What was your intended objective when you started the build?
To build an old school looking bobber at a reasonable cost that could be ridden daily. I also wanted to find a donor bike that I could in good conscious take a grinder to. Many of the Softails I looked at were just too nice to cut up.
What motivated you to start your project?
I’ve been inspired by the work of world renowned builder and local Wichita, KS resident Larry Moore of Moore Customs. While I have no aspersions of building a bike anywhere near the quality and art of Larry’s stuff, i figured I might be able to take an old Softail and build something retro that could be a nice around town hopper. I also wanted a carbureted EVO to get the classic HD sound that went away with EFI, and classic paint. No flake, no pearl. just color. I looked at hundreds of pictures, and picked out what I liked.
What was the most unique and creative thing you did to the bike?
Well, I tried to avoid “kits” and fab as much as my skill level and access to equipment would allow. I really don’t care for the plastic or metal “covers” used to cover the battery and wiring under the seat, so I found a box used in electronics for holding boards and switches and made my own cover.
What are you most proud of?
Just the fact that it came out pretty damn cool, and I did it in 7 weeks at a cost that most anyone could afford.
What do other people say about your motorcycle?