Too Much Or Just Right?

Written by  By Vincenzo D. Vincenzo Photos by Jack “I’m Both” Cofano Friday, 30 March 2018 12:00
Published in Pro-Street
  Nothing’s harder building a custom, especially a show custom (other than building the bike in the first place) than deciding a paint scheme. Choosing the base color is probably the easiest as everyone has a personal preference towards certain colors after just years of living among all of them. Maybe that pedal car or BMX bike you had as a kid set your color stage in a positive tone or maybe the jerk kid in your neighborhood growing up had a purple bike that made you despise that color forever.


   We’ve all got built-in preferences in some sort of descending order up to the point there are certain colors you would never use if your life depended on it. You’d have to hold a gun to my head and eventually fire it if you were trying to force me to paint my bike brown for instance. “Just do it!” Base color is relatively easy, but paint scheme, well that’s another story. The whole enchilada on view is almost equivalent (for some of us) of standing there naked for all the world to comment on. And they do from what I’ve experienced.

  Our feature bike belonging to Edward Moore of Deland, Florida, that Jack Cofano photographed at Daytona’s Rat’s Hole Show, appears to be an extremely well-built Softail pro-street with lots of neat touches from tip to tail. The double-downtube frame looks beefy as hell with a swingarm that’s got a simple, straightforward look of its own. Meanwhile, the chin spoiler/oil tank allows for a seat low enough to win any motorcycle limbo contest if there were such a thing.

    The satin-finish five-spoke wheels would look good on any bike in my opinion, but maybe I’m biased from the aftermarket muscle car wheels like Torque Thrusts and Cragars that I worshipped growing up in the ‘60s. The completely enclosed belt drive gets my vote for taking it to the next level while the eight-pot front brake makes me stare and drool a tiny bit (I love hardware). I can only assume there’s a trans brake involved under the sheet metal as the back wheel only sports a final drive pulley. Plus there are little touches like the fighter jet red switch on the seat back that’s probably not connected to a horde of .50 caliber guns or the twin gauges and toggle switches mounted near the left side of the seat. All very clean and appreciated

     You also can’t fault Edward for using a Harley-Davidson Screamin’ Eagle-equipped ower. It’s got plenty for its intended use with an aftermarket that can easily supply all power he could dream of if he got bored with it while still providing day-to-day Harley reliability. Yeah, I know, he’s already dabbled a bit on that already with the Carl’s Speed Shop Typhoon carb and a set of SuperTrapp mufflers adjustable for power and sound slip-ons and who knows what else lurks inside those cases. The fat Metzeler rear tire shows wear and that’s a good thing as you might have noticed Edward’s most important (to me anyway) bolt-on parts —a current license plate and all the necessary street equipment to rip up Florida’s long, straight roads. 

    Where this goes a bit over the top to me, but probably not many others is the wild and crazy two-tone green paintjob with lots of bright red details. Oh you know, little things like the red engine and matching red parts strewn over the bike. I can take most of it, but sometimes you gotta edit the design a bit. I don’t hate fork boots, but I gotta say I now hate red ones. Sorry Mr. Moore, it ends up looking just a bit unnecessary maybe because of the kinda cheesy looking red rubber. Somehow the bike falls flat with all the colors, a little too amusement park ride for me.

    This beautifully and thoughtfully built bike gets a bit letdown with the Yuletide color scheme. For those of you who disagree, you are correct sir, it’s not my bike and it’s none of my business. If you love it, that’s all that counts. But, there’re just so many nice things about this build from stance to bodywork to choice aftermarket and fabricated parts and pieces along with being road worthy that I’m stuck on the colors and in this case I think they detract from the lovely bike hiding under them. Give me something a little more James Bond elegant to showcase the stunning work.

   Am I crazy about the “too much” color scheme or is it “just right?”

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