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1948 EL Panhead Oldschool Bobber

Maurice from the Netherlands sent us these photographs of his slick 1948 Harley EL Panhead Oldschool Bobber. The motor is a 1956 Harley Davidson Panhead, mounted in an original 1948 Panhead wishbone frame. Maurice is the man behind Flyin' Dutchman's Photos, and - not surprisingly - his Panhead Bobber was featured in Hot Bike Japan magazine.

Photo of 1948 Panhead Harley Davidson EL Oldschool Bobber by Maurice from the Netherlands.

Maurice: "Original 1948 Panhead wishbone frame with all brackets present except the rear tank tabs and toolbox bracket. Transmission mounts are professionally raised an inch to get more ground clearance with the clutch basket when cornering. The original horse shoe oiltank was therefore sectioned an inch and the forward oiltank mounts are located an inch higher on the frame."

Photo of 1948 Harley EL Panhead Oldschool Bobber Motorcycle by Maurice.

Maurice: "The 4 speed transmission was built up from a Midwest case and Revtech and Andrews internals. The brass bushings around the mainshaft were changed for needle bearings, this keeps it from leaking over the mainshaft as now the bushing is not pushing against the o-ring inside. The case has "ears" so I made use of a support bearing. The kicker cover is a finned Paughco."

Photo of 1948 Panhead Harley Davidson EL Oldschool Bobber Motorbike by Maurice. Maurice: "The motor is a '56 Panhead. The cases are matching and are original. So are the heads, and barrels. Only one small chip off of one of the fins! Rocker covers are aluminum. I mounted a rebuilt Linkert M74 carb with a bird deflector from Custom Cycle Engineering. The pipes are stainless and custom build. They sit nice and tight. Spark comes from a Morris M74 magneto. It also features a Cycle Electric generator."

Photo of 1948 Harley EL Panhead Oldschool Bobber Motorcycle by Maurice. As you can see, this Panhead Oldschool Bobber is a true lane splitter.

Maurice: "The fork is a repop springer with an original starhub and an aftermarket dual action drum. The rim is a 1.5 Raedelli and of course it's wrapped by and Avon Speedmaster tire. The fork features a modified clamp and a set of Zero Engineering risers to hold the custom bars which I made from seamless, stainless aircraft tubing. The bars are equipped with an Exile internal throttle. Grips are Super Sixties."

Photo of 1948 Panhead Harley Davidson EL Oldschool Bobber Motorbike by Maurice.

Maurice: "Further on you'll find a Bates headlight, a super bitchin' Japanese repop Crocker taillight from Psychle Shop, a narrowed '36 Ford spare tire cover fender, a narrow Bates seat with beautiful patina, custom made stainless steel controls with pegs from a GT BMX bike, a tiny stainless sissybar, an original Harley Davidson 16 inch rear wheel with an Avon SM tire, a Sundance o-ring chain, an old brass kicker pedal, and a narrowed Mustang tank with a Pingel hi flow petcock."

Photo of 1948 Harley EL Panhead Oldschool Bobber Motorcycle by Maurice.

Photo of 1948 Panhead Harley Davidson EL Oldschool Bobber Motorbike by Maurice.

Maurice: "The clutch and belt set up is a BDL 1.5 inch. Shifting is done with a suicide clutch and a stainless jockey shifter which is topped with a Chicago Motorcycle Supply shiftknob.

Photo of 1948 Harley EL Panhead Oldschool Bobber Motorcycle by Maurice. The custom paint job on the tank was done by Max Schaaf / 4Q Conditioning from Oakland, California.

Photo of 1948 Panhead Harley Davidson EL Oldschool Bobber Motorbike by Maurice.

Photo of 1948 Harley EL Panhead Oldschool Bobber Motorcycle by Maurice.

Photo of 1948 Panhead Harley Davidson EL Oldschool Bobber Motorbike by Maurice.

Photo of 1948 Harley EL Panhead Oldschool Bobber Motorcycle by Maurice.

(December 2008)