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Gilby Clarke's West Coast Choppers 1941 Harley Davidson Knucklehead

Gilby Clarke's West Coast Choppers 1941 Harley Davidson Knucklehead

While everyone at ChopCult takes pride in celebrating the backyard builder who scratches with available tools and talent to build a bike in his kitchen, it's nice to see what a real pro can do with a 70-year-old machine. Gilby Clarke's rootbeer EL is one such creation. Built by West Coast Choppers to be as rideable as it is good-looking, this knucklehead's tasteful and purposeful craftsmanship are proof that certain things never go out of style. 
West Coast Choppers Knucklehead


Owner: Gilby Clarke 
Builder: West Coast Choppers
Engine: HD 1941 EL
Frame: HD 1941 EL
Fork: HD springer
Gilby Clarke Knucklehead Chopper


Harley Davidson Knucklehead

Chassis mods: Seat spring mounts & forward controls

Tires/wheels: HD star hub wheels with 21" Avon Spedmaster front/16" Shinko rear

 Doodads: WCC custom exhaust & tips, custom jockey shift, T-bone bars & WCC risers


Knucklehead Chopper by West Coast Choppers


Favorite thing: I love that it kicks right over & the original 3-gallon tanks
 Next mod: I'm gonna change the bars & risers soon 


Knucklehead Chopper


Backstory straight from Gilby: Jesse James of WCC built my '65 pan many moons ago. I always wanted a knuckle and one day my friend Grant called & said Jesse had a '41 he wanted to sell. It looked pretty cool the way it was, with an extended springer and 40-degree rake. It needed a lot of work, and we talked about what I liked and what needed to be done. WCC put the frame and springer back to original specs, rebuilt the motor three times (it started as a 61" & ended up a 74"). Hot dog killed on the paint (root beer flake & satin black frame). My goal was to ride it on the last EDR, but that didn't happen with all the motor work and WCC going through some personnel changes, but I eventually did get to strap a tent and sleeping bag on it for the Biltwell Bash last April. Thanks to Grant Reynolds, Jesse James, Rockabilly Jay & my wife for understanding why I need so many old bikes.

West Coat Choppers Knucklehead



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