Phoenix, AZ – For the May feature, we are super excited to bring you Scott Ross’s 1956 chopper he calls the “electra-pan”. We have been waiting all year to feature this bike. This no BS chopper was voted “Best Chopper” at last years Howl N Prowl, so we thought it fitting to wait until the month of this years up coming show to present it to you all. Scott will be joining up with us as our guest judge, and passing off the Biltwell trophy helmet to this years winner. A tradition that Scott came up with, and we love it! No doubt this will become the “Stanley cup” of choppers.
I got to meet up with Scott and shoot the “electra-pan” recently at a spot near South Mountain, where Scott and his buddies as kids terrorized the trails on dirt bikes and narrowly escaped death on many occasions at countless keg parties, long before urban sprawl took over the desert. Scott picked up this pan head chopper in a similar state you see it in now about 6 years ago from a dude up in Greer(northern), Az. Along with it came a stack of paper work from when it crossed into the US from Mexico in ’68, as well as all the parts receipts from when it was first chopped in the ’70’s. That’s right, Mexico…the bikes first line of duty was a Mexican Government bike. No stranger to old iron, Scott has or has had pretty much everything you can think of. Flattys, shovels, Triumphs, and knuckles…but this was his first proper panhead. He rode it around for a short time, but a broken ankle caused him to put riding it on hold, so he thought it would be a good time to do some tidying up on it and also decided to put an electric start on it. He got some help from Johnny Goodson to put the starter kit on it, and tied up a lot of “chopperized”loose ends. The thing with all of Scotts bikes that i think you’ll agree with this as an example, is clean, functional, and built to ride. Scott says with the Fury girder, Throttle Addiction rabbit ears and Haifley Bro.’s seat make for a riding position that he can really put down the miles with ease. And any one that knows Scott, knows thats no BS. He rides this Pan most days to work, and is always showing up around the country to chopper events, or just eating up highway for the fuck of it. We hope you dig the pics of the bike and hope you’ll come join us at this years Howl N Prowl. Come to check out the bike in person, and see who Scott passes of the “#1Chopper” helmet off to.
Owner:Scott Ross-Phx, AZ
Profession:Aero Space Machinist
Transmission:4speed with TechCycle electric starter
Wheels:21 mini drum front, 15 rear
Tires:Firestone front, BFG car tire rear
Tins: Mustang tank, Flat trailer fender
Headlight: Old Unity spot
Pipes: Modified drags w/ shorty mufflers
Ignition:stock HD timer, points
Generator:Cycle Electric 12volt
Bars: Throttle Addiction rabbit ears
Other: Scott made risers and misc. brackets and such.