His inspiration came out the asphalt of the Dragstrips of the50s, in the burnt rubber but always with a pinch of aeronautics. Finally a bitlike during the end of the 40s when the auxiliary tanks of Mustank P-51, thebelly tanks, found themselves decked out of V8 to beat records of speeds on thecrust of salt of Bonneville.Architect, Michael proceeds with method,patience and looks for the ideal setting for his project. The choice of theframe is certainly aesthetic but in Germany it is also fashionable to presentto the service of the TÜV a frame from the sacrosanct mother´s house ofMilwaukee with papers. Never mind, Michael wants a Wishbone frame, a realchallenge to find in origin but he calls a few contacts and becomes the ownerof a genuine Panhead 1948 frame with papers!
The construction of the bike canreally begin, the frame went to Cycle Factory in the west of Munich whereErnstl Hüfner will be the technical partner of Michael. After some hesitationfor a Shovel engine, it will finally be a 93 P-Series engine from S&S thatwill be the brave heart of the bike. Absolutely period correct, the engine isequipped with four spark plugs, a Super E carburetor with an elegant castaluminum cover, 585 cams and a bench border of the 100 ponies! A 4-speedgearbox is engineered, reconditioned and equipped with a very original startingsystem indeed an electric starter is attached to the rear of a spacer that isinserted between the gearbox and the kick cover. Thanks to a clever sprocketsystem, the bike is equipped with a starter almost invisible, so no kick armbut especially no start to the stroller ! Another detail makes the difference,the selection of speeds is managed by a pneumatic shifter Pingel, the cylinderbeing fixed at the top of the fork.
Always in a spirit Drag Racing and tocomplete this new powertrain, a primary belt makes the link between the engineand the box. An horseshoe type oil tank and a battery are positioned under thesaddle. A generous Racemaster slick tire is mounted at the rear on an 18 ’’wheel equipped with a drum brake while the 19’’ front wheel receives a narrowAvon Speedmaster tire. At the front, the Springer Classic fork becomes rigid,reduced to its single main arm. After this severe weight loss, it was time forMichael to consider a simple and effective design, Sportster peanut tank optionis abandoned in favor of an FXR tank. The latter, after a long session oftorture, is found closer to the engine, with a beautiful unhooked above therear rocker cover. Certainly the centerpiece of the bike, the front fairing istaken from the nose cone of a Beechcraft, small American passenger plane,again, a big bodywork work to obtain a homogeneous and aerodynamic.
The wornand patinated leather of the saddlery comes from a pommel horse, in responsethe painting had to be up to par, but it will finally be a splendid silver leafadornment that will be realized giving this bike all its brilliance. .
shots: Jeremie Di Stefano