DOUBLE TROUBLE KNUCKLE
When I got the text from Sonoita Sam saying “Hey since you picked the winning chopper at Howl & Prowl 2016, will you write the article for the blog? I thought to myself, cool but hey I don’t even know this guy. Sam said I’ll shoot ya his number just give him a call, so I did. Well I found the time one morning when I was on my first break at work to give him a call. Brent is a real nice guy and was happy to fill me in on himself and the bad ass 46 knuckle you see here. First off was asking Brent what he does to support his chopper addiction since most of us have to work for a living. He said I’m an “Archaeologist”. I thought shit that’s different than most guys I know and then moved on to some questions about the bike. His 1946 FL is a real deal Knucklehead, no aftermarket stuff for the most part.
I love the duel M35 linkerts and Morris Mag that he runs on this sweet machine which is what drew me to the bike the first time I saw it at the Wrench and Ride event. He was having some trouble with it that weekend , but was determined to make it. Since then he has been working on making the bike his own and has dialed it in to his likings. The transmission is a 53 ratchet top 4spd. Frame is a real 46 bull neck ridged. The front end is a nice match up of +3 VL rear legs with 37 front springs. Up front he is rolling a 21 inch star hub wheel followed up by a 16 star hub in the rear. The exhaust is a traditional 2 inch fishtail upsweep set up. To soften up the ride a little is a sprung Biltwell solo 2 seat.
When I asked Brent what the history of the bike was he said he first saw it on E-Bay and the asking price was super high like most knuckles today. But after a while he noticed it was for sale up in the Phoenix area, so he contacted the owner who was an old dude, 75 years old, he said the bike has been sitting for 20 years. So after some talks, they struck a deal, dug it out and Brent was the new owner.
If ya look up “Archaeologist” it states:
“The scientific study of ancient cultures through the examination of their material remains such as buildings, graves, tools, and other artifacts usually dug up from the ground”
Yes folks this applies to old machines that are dug up like Brent’s super sweet Knuck.
It’s a true “Archaeologist” find or in this case “Fine”.
Owner: Brent Buenger
Model: FL Knucklehead
Ignition: Morris Magneto
Lower End: OEM 1946 HD matching cases and wheels
Heads: OEM HD
Cylinders: OEM HD
Carb: Dual M35 Linkerts
Air Cleaner: Repop Linkert bird deflectors
Pipes: 2” upswept fishtails
Model: 1953 HD 4 Speed with ratchet top
Type: 1946 HD
Rake: 35 Degrees
Fork: 30’s HD VL rear rigid fork with 37 Knucklehead spring fork (3” over)
Bars: Old apes with brass dog bones
Fender: Lowbrow Stingray
Gas Tank: Alien from Japan
Headlight: Electroline fog light
Tailight: Prism Supply Co. dual LED ripples
Front Pegs: Throwback Cycle Parts
Kicker Pedal: Infernal Combustion