Last Monday we rolled out Lake Charles local Chuck Smalley's shovelhead on the old 33 news feed. Today Chuck's buddy Ben Pugh gets to enjoy his 15 minutes of fame. Ben's shovelhead boasts an ecclectic mix of MX- and chopper-inspired components and fab features, and the finished product has a stance and patina that seems both purposeful and well-earned. Everyone learns something when they build an old motorcycle. Here's what Ben has learned from his days in the saddle.
In 2008, six of us made the trip from southwest Louisiana to the Smokeout in North Carolina. Eight days round-trip, with tent camping and traveling on secondary roads the entire time. We quickly decided that the event was just as lame as any other "rally", and that the real experience was on the road. Since then we have traveled, but haven't been concerned much with the event at the end of the map. All I can say is: get some buds together, pack up, and leave. Go make a 4- or 5-day loop; it’s much more fun without a destination or a deadline. The real stories and memories come from the side of the road—not at an overpriced tough-guy convention.
Owner/builder: Ben Pugh
Home: Lake Charles, LA
Bike name: Trend Killer
Engine year, make, model, specs, mods: 1978 Harley shovelhead; A-grind cam; roller rockers; Evo lifters, lifter blocks, and pushrods; S&S Super E carb; stainless-steel 2-into-1 exhaust
Frame year, make, model, specs, mods: Paugho frame; 0 up, 0 out; stock rake
Transmission: O.G. 4-speed with jockey shift
Primary: BDL narrow belt
Front wheel size and specs: 23" speedway wheel, laced to stock Narrow Glide hub
Rear wheel size and specs: 16" spoke
Thanks: To all my friends—you know who you are, and of course my wife for almost understanding my addiction these old machines