Scotty's Shovelhead


Josh shot our friend Scotty's bike while we were on a trip up in Nor Cal last year and somewhere along the way, I lost 'em. Not long afterward, I heard that Scotty wrecked the bike. Eventually I found the images and pieced together a story and the trusty Shovelhead has been rebuilt into a totally different machine. We'll have to shoot it again next time we're up north!





Engine, year and make, model, modifications: 74" -Spare parts in S&S cases built 2006 for EDR '07 by my pop and I. I've had the flywheels and heads since '89. 8.5:1 compression, B grind cam, weisco pistons, mag fired, rented push rods. 

Frame: 1966 HD

Fork: late 40s-early 50s 45 springer

Tire/wheel size and style: 16-21

Favorite thing about this bike: The baldness of the tires.  

Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc: Kinda proud of the reinforced narrowed fender/fenderstruts-oil tank mount bidet assembly. 

Any building or riding story or info you'd like to include: Trippy tank story: a few months back I'm at this local mc swap. There's always that one person selling who looks out of place like they didn't understand it was for motorcycles. This one was an old lady- probably late 60s with just a few weird items draped around her shitty old datsun pickup. Dogs playing poker blanket, empty easter baskets, some belt buckles, etc. But in a box next to a small stack of old easyrider/car crafts is this tank. I pull out this crazy flat bottomed hummer tank and literally blow the dust off. 

"Yeah, that was on my old mans bike when he could still ride (he died last year) but pulled it off before he sold the bike so we could make rent one month."

Me- WOW! I seriously dig it. What kinda bike? Did you ride with him much? 

"Fucking everywhere on his rigid panshovel.  Thank god for that tiny tank too or else my ass would be in even worse shape."

Me- mam, I'd like to purchase your tiny ass-saver. 

"Umm, is 20 too much?

Me- how about 80 for the tank and this Kansas belt buckle.

"haha! god bless you son!"

On my next pass down that isle, she had already packed her shit and split. 


And a little update from Scotty post-crash...


The crash was pretty gnarly but to put it plainly, I got very, very lucky. About 20 of us were heading up to a small mining town called Belden on the feather river to camp for the weekend. (Mike D went the year before) We had just left a little lunch spot and were climbing over a pretty twisty pass..

Long story short, I have chalk the crash up to my own vanity AND stupidity! I wanted to run an older HD internal throttle mated to a super E carb because I liked the way it looked. It looked neato and I convinced myself that even though it was designed for a solid wire cable, the return spring on the carb would handle any shit the throttle gave me. It had stuck earlier in the day, I had just fixed it with quick slap to the carb. Thats when strupidity told me to just keep going.

Anywho, heading towards a corner and in the moment that I needed to get off the gas and into brakes, it stuck and no mater how hard you press on the brake, a juice drum wont even slow a revved up shovel. Left the road doing about 50, missed a few boulders but found a nice young pine tree to plant the forks into. I landed a good 15 yards in front of that with only a few bruises and a nasty case of poison oak. The bike didnt fair as well as myself. Dented tank (mural intact), ripped all the spokes out on one side, a severely twisted OEM springer (already fixed) and a healthy slice of humble pie.

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Commented on 3-19-2012 At 05:03 am

mi-ku-ni my good man

Commented on 3-19-2012 At 07:06 am

we drove a drive-away car from boston to santa cruz with only one 8-track tape: 'blues for allah'... recognize that mural! good luck with the re-build!

Commented on 3-19-2012 At 07:45 am

nice!, got a great look to her

Commented on 3-19-2012 At 10:11 am

God damn Scotty, I was going to call you gay, but after reading your crash story I felt... well.... gay idiot!

Glad you're in one piece mister! The Deadhead tank saved your life.

Commented on 3-19-2012 At 10:22 am

The above it true: Caleb Owens is a gay idiot.

Commented on 3-19-2012 At 10:32 am

There's a fast solution to a stuck throttle: reach down with your left hand and pull the plug wires. I say this like I've done it - I haven't - but always remind myself if it ever happens to do this.

In all likelihood when it does happen, I'll scream like a girl, pee my pant, and forget to touch those wires.

Commented on 3-19-2012 At 10:51 am

Kill Switch? This is what they were invented for,methinks

Commented on 3-19-2012 At 11:23 am

'kill switches are for quitters' - FIM

Commented on 3-19-2012 At 11:33 am

Im diggin it Scotty but next time just pull in the clutch...............

Commented on 3-19-2012 At 11:47 am

the bike looks better in its new form - and I still want you to trade it for my panhead!

Commented on 3-19-2012 At 11:53 am

Nice shovel, the only thing cooler would be an Eddie mural on the fender...

Commented on 3-19-2012 At 12:39 pm

Beautiful! the skeleton paintjob is pretty sweet

Commented on 3-19-2012 At 01:06 pm

Sucks about the crash, looking forward to seeing what you've done with the bike.

Commented on 3-19-2012 At 01:51 pm

davidabl, the reason I didn't suggest a kill switch is because these death traps always seem to have them in the least accessible place imaginable, like on the bottom of the rear fender. It's cooler that way.

Rudehog - the clutch makes entirely too much sense. Please come back with a more antiquated suggestion.

Commented on 3-19-2012 At 02:37 pm

1/4 turn MX throttle on the right....kill button between left grip and clutch lever unless you run a foot clutch....

Commented on 3-19-2012 At 03:50 pm

The good karma from not ripping the old lady off saved you from putting your head into that same tree!

Commented on 3-19-2012 At 04:53 pm

Damn, I like those pegs, and the twin throat air cleaner. And, just for the record, your brain can scream, CLUTCH, CLUTCH, CLUTCH!!!! All it wants, but it seems like all your body can do is lock up and scream, HOOOLLLLYYY SHIIIIIT....

Commented on 3-19-2012 At 05:34 pm

jeez scotty who would have knew that all you do is a kill switch jeez your such a stupid idiot!

Commented on 3-19-2012 At 05:35 pm

all you need... not whos the dummy

Commented on 3-19-2012 At 05:42 pm

^ I agree with fng and d1rty.
Had a similar, but not so heinous experience. I always run a return cable now.
Yeah, I'm a pussy.

Bike's cool as shit.

Commented on 3-19-2012 At 05:42 pm

Pretty awesome. Love how the tank was acquired tho that is just great

Commented on 3-19-2012 At 06:50 pm

Not much sucks worse than a wide open throttle when you need brakes!
My throttle stuck WFO 3 times on a recent ride , & some lube to
the cable fixed that. Your lucky!
A buddy of mine had a friend that died when His throttle stuck wide open
& then crashed into a fucking limousine. weird thing is He had just purchased
a new cable & was pulling out of the parking lot to go home to install it & It stuck!!! Nice SHovel!

Commented on 3-19-2012 At 06:58 pm

love the bike then but it's even better looking today.

Commented on 3-19-2012 At 07:22 pm

We also know Scotty as the guy who kept McGoo's head from being horribly burned in Mexico. He is my favorite quick thinking fireman....and McGoo escaped with only burned hair

Commented on 3-19-2012 At 08:52 pm

Thanks guys! Yeah, I've got a return cable on it now.

Commented on 3-20-2012 At 05:52 am

awesome bike Scotty!

Commented on 3-20-2012 At 10:52 am

Great, Great comments and potential fixes on this one good job guys!

Nice work on the swinger Scotty and it's good to hear your alright.

Commented on 3-27-2012 At 07:38 am


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