So, whaddya think of my choice? For just riding around and enjoying life, this beautiful late model low rider looks like the perfect machine for grooving on winding tree-lined back roads. The apes would be great for catching some rays and getting some interesting goggle burns that’d I’d be sure to feel dumb about later, but who gives a (word replacement) “hoot?” There’s no hunching involved on this customized 2012 Harley-Davidson Softail built by Keith Kormann of Bad Influence Kustoms in Palm Bay, Florida, it’s all about loud and proud. And low.
One thing to be aware of when you look over this bike is that it’s possible to duplicate a lot of the work Keith did over a period of time. Sure, changes like the bigger Fat spoke wheels alone require a good bit of dosh spent, but the use of the stock H-D brake system was a wise choice on Keith’s part. All dolling up the brake parts would do is add some design conflict with those shiny white-walled wheels bouncing the sun’s rays back as quick as it gets them. Plus there is the little fact they work just fine especially after the stock rubber lines were replaced with braided stainless.
Keith must know the right people to work with in this industry as he stripped the bike down to the bare frame so it could take a dip in a deep chrome bath. That is a very serious move on what appears to be a cool yet somewhat simple custom. If you’re going for bling and Keith was, you don’t stop there. The Softail swingarm took a swim too and it looks so much better teamed up with a frame than when I see one hanging off a stock black frame. The shrouded forks and every hanging off, on and over it joined the chrome beach party too. Luckily, the stock chrome horseshoe oil tank fit in like it led the way.
The black and chrome Twin Cam 103B engine’s more-chrome-than-black look needed no tweaking to fit the bling fest of a build although the l-o-o-o-n-g fishtails brought many feet of chrome tubing into the mix to maybe change the favorability rating. The last bit of flash is a justifiable bit of flash by itself and that’s those towering chrome apes with chrome grips and chrome controls. Usually chrome is not my thing and it could be I hate polishing stuff, but it fits this build perfectly. Maybe it comes from my early fascination for chromed frames as a kid, but this bike looks more fun and fresh than obtrusively blingy or something. It looks just right.
Last, but not least by any means, Keith came up with a knockout paintjob that brings the old and new together and I’m not sure which one dominates or do the just work together as one? Yeah, I’m going with the “one” thing as it’s just simply a pretty paintjob that makes a definitive statement without saying a thing. The blue flake is so heavy it’s gorgeous and that size flake (and I’m sure some paint techniques I’m totally unaware of) allows it to fade and change color in different lights. There’s a lot going on in the base paint from any angle you look at while the black graphics put down a quiet, but strong paint statement. Close up the graphics are living in their own world like a parallel paint universe. They’re strong statements of subtlety with a relaxed beauty that just makes this bike nicer and nicer to me. Wrap it up with that triple stitched diamond pattern seat and I’m ready for some weekend cruising.
As a last note, the last I knew this bike was for sale at what seems to be a very reasonable price of $18.500 and there might be a bit of haggling left in that too. Remember, it’s got a chromed frame man! More info available on Bad Influence Kustom’s web site https://badinfluencekustomsllc.com/