Tyler's Gasbox Shovelhead


If you follow Lowbrow Customs at all, you've probably seen the grip of high-class machines the Malinky brothers have built. From old British iron to a panhead chop and record-setting Bonneville race bikes, Tyler and Kyle have built some bangers. So what's a man with a twin-engine Triumph on a hard deadline supposed to do with his shovelhead basket case? If you're friends with one extremely talented Jesse Bassett as Tyler is, you ask him to build it for you.



Engine, year and make, model, modifications: 1975 Harley-Davidson shovelhead

Frame:  Mullins Chaindrive single-loop Witchfinder frame, #008

Fork:  35mm Sportster forks with fork shrouds and custom top tree

Chassis mods: Custom mids for my long-ass legs; dope styling

Tire/wheel size and style: 21" front, 18" rear; Avon Speedmaster and Safety Mileage MKII on alloy flanged Akront Morad rims with polished stainless spokes; spool front, juice rear

Favorite thing about this bike: Super clean front end and controls; the purple paint—chicks dig it; 2-into-1 Jesse-built pipes. This bike rules and I didn't have to do any work—I just get to beat the crap out of it

Next modification will be: None planned, this thing is a fun bike to hotrod around on

Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc: Kustomtech throttle, clutch lever, caliper bracket and Super Freni rear caliper for high-class, high-function control; chrome Gasbox rear fender; slick oil tank with spin-on filter; hand made everything by Gasbox

Back story: I bought this bike as a project the day before we left for Bonneville Speed Week in 2011. It was a lump motor, a couple frames and a pallet of parts. I was building my dual-engine '55 Triumph with Born Free 4 as a deadline, and I thought it would be cool to get the shovel together with a bunch of parts from Lowbrow. With no time left to do another ground-up full custom build after work, I dumped a load of stuff at Gasbox. Jesse took care of business and built this bike in a crazy short amount of time, less than two months from start to dialed. Jason at Jason's Custom Metal Polishing took care of all the polishing and plating, and Joe Koenigsmark killed it on the paint, despite a lot of local outcry at the mention of "lavender'." Jesse finished the shovel and brought it to Lowbrow, I rode it about five miles, then it immediately went in the truck with the Double Vision race bike and Greg drove to California. I got to break it in riding around southern California, Born Fre  and the PCH, which couldn't have been better. Choppers rule


Jesse Bassett at The Gasbox

Joe Koenigsmark at Jerry's House of Kolors and Angel Dust Cycle Paint in Elyria, OH

Jason Lysaght at Jason's Custom Metal Polishing

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Commented on 9-24-2012 At 05:10 am

Beautiful, Tyler you are accumulating quite the collection.

Commented on 9-24-2012 At 05:33 am

Beautiful bike and paint! I have tried molding oil tanks (with very limited success) and that is awesome!


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Commented on 9-24-2012 At 06:48 am

See you think you have colors for your own project picked out then CC has to showcase a jewel like this! Very nice work Jesse & Tyler, ride the hell out of it!

Commented on 9-24-2012 At 06:56 am

are you kidding me, look at those details. That is a beautiful bike.

Commented on 9-24-2012 At 07:09 am

i have been in love with this bike from the second i saw it at BF!! had no idea who's it was or who built it til now! wicked chop.

Commented on 9-24-2012 At 07:17 am

there was a guy around boston in the late '60's who did a whole series of purple bikes, ecstasy 1,2,3, and so on... anyone out there remember him?

Commented on 9-24-2012 At 07:59 am

Work of Art !

Commented on 9-24-2012 At 08:59 am

Never Thought I Could Be So In Love With A Purple Bike.

Commented on 9-24-2012 At 09:15 am

They say that "envy" is one of the 7 deadly sins. Looks like I need to repent.

Commented on 9-24-2012 At 09:25 am

What a sweet ride Tyler. I love the paint and all the custom work!!

Commented on 9-24-2012 At 11:12 am

I'm surprised no one has commented on the oil filter built into the bag - very cool.

Commented on 9-24-2012 At 12:36 pm

Very nice. Killer simplicity!

Commented on 9-24-2012 At 04:38 pm

i 2nd that Nose
i really dig the carb cover
looks like the horse of a different color in wizard of oz

Commented on 9-24-2012 At 04:38 pm

i 2nd that Nose
i really dig the carb cover
looks like the horse of a different color in wizard of oz

Commented on 9-24-2012 At 06:08 pm

Its 9pm west coast time (I'm in BC right now) so I guess I can drunk post, is The Purple Nurple the same as the Twisted Nipple? -Bear

Commented on 9-24-2012 At 06:21 pm

Shit you can't delete comments... efffing hell! Seriously, sweet build I'm a big shovel fan and some how this looks classic and fresh all at once. (signed drunk ass in the Canadian Rockies)

Commented on 9-24-2012 At 08:41 pm

Picture perfect. Not a thing I would change...

Commented on 9-24-2012 At 09:25 pm

I'm such a fan of both Lowbrow's and Gasbox's bikes. Another knockout by Jesse!

Commented on 9-25-2012 At 05:08 am

Love the fab details - taillight and mount, sissy bar mounts, motor mount. That's the shit that makes a primo bike.

Commented on 9-25-2012 At 06:21 am

Damn she's a beauty!

Commented on 9-25-2012 At 09:54 am

That thing is so rad.

Commented on 9-25-2012 At 10:36 am


Commented on 9-25-2012 At 12:17 pm

Oh yea. Chicks dig "SpArKLy"

Commented on 9-26-2012 At 10:14 pm

That's awesome. Looks old and new, all at the same time.

Commented on 9-26-2012 At 10:14 pm

That's awesome. Looks old and new, all at the same time.

Commented on 11-18-2012 At 01:24 am

i never saw myself as a purple guy but i would make an exception for this bike

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