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The Daily: Todd's Panhead

 

Getting a new old bike is always an adventure. Who knows what kind of craftsmanship has gone into it over the years, or what the real history is on something pushing 60. Once in awhile a sweet deal comes up on a machine that's been "in the family," and you can actually trust the guy you're buying it from. Such is the case with Todd's new old panhead.

Todd Biller's uncle in Texas owned this bike for years, and when he put it on the market, Todd drove to the Lone Star to make a deal happen. It's Todd's now, and eventually it will evolve into something that's closer to his personal vision. Today Todd's just stoked to ride it the way it is.

 

 

Owner: Todd Biller, Temecula, CA

Engine: 1962 FL panhead

Frame: 1956 HD uncut with all hoops and tabs

Fork: Late '30s early '40s H-D springer

Tire/wheel size and style: Front 21” stock drum; 16” drum rear

Favorite thing about this bike: Everything as it was built 11 years ago by my Uncle Dave Biller from Austin Texas.

Next modification will be: Make it stop!

Backstory from Uncle Dave: This motorcycle was assembled in 2003 from various parts. Originally it was a '50s style bobber with Fat Bob tanks,  16” wheels, tank shift etc. Since then it has been taken apart a dozen times and reconfigured. The tank you see here is the eighth one that’s been on the bike. I can’t remember the guy’s name who originally built the motor (doesn’t really matter anyway since I’ve had it apart a couple times since then), but it was cobbled together with the remains of several others: '62 left case,  '63-'65 right case (?), late outside oil heads, 80” shovel flywheel,  S&S Super E,  Mallory ignition. The rear fender was a crusty Ford spare tire ring scored at a swap meet. A gentleman named Richard Kertson frenched some roundbar to my crude cut on the end and made it look real pretty. Some lunatic broad smashed into me from behind at an intersection and twisted the fender to shit. I took it back and Richard’s  son Noah fixed it up, repainted and striped it for me. I bought the sporty tank from a guy on the JJ and didn’t do a thing to it. My buddy’s bike fell on it one day and dented the tank. The frame is a '56 straight leg that was virtually uncut. Of course the rear tank mounts were hacked off and someone cut an inch off the brake crossover. The HD springer is of unknown origin when I found it, however, and it had purple pinstripes! I scored a Revtech 4-speed with a bent mainshaft for dirt cheap. Easy to fix. I ran a nice later style primary cover for a long time but when my shift lever came loose for the 937th time I finally just left it off, leaving the open  belt. I miss the old pan, but I’m real happy that it will stay in my family.


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Commented on 4-2-2010 At 01:32 pm
 

fuckin rad chopper!!!!

Commented on 4-2-2010 At 03:01 pm
 

this is a bad ass pan. everything is perfect

Commented on 4-2-2010 At 03:23 pm
 

I had the pleasure of riding with Todd a few weeks back. Great dude. Great bike. The bike just has so many neat little details. Love it.

Commented on 4-2-2010 At 03:59 pm
 

Looks great! Keep it clean!

Commented on 4-2-2010 At 05:15 pm
 

i just saw that scoot around the corner from my shop one day!
really clean!
i would'nt change a thing ...except the fluids!.

Commented on 4-2-2010 At 05:50 pm
 

very clean and nice. you scored.

Commented on 4-2-2010 At 06:41 pm
 

Timeless...

Commented on 4-2-2010 At 06:46 pm
 

good lookin machine for sure...looks like it would be fun to tool around on

Commented on 4-2-2010 At 07:10 pm
 

that bike is perfect!

Commented on 4-2-2010 At 07:10 pm
 

Nice score, especially from your Uncle. Cool story too.

Commented on 4-2-2010 At 08:41 pm
 

very well put together. good classic styling. excellent article

Commented on 4-2-2010 At 10:09 pm
 

Thanks gent's and she is a great machine! Big thanks to Billdozer!

Commented on 4-3-2010 At 03:35 am
 

Nice ride.I'd be in a hurry to ride that beauty.

Commented on 4-3-2010 At 04:01 am
 

I'm going to be the next owner of that bike, even though Dave and Todd haven't accepted that yet!

I got to make the trip to Texas with Todd to pick it up, and it was cool to see the pan transition to it's new home.

That bike is even cooler in person than in the pictures.

Commented on 4-3-2010 At 03:25 pm
 

dave rode it last year on pancho. i was right behind him for the first day of the trip.

Commented on 4-3-2010 At 06:37 pm
 

sweet deal

Commented on 4-4-2010 At 01:56 am
 

Deeeelicious....that is one tasty pan. Nothing on the bike to not like, that is rare. Good for you man, enjoy that crap, I know I would. :)

Commented on 4-4-2010 At 05:34 pm
 

THE ONLY THING I WOULD CHANGE IS THE NAME ON THE TITLE-HAHA

Commented on 4-4-2010 At 05:39 pm
 

CC is choosing some of the most beautiful bikes in the (our) world to feature here. Almost every one of us would love to roll a sled like this.
I LOVE this bike!!

Commented on 4-5-2010 At 06:03 am
 

damn man, clean simple and understated! Top looking ride.

Commented on 4-6-2010 At 06:08 am
 

absolute TITS!!! be careful if you tweek it.

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