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Vidal Signs

The bike is a 1979 Shovelhead H-D engine with dual plug heads, 93ci stroker kit, six-speed transmission, blacked-out H-D springer, Tech Cycle chain primary, 21-inch front 18-inch rear spokes, custom fabricated brass knuckle pipes and motor mount, with a special mix root beer gold paint with black flames. I could go on forever about the details, but instead I would like to just say this bike was hand-built from the engine to all the fabrication in the garage by myself and four of my friends. I would like to say thanks to Damon, Les, Mark, and Duffy for their time, hard work and help on this bike!

Frank Vidal

Bolt-On Buddies

I own a two-up motorcycle for when my wife and I ride, but recently I have picked up a 2008 Dyna for my solo rides. I have been working hard adding accessories to it. I have mainly dealt with Rikki Battastini, who is an awesome guy and goes out of his way to help his customers. I used Rick’s custom parts like grips, pegs, shift linkage, and horn. I have also added my own personal touch with bullet ends for the grips and pegs, custom rims, custom seat from Harley-Davidson, and Vance & Hines exhaust.

Robert Porter
Central Bridge, NY

Bigger, Badder, Better

This bike started out as a 1989 FLT Tourglide. Everything on it has been modified or handmade. The front rim is a Roland Sands “Judge” sitting inside a ’98 Fatboy frontend. The seat is off an ’03 Roadglide sitting on a set of TJD custom 2-inch wider and 4-inch deeper stretched saddlebags. The fender, side panels, and rear rim are off a ’98 Fatboy. The dash is homemade and the battery compartment that used to sit on the outside was cut and flipped and is now under the seat housing. It also houses the battery along with the rear master cylinder and a marine fuse panel that holds the seven wires to run the bike. It has 16-inch apes with Ultima hand controls. Every nut, bolt, and washer has been replaced on this bike. It now sits at 8 feet long, 3 feet wide and is only 4 inches off the ground. The only thing that has not been replaced on this bike is tranny and the motor with 120,000 miles that is still going strong. Most people go for puting on a fairing, but I removed it and really made this bike mine!

Larry D. Edwards II