Harley Bobber

September 13, 2010

Harley 45 Flathead Motorcycle Bobber

Harley-Davidson WL custom by Dark Star Kustoms

Bobber Harley 45 Motorcycle

Here is another feature bike we found on Bike Exif site worth sharing here.

Philip Van Geest runs Dark Star Kustoms in The Hague, Holland, and he’s making a name for himself with his fabricating skill and eye for good proportions. This Harley WL bike is called ‘The Merlin’, and it’s the star of the latest issue of Greasy Kulture magazine.

The handlebars are from a Belgian ‘Flandria’ moped, the headlight from a bicycle and the petrol cap from an East German ‘Stimson’ moped. The primary chain cover once did duty as a step on a Russian sidecar, and the rear wheel is from a pre-unit Triumph … you get the idea. The engine is a 1942 Harley-Davidson WL (750cc flathead) which Philip got in exchange for a BMW bike. (The “engine was scrap metal” he says, and it had to be rebuilt). But the rest of the machine is almost all handmade from scratch by Philip: this includes the frame, the neat little tank, and the ribbed mudguard.

According to Greasy Kulture editor Guy Bolton, “Philip appreciates period correctness and has a definite idea about what ‘old school’ choppers should look like, dressing his bikes with pre-1950s accessories. He also mixes and matches parts from different marques to put a twist on the usual Harley custom theme.” Philip’s intention was to create “a really skinny bike suitable for the hectic traffic in The Hague … I couldn’t decide which colour would fit the bike, but it actually looked cool as it was: bare metal, really pure. All I’ve done is spray some lacquer over the metal to keep the rust at bay.” This Harley took just five weeks to build: fast work is a Dark Star trademark, which is amazing when you consider how much this Harley was handmade from scratch.

Harley-Davidson WL custom by Dark Star Kustoms
Harley-Davidson WL custom by Dark Star Kustoms

Dark Star Kustoms is a post from Bike EXIF – Classic motorcycles, custom motorcycles and cafe racers.

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January 15, 2009

Motorcycle AMCA Youth Program Harley Giveaway

Harley WLA Parts Bike

Win Harley Parts Bike Like This (but not this one)

Hi everybody. It has been freezing cold up here in South Dakota, sub zero temps, ice, and a lot of snow.  This may sound stange to some of you, but I actually like this weather, and consider it a vital part of my work schedule.  If I lived in a tropical place like California, or any place down south that lacks snow, I probably wouldn’t get any work done on the classic motorcycle restoration, because I would be out enjoying them, doing the minimul amount of maintanance to keep the wheels rolling on the road.   The reason that I bring this up, is because I feel a little bit guilty about not writing here more often.   I will try to pry myself away from the shop to post something fun on here on a more frequent basis.

The main reason that I wanted to do a post tonight, was to show you guys one of the parts that I just got in for the Harley motorcycle giveaway contest that I have been working on in a Harley magazine and here.  It is a set of NOS Harley front and rear springer fork legs.  They were donated by my good friend John Lindeman from Golden Valley, North Dakota.  There are a couple of neat things that I noticed about this front end,  the first was that the wires that held More on Motorcycle AMCA Youth Program Harley Giveaway

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December 6, 2008

Is My Panhead Cursed? Wrench, Ride, Repeat. Part 4

After the engine broke for the second time after less than something less than 15 miles I had pretty muc, Bobber Panh decided the bike must be carrying a gypsy curse or I needed someone else to handle the mechanics on this bike if I was ever to ride it any distance other than in the back of a truck. This bike has always been a case of “wrench, ride, repeat” which made me nuts long ago. I have never had such issues with any other bike. Not knowing what to do next I did what any self respecting magazine editor would do and I wrote about it in my column in American Iron  Harley magazine.

About a week after the subscription copies began hitting mailboxes I got a call from my friend and world class engine builder Vito Sabato. in brief, Vito said I should drop the bike off with him and he would get it sorted out for me. I jumped at the chance for a world class high performance engine builder to open up my Panhead engine and remove the Gypsy Curse.

Sabato-Built Dual Carb Panhead

Sabato-Built Dual Carb Panhead

Well, to make a long story short, Vito and some of his friends pulled the engine down, inspected and rebuilt it to better than new. Aside from properly rebalancing the entire engine, they removed several pounds of weight from the flywheels and did a few other time proven hot rod upgrades to the engine. Then they took it out for a test ride before handing it back to me. The funny is that neither Vito or Neil – his top mechanic had ever ridden a foot clutch before. Turns out Neil was a natural and enjoyed riding it around the block a few times.

I got the bike home earlier this year and have put almost 1,000 virtually maintenance-free miles on her since then.

Vincent-Style STOP Lights Under The Seat

Vincent-Style STOP Lights Under The Seat

Knowing a project bike is never finished, I already have a list of changes I have in store for this machine. Among them I want to make it a bit less red. I like the red tin and wheels but feel the handlebar grips, shift knob and other red items are overkill. I’d also like to add some pinstripes and possible lettering. I need to remount the STOP lights under the seat – they are cool but hang a bit too low for proper clearance. And I’d like to add a support bracket to the 2 Linkert carbs hanging off the left side. Then I want to put a lot more miles on the old girl.

Not Everything On The Bike Is Red!

Not Everything On The Bike Is Red!

If this sounds familiar that is because we covered this build in American Iron Harley magazine several years ago. Wrench, ride, repeat! More details and photos to follow as I make more progress.

– Buzz Kanter, Stamford, CT

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