1951 Harley-Davidson Panhead Custom
We’re going back to 1951. I Love Lucy primiered and the first direct dial coast-to-coast phone call was made. The average coast of a car was $1,500. A dozen of eggs cost $0.24! And, of course, this Panhead was made by Harley-Davidson.
A lot has happened since 1951. And, this Panhead has also seen some changes (upgrades) from its original build. It was transformed into a show bike by Bill Holland and his parner. According to its owner, “It is a built 51 Panhead bottom with a shoval top end, a built back cut grear transmission with a reverse shift set up. It’s both kick and bottom start. All parts were hand machined and not store bought to make that work.”
Q&A with the Owner
Does your motorcycle have a name?
Yes. DIGGER. Digger represents a group of motorcycle’s from the late 70’s to 80’s. They were low to the ground with long front ends and big motors. It was a special kind of chopper.
What makes your motorcycle unique?
This digger was made with a special kind of front end and frame designed by a motorcycle
Genius named John Harman who died in the late 80’s.
What is your favorite feature on your motorcycle?
All most all of the main parts were designed by either John Harman, Bill Holland or there friend
A machinist from California. Who was the owner I purchased this bike from.
What is the longest ride you’ve done with this motorcycle?
It’s not about how far but how many bike shows it has been featured at since built and all most
all it was ridden in to the show. Easyrider show ect.
What is your favorite memory of your motorcycle?
My favorite memory was also the worst memory. I rode the bike to a huge bike event not to show but just to show up and enjoy. When I went to leave the bike had a huge crowd around it waiting to here it start and watch me ride off on it and due to a bad ground wire it wouldn’t start. The good new is I had lots of new friends to help me get it going.
What do you think is the biggest misconception about your motorcycle?
It’s not a real Harley motor and frame. People need to research before speaking.
Why are you selling your motorcycle?
I’m have a car and motorcycle collection and want to change it up.
What type of rider would be an ideal owner for your motorcycle?
Someone who can appreciate the value and work that went into this build years ago.
What advice do you have for the future owner?
My deal with the original owner Harman’s friend was I wouldn’t keep it in a collection and not let it
Seen. I”ve send him pictures from all the shows it’s been at to keep Harman’s name out there.
What else would you like us to know about your motorcycle?
John Harman was a huge influence on the hardcore chopper world of the late 70’s and beyond till
His death. I encourage you to google him and read his story.
It’s a Wrap
If you want to own a piece of motorcycle history, this one is for you. It’s a one-of-a-kind ride. All parts were hand machined. Everything is chrome and of highest quality.