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1938 Harley EL Knucklehead Bobber

Trent of Atomic Custom at Edgewood, New Mexico, United States made available these photos of "Three", which is the name of this sleek 1938 Harley EL Knucklehead Bobber which has a 1000cc Model EL OHV 61 V-twin engine.

"Three" is the latest build from Atomic Custom, and on the date and time that Gary Griffin took these great photographs this EL had about 500 miles on it.

Photo of 1938 Harley Bobber Motorcycle with 1000cc Model EL Knucklehead OHV V twin engine by Atomic Custom. Trent: "Frame is a 1941 up repop with a few custom touches. The front end is an early Sportster (customized for 1" Timken neck bearings), tubes are Franks (the best in the biz) that we shortened considerably. We set the front end up STIFF as to keep those cherry original Knuckle cases as far from the ground at all times as possible. Borrani rims front and rear wrapped in Dunlop K180s (19" front and 18" rear)."

Photo of Harley Bobber with 1938 model EL OHV 61 Knucklehead engine by Atomic Custom. Trent: "Motor and trans are matching and real Harley Davidson. Jugs are later "5 fin" and are sized at .020. The motor is essentially stock, no high compression, no big cam. Fuel comes through an M5 Linkert and spark comes from a custom Fairbanks Morse magneto."

Photo of 1938 Harley Bobber Motorcycle with 1000cc Model EL Knucklehead OHV V twin engine by Atomic Custom. This knucklehead bobber has an in-line filter.

Photo of Harley Bobber with 1938 model EL OHV 61 Knucklehead engine by Atomic Custom.

Photo of 1938 Harley Bobber Motorcycle with 1000cc Model EL Knucklehead OHV V twin engine by Atomic Custom. Trent: "Paint is from Luckys Seven paint out of Amarillo, Texas. Engine turned gold leaf over black with some light pin striping. John Stromberg is the man and was awarded Easy Riders "Painter of the Year"."

Photo of Harley Bobber with 1938 model EL OHV 61 Knucklehead engine by Atomic Custom.

Photo of 1938 Harley Bobber Motorcycle with 1000cc Model EL Knucklehead OHV V twin engine by Atomic Custom. Trent: "Primary is a 520 chain unit from Paul at BKC. She has a 25 tooth trans sprocket, so highways speeds of 70 mph are a breeze."

Meet Trent of Atomic Custom:

Photo of Trent of Atomic Custom. Trent:
        "An Atomic bike never puts form over function.
        I build bikes to be ridden.
        No fads, no fat tires, no nonsense."


Point in case.

You are welcome to contact Trent at (505) 281 2520

Or email: "atomiccustom at gmail dot com"

Or visit the website: Atomic Custom


(November 2008)