2005 Springer Classic And 1936 Knucklehead: Readers' Showcase

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We want to see what you ride, from doctored stock to wild custom, so send those pics to: Hot Bike Readers' Showcase, 2570 E. Cerritos Ave., Anaheim, CA 92806._

Classic Style

Check out Harold Kihega's fifth bike-and second Harley. The Otoe-Missouria, Comanche, and Kiowa Indian from Albuquerque, NM, wanted to go with a classic-looking bike. We'd say that he accomplished his goal by going with this Springer Classic...wouldn't you?

OWMER: HAROLD KIHEGA
CITY/STATE: ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO
YEAR/MODEL: '05 H-D SPRINGER CLASSIC
BUILDER: H-D
ENGINE: 95CI
HEADS: H-D
CARB: MIKUNI 45
CAMS: SCREAMIN' EAGLE 211
PIPES: THUNDERHEADER
IGNITION: SCREAMIN' EAGLE
TRANSMISSION: H-D FIVE-SPEED
PAINT: H-D
COLOR: BLACK CHERRY
WHEELS: H-D POWDERCOATED BY
SOUTHWEST POWDERCOATING
TIRES: DUNLOP WIDE WHITEWALLS
BRAKES: H-D

Custom Built

Javier Gonzalez of Hobbs, NM, spent about a year and a half with his first garage build, featured here. After putting in grueling hours for Schlumberger as the company's maintenance supervisor, he loved coming home to put in even longer hours to wrench on his ride. Now, he's reaping the rewards

OWNER: JAVIER GONZALEZ
CITY/STATE: HOBBS, NM
YEAR/MODEL: '04/CUSTOM SOFTAIL
BUILDER: JAVIER GONZALEZ
ENGINE: H-D TWIN CAM 88B
HEADS: H-D
CARB: MODIFIED CV
CAMS: SCREAMIN' EAGLE 203
PIPES: MARTIN BROS.
IGNITION: SCREAMIN' EAGLE
TRANSMISSION: H-D
PAINT: LUBBOCK CUSTOM MOTORCYCLES
COLOR: MINIFLAKE BLUE/SILVER
WHEELS: WICKED IMAGE
TIRES: AVON 250 REAR, 21 FRONT
BRAKES: H-D

Old School

Steve Bonk of Chicago, IL, sent us some photos of his fifth bike, which he's built over the last 44 years (he is now 56). This '36 knucklehead was his most complicated build yet, because it's a first-year bike. As you know, they were almost handmade individually, and so had many subtle variations that made them unique. Nice work, Steve!

OWNER: STEVE BONK
CITY/STATE: CHICAGO, IL
YEAR/MODEL: '36/H-D
BUILDER: STEVE BONK
ENGINE: 61CI KNUCKLEHEAD
HEADS: H-D
CARB: MIKUNI
CAM: ANDREWS
PIPES: PAUGHCO
IGNITION: FAIRBANKS MORSE MAGNETO
TRANSMISSION: STOCK H-D FOUR-SPEED W
JOCKEY SHIFT
PAINT: THE PAINT SPOT/ADDISON, IL
COLOR: BLACK AND FLYING EYEBALLS
WHEELS: {{{80}}}-SPOKE FRONT,
80-SPOKE 500x16 REAR
TIRES: AVON VENOM
BRAKES: PM

Souped-Up Sportster

Tony Gevo of Belleair Beach, FL, felt it was time for a Sportster to grace the pages of the "Readers' Showcase" section. Tony feels that the Sportster has the most beautiful lines of any bike ever made and exemplifies what biking is all about. With a little creativity, money, and initiative, here's what he did with his stock bike.

OWNER: TONY GEVO
CITY/STATE: BELLEAIR BEACH, FL
YEAR/MODEL: '96 SPORTSTER
ENGINE: H-D 883 BORED TO 1,304CC
W/WISECO RACING PISTONS
BUILDER: TONY GEVO
HEADS: H-D PORTED AND POLISHED WITH
OVERSIZED VALVES AND
TITANIUM SPRINGS
CARB: H-D WITH DYNOJET STAGE II KIT
CAMS: H-D SCREAMIN' EAGLE STAGE II
PIPES: BASSANI STREET SWEEPERS
IGNITION: H-D SCREAMIN' EAGLE
TRANSMISSION: H-D
PAINT: J&P; GRAFIX/LANGHORNE, PA
COLOR: H-D MYSTIQUE GREEN W/
AIRBRUSHED "BEGINNING Of
THE TRAIL" GRAPHICS
WHEELS: H-D & HARLEYSVILLE MC COMPANY
CUSTOM FRONT
TIRES: AVON
BRAKES: H-D W/FLOATING ROTORS