Paul Beamish’s top bikes
Krazy Horse have just celebrated 20 years in business and they’ve come a long way. The outfit was created by Paul Beamish when he discovered he couldn’t get the parts he wanted – nowadays the Bury St Edmunds HQ is a dealership, importer, café and a whole lot more. Here Beamish talks us through two of his favourite bikes.
1952 H-D Panhead
It’s got a 1952 wishbone frame with a 1200cc Panhead motor. I bought it in 1996/97 as a rat from Martin at Booth Hill, a custom shop between Swindon and Oxford. It had a horrible aftermarket frame but I managed to buy a wishbone frame for £250 when no one wanted stuff like that. I ran it around with the wishbone for a while then in 1998/99 I stripped it and rebuilt the engine. Pageant painted it and it’s still in the same form as then. It’s really special because I’ve ridden it all over the place and it still puts a smile on my face every ride.
Pimp My Glide
This Shovelhead goes by several names including ‘Harriet’ and ‘El Greengo’. It was the first Harley I bought. I got it in 1990 and as I rode home I thought, ‘this is more money than I’ve ever paid for a bike - what the f*** have I bought?’ but the more I rode it, the more I liked it. I decided that as we were a custom shop, I should do something with it but I wanted it to ride like a modern bike. So it’s got decent PM brakes and Primo belt drive and clutch, Dyna air suspension front and rear, a Magna Charger supercharger - which is pretty rare because they didn’t do many for the Shovels. Thing I like is that they added extra finning to the housing on this particular model, which looks neat. It’s totally rideable
‘I managed to buy a wishbone frame for £250’
Who are you calling Harriet? Meet the blown Shovelhead Beamish loves that extra finning Check out the Panhead’s bellmouth
Beamish says the 1952 Panhead makes him smile every ride