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Zack Taylor's Shovelhead

 

Everyone who's jumped head first into an old motorcycle purchase knows the feeling. The butterflies at approach, the adrenalin rush during sputter on first kick, or the soul-sucking disbelief when the whole deal shits the bed. Zack Taylor jumped into his Electric Buzzard the old-fashioned way: on a wing and a prayer.

Owner: Zack Taylor 
Bike: Electric Buzzard
Year, make model of motor, plus engine mods,: Stock 77' shovel with 10:1 and a hotter cam.
Year, make, model of original frame, plus mods, if any: Stock '77 shovel frame with a weld-on hardtail
Fork spec: FL forks with cut and shortened tubes
The guy who helped with my build: Hank Decken
Front/rear wheel rim, tire and hub specs: 16" Steamrollers with Firestone meats
In Zack's own words: I bought this bike in its original form about two weeks after I sold the first bike I ever owned. I knew I wanted something that had some soul and would help me learn. I bought it blind—I'd never even kickstarted a bike before. I rode it for the season until the top end let loose and totally pooched it. My goal at first was to just get the motor running again. As soon as I pulled that motor I said fuck it and tore the whole bike apart in a couple of days. I decided I was going to make it my own the way I wanted, and to learn how everything worked as I put it back together. My buddy Hank let me work out of his shop for the whole build. He helped me with everything I struggled with. With out his help I would probably still be building this pig. 
I'm flossin with Biltwell risers and seat hinge, and Bench*Mark points cover 
Thanks: Hank Decken, Joe Lingley, Sean Larose

 

dkdkEveryone who's jumped head first into an old motorcycle purchase knows the feeling. The butterflies at approach, the adrenalin rush during sputter on first kick, or the soul-sucking disbelief when the whole deal shits the bed. Zack Taylor jumped into his Electric Buzzard the old-fashioned way: on a wing and a prayer.

I bought this bike in its original form about two weeks after I sold the first bike I ever owned. I knew I wanted something that had some soul and would help me learn. I bought it blind—I'd never even kickstarted a bike before. I rode it for the season until the top end let loose and totally pooched it. My goal at first was to just get the motor running again. As soon as I pulled that motor I said "fuck it" and tore the whole bike apart in a couple of days. I decided I was going to make it the way I wanted, and to learn how everything worked as I put it back together. My buddy Hank let me work out of his shop for the whole build. He helped me with everything I struggled with. Without his help I would probably still be building this pig. 

I'm flossin' with Biltwell risers and a seat hinge and a Bench*Mark points cover. Thanks, guys.

Bike: Electric Buzzard

Year, make model of motor, plus engine mods: Stock '77 shovel with 10:1 pistons and a hotter cam

Year, make, model of original frame, plus mods: Stock '77 shovel frame with a weld-on hardtail

Fork: FL forks with cut and shortened tubes

Front/rear wheel rim, tire and hub specs: 16" steamrollers with Firestone meats

 

Dudes who lended a hand: Hank Decken, Joe Lingley, Sean Larose  

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Commented on 7-7-2010 At 01:38 pm
 

pretty fuckin cool, I'm a huge vintage bike fan

Commented on 7-7-2010 At 03:07 pm
 

rad fuckin shovel !!!!!!

Commented on 7-7-2010 At 05:07 pm
 

Zack your bike came out friggin' sweet and looks even better in person, awesome job. We gotta get together for a ride.

Commented on 7-7-2010 At 05:37 pm
 

I'm proud to call Zack one of my closest and dearest friends.
His bike ain't so bad either....Can't wait till you get home dude so we can ride!!

Commented on 7-7-2010 At 06:02 pm
 

YOUR FIRST BUILD? YOUR KIDDING! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.THE TORCH IS HANDED OFF TO YOU.

Commented on 7-7-2010 At 06:34 pm
 

Nice bike man, I haven't had the pleasure of seeing it first hand yet. Hopefully if I ever have a running bike we'll get to share some miles.

Commented on 7-7-2010 At 07:04 pm
 

Looks tough I like it, vintage bikes are the shit.

Commented on 7-7-2010 At 07:15 pm
 

Hell yeah man...looks good.
That taillight is too cool.

Commented on 7-7-2010 At 08:35 pm
 

I noticed the government stickers. how in the hell do you get that past the guards and which one do you work for?

BTW absolutely a great bike man.

Commented on 7-7-2010 At 10:58 pm
 

I love this bike. No fucking apehangers, no dinky ass gas tank, and no exhaust pipes spewing pollutants directly into the ozone. And that taillight is clever!! Good job!

Commented on 7-7-2010 At 10:59 pm
 

Zack... like I said Saturday, awesome bike!

Commented on 7-7-2010 At 11:08 pm
 

Cool bike zak, word on the street is you are hung like a mountain lion. GRRRRRR

Commented on 7-8-2010 At 03:56 am
 

Nice bike! What handlebars are those? Would like to use those on my bobber

Commented on 7-8-2010 At 05:38 am
 

Hot damn! Love me a shovel, and I totally dig this one. Shovels is best!!

Commented on 7-8-2010 At 03:50 pm
 

now i really want a chubby machine

Commented on 7-9-2010 At 10:50 am
 

Right on nice bike. Wish I had one. B cool.

Commented on 7-12-2010 At 01:41 pm
 

That is sweet, well done man!

Commented on 7-14-2010 At 02:58 pm
 

above all else I like the modified thunderheader. different and subtle. thirty years from now dudes will be rocking those like guys do cocktail shakers now. nice job man.

Commented on 6-24-2012 At 07:19 pm
 

nice bike!

Commented on 6-24-2012 At 07:19 pm
 

i love that front end

Commented on 1-19-2013 At 06:37 pm
 

There's no pics....

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