If you were fortunate enough to get to Born Free last year, you may have seen the Speedmetal crew and their quiver of killer chops. Dave Barker and the boys build a mean machine we were lucky enough to catch up with 'em in Colorado last month. When the boozin' and carousin' was finally over at the first annual Pagosa Springs Outlaw Snowdown, Dave rolled the bike over into some dirty snow for a few pics. Now, it's easy to look at a bike of this caliber and assume it's just a trophy queen, but Dave rides the piss out of it, the way the Good Lord intended it to be.
Owner name, location: Dave Barker / Speedmetal Denver, CO
Engine, year and make, model, modifications: 1947 Harley-Davidson EL, 74" wheels, dual Linkert carbs
Frame: 32 Harley davidson VL
Fork: Harley 45 narrowed and around 4" over
Chassis mods: Raked neck, panhead axle plates, leveled the frame where the transmission mounts and tied into the pan axle plates.
Tire/wheel size and style: Borrani high shoulder rims front and back. 18" rear and 21" front
Favorite thing about this bike: Jason Craze is bummed cause it keeps up with his new Dyna™.
Next modification will be: None
Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc: hand built gas and oil tanks, bars, controls, fender, sissybar, exhaust pipes, flipped upside down original aris headlight, seat pan, dual Linkert manifold and progressive linkage, and a little John 5-speed transmission. Paint and stripes by steve "shooter" Benth in Sheridan, Wyoming
Any building or riding story or info you'd like to include: "Don't turn this rape into a homicide" -McGoo.
Thanks to: Deluxe Motor Co, Bitchin Stitchin, the Speedmetal crew, Woody's Wheel Works. Kris Bennett Photography
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