I was lucky enough to spend a few hours riding behind Nick on the last day of the Gypsy Run this year. I couldn't help but think to myself that this bike is really what a fine motorcycle should look like. Of course choppers are more creative and funky but a well-beaten, full-fendered panhead is the pinnacle of H-D design in my book. Knucks are neat and shovels have their appeal but man, this machine just looks right.
Owner/Location: Nick Toscano/ Jersey!
Engine, year and make, model, modifications: 1950 EL Panhead Hydraglide, Original cases, flywheels, Later O-ring heads, Engine Is "Squared" 3.5 Stroke, 3.5 Bore so i think Engine size is about 68" ,,, Carb-Super E, Andrews A Grind Cam, Electronic Ign, Belt Drive Primary, Original Trans,
Frame: Ted's Repop with a really shitty paint Job. Orignal Frame was just hacked to shit and covered in Bondo.
Fork: OEM Hydra-glide
Chassis mods: Nothing Hacked or Cut, wanted the original Hydra-glide Look.
Tire/wheel size and style: 16" starhubs, Shinko Tires.
Favorite thing about this bike: I bought the left Side Tank with the original Emblem about 3 years ago for $50 in some guys basement who basically tought it was scrap... then just hoped one day to build a bike around it... Then I got a sweet deal this year on a Chopped Pan that didnt run in years and was needing some love which gave me the chance to build my dream bike... a 50's Harley Hydra-Glide. Scored the right side tank with the same paint at a local swap which matched the left, unfortunately not for $50. So yeah... I love the tanks!!!!
Next modification will be: Rear Luggage Rack, nothing major just get ready for cross country trip next year. Maybe try and get the brakes to work better.
Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc: Throttle Sleeve from a Hummer to make it a Pull rather than Push so i can Run a Super E.
Thanks to: Walt at "KickStart Cycles", Chopcult, "Rosa's Cycle" for Rebuilding my Bottom end a week before the "Gypsy Run 6" and all those "Bastards" out there!!!
Editor's note: Nick swears he's riding this bike on the El Diablo Run in May 2013. I told him jokingly that it would be cool to paint one of the fenders green so the bike looked like a Mexican flag. Keep an eye out for this one, he swears he's gonna do it.