The Snowflake (Ellis’ 1971 Harley Shovelhead)
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The Snowflake (Ellis’ 1971 Harley Shovelhead)

June 17, 2019

Once you’ve committed to using a Crazy Frank’s style of fender on a bike, all the norms are cast aside and virtually anything goes. This is what attracted our GM, Mike Ellis, to set out on his mission to put together the Snowflake. Without having to follow any period correct standards, he was able to incorporate solid brakes, modern rubber, decent lighting and suspension which would allow him to gobble up the miles without flinching.

Mike Ellis Snowflake Shovelhead

After acquiring a basket case, he enlisted the help of his friend Rico @ HiBond Modified to help sort the motor and trans. Once that stuff came back, he worked on rebuilding the majority of the rear fender, adding the sissy bar, molding the tank, fabbed the seat pan and built a custom 2-into1 exhaust using our pipe kit and a cone engineering muffler. Rob Rouser helped with dialing in the driveline, electricals and some of the final assembly. It’s been a solid runner and has taught Mike plenty about the importance of timing and getting a solid starting procedure on a kick only bike.  
Ellis' 1971 Harley Shovelhead

Spec Sheet
Bike Owner: Mike Ellis
Year/Make/Model: 1971 Harley-Davidson Shovelhead
Engine & Trans Builder: Rico Fodrey  / Hi Bond Modified
Assembly: Rob Rouser & Mike Ellis
Paint: Pete Finlan / Hot Dog Kustoms
Upholstery: Duane Ballard / DB Custom Leather
Fabrication: Mike Ellis
Engine: Stock 74” Trans: Stock 4-Speed
Primary: BDL Belt Drive and Drag Specialties Sprockets 
Carb: S&S Super E w/ Tear Drop Air Cleaner
Exhaust: Builder’s kit w/ cone 2-into-1 collector
Wheels: W&W Cannonball
Front End: 4+ 39mm w/ OEM H-D Nacelle
Foot Controls: Maindrive Cycle Frisco Mids
Hand Controls: HHI Clutch and Brake
Sheet Metal: Molded stock Sportster tank, Gasbox oil bag & custom rear fender

Biltwell Parts
Whiskey Throttle
Kung Fu Grips
Utility Mirror
Builder’s Exhaust Kit
Re-Bar Handlebars
Norman Foot Pegs
Model C Taillight
Modified Stainless Seat Hinge

Mike Ellis Snowflake Shovelhead

Mike Ellis Snowflake Shovelhead

Mike Ellis Snowflake Shovelhead

Mike Ellis Snowflake Shovelhead

Mike Ellis Snowflake Shovelhead

Mike Ellis Snowflake Shovelhead

Mike Ellis Snowflake Shovelhead

Mike Ellis Snowflake Shovelhead

Mike Ellis Snowflake Shovelhead

Mike Ellis Snowflake Shovelhead

Mike Ellis Snowflake Shovelhead

Mike Ellis Snowflake Shovelhead

Mike Ellis Snowflake Shovelhead

Mike Ellis Snowflake Shovelhead

Mike Ellis Snowflake Shovelhead

Mike Ellis Snowflake Shovelhead

Mike Ellis Snowflake Shovelhead

Mike Ellis Snowflake Shovelhead

Mike Ellis Snowflake Shovelhead

Mike Ellis Snowflake Shovelhead

Mike Ellis Snowflake Shovelhead

Mike Ellis Snowflake Shovelhead

Mike Ellis Snowflake Shovelhead

Mike Ellis Snowflake Shovelhead

Mike Ellis Snowflake Shovelhead

Mike Ellis Snowflake Shovelhead

\Mike Ellis Snowflake Shovelhead

Mike Ellis Snowflake Shovelhead

Mike Ellis Snowflake Shovelhead

Mike Ellis Snowflake Shovelhead

Mike Ellis Snowflake Shovelhead

Mike Ellis Snowflake Shovelhead

Mike Ellis Snowflake Shovelhead

Mike Ellis Snowflake Shovelhead

 Mike Ellis Snowflake Shovelhead

Mike Ellis Snowflake Shovelhead

 

Mike Ellis Snowflake Shovelhead

Mike Ellis Snowflake Shovelhead

Mike Ellis Snowflake Shovelhead

Mike Ellis Snowflake Shovelhead

Mike Ellis Snowflake Shovelhead

Mike Ellis Snowflake Shovelhead

Mike Ellis Snowflake Shovelhead

Mike Ellis Snowflake Shovelhead

Mike Ellis Snowflake Shovelhead