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1963 Harley-Davidson XLCH Shovster

1963 Harley-Davidson XLCH Shovster

1963 Harley-Davidson XLCH Shovster

Photo: John Zamora

Hot Bike: What was your first thought when asked to build this bike?
Bobby Middleton: I think I said I originally didn’t want to do another Born-Free bike. I was too stressed the f—k out. But all I know how to do is build motorcycles, so might as well build another motorcycle. This time I decided I was going to build a crazy digger.

Vintage Magnacharger supercharger with Weber DCOE carb

Vintage Magnacharger supercharger with Weber DCOE carb

Photo: John Zamora

HB: Tell us about the motor.
BM: It’s a ’63 Ironhead bottom end with a Shovelhead top end. The motor is built by a local guy who is a crazy machinist. The motor’s nuts. The guy that built it… He made his own flywheels, widened the cases a 1/2-inch to make room for the shovelhead top end, and made a hydraulic clutch setup. I decided I was going to put a supercharger on it because—why not—it’s a digger. I found an old Magnuson Magnacharger and pieced it together. I bought the supercharger and a carb, and I machined the manifold. I found an original Magnacharger primary cover and support bracket for the pulleys. You can’t find parts for those things!

Brian Sinister Seats

Brian Sinister Seats

Photo: John Zamora

HB: Tell us about the rest of the build.
BM: I built a full 4130 chrome-moly chassis, gas tank, fender, and the oil tank is all hand fabricated. I had my good friend Kendall paint it. He’s painted quite a few Born-Free bikes over the years. I told him I want it to be red—like a brandywine candy.

1963 Harley-Davidson XLCH Shovster

1963 Harley-Davidson XLCH Shovster

Photo: John Zamora

HB: What’s it like now that it’s done?
BM: This is kind of a different challenge for me because it’s a digger. It’s still a chopper. I don’t want people to think it’s a racebike. I’m going to ride it a little bit. I need something I can get on, go balls to the wall, a haul ass.

1963 Harley-Davidson XLCH Shovster

1963 Harley-Davidson XLCH Shovster

Photo: John Zamora

King Kustoms handlebars

King Kustoms handlebars

Photo: John Zamora

Vintage Magnacharger supercharger with Weber DCOE carb

Vintage Magnacharger supercharger with Weber DCOE carb

Photo: John Zamora

Ironhead Foot Controls

Ironhead Foot Controls

Photo: John Zamora

1963 Ironhead bottom end/Shovelhead top end 90 in.

1963 Ironhead bottom end/Shovelhead top end 90 in.

Photo: John Zamora

1963 Harley-Davidson XLCH Shovster

1963 Harley-Davidson XLCH Shovster

Photo: John Zamora

Ironhead Hub Dunlop rim

Ironhead Hub Dunlop rim

Photo: John Zamora

Specifications
General
Owner Bobby "The Leg" Middleton
Shop King Kustoms
Website king-kustoms.com
Year/Make/Model 1963/Harley-Davidson/XLCH Shovster
Fabrication King Kustoms
Build Time 8 months
Engine
Year/Type/Size 1963/Ironhead bottom end/Shovelhead top end/90 in.
Builder Wild Bill Hanson/Milo
Cases Modified H-D
Cylinders 80-in. H-D
Heads H-D Shovelhead
Rocker Boxes H-D
Cams Andrews
Throttle Body Vintage Magnacharger supercharger with Weber DCOE carb
Exhaust King Kustoms
Transmission
Year/Type 1963/H-D
Gears H-D
Clutch H-D
Primary Drive H-D
Frame
Year/Type King Kustoms chrome-moly custom frame
Rake/Stretch 45º out/10-in. stretch
Suspension
Frontend Vintage Century/Ness
Length 8 in. over stock
Swingarm Hardtail
Wheels, Tires, and Brakes
Front
Builder/Size King Kustoms Spool Hub/visionary rims/21 in.
Tire/Size Avon SpeedMaster/21 in.
Rear
Builder/Size Ironhead Hub Dunlop rim/18 in.
Tire/Size Avon/18 in.
Caliper Ironhead drum
Rotor Drum
Finish/Paint
Manufacturer House of Kolor
Colors Brandywine and pinstriping
Paint/Graphics Paint by Kendall
Plating/Polishing Star Chrome
Accessories
Rear Fender King Kustoms/Sinister Seats
Gas Tank King Kustoms/Sinister Seats
Handlebars King Kustoms
Hand Controls Vintage PM
Foot Controls Ironhead
Headlight Vintage chopper
Taillight Triumph
License Mount Side
Seat Brian Sinister Seats

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