What was your intended objective when you started the build?
I intended on just changing the seat and handlebars…that stock rear fender sorta pissed me off being so large though haha. I think every bike make needs something changed with the exception of a few models out there! I just wanted to make the bike mine. I like most of the stock features but some of the silly stuff had to go! The longer I own the bike the more it asks me to change on it. I love what the japanese guys are doing with harley’s I’ve sort of drifted in that direction.
What motivated you to start your project?
I was in a very hard spot in life when I bought my sportster 48. I did an extensive wire tuck, tank lift headlight lift and strut mounted the rear fender to the swing-arm. Working on my bike was totally therapeutic to me it helped me immensely. The reason I bought the 48 was because I LOVED the crossbones and the 48 looks like its little brother minus the springer! Once I could afford the Crossbones I found a low mileage 1 owner. I thought I could leave it alone because it was immaculate but I couldn’t help myself! I browse every internet market place I can find for parts and inspiration.
What was the most unique and creative thing you did to the bike?
I think my chopped rear fender Is the most creative.It took me a ton of time and careful cuts. It was daring id say.
I feel as though the bike tells me what it wants me to do. As is evolves and I change it, it becomes more alive. It really does have soul. I feel that when The bones comes across another bike is snarls at it.
What are you most proud of?
Again that rear fender, TON OF WORK. So with the body lines of the 200MM softail rear fender I honestly didn’t even think it would work. It was a $300 gamble! If you make the right cuts it works out though. Overall Im proud of the entire bike. I love this thing!
What do other people say about your motorcycle?
I get tons of compliments on my bones! Many people aren’t really familiar with the crossbones to begin with so if they’re unfamiliar with the models they usually think its a hand built. I find people standing by my bike MANY times when I return to the parking lot waiting to ask me about it!