Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic Goes Modern

Envy Choppers lays the craftsmanship on thick with this bagger

Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic

The saddlebags were then shaped into three separate panels. Some beadwork was put in to add some detail and solid brass aircraft rivets were used to fasten them all together to give it a handmade look.

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Envy Choppers originally started this Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic project back in 2013 as a shop project “to show that craftsmanship can still exist even in a market where fiberglass and ABS bolt-on parts were all too common.” Being that it was more of a personal project it took a back seat to all the paying jobs to keep the shop running, so it only got attention after hours or on weekends. It started off with a salvaged 2007 Ultra Classic frame which had the front half cut off, then it was put on the frame jig to add Envy's own rake and radius downtubes.

The bike has countless hours into it from the sheet metal to the framework and all the handmade pieces on the bike which you will only see after looking it over a couple of times. But don't take our word for that. Take a look and see for yourself.

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Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic

The original concept for this bike was to keep the sheet metal raw, but after talking things over with Enrique Arellano, owner of Got Flake, Envy Choppers decided to add some color.

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motor

Another challenge with this build was the brass. Envy wouldn’t compromise when it came to wanting to have the motor disassembled and all chrome parts to be brass plated. After talking to multiple plating companies and their saying it wouldn’t hold up and the process to get brass plating to adhere to aluminum is a tough one, Envy made one last call to Don at Polished Treasures Metal Restoration & Plating. He said he was up for the challenge and was confident that he had a process that would work.

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floorboards

Take a look at the intricate work on the floorboards.

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Brass grommets

Brass grommets were machined into the seat to match the taillights.

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leather seat

When it came to the seat the shop enlisted Pj Brown, owner of Ranger Leather.

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crown detail

Hail the king, baby.

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brass and paint

The mix of brass and raw and painted finishes in the motor area isn't going to be for everyone, but it's definitely a stand-out look.

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gusset

The gusset at the neck is pretty thick. It has to be; there's a lot going on here.

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fuel lines

One of the main challenges was the fuel-injection system. Because it was a handmade aluminum gas tank, Envy couldn’t use a stock Harley in-tank fuel pump, so an external system was the next hurdle to try and tackle. Keeping the brass look, Envy got some brass tubing and started bending to create all the fuel lines needed in order to get the system functional.

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