I think our feature bike falls into that last more-radically modified stocker category with its number of changes that tries to hide what it started it out as in the first place. Actually, whoever built this did a fine job because I’m not exactly sure from whence it came other than to say Dyna or Touring. From those two bases a lot of very different models have been built and what you see is not always what you got.
Being a big fan of the original post-WWII Old School bobbers which were not a lot more than a stripped down to the max, ex-FL police bikes gotten from auctions, this baby you’re looking at hits all my right buttons. No, it’s not a recreation of an Old School bobber, but more of a modern day version with a lot more customizing than strict bobbing going on. Using just the basic idea of a proper bobber, our mystery builder took it up a couple of notches on the custom scale while still keeping it completely usable. Yup, I like a plan like that.
The frame’s still using its stock geometry and dimensions, but the rear subframe is no longer found replaced by, well, nothing. That’s what bobbing was all about back in the day, getting rid of anything and everything you didn’t need to run down the road. Up front, a wide aftermarket springer sits where something else once did and if you’re a fan of springers as much as I am, it’s definitely the way to go. Just that bit alone puts this build in a whole new category and provides the perfect setting to display that lovely 160/70 Metzeler Marathon front tire mounted on a laced black-rimmed wheel with copper nipples and hub.
Out back it’s more of the same although the rear is slightly bigger as common custom sense says you should do. Both wheels have substantial disc brakes which I thoroughly applaud on a street bike. Wishing you could’ve stopped is so much less satisfying to me than actually stopping and having a story to tell. If I’ve got a wheel on a bike, I want a brake on it and that’s my story. I have no idea how easy it is to steer these big Metzelers into a corner, but their rounded profile leads me to believe it’s possible. The braking benefits from the large contact patch these big donuts too.
Other than the old appearance of the almost mandatory Stage 1 kit consisting of a free-breathing air filter, performance exhaust and a tuner kit for the EFI, this engine appears fairly stock. Yeah, I know the big open copper mouth of the 2-into1 screams “power” and it alone in looks alone has got to be worth 25 visual horsepower just by itself. The rest of the engine has a blacked-out finish complimented by the copper engine bits for contrast. Nothing too crazy to ride, but with plenty of power and a staggering look of engine awe from that sure-to-bellow exhaust system alone.
I’m sure the tank’s familiar looking as it’s got Harley-Davidson written all over it by its lines alone without even mentioning the H-D tank badge which should cancel any doubts. Not so with the rear fender that is a relatively tiny bit of fender fluff that looks good and does some fending when required. The front is long gone and never coming back. Ah, just like beauty, riding fenderless custom Harleys can require a lot of purposeful dedication and a bit of stamina.
The builder/owner kept things relatively simple when it came time for paint sticking with good old black paint enhanced by the various and tastefully applied copper accents spread throughout the build. It’s just enough to be special, personal and good looking to admirers other than the owner. All in all this is an effort that I think hit the builder’s idea of what a custom Harley can be without completely breaking the bank. There’s been an awful lot of customization and personalization done that should satisfy just about anybody who likes to ride their Harley as much as looking at it. Can’t ask for too much more than that as far as I’m concerned. How about you?