Ryan, also the owner of Devilina has good taste in motorcycles and one outstanding collection to prove it. What could be sweeter than a knucklehead with chrome tanks? How 'bout surviving getting sideswiped by a foursome of assholes in a 'vette? I'd say that's pretty sweet.
Not long after we shot this feature, Ryan and his friend Austin were both clipped by what was described as "Four Arabs in a Corvette" and ended up with a broken tib/fib among other injuries. Yuck. It was on the Candy Man bike though—not this one. Our friend Shreddie went down in a separate incident around the same time. So, DicE magazine is throwing a little fundraiser shindig and it's tomorrow night. Here's the bike's story in Ryan's own words:
This bike was originally meant to be a stock 1940 EL but complications arose and a different '40 motor was bought and built for the stocker. This bike was built to be the sister bike to my 1950 panhead that has many of the same characteristics of this bike. The motor was acquired from 95-year-old guy named Clem five years ago in California and all the other parts came from friends and swap meets. I rebuilt the trans with all Andrews gears and Andrews main shaft etc. I will keep this bike until I die or a woman comes and steals my soul and sucks the life out of me, which will still be never.
Old Clem Specs
Motor: 1940 EL 61" knucklehead motor is restored to AMCA spec
Frame: 1940 early brazed knucklehead
Front end: 1940 stock Harley springer with stock brake drum; Stelling and Hellings angled risers and four aces Biltwell bars
Tins: chrome '51 panheadtanks from Terry the Tramp
Wheels: 18" and 21" star hub wheels
Details: My favorite thing is the cam cover and the tanks. This cam cover is a one year 1940 cover but very similar to a '51–'53 cam cover so I love the tank and cam cover combo. Silly I know, but you asked. The rest of the bike is loaded with silly stuff like a buffalo head nickel throttle adjuster, accessory lights, colored jewels etc.
Thanks: Negotiable Tim, Terry the Tramp, Bacon, Carl's Cycle and old Clem you grumpy bastard (R.I.P.)
Here's the flier for the DicE party tomorrow night. GO!