1949 Harley WL Flathead Bobber

Source – www.flathead-bobbers.com

Willy from Carson City, Nevada, United States made available these photos of his great classic
1949 Harley WL Flathead Bobber.

Willy: “I seen yer page on the net today and thought I’d share a couple of pics of my 1949 WL. I bought this thing back in December 2007 as a runnin’ basket case and tore it all apart and started over. She may not be the hottest thing on two wheels but I’m furly proud of my work.”

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Well, Willy, you sure can be proud. She’s just beautiful. I don’t know many guys who wouldn’t like to take your Bobber for a ride up and down the strip!

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Captain America chopper a ‘fake’

by Mark Hinchliffe | Motorbike news

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Peter Fonda on Captain America in Easy Rider

The auction sale of a Captain America chopper from the 1969 cult film Easy Rider has fallen through and the matter could end up in court.

The only surviving chopper from Easy Rider was sold for a $1.7m in October, but when doubts about the bike’s authenticity were raised after the sale, it’s alleged the buyer backed out.

After the auction, Easy Rider actor Peter Fonda said the bike wasn’t one of the originals.

The chopper was partially destroyed in the film’s finale and rebuilt by Grizzly Adams actor Dan Haggerty who was a bike fettler for the movie.

Three other bikes used in the film were stolen even before the movie hit the cinemas.

Haggerty has authenticated and sold two Captain America bikes, while Fonda has authenticated at least one other bike, but later withdrew it, saying he had been duped by Haggerty.

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Is this the real Captain America?

Gordon Granger, of Texas, bought a supposed original Captain America in 1996 from Haggerty for $63,500. Haggerty later said it was not an original.

The bike offered at auction was owned by Michael Eisenberg, a Los Angeles real estate agent and collector of Hollywood memorabilia. Eisenberg bought the bike in early 2014 from John Parham, a Midwestern motorcycle parts magnate who had bought it from Haggerty 12 years earlier.

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Captain America and Billy

He says he intends “to litigate and turn the negative into a positive. I am perhaps destined to keep the bike and display it publicly in a world class museum.”

New king of the auction

The bike was momentarily the most expensive sold at auction, but that position has now been taken by a 1915 Cyclone board tracker once owned by Hollywood legend McQueen.

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The 179km/h bevel-driven OHC V-twin bike sold for $986,000, just a few dollars short of $1 million, at a Mecum auction in Las Vegas at the weekend.

It was part of the 50-year E.J. Cole family collection of 225 motorcycles that yielded total sales of $15.6m, the most ever achieved by a single vintage motorcycle auction.

The other significant sale was a 1907 Harley-Davidson strap tank single dubbed the “Mona Lisa of Harley Davidsons” which went for $825,000, which makes it the second most valuable bike sold at auction.

Another McQueen-owned bike, a 1917 Henderson 4 sold for $240,000.

Of the motorcycles offered at the auction, 23 sold for $100,000 or more, and the average sale price overall was more than $50,000 each.

Extreme 45 Flathead Custom

With Fine Metal Work By Ewing Customs
By Wrench with photos by John Leach of CCI and Josh Ewing
6/11/2010 –
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Bandit gave the entire staff books on grammar, spelling and punctuation. Whatta mess that caused. Every grammar book handles the topics differently. We couldn’t get it right before, and now we argue about the varied grammatical codes and still get it wrong. That’s not the case in the world of metal work. You either get it right the first time or keep hammering and welding until it’s correct. They’re only various levels of correctness, no rules. As a kid, with three brothers and no parents into bikes or hot rods, Josh Ewing drug a 220 Volt extension cord through his bedroom window, into his Tacoma, Washington, kitchen, pushed the electric stove out of the way and plugged in his stick welder. “I fired it up,” Josh said, “and it dimmed all the lights in my folks’ house.”

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