The Pancake

July 1, 2015 at 5:00 pm  •  Posted in Featured Articles, The Bikes by

One of a kind build known as the Pancake. A 1999 Harley 1200 with Stock Harley frame, 4 inch stretch and lowered hardtail made out of .120 wall tubing.

Frame looks like it came from the factory! 8 inch under Springer front end and a Paughco riser. Drag bars with Anderson style hand grips and vintage throttle housing, with internal wiring for 30’s replica High low and starter switches.

The Paughco Sportster horseshoe oil bag has a custom electrical box piggybacked on the rear to conceal electronics and make it look like one piece. The rear fender is off a 30’s Ford Continental kit with custom fender support.

The 2.5 gallon fuel tank has a filled in tunnel and relocated filler neck to a Frisco style position with the Harley Logo script. The Paint is Harley Racing Orange and Black with detailed pinstriping by “Sketch” in Southern California.

21 inch on the front and 16 on the rear with Avon vintage reproduction tires. The Engine is rebuilt with Keith Black pistons, Panhead covers, Paugcho aircleaner on an S&S carb and Vintage Block Harley script Logo clutch and timing cover. The timing cover has been cut to replicate the 60’s flattrack motors and conceals a
Hi-4 electronic ignition.

All electrical wiring is cloth covered with open spark plug caps. The headlight is a bates replica and the rear tailight is a glass beehive trailer light with the license plate grafted on. The seat is from West Eagle and we relocated the ignition switch to a top motor mount.

The above is a short list of things and the details go on forever. It is long and low and mean. It is the perfect combination of new motor/5speed and frame with a vintage look. The bike is just as reliable as a new bike but the looks of a bike produced 40 years ago. It’s fast and a lot of fun to ride. Mid controls make the seat position more forgiving.

This bike gets looks at every stoplight and this magazine’s editor Peter was one of the admirers. As a matter of fact, long before car and motorcycle TV show reality stars pulled people over, this magazine’s editor Peter did the same thing. Stopped next to me at a light he asked me to pullover to look at the bike. Maybe Pete will pull over next to you one day or send him an email with photos of your Ride at:

That’s My Ride ~ Todd White
Menifee, CA


Builder: Matt Dawson and Todd White
Year/Model: 1999 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 XL
Time to Build: Six Months
Chrome/Polish: Sanchez Polishing, Escondido, CA
Powder Coating: John Sstephens, Out-N-Back Powdercoat, Nuevo, CA
Paint: Matt Dawson and Todd White
Color: PPG Black and Harley-Davidson Racing Orange
Pinstripe: Bob “Sketch” Carlson

Engine: 1999 Sportster 1200
Displacement: 1200cc
Flywheels: Stock Harley-Davidson
Connecting Rods: Stock Harley-Davidson
Cylinders: Stock Harley-Davidson
Pistons: Keith Black 0.010” oversize 9.5:1
Heads: Harley – Davidson
Cam: Stock Harley-Davidson
Rocker Covers: Pan Head, Vulcan Engineering Company
Lifters: Stock Harley-Davidson
Pushrods: Stock Harley-Davidson
Carb: S&S Cycle Super E
Air Cleaner: Paughco Teardrop
Exhaust: Matt Dawson
Ignition: Crane Cams HI-4E FireBall single-fire ignition
Coils: Crane Hi-Intensity single-fire
Wires: Cloth-covered 8.5mm
Charging system: Stock Harley – Davidson
Primary Cover: Harley-Davidson Script
Transmission: 1999 Harley-Davidson
Gears: Stock Harley-Davidson
Clutch: Stock Harley-Davidson
Primary Drive: 520 O-ring chain
Final Drive: Sprocket Specialties

Frame: 1999 Harley-Davidson Sportster
Rake: Stock 30 degrees
Front Forks: Mid USA -2”
Front Wheel: Harley-Davidson 2.15-21”
Rear Wheel: 40-spoke Customer Chrome 3.50-16”
Front Brake: Yamaha ATV cable-actuated single-piston caliper
Rear Brake: Stock single-piston caliper
Front Tire: Avon Speedmaster 3.00-21”
Rear Tire: Avon SM MK II AM7 5.00-16”
Rear Fender: 1934 Ford
Fender Struts: Matt Dawson and Todd White

Headlight: 5-3/4” Bates-style
Taillight: Zero Engineering
Fuel Tank: Custom Chrome low tunnel peanut
Oil Tank: Paughco/Matt Dawson
Handlebar: Flanders drag bar
Seat: West Eagle
Pegs: Harley-Davidson
License Bracket: Matt Dawson and Todd White
Hand Controls: Custom Chrome with Anderson-style grips
Foots Controls: Harley-Davidson

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