Kuda's Panchop


There are internet know-it-all's out there who will tell you it is impossible to really ride an old bike, especially on old-fashioned tires, a rigid frame and all that. These self-appointed pundits have obviously never met my friend Kuda. This dude hammers his murdered-out panhead all around the country with no regard for the opinions of others. Over the years of riding and working on this machine it has devolved into exactly what it is, nothing more, nothing less and that suits Kuda just fine. I pushed the bike out into a light sprinkle during the 6th annual Gypsy Run and banged out a few snapshots before the drunken kayak grass races started.




Owner name, location: Kuda, Wheaton, MD

Bike name: Panchop

Engine, year and make, model, modifications: 1949 numbers matching cases, original heads, wheels, and rods. Mods: converted back to plumber's intake, FLH cam and springs, 8.5 to 1 pistons. Original Linkert M35 carb.

Frame: Original 1949 FL, chopped back in the 60's-70's.

Fork: Original 1949 FL Hydra Glide.

Chassis mods: Neck raked and plated to about 36 degrees, sometime in the distant past. Restored so far (un-modded?): tool box bracket, upper tank mounts, and plunger seat bracket.

Tire/wheel size and style: Rear: 16" 5 square spoke Invader, 1970's era. Front: 21" spoke laced to star hub.

Favorite thing about this bike: Simplicity. I built the bike to ride, so ergonomics, practicality, reliability, and reparability are all engineered into the bike. Mechanical drum brakes, hand shift, foot clutch, kick only…it just doesn't get much simpler than that. It's the very stripped down essence of motorcycling. I built it so that I'm always aware that I'm riding a motorcycle.

Next modification will be: Stock tanks installed, neck de-raked to original, rear stand tabs repaired, going back to 2-1 exhaust.

Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc: No paint! Everything is powdercoated for easy care (it gets rain-washed). All pivot points have been fitted with a grease fitting (if not already there). Star hubs converted to sealed bearings, quick change oil adapter, sight gauge for oil level, modified pogo T-bar (moved back 4 inches for comfort), modified solo seat, hefty sissy-bar for strapping on camping gear. I used the stock internal "dead" throttle and left grip timer adjustment and welded them into a set of 14" apes (again, for comfort). Micro switches for latching relay for high/low beam and horn wired internally to bars. Latching relay for high/low beam hidden in headlight. Handmade true dual fishtails (required several days with a borrowed pipe bender to make). Analog GPS and working 1950's accessory cigarette lighter.

Any building or riding story or info you'd like to include: Too many to list. Way too many miles and adventures, I should probably write a book!

Thanks: Huge props to Ed at MDO Cycles, one of the last true old school shops around (and they let you use the shop for a fee, damn handy!). Also Wilber Dudley (301-963-3317) for working his powdercoating magic on everything and helping out with some of the trickier welding jobs. And huge thanks to the Pan Gods, Carl and Matt Olsen at Carl's Cycle for rebuilding the heads and finally getting the intakes sealed up correctly. Intake leaks suck!

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Commented on 10-8-2012 At 09:27 am

I really like this bike. Well Done!

Commented on 10-8-2012 At 09:59 am

The guy and his bike are super rad. He was like Mel Gibson from Braveheart or atleast I imagined him to be. My fondest memory of this guy was him playing air drums as he was riding up one of the Parkways during the Gypsy Run. Hands flailing in the air as he was jamming out to some metal.

Commented on 10-8-2012 At 12:06 pm

I fucking love that sticker on the license plate.

Commented on 10-8-2012 At 01:11 pm

One of my all time favorite bikes.

Commented on 10-8-2012 At 01:21 pm

bike looks fun to ride great job i want a bike with a foot clutch im jealous

Commented on 10-8-2012 At 02:34 pm

no matter how cool you think you are, theres always someone cooler....damn

Commented on 10-8-2012 At 02:38 pm

Kuda is fucking legit. He told me a story about wrecking his bike on a run and building a splint for his smashed leg out of tent poles so he could keep on partying and ride home.

Commented on 10-8-2012 At 03:20 pm

love it, :)

Commented on 10-8-2012 At 04:28 pm

Nice, that bike has got soul

Commented on 10-8-2012 At 07:22 pm

Great pan man!!

Commented on 10-8-2012 At 08:01 pm

Great bike. So many miles on that thing.

Even greater man. One of the most real dudes ever.

Commented on 10-9-2012 At 04:07 am

agree with everyone above. Kuda is a great dude. Fun to ride with, down for whatever the plan was and a killer bike that runs!

Commented on 10-9-2012 At 05:58 am

Looks like it rode thriugh Labrea's pits.

Commented on 10-9-2012 At 07:52 am

awesome bike... i love old pans like that

Commented on 10-9-2012 At 08:17 am

This is no Joke Kuda rides this thing. No bitching or complaining either. He knows what works and what is a fashion statement and only the necessary details stay on this bike. Ride on Brother! Tim

Commented on 10-9-2012 At 02:03 pm

Wow! Great bike!

Commented on 10-10-2012 At 07:01 am

Kudas bike is inspiring the next gen of scooter trash! thats what a bike should be. \m/

Commented on 10-10-2012 At 09:10 am

I saw this bike in person.......its amazing! Just a perfect stripped down old panhead. I love everything about this bike.

Commented on 10-12-2012 At 02:02 pm

I like to see bikes that are ridden

Commented on 10-13-2012 At 02:12 pm

Kuda's the genuine article. The only man that can wear a leather vest with no shirt and not look like a total douchebag biker. I've had the pleasure to ride and hang with him on a couple Gypsy Run's and he's a straight up dude.

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