1984 Harley Davidson XLX1000
First off, I am not a Harley guy. But I have to say, I really like this bike. This one was built back in 2007 by me and my buddy, Jim. We were talking about what styles we liked and the theme quickly became everything opposite of over-chromed, garish paint, and stretched out ego crap. A friend of ours had this bike which had some issues. Namely the clutch was broken, speedo didn't work, too much chrome, a huge seat, and a narrow glide front end with the standard cast spoked wheels.
I had always appreciated the original Fat Boy styling with its chunky wheels. Harleys always seemed to me to be more evocative of a locomotive with their heavy architecture than high performance racers. Embracing this vision we created this, a one-off old school homage to the fat tired cruiser beach bike. This build was a team effort and I think we succeeded. I call it the 'Jackhammer' because of the sound and sensation it conveys through that old 'ironhead' engine.
This in not a bike for shy personalities as I am approached constantly by people wanting to know about it and where they can get one. I like to make useful motorcycles and this one converts easily from a solo seat bar hopper to a two-up highway cruiser. The paintwork is not paint at all but rather a matrix of aluminum powder in resin applied and then carefully 'grained' smooth, striped, and clearcoated.
Here's the laundry list of features and mods to this one:
-Super Glide style tank
-Custom hidden battery shutoff
-Vintage Harley tank emblems
-Electronic optical ignition w/ custom billet cover
-Harley battery (spiral cell)
-Solo seat custom mounted (rubber isolated)
-Removable passenger pad
-Windshield (vintage Harley fairing)
-Custom CNC wide glide front end (billet 6061 aluminum my design and fabrication)
-Custom aluminum fork brace (1/4 billet 6061)
-S&S Super E carburetor
-Black exhaust wrap on stock chrome headers
-Black powder coated oil tank/fender struts/battery box/electric panel/headlight brow/taillight mount
-Side mount license plate holder
-Vintage horn (also have old huge Harley horn)
-Lowered headlight mount (mounted and spaced under top triple clamp)
-Upgraded 4-piston Sumitomo front brake caliper (modded to mount Harley fork)
-Fat Boy wheels with Metzler Marathon tires
-'Shorty' rear shocks
-'Liquid Metal Coatings' custom finish.