Black and White Delight
Jeff Bohlmann lives in the hometown of Harley-Davidson, so he’s pretty proud of what he’s done to his once-stock Deluxe. After ditching his V-Rod, Jeff picked up the Deluxe brand new in 2006 and proceeded to deck it out with 16-inch apes from Hill Country Customs, Harley chromed lower legs, a Corbin seat, H-D flush-mount caps and full-length center console, and a Küryakyn Ergo Guard that helped protect the bike from damage when some A-hole pushed the bike over. To make the long haul easier he added a Klock Werks extended rear fender and a set of Calvary Touring Hard Bags. Jeff says he plans on letting the Samson Ceramic True Dual really rumble by bumping up the displacement to 103 or 110ci.
Hitched on a Harley
Adam Novotny from Biloxi, Mississippi, sent us these pics of his wedding last April. He says he rode to the wedding on his ’08 Dyna Low Rider and while he and his wife Ava were reciting their vows, his groomsmen “customized” his bike with a “Just Married” sign and some new metal. The wedding went off with out a hitch, then they posed for some pictures, had an amazing reception, and rode off to Panama City, Florida, for their honeymoon. Adam says he rode to the wedding a single man and left with his wife as a married man. Congrats you two, hopefully there will be many little Harley riders in your future.
Skilled at Skulls
Robert Trinagel of Dix Hills, New York, wanted us to get a look at his ’10 Fat Boy that is maxed out with skulls. Originally Robert was on a ’10 Suzuki Boulevard, but as soon as he test- rode a Softail, he was in love and traded in the ricer for some American steel. Within a week of purchasing the Fat Boy, Robert added V&H 2-into-1 Big Radius pipes and Fuel Pak, an H-D LED headlight and passing lights, and some extra chrome. Then came the big change: he went all-in on a custom paintjob by Rob Farnsworth and his team at Pairadice Paint in Finelyville, Pennsylvania. The end result was more than 400 skulls, some of which are very evident, while others you have to look for. Robert’s favorites are the skulls painted into the eyes of the larger skulls. When you stand 10 feet away from the bike, the paint only looks like marbled smoke patterns, then as you get closer the real art starts to jump out at you. When you look from different angles, the skull eyes follow you.
Paul Shotter from Bohemia, New York, sent us pics of his ’07 Softail Custom that’s been given the trike treatment. Paul put the bike into three-wheel motion by adding a Mystery Designs trike kit with billet rear wheels and 300mm Metzeler tires. To help get out of tight spaces, a Baker Drivetrain reverse gear was installed, and for extra storage, Paul picked up a Corbin Tour Pak. A set of HHI 5-degree raked trees help the bike cruise steady down the road while 3-inch extended Ness foot controls allow Paul to putt in comfort.
After watching Easy Rider as a teenager, Mario Caruana from the Republic of Malta, was determined to own a chopper. It took a few years and a few bikes to get his dream ride, but now he finally has it. The bike is based on an Ultima frame and 107ci engine. Mario and his buddy did all the grinding, hammering, and metal bending after work. They modified every part and accessory on the bike with more than 90 pieces made by hand including the handlebars, grips, horn cover, primary drive brass extensions, spike accessories, and many more. Mario even taught himself how to do leather work and made his own hand-tooled seat and tool pouch. Everything on the bike has a special meaning to Mario, like the number 25 which is the age his brother died. This bike is dedicated to Mario’s brother and his two kids (their names are on each side of the bike); they are Mario’s joy and inspiration.