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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.

 

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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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Click the photo above for a big version you can use as a desktop background on your computer.


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Commented on 10-5-2009 At 10:56 pm
 

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

Commented on 10-5-2009 At 11:32 pm
 

very nice and simple bike. killer

Commented on 10-6-2009 At 05:10 am
 

Nice bike!!! No frills.

Commented on 10-6-2009 At 05:41 am
 

very cool machine!

Commented on 10-6-2009 At 08:51 am
 

meh, it's ok.

Commented on 10-6-2009 At 10:14 am
 

herb and his bikes just plain get it. rad.

Commented on 10-6-2009 At 10:50 am
 

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

Commented on 10-6-2009 At 05:39 pm
 

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

Commented on 10-6-2009 At 07:47 pm
 

very nice. im with Loewe with some action shots

Commented on 10-7-2009 At 06:12 am
 

very cool pan/shovel www.pitoniakcycle.com

Commented on 10-7-2009 At 09:43 am
 

sweet bike

Commented on 10-7-2009 At 09:53 am
 

I'm so jealous

Commented on 10-7-2009 At 03:49 pm
 

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

Commented on 10-7-2009 At 09:46 pm
 

Nice and tidy. Good stuff.

Commented on 10-8-2009 At 01:37 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 6-16-2011 At 04:07 pm
 

dang sweet ride

Commented on 8-21-2012 At 04:39 pm
 

Nice and clean

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