Rockstars' Garage: Buddy Miles' Harley Chopper Trike

If you remember Rock and Roll, you may remember Buddy Miles as the drummer in a group called the Electric Flag. That was a pretty cool group– they carried around this little electric-powered American flag that waved and sparkled while the band played. Well, the old electric flag is long gone and Buddy Miles is now a star in his own right, but he still likes to do a little flag-waving. Except he does it these days with this starred and striped Harley-Davidson trike. The trike was designed by Miles, with the help of fellow Novato, California resident Glen Thorsen, who also did the actual construction work. The basic ’57 Harley was converted to trike form with the help of a Ford rear-end. To coax a little more power out of the engine, ’69 Sportster barrels were installed. That incredible seat was also designed by Miles and built by William Schneider.