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O. Jett's '76 Shovel

O. Jett's '76 Shovel

The bike started as a severely neglected 1976 FX that I bought in 1978.  It took me two years to put it on the road the first time.  Over the years I've rebuilt it several times, but have always kept the same basic style.  I've ridden the bike all over Korea and in just about every country in Europe.  It's reliability and ease of starting {kick only-thank you very much} are legendary among folks who know me.  With the exception of a little machine work on the heads, no one other than me has worked on the bike.

Frame is stock HD with a weld-on hardtail section and 5/16 of an inch rake in the neck
Front-end is a 4 inch over FL drum-brake model with shaved lover legs- {I welded on custom fender mounts after about 5 years of riding in the rain}.
Stock star hub has Timken bearings {finally couldn't find large enough oversize rollers}
Tanks are 3 1/2 gallon Fatbobs
Carb is B-model S&S
Steel primary covers with belt drive {Phase III unit is still going strong}
Rear Wheel is off a Softtail Custom {confuses a lot of folks: "hey man, nice Softtail"}
Rear brake pedal assembly is a modified early Shovel unit {I like the way they look}
Pipes are 2" drags designed for an early Shovel {I like the way the "outside-the-frame" front pipe looks, plus late-model pipes won't work with the early-model rear brake pedal asembly anyway.
Paint is aircraft-quality polyurethane

O. Jett