The Daily: Herb's '51 Pan/Shovel


While in New Jersey for the 2009 Gypsy Run, we met Herb from Holden, MA, and were instantly bowled over by his tasteful motorbike. In an era where everyone is trying to outdo the last guy with over-the-top paint and megadoses of needless funk, it's refreshing to see a plain Jane machine that's got style for days without being overly extroverted about the whole thing.






Here's a few details, straight from Herb:

- 1951 Pan bottom end with unknown year Shovelheads
- 1951 4-Speed transmission
- 1953 Wishbone frame
- 2-under 33.4 front end
- 21 front/18 rear
- Wassell Banana tank re-done by Jay (Special '79)
- OG (thin) British fender
- Risers by Jay
- Bars by me (you can tell from the welds)
- 1.5-inch belt with Primo clutch
- Mallory ignition with the world's smallest battery
- "Paint" by me
- Old vinyl seat with cheapo p-pad
- Kick shifter out of laziness but I'm starting to like it











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Commented on 10-6-2009 At 06:56 am

Damn, all these cool featured bikes are making me jealous.

Commented on 10-6-2009 At 07:32 am

very nice and simple bike. killer

Commented on 10-6-2009 At 01:10 pm

Nice bike!!! No frills.

Commented on 10-6-2009 At 01:41 pm

very cool machine!

Commented on 10-6-2009 At 04:51 pm

meh, it's ok.

Commented on 10-6-2009 At 06:14 pm

herb and his bikes just plain get it. rad.

Commented on 10-6-2009 At 06:50 pm

Kick ass bike and in the next town over from me, too.

Commented on 10-7-2009 At 01:39 am

Nice ride. Would like to see some video of the bike in action

Commented on 10-7-2009 At 03:47 am

very nice. im with Loewe with some action shots

Commented on 10-7-2009 At 02:12 pm

very cool pan/shovel

Commented on 10-7-2009 At 05:43 pm

sweet bike

Commented on 10-7-2009 At 05:53 pm

I'm so jealous

Commented on 10-7-2009 At 11:49 pm

It is so simple. If it don't make it stop or go it ain't on there. I like it.

Commented on 10-8-2009 At 05:46 am

Nice and tidy. Good stuff.

Commented on 10-8-2009 At 09:37 pm

I fell in love with this bike the first moment I saw it.
Just like I did with Herb.

I was fortunate enough to ride with Herb during the Gypsy Run.

It looks good in the pics and even better moving down to road.

Commented on 6-17-2011 At 12:07 am

dang sweet ride

Commented on 8-22-2012 At 12:39 am

Nice and clean

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