Big Inches

Flying Shovel

customized Thunderbike Harley-Davidson Shovelhead

Retreading a Harley-Davidson Shovelhead

The Flying Shovel was built for a good customer who already owns some bikes from us. His wish – a true old-school Bobber with rigid frame, but reliable engine, well-functioning brakes and clutch on a normal bearable level – suitable for everyday use. The centerpiece and base is an original FL-Starframe from the year 1957 paired with a Shovel-style clone of S & S, which is on the cutting edge of technology, but still wonderfully authentic and old school. Many of the remaining parts, some self-made, were made of brass, nickel-plated or adapted to the “old finish“.

The Flying Shovel is a bike from a series that we once shipped across the border to use as the basis for our conversions. We did not miss a screw and the Shovel has a complete renewal that has it all. Exhaust, handlebars, grips, pegs, fuel tank, oil tank, rear fender and many other parts we have made completely and specifically for the Shovelhead in our workshop. At the frame, we opted for a straight-leg ride, which was fitted as standard in the last Panheads.

Reason enough for the scene magazine Dream Machines to scan a bike story.

The Making Of

The chic 18 inch wheels, including matching brake discs, can be found in our catalog program under the name FLH again. Once again we were able to win master painter Ingo Kruse, who has done a splendid job with matt paints.

  • Model Harley-Davidson FL 1957
  • Engine S&S Shovelhead
  • Wheels Thunderbike FLH 4.5×18
  • Gear Rev Tech 4-Speed
  • Gear Cover Baker / hydraulic Clutch
  • Motor Bracket Thunderbike Special
  • Valve Cover CCE / EMD
  • Ignition Contact Ignition
  • Carburetor S&S Super E
  • Intake S&S
  • Air Cleaner Thunderbike Classic
  • Exhaust Thunderbike Special
  • Primary BDL
  • Primary Cover EMD
  • Handlebar Thunderbike Special
  • Internal Gas Grip Müller
  • Brake and Clutch Cylinder K-Tech
  • Grips Thunderbike Special
  • Footpegs Thunderbike Special
  • Tank CCE / Sporty
  • Oiltank CCE / Santee (modified)
  • Rear Fender Thunderbike Special
  • Fender Bracket Thunderbike Special
  • Seat Spirit Leather
  • Taillight Thunderbike Alcatraz
  • Front End W&W
  • Headlamp Thunderbike Special
  • Tires Firestone 4×18
  • Front Brake K-Tech
  • Front Brake Disc Thunderbike FLH
  • Rear Brake K-Tech Pinion Brake
  • Painting by Ingo Kruse / Kruse Design

You can find Thunderbike Parts and original Harley-Davidson Parts  in our online shop.

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Nico Schnepel

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