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Birth of a Black Chrome Softail Slim

CMP turbo meets 110-inch Screamin' Eagle mill

Judging by the CMP Turbo on this Softail Slim’s 110-inch Screamin’ Eagle mill, I’m pretty sure it’s as evil on the streets as it is parked. It’s also SOP for any vehicle owner Chris Johnson keeps in his stable. He runs turbo kits on all of them. The sweet music of a Harley motor and a turbo working together is a wonderful thing, and he digs it. Needless to say, he’s got one on the bagger that matches his Softail. That’s not the only cool thing the two bikes have in common. Like his touring bike, Chris’ 2016 Softail Slim is a lay-frame design.

This whole project was born of Chris wanting a bike for those times when he didn’t want to ride said touring scoot. When he came across the Softail Slim, it was mostly what he was looking for. He liked the Softail but didn’t like the Softail; it needed some custom lovin’ to really evolve into the ideal version in his head: something old-school looking yet new at the same time. Hence the lay-frame work and the CMP Turbo.

Harley Davidson Softail Slim

Chris Johnson's black chrome Softail Slim.

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“I love the sound of turbos,” Chris says. “Mix a Harley-Davidson with a turbo and that’s the best sound in the world to me. With a 110-inch in the bike, it’s a nasty little machine.”

Harley Davidson Softail Slim details

The Softail gets its low look from the fork that had two inches shaved off.

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Michael McNamer fabricated the new swingarm that transforms the Softail frame into a lay-frame design. Chris switched over to an SAS air suspension while they were customizing the back end and shaved 2 inches off the fork setup for the low look. A lot of this bike is still Harley-Davidson. Some of it was modified; some was kept stock. Chris knew what he wanted to do going in and didn’t see a whole lot of reason to swap everything over to full custom.

Harley Davidson Softail Slim

"Mix a Harley-Davidson with a turbo and that's the best sound in the world to me. With a 110-inch in the bike it's a nasty little machine."

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By keeping part of the Harley-Davidson look and feel to the Slim, Chris helped tie it to his bagger in a way. Both have that vibe going for them. What sets them apart from their stock brethren also serves to unite them though: the melding of turbo-powered muscle in a lay-frame chassis. When running turbo kits on every form of transportation you tweak and modify is your signature move, giving them a similar look to go with that move is not just understandable—it’s pretty cool.

Harley Davidson Softail Slim

A lot of this bike is still Harley-Davidson. Some of it was modified; some was kept stock.

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Specifications

 

General

Owner Chris Johnson
Year/Make/Model 2016/Harley-Davidson/Softail Slim
Fabrication Michael McNamer
Build Time 90 days

 

Engine

Year/Type/Size 2016/Twin Cam/110ci
Builder Michael McNamer
Cases H-D
Cylinders Screamin’ Eagle
Heads Screamin’ Eagle
Rocker Boxes Screamin’ Eagle
EFI/Carb Thundermax
Air Cleaner CMP Turbo
Exhaust CMP Turbo

 

Transmission

Year/Type 2016/H-D
Case H-D
Clutch H-D
Primary Drive H-D

 

Frame

Year/Type 2016/H-D Softail
Rake/Stretch Stock/None

 

Suspension

Front End H-D FL lower legs
Length 2 in. under
Triple Trees H-D
Swingarm H-D/Michael McNamer
Shocks SAS Air

 

Wheels, Tires, and Brakes

Front
Builder/Size Performance Machine 16 x 4 in.
Tire/Size 16 in.
Calipers H-D
Rotors H-D
Rear
Builder/Size Performance Machine 16 x 4 in.
Tire/Size 16 in.
Caliper Performance Machine
Rotor Performance Machine

 

Finish/Paint

Colors H-D Black Chrome Edition
Paint/Graphics H-D
Plating/Polishing H-D
Powdercoating H-D

 

Accessories

Front Fender None
Rear Fender Klock Werks
Gas Tank H-D
Handlebars 12-in. apehangers
Hand Controls H-D
Foot Controls H-D
Footpegs H-D
Headlight H-D Daymaker
Taillight Klock Werks
Seat Guy’s Upholstery

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