Street Chopper - - Contents - WORDS: JEFF G. HOLT

Syd De Soto’s 1956 Pan­head

See­ing as how we’re salut­ing the dig­ger chop­pers this is­sue, it’s only right we pull one from the ar­chives to go with. The Magic Pan graced our June 1977 cover, and it’s as fine an ex­am­ple of a showy dig­ger as you’ll find any­where. From the

long forks to the an­gu­lar gas tank and all that en­grav­ing, Syd De Soto’s Pan­head is what a dig­ger show­bike was all about back in the 1970s. Based on a 1956 Pan he picked up for $400, Syd kept the changes mild for the first two years then took this ma­chine all the way over the top. Fan­tasy art is en­joy­ing a resur­gence on bikes now, and Deb­bie Turner worked some real air­brush wiz­ardry, mak­ing The Magic Pan live up to its name. SC

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