This Harley-Davidson Panhead Chopper Has Grunt

Namely, an infantryman painted on its chopper tank

You know you love your Harley-Davidson custom when you want to be buried with it. That’s exactly how Peter Pohl of Goslar, Germany, feels about his Agent Orange hardtail here. “In the late ’80s I found the cover of a Grunt magazine showing a donut-dolly feeding a grunt in the jungle. That was the moment I wanted to build a chopper called Agent Orange with this pic on the gas tank!” It would be a little while before he finished the mission, however.

A few years later in the 1990s, grunge music was hitting its prime, and Peter had decided to swap a paint job for an old CCW-girder front end. The first part of the job was in hand. After finding a nice rigid frame with the rake he wanted, Peter was able to add a Yamaha front wheel. Well on his way to a rolling chassis, he faced the hard part: cobbling together the parts, and moola for the Panhead mill. More years flew by as he discovered the joys of trying to acquire or build a vintage Harley-Davidson motor—you spend either lots of time or lots of money.

Original Pans in good shape are hard to find, and even harder to purchase unless you’ve got the cash on hand. The aftermarket knows this and makes replica motors with just this sort of situation in mind. Eventually, Peter was able to buy a Pandemonium motor with four spark plugs and a nice S&S carburetor on it. If you want to see more of this bike and his other toys, they’re on his website,

Orange Harley-Davidson panhead chopper

‘Pete’s Dragon’ might also work as a name for this bike. Provided the dragon has cocktail shaker pipes on it.

Peter Pohl

foot control level lighting

You don’t see lighting at the foot control level like this very often, folks.

Peter Pohl

harley-davidson panhead chopper license plate and taillight

That license and taillight combo did not come out of a catalog…

Peter Pohl

skateboard wheel shift knob

Some parts Peter made, other parts he provided. “The shift knob is a wheel from my first skateboard, long ago in ’77.”

Peter Pohl