THE PINK PANTHER
GOING FOR THE GOLD, WITH GOLD
Going For The Gold, With Gold
If you ever want to impress someone with your moto-history kung fu, bust out some knowledge on Panther motorcycles in the conversation. The name might sound like a Panhead knock- off company from the late 1990s, but it’s actually a species of bike that was built in the UK by P&M (a.k.a. Phelon & Moore) until the company dropped that moniker and just went with “Panther.” Which is probably why Andrew Ursich of Portside Garage made one for the Artistry in Iron show in Las Vegas last year. It may or may not be your thing, but this bike was bred to compete on the show circuit. When was the last time you saw an angled single-cylinder rigid done up in pink and gold leaf at a show? They’re not common by a long shot. Panther bikes were made up until the 1960s, and that angular mill also serves as a load-bearing part of the chassis. Andrew was invited to Artistry in Iron and decided to build this bike for that show. “I agreed to compete and set out to build the craziest showbike I could,” Andrew says. “I started by finding the Panther engine.” Having bagged his prey, Andrew constructed a
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