AEE Choppers "Panhead 74"
By Dave Brackett with Dean Rediger
Dean Rediger had come to work for AEE Choppers in March of 1972. AEE was preparing to do a magazine called "How to Build the Chopper", utilizing a Panhead 74. Dean was chosen to build this bike, using mostly AEE products. After collecting a stock Panhead 74 motor, Dean started with an AEE custom rigid 74 frame. He cleaned and painted the motor, adding accessories like polished valve covers, nut covers and chrome air cleaner.
A peanut gas tank, wide flat rear fender were taken from stock and sent with the frame to be painted by Molly. After return from Molly, now painted in pearl white with Candy Orange accents, assembly started. An AEE square springer with AEE spool brake was installed, with narrow front wheel and tire. A wide 16 inch rear wheel and tire were laced and installed. By installing an AEE custom kick stand, the bike was on it's own feet.
The peanut gas tank was installed in a raised position, and the stock Harley oil tank, now chromed, was put in place. The rear fender was added with an AEE devil style seat by Whitey Morgan and forked sissy bar. One piece pullback handlebars with 8 inch risers, dual Ciebie headlights with AEE bracket, a custom clear AEE windshield and a Maltese mirror completed the front end.
AEE custom short upsweep exhaust pipes were installed, chrome footpegs and chain guard, completed the look. Wiring and cables were added and hoses and electronics finished. Again, a sleek chopper was created with aftermarket parts. How much fun was created in the early 70's, with the chopper bonanza.