As a prime example of the Old School chopper, Robert Berry's EL shuns the normal sculpted metal, billet trim, and big-inch engine of most customs, relying instead on a bare-bones look and hardware with historical significance.
Chief among these is the engine: a tried-and-true 74-cubic-inch Harley-Davidson Knucklehead, which is all stock save for the turned-up Paughco exhaust system. Granted, the frame is a modern item -- a Paughco with 3-inch downtube stretch -- but the springer forks are very close to those that supported Harleys in the early postwar years.
Of course, this wouldn't be much of a custom without a few nonstock components, but most are anchored in tradition. The fuel tank carries the classic teardrop shape, the rear fender is a cut-down version of the original Harley piece, and the overall look pays homage to 1950s Bobbers. Choppers of the 1960s and 1970s inspired the ape-hanger handlebars, a common item on many great Old School bikes.
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EL Chopper Pictures
The EL chopper is a custom Harley-Davidson motorcycle built by Psycle Barn/Rodney Mann/Robert Berry. Below are more pictures and details of this powerful chopper.
You can’t get more classic in the powerplant department than a Harley-Davidson Knucklehead. That’s not Harley’s term for it, by the way; the nickname was coined by riders, because the large bolts on the valve covers look like knuckles on a fist. And in its day, the Knucklehead packed a
pretty good punch.
Springer forks of this style first appeared on Harleys in the late 1920s. They’ve reappeared on modern versions.
Turned-up exhaust pipes were a fixture on early choppers. The original Harley drum brake may suffice up front, but the rear wheel hosts a modern disc.
Almost by definition, Old School choppers take the lean and mean approach, with little in the way of fancy trim. Fancy paint, however, is OK.