REECE ZYLSTRA’S 1955 FL
Reece Zylstra’s 1955 FL
When we last left our hero Reece Zylstra a few issues back, a lead from a meth head at a garage sale led to a shady doublewide occupied by an old troll hawking a ’92 Softail, which Reece parleyed into a rigid Evo chopper (“The Holy Grail of Junk,” Street Chopper Spring 2016). For as much as that sounds like a season of True Detective, it didn’t end like one; as far as we know everyone involved is still alive and well.
His next adventure in chopping is this 1955 FL Shovel/pan. At 95ci and chock-full o’ S&S parts, it’s a tad more powerful than when the original motor(s) rolled out of the factory back in the day. Rather than just spewing the technical aspects of this cool rigid chopper back at you, I’m going to let you read what Reece’s friend, Dustin “Thommy” Themm, has to say about Zylstra and this bike:
“Reece has been a good friend of mine for over a decade now, and his outlook on things is one that’s always been fascinating. I’ve been on several motorcycle trips with him over the course of our friendship, most of which are the ones I consider to be the most memorable and fun. His carefree ‘no bullshit’ view of things spills over into every corner of his being. I’ve ridden next to him under the beautiful fall sun, torrential downpours, tornado winds, and the ever-occasional dim-lit night skies. No matter the circumstance it’s always the same unbothered mentality with him.
“When Reece was younger he did a spell traveling around the country via train cars and experienced a lot within the various corners of the USA. I believe from that he took away a lot of things that he still holds a good amount of value in today, making him the person that he is.
“The breezy tone that surrounds him also gives way to the types of bike I’ve always seen him build. The main focus on each one has always been on performance yet still holding on to nice, clean, and functional design aspects throughout the bike. This chopper holds true to all of the above. When you can look at a bike and it simply emits speed, that’s always a good thing. The motorcycle seen here looks like a blast to ride, and it surely doesn’t shy away from holding its own to the constant flogging it sees. Reece hit the nail on the head with this one, and he used a big f—king sledgehammer to do so.” SC