THE PINK PAN­THER

GO­ING FOR THE GOLD, WITH GOLD

Street Chopper - - Contents - WORDS: MARK MASKER PHO­TOS: PETER LIN­NEY

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

framemain fol­lowed in­gre­di­entsjig, was got a busy blend­for fab­ri­cat­ing,cookingof ar­chae­ol­ogy,up and this had rigid. horse the What trad­ing,two and crafts­man­ship. Some parts were col­lected from swap meets, oth­ers from ven­dors, and what he didn’t find he made him­self. Even­tu­ally, An­drew found him­self look­ing at a Pan­ther M-100 mill cra­dled by his own rigid frame, with a Tri­umph gas tank over it, and a leaf-spring fork up front. It was a some recipe over-the-top­for a pretty fin­ish­ingcrazy ma­chine,to pull it bu­tall to­gether.it needed In An­drew’s mind that meant en­grav­ing, en­grav­ing, and en­grav­ing. With a side of en­grav­ing. The en­gine was com­pletely dis­as­sem­bled for pol­ish­ing and…en­grav­ing. All of the en­grav­ing was done by Her­nan at En­grave It Inc. He also took care of all the chrome and gold plat­ing. While all of that was get­ting done, An­drew com­pleted the metal and body­work on the frame. The chas­sis was sent to Danny D. for paint and pin­strip­ing. All in all, the bike was fin­ished in five months down to the last minute be­fore its de­but in Las Ve­gas. So far, the bike has won awards for the J&P Ul­ti­mate Builder show, for which it won first-place freestyle, and re­cently Best of Show at David Mann’s Chopperfest. Yeah, I’d say An­drew did what he set out to do.

T H E P I N K PAN­THER

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