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Klock Werks’ Pumpkin-Spice-Flavored Vicla

A treat for the streets

“Mmm...Nothing says fall like the taste of a yummy pumpkin spice latte.” Things your ol’ lady might say on October 1, right? Yeah, it might be something along the lines of a “basic” thing to say, but damn it if the guys at Klock Werks didn’t nail that sentiment in the form of a ridiculously slick Heritage Softail. The bike does summon all the feels of the autumn season, but in a badass, gentlemanly street-thug-who-really-loves-Halloween kind of way.

All horseplay aside, the outcome of Klock Werks’ Vicla-styled Softail is definitely no joke. Nobody really planned for the bike to end up looking the way it does today. It really started out as a dilapidated bike that Brian Klock purchased from his longtime friend Gene Slater. The whole idea behind doing something with the Softail in the first place was to use it as a showcase for Klock Werks’ Benchmark stretched front and rear steel fenders. Since there was a steady demand for these particular fenders being used on Vicla builds in the States and abroad, the time to build an official Klock Werks bike around them had finally presented itself.

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Klock Werks lowrider-style Softail in pumpkin spice orange

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Brian and his talented crew had a loose plan of action in motion for their new project bike, and even had a deadline in place for its completion—the 2016 annual Drag Specialties dealer ride in Georgia. Nothing all too crazy was initially planned for the build. Randy Rothlisberger, Klock Werks’ fabricator, did french in a Klock Werks spade taillight in the rear fender that a lot of people took notice of. Other than that, the tricks were kept to a minimum. Brian had posted a picture of the completed bike at the dealer ride, which stopped Jeremy Seanor, of Lucky Strike Designs, in his swipes when he saw it in social media land. He then reached out to Brian to let him know that he was interested in elaborating on the bike’s surface since it was only sporting a simple orange paint job. If you haven’t heard Jeremy’s name before, take note because he is a dedicated instructor for PPG Refinish and a brilliant painter in his own right. The two exchanged ideas and terms, which resulted in a square deal being struck. The old paint scheme would soon turn into something increasingly cool and complex in the near future.

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Left: A hand-tooled blanket roll from Tony Sportelli adds a nice Vicla touch to Klock’s Heritage Softail. Right: A bevy of custom bling was used for this project from Klock Werks, Covington’s, Cobra, Saddlemen, and more. And Jeremy Seanor’s paint job, from Lucky Strike Designs, adds the perfect amount of punch to the build.

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Jeremy started his masterpiece by first custom-mixing a Pumpkin Spice Pearl base color that he was happy with. He then proceeded to layer on the graphics, engine-turned gold leaf, and pinstriping work. Man, the result is something right out of a lowrider show. The paneling and flake work is out of this world, and the color selection would soon earn the bike entrance into an elite event to make its grand debut to the masses. But until that would happen, the team kept their heads down and kept grinding on modifying the bike to reach an elevated level of custom.

The Klock Werks team fabricated a custom set of 19-inch chrome KlipHanger handlebars, and dug up a set of vintage Paul Yaffe Beyond Bolt-On diamond grips out of their own retail showcase. Many of the stock Harley-Davidson components, such as the swingarm, fork lowers and brake calipers, were chromed, and a flush-mount front axle was pulled from the Klock Werks parts vault as well. The guys were really trying to up the ante on this Softail in a way that hadn’t been seen before.

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Klock’s Heritage Softy sitting pretty under the full moon.

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Once the bike was starting to take shape and stir more excitement within the circle of those involved in the project, Jeremy seized the opportunity to share its progress with his colleague Cristina Fronzaglia, director of communications and customer engagement at PPG, while at a Goodguys event in Ohio. That share struck up conversation that quickly led to an invitation to showcase the bike in PPG’s booth at the SEMA 2017 event. Here’s the kicker: The day of the big reveal just happened to land on Halloween. It seemed like some sort of twisted destiny or omen or something, but it was an offer the guys accepted on the spot. It was then that the bike’s level of priority spiked.

