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Rock gui­tarist Gilby Clarke’s cus­tom 1965 Pan­head ................................. 30

Gilby Clarke is a Hol­ly­wood rock gui­tarist with cus­tom Har­leys in his blood. The Amer­i­can mu­si­cian, singer, song­writer, and record pro­ducer is best known for a three­year ten­ure as the rhythm gui­tarist of Guns N’ Roses, re­plac­ing Izzy Stradlin in 1991 dur­ing the Use Your Il­lu­sion Tour. While a mem­ber of the band, Gilby was a re­cip­i­ent of the MTV Video Vanguard Award. When the Guns ma­chine im­ploded at the be­hest of Axl Rose, Gilby hit out on his own armed with a Les Paul and a hand­ful of songs.

Fol­low­ing his de­par­ture from the group, Gilby went on to forge a solo ca­reer as both a stu­dio rock gui­tarist and tour­ing gui­tarist with Slash’s Snakepit and Kat Men, he joined the Wil­son sis­ters of Heart, Nancy Si­na­tra, Kathy Valen­tine (of The Go-go’s), MC5, and he formed his own group Rock Star Su­per­nova with mem­bers of Me­tal­lica and Möt­ley Crüe.

These days, when Gilby is not on tour per­form­ing or in the stu­dio record­ing, he’s at home in Sher­man Oaks, Cal­i­for­nia, with his lovey wife Daniella Clarke of 27 years. His pas­sion, along with mu­sic, is cus­tom Har­leys, and as you can guess he has quite a col­lec­tion. And when Gilby’s not out rid­ing on the week­ends with Daniella, or at­tend­ing bike events like Stur­gis, he’s at home in the garage tak­ing care of his bikes, which in­clude a Jesse James/west Coast Chop­pers high roller and a Rus­sell Mitchell/ex­ile Cy­cles bar hop­per.

His fa­vorite bike, how­ever, is this classic Pan­head Hard­tail Springer, which was a fea­tured Hot Bike mag­a­zine cover ma­chine some 20 years ago be­fore Gilby bought it. Once he brought it home, it was stripped down to the bare frame where he then re­built it more to his own taste with the blue flame paint and old-school touches like the rear fender sissy bar he fab­ri­cated him­self.

If you ever see this bike at some Socal bike event or parked un­der the big shade tree at The Rock Store in Agoura, Cal­i­for­nia, look around for the long­haired rocker hid­ing be­hind sun­glasses and that will be Gilby Clarke. This bike will also be fea­tured in the Fast­dates.com Iron & Lace Cus­tom Mo­tor­cy­cle Cal­en­dar with beau­ti­ful cal­en­dar kit­ten Alissa Bourne. HB

“ONCE HE BROUGHT IT HOME, IT WAS STRIPPED DOWN TO THE BARE FRAME WHERE HE THEN RE­BUILT IT MORE TO HIS OWN TASTE WITH THE BLUE FLAME PAINT AND OLD-SCHOOL TOUCHES LIKE THE REAR FENDER SISSY BAR HE FAB­RI­CATED HIM­SELF.”

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