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Bike Builds

5-Ball VL, XA, FL 2022-23 Build, Part 1

With a Knucklehead Engine from S&S

by Bandit with photos by the Redhead and Atomic Dice illustrations
For the first time in 20 years, I didn’t have a shop. I had to do something or chase women and drink whiskey. Irish Rich, from Shamrocks just moved to Sturgis from Denver and had a couple of rusting VL frames. At least I could find parts and start planning. I reached out to Matt Olsen. The last time I saw him he mentioned coming into some stock springers.
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The Little Red Chopper, Part 2

All the Players Step Forward

By Kent Weeks and Tom Young with photos by RFR and Sil
Harvey, the Veteran Owner, came to me by way of John Peek, who runs Full Throttle motorcycle shop in Houston, (one of the most successful, top-gas bike racers in Texas). Harvey recently moved back to this area and didn’t have anyone to help with the custom metal work he wanted to have done.
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Pandemic Panhead Project: Part 3 Tuning

It was a lesson in Frustration on Several Fronts

by Bandit with photos by Wrench
I’ve built a number of bikes and maybe I was just lucky. With the Pandemic not so lucky. Trouble getting it started in Sturgis, so we brought it home and sent the Magneto back to Deadwood Custom Cycles for a check-over.
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Pandemic Panhead Project, Part 2

Scrambling for Paint

By Bandit with photos by Wrench and Bandit
While waiting on the paint, I needed to install the Morris Mag, decide on a carb, install the front brake, finish a handful of welds, work with the guys at Bates on a clutch cable, make an old clutch lever work, hell, make the brake lever work and find a brake cable, take the springer apart and add Paughco inner springs, install the headlight and taillight, make a muffler bracket and mo’.
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Pandemic Project Panhead: Part 1

The Basket Case from Hell

By Bandit with photos by Wrench
It all started on a dark, foggy harbor day in 2018 when the Pandemic basket case arrived at the Bikernet Intergalactic World Headquarters in Wilmington, Califa.
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Funky Panhead Part 5: New front wheel and disc brake

With the help of Paughco and Black Bike Wheels

By Bandit with photos by Wrench
Okay, so the classic wheel rolled in from Black Bike Wheels, in Van Nuys. They have grown to build spoked wheels for every make and model in virtually every size. Too cool. If you need a spoked wheel give them a call and speak to Elliot or Eric. Tell them Bikernet sent you.
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Re-Birth of a Shovelhead Part II

Engine, Frame and the Charolette Show

By Mike Pullin with photos from his lovely wife, Vickie
It has been awhile since I gave an update on my Shovelhead project. Things happened, that we had no control over, including hurricanes and flooding, but we survived.
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Funky Panhead Part 3: The Feature

It Was Featured Lucky for Me in Cycle Source Magazine

By Bandit with photos by Markus Cuff
I about shit my pants. I had just scored a sharp rigid frame, a set of fatbobs, and I knew I had a 5-speed Softail transmission at the Bikernet Headquarters. What the fuck? Hell yes, I needed a Panhead engine!
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