This bike is a total junk yard dog. I picked up the frame and basket case engine and trans about two years ago in San Francisco. The Haifley Bros straightened and repaired the frame and Rico Fodrey at Hi-Bond Modified in Pomona, CA rebuilt the stock 1957 74” and 4-speed. I started collecting parts from friends and swap meets with the intent of building something that looked like it evolved into it’s current state over a long period of time. I didn’t sweat things like an earlier frame, later tanks, or whatever so it’s completely “period incorrect”.
Owner: Bill Bryant
Year/Make/Model: Which part? Engine is 1957 FLH.
Fabrication: Just making old stuff fit.
Build Time: Off and on for over two years.
Year/Type/Size: 1957 74” Harley-Davidson
Carburetor: S&S Super E.
Exhaust: Repop stock.
Air Cleaner: Irish Rich / Goodson.
Year/Type: H-D Wishbone.
Type / Brand: H-D Wide Glide.
Front Size: 16” W&W timken star hubs, stainless spokes, powder coated steel hoop Bates Baja tires.
Rear Size: 16” W&W timken star hubs, stainless spokes, powder coated steel hoop Bates Baja tires.
Paint by: Natural patina
Plating/Polishing: haha, never!
Front Fender: found on Cycle Dope app.
Rear Fender: Got at swap from CZ Scotty.
Gas Tank: One from Atom Rotten, one from Walt Gemeinhardt.
Handlebars: Nor Cal Swap Meet.
Grips: Biltwell Renegade.
Mirrors: So Cal Swap Meet.
Hand Controls: Rico Fodrey.
Foot Controls: Trent Schara (plus brakes, floorboards and a bunch of other stuff).
Taillight: Nor Cal Swap.
Turn Signals: Hands.
License Mount: Nor Cal Swap.
From going to swaps and pilfering a few friend’s stashes, the parts pile continued to grow until the bike basically just took shape on its own. I had to buy a few replica pieces to get the mechanical brake system to work and the exhaust is a reproduction. The wheels are made by W&W in Germany and look and work like star hubs but have timken bearings which is bitchin’. Otherwise it’s all Harley stuff or at least old aftermarket. I got the bike close to it’s current condition and then my buddy Rico finished it off. I love having him double check my work and I try to soak up as much of his knowledge as possible.
I’ve never built a bike that didn’t require fabrication so this was kind of weird. Of course, none of the old junk from a variety of sources fit together nicely, so that required plenty of work. It rides awesome. I got used to the giant buddy seat position more quickly than I expected and it’s a blast to jam around on. I got to ride it on the El Diablo Run this year. It was my first real trip on it, and I couldn't have been more happier with it! Thanks to all my friends that pitched in with parts, labor or knowledge!
Words by Bill Bryant
Photos by Geoff Kowalchuk plus a few by Mikey Revolt