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1973 Shovelhead Short Chop

Ted from Atlanta, Georgia, United States made available these photographs of his cool 1973 Shovelhead Short Chop which is a hardtail hand shifter with kick start only.

Ted: "1973 Harley Davidson Shovelhead Chopper Bobber. I have owned the bike for 5 years and have had no problems. I ride the bike every week. It is a tank.

Z bars turned upside down and reversed give it a low lean look. Also it has the ghetto fabulous Louis Vuitton Le Pera seat that I made from a knock off purse."

Image of 1973 Harley Shovelhead Short Chop Motorcycle by Ted.

Ted: "Bike is not for the faint of heart. It has no front break on a 21" spool wheel. It is also kick start only. And it is set up as a hand shifter."

Photo of 1973 Harley Davidson Shovelhead hardtail short Chopper motorbike by Ted. With her 38 degrees rake, this baby is a Chopper for sure! Bars are 12" wide.

Image of 1973 Harley Shovelhead Short Chop Motorcycle by Ted. 1973 Shovelhead Short Chop

Chopper or Short Chop???

There's Choppers, and then there's Short Chops...

For more on Short Chops, check out the Bobber Republic Info Pages!

Photo of 1973 Harley Davidson Shovelhead hardtail Chopper motorbike by Ted.

1973 Harley Shovelhead Engine

Image of 1973 Harley Shovelhead Engine by Ted.

Ted's Harley Chopper is powered by a classic 1340cc Shovelhead engine. Looks very good!

Ted: "Bike is titled 1973 Harley Davidson but actually has Delkron cases. Motor is strong and I change the oil every 2000 miles or so. It also has an external oil filter for extra protection. It has a new shorty S and S carb and electronic ignition. No points. It kicks on the first or second kick every time."

Louis Vuitton Le Pera Seat

Photo of Louis Vuitton Le Pera Seat on 1973 Harley Davidson Shovelhead Chopper motorbike by Ted. Ted made the Louis Vuitton Le Pera seat from a knock off purse. Whether you like it or not, this hardtail's got style!

Harley Chopper, Short Chop or Bobber?

Photo of 1973 Harley Davidson Shovelhead short Chopper motorbike by Ted.

The difference between a Bobber and a Chopper is at the front end of the bike. This Chopper's tail shows maximum rubber, just like a proper Bobber!

Nice old school rear tire, by the way.


March 2010

Photo of 1973 Harley Davidson Shovelhead short Chopper motorbike by Ted.