Custom 2003 Harley-Davidson Springer Softail Sidecar | Leap of Faith

DD Custom Cycle’s springer sidecar surprise

2003 Harley-Davidson Springer Softail Sidecar

2003 Harley-Davidson Springer Softail Sidecar

Photo: Don Kates

Allowing someone free reign can be a scary thing. To walk into a shop, open up the checkbook, and walk away puts an extreme amount of faith into a group of individuals that the end result will be something you can be happy with. Bike owner Fermin Adames exhibited that kind of blind faith with the build of this 2003 Harley-Davidson Softail. Fermin walked in with the only instructions of “surprise me” and turned around and walked back out. Well, maybe that’s exaggerating a little.

2003 Harley-Davidson Springer Softail Sidecar

2003 Harley-Davidson Springer Softail Sidecar

Photo: Don Kates

Dave Dupor of DD Custom Cycle explains how this Springer Softail sidecar build came to be: “We built the bike for a great customer who bought the anniversary 2003 black-and-silver Softail and wanted something different. He bought it from a lady online who was selling it with less than 3,000 miles. It was in great condition and was a good platform to start with. My only instructions were to surprise him.”

Covington’s Customs Rocker Boxes

Covington’s Customs Rocker Boxes

Photo: Don Kates

The goal was to make something that looked old yet upgrade it with all new componentry. So with the bike in stock form, Double D got to work on the bike. The stock motor was upgraded to 98 cubic inches of Revolution Performance breathing out a custom DD exhaust. The stock Springer front end was raked to mate with the Liberty sidecar. DNA 40-spoked wheels and rotors were also added to keep with the classic vibe. From there the detail work took over with internal throttle, hydraulics, contrast-cut covers, custom lighting, and more.

2003 Harley-Davidson Springer Softail Sidecar

2003 Harley-Davidson Springer Softail Sidecar

Photo: Don Kates

With the last twist of the last bolt, this classic modern sidecar Softail was done—looking like something born of yesterday with today’s touches. With a leap of faith from the owner, Fermin landed firmly on both feet.

K-Tech vintage w/ brass covers hand controls

K-Tech vintage w/ brass covers hand controls

Photo: Don Kates

2003 Harley-Davidson Springer Softail Sidecar

2003 Harley-Davidson Springer Softail Sidecar

Photo: Don Kates

H-D Foot Controls

H-D Foot Controls

Photo: Don Kates

Liberty sidecar

Liberty sidecar

Photo: Don Kates

Joker Machine Air Cleaner

Joker Machine Air Cleaner

Photo: Don Kates

2003 Harley-Davidson Springer Softail Sidecar

2003 Harley-Davidson Springer Softail Sidecar

Photo: Don Kates

RSD Headlight

RSD Headlight

Photo: Don Kates

Liberty sidecar

Liberty sidecar

Photo: Don Kates

Fermin Adames

Fermin Adames

Photo: Don Kates

Specifications
General
Bike Owner Fermin Adames
Shop Name DD Custom Cycle
Shop Phone (847) 356-8053
Shop website ddcustomcycle.com
Year/Make/Model 2003/Harley-Davidson/Springer Softail
Fabrication DD Custom Cycle
Build Time 3 months
Engine
Year/Manufacturer 2003/Revolution Performance
Type/size Revolution Performance/98 in.
Builder DD Custom Cycle/Revolution Performance
Cases H-D
Cylinders Revolution Performance |
Heads H-D
Rocker Boxes Covington’s Customs|
EFI/Carb Mikuni
Air Cleaner Joker Machine
Exhaust DD Custom Cycle
Transmission
Year/Manufacturer 2003/Harley-Davidson
Case H-D
Clutch H-D
Primary Drive H-D
Frame
Year/Manufacturer 2003/H-D
Rake 32º/6º in raked Springer
Suspension
Manufacturer Front H-D Springer raked
Length Stock
Triple Trees Stock/raked for sidecar
Manufacturer Rear H-D lowered
Swingarm H-D
Wheels, Tires, and Brakes
Manufacturer Front/Type DNA/40-spoke|
Size-Height/Width 16 x 3.5
Tire/Size 130/60R16
Caliper H-D
Rotor DNA spoke style
Manufacturer Rear DNA/40-spoke
Size-Height/Width 16 x 3.5
Tire/Size 130/60R16
Caliper H-D
Rotor DNA spoke style
Finish/Paint
Color Black/Maroon/H-D vintage graphics
Painter Liberty sidecar
Graphics Liberty sidecar
Accessories
Front Fender H-D Springer style
Rear Fender H-D Smooth
Fender Struts H-D coated black
Gas Tank & Cap H-D
Oil Tank H-D
Handlebars DD Custom Cycle Ghost Bars
Hand Controls K-Tech vintage w/ brass covers
Foot Controls H-D
Footpegs H-D
Headlight RSD
Taillight H-D
License Mount H-D
Seat DD Custom Cycle/Dave VOS

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