ChopCult Archives: Brent Buenger's Double Trouble

I first met Brent in Bisbee, Arizona when he stopped by the table where we were sitting with George Counes of Spartan Frameworks at the Howl ‘N Prowl show. I was there with my camera taking pictures of bikes I found interesting and asked him which one was his; he pointed out this absolutely stunning 1946 knucklehead that truly stands out in a crowd. As I looked at the bike, there were so many small details that, when combined, made for a machine that is as much art as motorcycle. We talked a bit about setting up a photo session, and a few weeks later we finally made it happen. He calls the bike Double Trouble and, from a photographer's standpoint, it's a fitting moniker for a bike that has no “B” side, as the dual Linkert carbs with brass bird deflectors make the back side of the motor just as good-looking as the “pretty” side. Although, from Brent's admission, it's a love/hate relationship with the dual carbs. A reserved and somewhat quiet man, Brent is justifiably proud of the motorcycle he built and painted, and, given that he is an archaeologist by profession, a 72-year-old bike seems fitting.

Owner name, location: Brent Buenger, Vail AZ

Chop Cult Member profile: BB48Pan

Bike name: Double Trouble

Engine, year and make, model, modifications: 1946 Harley Davidson Knucklehead FL 74 cubic inch. Dual Linkert M35 carbs, Andrews S cam, S&S high comp pistons, Morris magneto.

Frame: 1946 Harley Davidson

Fork: 1930’s Harley Davidson VL rear leg, 1937 Harley Davidson Knucklehead/UL spring fork.

Chassis mods: Neck raked 35 degrees. Fork extended 3” over.

Tire/wheel size and style: 21-inch star hub front, 16-inch star hub rear; Avon tires.

Favorite thing about this bike: The dual Linkerts (love-hate relationship)

Next modification will be: Engraving of brass parts.

Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc.: Handmade bronze risers by Ryan Cox, handmade brass rocker nuts by George Counes, Infernal Combustion kicker pedal, Throwback pegs, Prism taillights, sissy bar by me, Throttle Addiction bars, Lowbrow fender

Any building or riding story or info you'd like to include: Built and painted by myself in my garage, except bottom-end assembly and machining.

Thanks to Jennifer Farris / @jenniferfarrisphotography. -Brent

Article and photos by Jennifer Farris / @jenniferfarrisphotography

This article first published on March 26, 2018

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Commented on 3-26-2018 At 10:32 am

That is a sweet lookin' ride! Lots of very cool details, and it all goes together seamlessly.

Commented on 5-15-2018 At 03:07 am

Fine ass scooter. You're a talented individual!

Commented on 1-9-2023 At 03:44 pm

Great looking bike, thanks for re-posting it here.

What's the tank? I like the shape a lot.

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