“I went to meet the previous owner of my Panhead with a pocket full of cash. A deal was struck and I was happy as could be.”
It was a Sunday in January of 2010 that my friend Danny told me about this Panhead that he knew about that was sitting in a guy’s garage a few towns over from where I live. He got me pretty stoked on this thing and just recently reminded me of how I called him about four times that week making sure that we could go check it out the following Sunday worried that someone else was going to go scoop this thing up. I didn’t really have the cash to make a move on it, so I did what any responsible person would do when encountered with a situation like I was in: I borrowed money from my brother Zach. The following Sunday came and I went to meet the previous owner of my Panhead with a pocket full of cash. A deal was struck and I was happy as could be. I got it running that summer the way that it was, similar to this style, but with true patina. That first winter I couldn’t keep my hands off of it and tore it down for some 88-inch S&S stroker treatment and a quick black paintjob. My goal was to build something quick that had the ability to run with new bikes. After riding it that summer, I still yearned to have it finished to the quality it is today, which brought a lot of work for the winter of 2011. It was then that it was torn down to the frame and many restless nights of work and beer drinking were to ensue.
Photo Gallery: Luke Walters’ Bobbed 1951 FLH Panhead – Street Chopper Magazine