Every June, Uncle Ben calls out the faithful for the Long Road to Rockingham and Smoke Out shenanigans.
A couple of years back was the year of the three Pans. Dave Reilly out of Ontario, Canada and Fuzzy (Dean Howe) from Maryland joined this Little Red Texas Pan and 50 or so other riders for the 2,800-mile odyssey. The Long Road was the first road trip for the Little Red Pan, and my first experience of over a weekend’s ride on a rigid frame bike. We both survived with nothing more than a broken gas tank mount (discovered after getting home) and an occasional bout of monkey butt.
The Little Red Pan came together in May 2010 after a little over a year’s time. Paul Jones, “The Forensic Mechanic” gets credit for the heavy lifting. He runs a one-man shop in Richardson, Texas when not on the track with a double Shovel nitro fuel bike. I chased parts, scoured area swap meets, did a good deal of the scout work and provided as much assistance as a “mechanically challenged” retired attorney could.
The motor is one of the last S.T.D. crate motors to come out of California before the company pulled the plug and went into reorganization. It displaces a modest 74 cubic inches, built with U.S. made products. The bottom end holds Truett/Osborn flywheels and Carillo rods. JIMS lifters, an Andrews B grind cam, and S&S Super E carburetor complete the motor components that rest below STD dual plug heads. The exhaust is composed of drag pipes modified by Paul Jones.
The transmission is the “good as gold” Baker 6 into 4 with the N-1 shift pattern. It provides a sweet spot at just over 70 mph and allows highway cruising with minimal vibrations.
A narrow B.D.L. belt primary hides inside a spaced repop primary. Spacing it properly was one of the more challenging aspects of the project. Tech Cycle provided the electric start system and companion oil tank. I use the kicker when I’m feeling frisky and the plunger when I’m not. Usually it busts off in a couple of kicks, especially if no one is watching.
The gas tank, front end, front fender and handle bars are all Harley-Davidson products, all swap meet finds and are of undetermined vintage. The headlight and nacelle are aftermarket swap meet finds as well.
Johnny Knapp of Pro Star Collision (Garland, Texas) matched the tins to the powder coated frame (done by “Jocko” at Ace Powder Coating). Ken Smith finished the visuals with striping on the tanks and fenders.
The Little Red Pan rolls on Billet Boys alloy rims (16 x 4.25 rear, 19 x 250 front). Hog Halters’ calipers on Russell Rotors bring things to a halt. Rounding out the components are axle plate covers, oil filter mount and taillight all by The Horse’s own Fab Kevin.
I need to thank Paul Jones, the “Forensic Mechanic”, and Lloyd Stenerson of V Twin Solutions of Allen, Texas, without them this bike would never have happened. Also, much appreciation is due to my lovely and talented wife, the High Empress. Despite the occasional eye-rolls and heavy sighing, she was generally supportive of my project. She doesn’t understand why there are four motorcycles in the garage. I tell her, “motorcycles are like women’s shoes, you can never have too many.”
Thanks to the Heathen for the photos and the Big Sexxy filling for a hot chick.
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