1995 Harley Davidson Heritage Softail Classic

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?

  • I’ve only had it out and around town for a little over a week, but the response has been overwhelmingly positive.  Makes me want to do another one!

 

 

20 Comments

  • Dave Cable says:

    Looks like you pretty well nailed your objective and came out with a cool bike! Would almost bet you could sell for more than u have in it!

     
  • Jerry Michaelis says:

    I was quite impressed that the time Frank bought this and said he was going to have a “project” to work on, was so short. These kind of projects usually take much much longer. And yet, the quality and look did not suffer. For a little over 6k, this is truly a “cool” bike and Frank should be really proud of it.

     
  • Glen Bowen says:

    Beautiful and simple – less is more indeed. The aesthetics agree with my own tastes,

     
  • Robert Bachman says:

    I like the paint with no metal flake and the real metal tank badge. The tires also give it a real old school look. The choppers that can not be ridden over 20 miles without stopping for fuel make no sense. Making it a daily rider means more riding time.

     
  • Gordon Brooks says:

    If I was to have a bike built..It would be this. I’m old school and can still remember a cousin riding up on his bike in the late 50’s.

     
  • Shelby Echer says:

    Love this! The old school appearance really sets it off! The air filter cover ties in nicely with the spring seat. Looks awesome, nice job!

     
  • Brian Hume says:

    I really like the look of this bike, it is clean and simple, the absence of all the unnecessary factory items make this a nice old school bobber. The paint color is perfect for the old school style.

     
  • Mike Askins says:

    Beautiful job Frank

     
  • Rocky Gibson says:

    Great looking bike and great idea love the old bobber look

     
  • Chris farber says:

    I love the look of this Bike and a fan of the old school fat tire look. I also like that it was done at a reasonable cost.

     
  • Curtis Littrell says:

    Looks great, something like what I was thinking of building.

     
  • Larry Wilson says:

    I’ve seen this bike up close and personal. When I saw it from about 20 feet away I thought it was a brand new bike. Only after speaking with Frank did I discover it was a 95 model makeover. This is a beautiful machine. Congrats to Frank on a job well done.

     
  • Charles Cummins says:

    Awesome! What a fantastic bike you built! The white stripe on the tank, along with the Harley badge really add to the special look of your bike. I an happy to gave it the max of 5 stars. Good luck, well deserved if you win.

     
  • Linda Harper says:

    Unbelievable to me that this is a 1950 Motorcycle, so I am impressed. Well done on all counts!

     
  • Linda Harper says:

    Okay….so tell this blonde……is it a 1995 motorcycle 50’s style? Either way, it’s a beautiful bike.

     
  • Frank Kern says:

    It’s a 1995. Built to look old school.

     
  • Kathryn Langrehr says:

    It’s a beautiful old style bike that sounds great too! Well done Frank!

     
  • Robert Schaefer says:

    Frank you have done a Great job, I couldn’t have done a better job myself. I’m glad I could help you buy buying your old parts.

     
  • Ben Cromer says:

    Nice job. New updated “Wobbly-Box” special. Bike looks GR8 Frank and I’ll bet rides like a dream.

     
  • Tammy ONeal says:

    Awesome!!!

     

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20 Comments

  • Dave Cable says:

    Looks like you pretty well nailed your objective and came out with a cool bike! Would almost bet you could sell for more than u have in it!

     
  • Jerry Michaelis says:

    I was quite impressed that the time Frank bought this and said he was going to have a “project” to work on, was so short. These kind of projects usually take much much longer. And yet, the quality and look did not suffer. For a little over 6k, this is truly a “cool” bike and Frank should be really proud of it.

     
  • Glen Bowen says:

    Beautiful and simple – less is more indeed. The aesthetics agree with my own tastes,

     
  • Robert Bachman says:

    I like the paint with no metal flake and the real metal tank badge. The tires also give it a real old school look. The choppers that can not be ridden over 20 miles without stopping for fuel make no sense. Making it a daily rider means more riding time.

     
  • Gordon Brooks says:

    If I was to have a bike built..It would be this. I’m old school and can still remember a cousin riding up on his bike in the late 50’s.

     
  • Shelby Echer says:

    Love this! The old school appearance really sets it off! The air filter cover ties in nicely with the spring seat. Looks awesome, nice job!

     
  • Brian Hume says:

    I really like the look of this bike, it is clean and simple, the absence of all the unnecessary factory items make this a nice old school bobber. The paint color is perfect for the old school style.

     
  • Mike Askins says:

    Beautiful job Frank

     
  • Rocky Gibson says:

    Great looking bike and great idea love the old bobber look

     
  • Chris farber says:

    I love the look of this Bike and a fan of the old school fat tire look. I also like that it was done at a reasonable cost.

     
  • Curtis Littrell says:

    Looks great, something like what I was thinking of building.

     
  • Larry Wilson says:

    I’ve seen this bike up close and personal. When I saw it from about 20 feet away I thought it was a brand new bike. Only after speaking with Frank did I discover it was a 95 model makeover. This is a beautiful machine. Congrats to Frank on a job well done.

     
  • Charles Cummins says:

    Awesome! What a fantastic bike you built! The white stripe on the tank, along with the Harley badge really add to the special look of your bike. I an happy to gave it the max of 5 stars. Good luck, well deserved if you win.

     
  • Linda Harper says:

    Unbelievable to me that this is a 1950 Motorcycle, so I am impressed. Well done on all counts!

     
  • Linda Harper says:

    Okay….so tell this blonde……is it a 1995 motorcycle 50’s style? Either way, it’s a beautiful bike.

     
  • Frank Kern says:

    It’s a 1995. Built to look old school.

     
  • Kathryn Langrehr says:

    It’s a beautiful old style bike that sounds great too! Well done Frank!

     
  • Robert Schaefer says:

    Frank you have done a Great job, I couldn’t have done a better job myself. I’m glad I could help you buy buying your old parts.

     
  • Ben Cromer says:

    Nice job. New updated “Wobbly-Box” special. Bike looks GR8 Frank and I’ll bet rides like a dream.

     
  • Tammy ONeal says:

    Awesome!!!

     

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