In this final installment of the Lowbrow Panhead project, bike owner/builder Tyler Malinky takes us through the processes involved with modifying and mounting a sweet Bates taillight he found at a swap meet. After wrapping things up in the rear, Tyler moved onto one of the most fun and rewarding projects any home builder can tackle with a welder and some simple tools in his own garage: fabricating a custom exhaust. Tyler used Biltwell Inc.’s popular and affordable builder’s exhaust kit for this project, and the tips he shares in this photo essay are super handy. HB
Button It Up, Shake It Down
It took Tyler just over three months of evenings and weekends to get the Lowbrow Panhead ready for a shakedown at last spring’s El Diablo Run. On that ill-fated adventure the motor launched a NOS rocker, so Tyler finished the four-day hell ride on a borrowed BMW enduro. Two months later Lowbrow’s founder debuted his rebuilt and painted Panhead at Born Free 3, and celebrated that accomplishment with three days of cruising under the SoCal sun.
We saw Tyler aboard his no-frills chopper at the Lowbrow Holeshot in Ohio last September, where both builder and bike were doing fine. We love success stories like these, and hope Tyler’s gumption and creativity inspires HOT BIKE readers to do something equally fun and rewarding in their own garages. Thanks to Lowbrow Customs, Biltwell Inc., Gasbox Fabrication, Trumpnut Nick, and all the other bootstrap capitalists and underground craftsmen who donated time and treasure to Tyler’s labor of love.
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