shawn and Scott at Bronsonville for the oil lines and helping hands at the very end. Bikes come and go but the people I get to call my friends because of the motorcycle world are life-changing


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Commented on 8-1-2011 At 02:34 pm
 

This bike is perfect in every way. Excellent execution good man.

Commented on 8-1-2011 At 03:00 pm
 

Bikes like this one should make folks like Arlen Ness and the Teutels go hide their heads in shame. Chopper excess, yes. But excess grounded in chopper history, and innovative at the same time.

Commented on 8-1-2011 At 05:12 pm
 

its the real deal love afair

Commented on 8-1-2011 At 05:24 pm
 

The major problem with this bike is ...
It isn't mine !
Great piece of work and love there....

Commented on 8-1-2011 At 08:35 pm
 

Wholey Hell thats a dope bike!

Commented on 8-1-2011 At 11:47 pm
 

my dicks hard just lookin at this. love that fender

Commented on 8-2-2011 At 02:13 am
 

very nice, love the fabbed parts mixed with old parts.

Commented on 8-2-2011 At 02:48 am
 

sick scoot... flawless...

Commented on 8-2-2011 At 04:06 am
 

The perfection of this bike is made more perfect only by the fact that it's being used the way that a bike should be used...
After all, a chopper is a "rolling piece of art". Heavy emphasis on "rolling".
I salute you, sir.

Commented on 8-2-2011 At 07:22 am
 

So far the best knucklehead chopper ever if you ask me.

Commented on 8-2-2011 At 03:03 pm
 

I had a "Grunge" Distortion Guitar pedal in the 90's that was a similar color scheme!

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-LzGSdspy5vU/TewtFfXqkpI/...

Commented on 8-2-2011 At 04:21 pm
 

that knuckle is awesome as hell. very beautiful bike.

Commented on 8-2-2011 At 06:06 pm
 

AMAZING bike, and great photo spread!!!

Commented on 8-2-2011 At 08:15 pm
 

I love the bike but I was wondering why the angle is so steep at the forks rockers?

Commented on 8-3-2011 At 06:31 am
 

Thank you for all the nice comments. I am so proud of this bike, and its great knowing so many other people like it too.

Ironpusher- the front end rockers have such a steep angle because i made the front leg extension longer then the rear leg was extended, that way i could get as much height in the front as possible. I also like the way it looks. Almost like its standing on its tippy toes

Commented on 8-3-2011 At 03:10 pm
 

Love it!!!!

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