Panheads Of Born-Free

The best 1948–1965 Harley-Davidson models from the Born-Free 10 show

Harley-Davidson’s Panhead is one of the most iconic chopper motors of all time. Made from 1948–1965, it was the chosen powerplant for many of the early chopped-up show bikes, and primarily for that reason, it’s still a popular choice among builders today. Now S&S and a few other manufacturers are still producing these, and they’re making them with higher-quality steel and in larger displacements. Does that make them better? Who’s to say—most of the people still riding these bikes probably aren’t doing so for their power and reliability.

While running around Born-Free this year with our heads on swivels, we shot a few of our favorite Panheads for you to enjoy. From chopper trikes and long bikes to classic restorations, Born-Free really does have it all.

Enjoy all of these rad Panheads and stay tuned all week for more footage from Born-Free 10!

blue panhead chopper

A nice balance of chopper style and rideability

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rider kickstarting panhead chopper

A rider kickstarting his Pan near the entryway of the Born-Free Show

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orange panhead chopper trike

An incredibly clean Panhead chopper trike

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line of panhead choppers at Born Free 10

Beautiful Panheads lined up outside Cycle Zombie's booth

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Chase Stopnik HWY Hustler

Chase Stopnik's HWY Hustler was full of awesome details

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Dual-carb details on the HWY Hustler

Dual-carb details on the HWY Hustler

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chrome engine on black panhead chopper

From clean and classy to wild and weird—Born-Free really does have it all

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silver panhead chopper at Born Free 10

More epic Pans from Chase Stopnik of HWY LA

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bright red and chrome panhead chopper

Short and tight! This Pan looks like a real nice rider

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black and red chopper in the shade

Stance and style resting in the shade

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hang loose bobber on panhead chopper

This Pan was hanging very loose

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