1998 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail - Joseph Vigil's Desert Custom

Pick Of The Pen

Joseph's heritage has skulls in every form from chrome to paint and leather.

The "boob" job on joseph's bike came ouT really good. looks like a seT of double ds resTing on The backbone.

Joseph says he has 135 skulls Throughout his entire bike.

Here at HOT BIKE, we get a lot of rides-Harleys, hogs, whatever you want to call them-submitted by our readers. Pick of the Pen is an opportunity to dedicate a few pages to our favorite readers-submitted bike each month. This month's Pick of the Pen comes to us from Joseph Vigil of Rancho de Taos, New Mexico.

As far back as I can remember, I have always wanted to own a Harley- Davidson. I had always been interested in Harleys, but I had never been on one. I spent time helping my cousin Gilbert with his Harley. My first ride was when I was 17. I had to ride Gilbert's Harley home from a bike show because the show finished early. I decided right then and there that I would own my own Harley someday.

A few years later I finally bought my '98 Heritage. My family enjoyed our new toy. My wife and kids loved to ride with me all the time. There was always a fight over who got more time on the bike.

I am constantly buying new pieces of chrome for my baby. The first piece I bought was a set of exhaust pipes. My wife is always telling me to open a store with all the chrome pieces that I have replaced with new chrome.

A few years ago I decided to give my baby a boob job. I ordered a set of new seven-gallon stretched tanks and fenders. I sent them all to Al Danny Martinez Custom Paint in California to get painted. As you can see, he did a wonderful job. The skulls were exactly what I was looking for. I had my seat custom made by Brad Martin in Taos, New Mexico. I also had a custom shift linkage made. Putting everything together wasn't an easy job; I was lucky to have my cousin Gilbert. Together we worked many hours to create my masterpiece.

For the last year and a half, I have been entering my Harley in shows around New Mexico and Colorado. Gilbert has continued to support me during every bike show. I have many plaques, buckles, and trophies from these shows. The best part of the shows is meeting new people and talking to different bike builders.

SPEC SHEET
OWNER Joseph Vigil
HOMETOWN Rancho de Taos, New Mexico
YEAR/MODEL '98/H-D Heritage Softail
BUILDER/ASSEMBLY H-D
ENGINE SIZE 80ci
PIPES Martin Bros
TRANSMISSION H-D
GAS TANK 7-Gallon Stretched
FRONT FENDER H-D
REAR FENDER H-D
FRONT SUSPENSION H-D
REAR SUSPENSION H-D
WHEELS {{{100}}} spoke Wire Wheel
TIRES Avon
HANDLEBARS Chubby
SEAT Brad Martin