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Keeping It Real

This Easy Rider era Genny Shovel is as authentic as it gets ...

Craig Pattison

Kickstart, rigid frame, ’68 Genny Shovelhead engine, 4-speed ratchet gearbox, 3in belt drive open primary, drum brakes, dog bone risers and a springer front-end with no fender – yep, it all screams Classic Chopper.

After owner James had purchased his dream ride he had big ideas for it and was soon in discussions with talented bike builder Glenn Aitken.

Initially, Glenn was just going to paint the custom tank and ’66 Sportster rear fender James had recently installed, but that lead to the all-too-common case of going deeper than planned. Glenn suggested painting the frame to match the tins and from there, James’ bike was on the path to a full rebuild.

There were minor repairs required on the frame prior to paint, including an Indian Larry recommended 31.5 degrees of rake being set into the head stem, plus Glenn added a pair of stainless steel button-head allen bolts to the frame to ‘bump stop’ the springer front-end against, so as not to damage the Candy Apple red over silver paintwork.

The engine was already a 93ci beast with an S&S stroker crank and pistons however Glenn’s extensive experience rebuilding Shovelhead engines and his eye for detail picked up some issues that could have been catastrophic later on. The main oil port in the crank pin w


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