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1978 Shovelhead Flat Track Bobber

Bob of McKay's Cycle Creations of Kingston, Ontario, Canada made available these photographs of his 1978 Harley Shovelhead Flat Track Racer Bobber.

Bob: "Here is some pictures of one of my Bobbers. It isn't a Flathead but is designed to look like a 1946 WR Flat Tracker. Post it on your page if you like."

"This Bobber was built after restoring an original 1951 WR and seeing the fun of having a Flat Track style bike for street use, number plate and all. It has the drive line from a 1978 FL. It uses some stock parts and some aftermarket. It was done to be period correct style."

Photo of 1978 Harley Shovelhead Flattrack Racer Bobber Built by Bob McKay. Bob's Bobber was designed to resemble a 1946 WR flat track racer.


Photo of 1978 Shovelhead drive line in a mostly aftermarket chassis, done to resemble a 1946 WR flat track racer - by Bob McKay's Cycle Creations. That's not exactly a racing style 750cc WR Flathead engine, but a 1200cc Harley FL Shovelhead is not a bad substitute at all. The Shovelhead engine is a classic in its own right and - not unimportant - will outperform the regular flathead.

On top of that: there's no denying that Bob's Bobber looks real awesome!


Photo of 1978 Harley Shovelhead Flattrack Racer Bobber Built by Bob McKay.


Photo of 1978 Shovelhead drive line in a mostly aftermarket chassis, done to resemble a 1946 WR Harley Flathead flat track racer - by Bob McKay's Cycle Creations.


Photo of 1978 Harley Shovelhead Flattrack Racer Bobber Built by Bob McKay.


Photo of 1978 Harley Shovelhead drive line in a mostly aftermarket chassis, done to resemble a 1946 WR flat track racer - by Bob McKay's Cycle Creations.


Photo of 1978 Harley Shovelhead Flattrack Racer Bobber Built by Bob McKay.


Photo of 1978 Harley Davidson Shovelhead drive line in a mostly aftermarket chassis, done to resemble a 1946 WR flat track racer - by Bob McKay's Cycle Creations.


About Bob McKay

Bob McKay has been working on motorcycles and working in the motorcycle business since 1970. Customizing motorcycles has been his main focus and passion. He has built and modified hundreds of one of a kind custom motorcycles.

Over the last 30 years many of Bob's creations have been featured in national and international motorcycle magazines since his first feature in Street Chopper magazine 1974.

For more info, check out Bob's website: McKay's Cycle Creations


February 2009