The Shovelhead is a notoriously cantankerous, but much beloved V-twin motorcycle engine manufactured from 1966 to 1984 by the Harley Davidson Motor Company. The name was derived from the way in which the engine’s rocker boxes resemble the inverted heads of coal shovels. Though prone to oil leaks, hard-starting and over heating, this engine defined the unique Harley sound that many love (or hate) today. Thanks to my friend, Amber Alarcón and my Harley, Fricka for providing all of the source material upon which this piece is based.
Though this piece was originally written for bass clarinet, there is also a version for baritone saxophone. You can watch a performance of the bari sax version here.