Brian knew there would be lots of his colleagues in the aftermarket industry who might be interested in being a part of the project. He first put in a call to Feuling, which was happy to send new cams and beehive valve springs to update the newly heads and cylinders that had just come back from Diamond Heads in Las Vegas for a much needed recoating and laser-cut bling job. Cobra USA was quick to jump on board with its latest air cleaner and full-coverage heat shield fishtail exhaust, which is pretty much a requirement for the Vicla style. Covington’s Customs caught wind of the project, and offered up its chrome dimpled floorboards, brake pedal, and rear footpegs to add to the Softail’s growing list of high-end accessories. The bike even received a fresh seat from Saddlemen that features distressed leather that was all too fitting for the bike’s evolving vibe.

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From the custom paint job with tons of leafing to the Klock ignition switch, it's all in the details.

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To add a finishing touch that would make the bike all too appropriate for its big debut, Jeremy asked Brian if he could paint a few pumpkins and a “franken-tiki” on the dash to tie in with the occasion. Of course, Brian agreed, and the bike was soon loaded up and transported to Vegas for the SEMA show. The doors to the halls opened Halloween morning, and the bike welcomed visitors into PPG’s haunted-mansion-themed booth. The bike was a hit, obviously, and Jeremy was there in the booth demonstrating his pinstriping skills to those who stopped by to look around at PPG’s latest wares.


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This project really couldn’t have had a better finish, and in the end, a whole squadron of parts manufacturers and artists alike share the credit for its successful completion. “Money can’t buy style, but your good friends sure can,” says Brian about the end of one of the most memorable projects for his brand.

Specifications

General
Owner Brian Klock
Shop Klock Werks
Year/Make/Model 2004/Harley-Davidson/Heritage Softail
Fabrication Klock Werks
Build Time Three months
Engine
Year/Type/Size 2004/H-D/Twin Cam 95ci
Builder Klock Werks
Cases Stock H-D
Cylinders Big Bore Diamond Cut
Heads Diamond Cut
Rocker Boxes Stock H-D
Cams Feuling
Throttle body Stock H-D
Exhaust Cobra USA
EFI controller Dyno Jet
Air Cleaner Cobra USA
Transmission
Year/Type 2004/H-D/Heritage Softail
Rake 32 degrees/NA
Suspension
Front-end Progressive Suspension
Length Stock
Triple Trees H-D
Swingarm Chrome H-D
Rear Legends Air Suspension
Wheels, Tires, and Brakes
Front
Builder/size H-D Softail/16x3.5-in.
Tire/size Metzeler 75th Anniversary Edition Orange Wall
Caliper H-D with DP Brakes pad
Rotor Polished by Elite Polishing
Rear
Builder/size H-D Softail/16x4.25
Tire/size 150/80/16
Caliper H-D with DP Brakes pad
Rotor Polished by Elite Polishing
Pulley/sprocket Stock H-D
Finish/Paint
Manufacturer PPG
Colors Pumpkin Spice Pearl
Painter Jeremy Seanor, Lucky Strike Designs, Wexford, Pennsylvania
Plating JD Plating, St. Paul, Minnesota
Polishing Elite Polishing, Lincoln, Nebraska
Accessories
Lowers Chrome
Front fender Klock Werks Benchmark
Rear fender Klock Werks Benchmark
Gas tank Stock H-D
Handlebars Klock Werks Kustom 19-inch KlipHanger
Grips Paul Yaffe (Beyond Bolt-On)
Mirrors Stock H-D
Hand Controls Chrome H-D
Foot controls/floorboards/pegs Covington’s Customs
Headlight Stock H-D
Taillight Klock Werks Spade
Turn signals Stock H-D
License mount Klock Werks Spade
Seat Saddlemen
Misc Blanket Roll by Tony Sportelli, Kuryakyn gas caps, stainless cables, Feuling beehive valve springs, J&P amber spotlights