Ray Lianes’ Timeless 1959 Panhead

Written by  By Monk Pacheco Photos by Jack “Clocks are none of my business” Cofano Friday, 05 April 2013 14:45
Published in Bobbers
We’ve all had “the perfect custom bike” stuck in our head that we would’ve liked to build or wished we at least owned, but never got to. That doesn’t mean we’ve given up yet, but we’re only waiting for that right time and/or financial windfall to pop up. Yes sir, we’ve got the best taste and ideas and unfortunately are only lacking the skill and money to show the world what perfection really is. Usually it’s vintage-based around a Flathead, a Knucklehead, a Panhead, a Shovelhead, or even one of the combos you can make out of these lovely engines, but everyone’s got their perfect mill running around in their head. A few of us are lucky as hell to actually take that mental image sometimes called “brain pictures” and turn it into a living and breathing (I think so anyway) mental motorcycle.  Ray Lianes of Cutler Bay, Florida, is one of those guys with this retro 1959 Harley-Davidson Panhead chop that looks like it might be straight from the late ‘60s or early ‘70s.


   Every style element Ray went for has its roots back in the day, but with a very modern build quality that was not something 99% of the builders back then could do either with the tools or the lack of resources available. You have to remember that motorcycles were more of a blue collar thing and people of stature (read wealthy) were interested in anything but those noisy and dangerous murdercycles. Personally, I can’t remember anybody that wore a suit or a tie back then who rode. Today, that’s a totally different story and motorcycles have broken every economic barrier with a wide range of customs to die for.

    If you haven’t checked out Jack Cofano’s photo gallery, now’s the time as Ray’s bike needs to be looked at more than discussed. The perfect stance, the terrific multi-color huge metalflake paintjob, the just-right sissy bar, and the clean jockey shifter all combined with a Panhead motor makes for a custom that’s not stuck in a time period  time as much as a state of mind. Go ahead, take a look at Jack’s photos and see how this chop measures up to the perfect one riding around in your head. 

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