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JIMMy'S panhead BOBBER

When Jimmy sold his ‘80 rigid Shovelhead bobber, he decided it was time to exercise yet another idea and build a one-off bike in the Frisco Chopper-style.

He went to visit Dick Elvasky of Atlas and design a whole new bike. The chassis has a 2” raised backbone with a stock 31-degree raked neck and was to utilize a 1946 H-D ‘springer’ front end. Bill Chambers was commissioned to build an 88 c.i. Panhead based on an Evolution bottom end, shovel barrels, S.T.D. pan heads and topped with an S&S super E carb in chemfilm gold to look like carbs of old. Transmission is a JIMS close-ratio 5-speed that Shine mounted low in the chassis. Rims are SUN hoops, stainless spoke laced on OEM H-D Star hubs done at Buchannon’s. Handle bars were built to mimic the “sweat fit” look of the forks with a fluid arch and welded in place with hand control anchors. Gas tank was a peanut, into which Shine hand-hammered details matching the rear fender. Stainless pipes and custom 36 EL primary to conceal the 2” B.D.L. clutch and belt. Chrome plating was handled by Frank Huizar at Quaker City Plating. PPG paint was applied by Abe Rodriguez. Tony and Maryann from Hidecore did the matching grips, running boards and seat in hand tooled leather.

The bike was in competition for America’s Most Beautiful Motorcycle in 2005. It has since been sold and resides with Vincenzo Albanese in Italy.


Based on an Atlas chassis, this bike started its journey back in 1996.

Dan brought his rolling chassis to SO-Cal Speed Shop to get the special treatment from Pete Chapouris. Dan was so impressed with the “Hogzilla” bikes that he and Bob Bauder had built for Billy F. Gibbons of ZZ Top. Pete tasked Shine to head up the project and advance his sheet metal working skills under the guidance of legendary metalman Bill “Birdman” Stewart.

Special consideration was involved to properly fit Kruse to the bike since he is 6’4” tall. Tailoring was a must in order to keep Dan from dwarfing the bike’s proportions. Custom tank, fenders, air cleaner, electrical box, pedals, pipes and more turned it into another one-off motorcycle to add to the legacy. A 98 c.i. Evolution by Bill Chambers provides adequate power to keep the bugs in the teeth. It all did the trick, as the bike was soon captured by photographer Wes Allison and graced the cover of Hotbike magazine.




So-cal triumph

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