1966 Harley Shovelhead Bobber AC/6
Trent of Atomic Custom from Edgewood, New Mexico, United States made available these photographs of his 1966 Harley Shovelhead Bobber which he has named the AC/6.
This is one of those typical Atomic Custom bikes, where function comes first. Note how a total absence of frills ensures a timeless design. In like fifty or a hundred years the honest lines of this Custom Bobber will still be pleasing to the eye. A bike like this will never go out of fashion, it will keep its value.
Bikes like this shall be ridden like any bike, but should also be treated like a work of art. This may sound silly, but a meaningful piece of art - whether a painting or industrial art - should not be changed or modified. It should be left as is. Nobody would ever change a Van Gogh either.
All shovelhead photos on this page by Gary Griffin
AC6 Bobber Specifics
Trent gives the following specifics for the AC6:
• Motor: 1966 Shovelhead;
• Ignition: Morris Magneto;
• Carb: S&S E;
• Trans: HD 4-speed Rachet Top;
• Frame: Paughco Wishbone;
• Wheels: HD Cast Mag;
• Seat: Xian Leather;
• Oil Tank: Atomic Custom;
• Tank: GME Wassel Style;
• Fender: Front Street Cycle;
• Front End: HD Panhead.
Bare to the Bone...
Cold as ice: Clean handlebars, no gauges, no turn signals, no horn, no front brakes, no front fender, hardtail frame, no floorboards, no passenger footpegs, bobbed rear fender exposing maximum rubber.
This Bobber is bare to the bone!
1966 Harley Davidson Shovelhead Bobber AC/6 by Atomic Custom
Straight Bobber or Custom Bobber?
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1966 Harley Generator Shovelhead Engine
Although the Shovelhead engine replaced the Panhead in 1966, the lower end of the Panhead engine - including the forward generator arrangement - was retained until 1969. That's why the 1966-1969 Shovelhead engines are nicknamed "Generator Shovelheads".
While the Harley Davidson Motor Company probably saw the new 1970 lower end as an improvement, the Generator Shovelheads have quite quickly become a much sought after classic Harley engine.
Atomic Custom AC/6
Gusset plate detail.
Seat by Xian leather.
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