Reece Zylstra's 1955 FL Shovel/Pan

A rigid that puts performance first & looks good doing it

When we last left our hero Reece Zylstra, a lead from a meth head at a garage sale led to a shady doublewide occupied by an old troll hawking a `92 Softail which Reece parleyed into a rigid Evo chopper. For as much as that sounds like a season of True Detective, it didn't end like one; as far as we know everyone involved is still alive and well.

Rather than just spewing back the technical aspects of this cool rigid chopper at you, I'm going to let you read what Reece's friend Dustin “Thommy” Themm has to say about Zylstra and this bike.

1955 harley fl chopper

His next adventure in chopping is this 1955 FL shovel/pan.

Photos: Nick Amrhein

Reece has been a good friend of mine for over a decade now and his outlook on things is one that's always been fascinating. I've been on several motorcycle trips with him over the course of our friendship, most of which are the ones I consider to be the most memorable and fun. His carefree "no bullshit" view of things spills over into every corner of his being. I've ridden next to him under the beautiful fall sun, torrential downpours, tornado winds, and the ever-occasional dim lit night skies. No matter the circumstance it's always the same unbothered mentality with him.

1955 harley fl chopper

Man & machine.

Photos: Nick Amrhein

When Reece was younger he did a spell traveling around the country via train cars and experienced a lot within the various corners of the USA. I believe from that he took away a lot of things that he still holds a good amount of value in today, making him the person that he is.

1955 harley fl chopper

Boris Vallejo art on the tank

Photos: Nick Amrhein

The breezy tone that surrounds him also gives way to the types of bike I've always seen him build. The main focus on each one has always been on performance, yet still holding on to nice, clean, and functional design aspects throughout the bike. This chopper holds true to all of the above. When you can look at a bike and it simply emits speed, that's always a good thing. The motorcycle seen here looks like a blast to ride and it surely doesn't shy away from holding its own to the constant flogging it sees. Reece hit the nail on the head with this one and he used a big f**king sledge hammer to do so.

1955 harley fl chopper

New Church Moto's seat wizardry

Photos: Nick Amrhein

1955 harley fl chopper

At 95 cubic inches and chock full o' S&S parts, it's a tad more powerful than when the original motor(s) rolled out of the factory circa back in the day.

Photos: Nick Amrhein

Specifications
Owner Reece Zylstra
Shop Zylstra Choppers (ZC)
Shop Phone (616) 780-0340IG
Website @reece.zylstra
Year/Make/Model 1955 Harley-Davidson FL
Fabrication ZC
Build Time 8 months
Engine
Year/Type/Size 1955 Shovelhead 95 cu in
Builder Reece Zylstra/Rudy Plant
Cases Delkron
Carb Lectron
Exhaust Zylstra Choppers Drags
Transmission
Year/Type 1958 H-D/Andrews
Clutch Barnett
Frame
Year/Type 2014 Zylstra Choppers Single Loop
Rake/Stretch 30°/None
Suspension
Front End 39mm
Length 6 inches over
Triple Trees 6 inches over courtesy of Forking by Frank
Wheels, Tires, and Brakes
Front
Builder/Size ZC 21-inch
Tire/Size Avon Speedmaster 21-inch
Calipers None
Rear
Builder/Size Sunn 18-inch
Tire/Size Avon 18-inch
Caliper Performance Machine
Finish/Paint
Colors Black
Paint/Graphics JP Rodman/Boris Vallejo
Powdercoating SW Sandblasting
Accessories
Front Fender None
Rear Fender Cooper
Gas Tank ZC
Handlebars ZC
Hand Controls Unknown
Foot Controls Maindrive/Zylstra Choppers
Pegs H-D
Headlight ZC
Taillight After Hours Choppers
License Mount After Hours Choppers
Seat New Church Moto