Sleek and Sexy Softail Deuce

More Pro Street, less chopper

Harley Davidson 2000 Softail Deuce

The overall stance of this Softail Deuce is sleeker than most others, even customized versions.

Luca Manni

My name is Luca Manni, I'm 48 years old, and I live in Grosseto, Tuscany, Italy. And this is my 2000 Softail Deuce.

A motorcycle enthusiast since childhood, I managed after years of saving money to buy the bike of my dreams! In 2000, at the turn of the millennium, the factory introduced the Deuce, an innovative model with a fabulous stretched gas tank, rear fender with a lower horizontal cut, and lighthouse diamond-cut, fully chromed fork. It was love at first sight for me!

I was planning to make a bike based upon the futuristic-looking motorcycles of the late 1900s built by the brothers Battistini in England (the Battistini are of Italian origin).

Harley Davidson 2000 Softail Deuce

With its distinctly modern approach, Manni Luca's custom Softail goes against the grain of Harley-Davidson's factory chopper approach to the Deuce.

Luca Manni

Once I had the project bike of my dreams, I collaborated with Harley-Davidson Viterbo. The result: my dream custom. The right side is completely open with an unobstructed view of the rims while the left is dedicated to the brakes: a GMA rear and a 13-inch Performance Machine floating front rotor with six-piston calipers.

But now we come to the pièce de résistance: the engine. I had it completely redone with Screamin' Eagle parts to a displacement of 95ci. It has forged pistons, CNC-ported heads, new valves, new camshafts, programmable ECU, and much more. The V-twin cranks out 115 hp and the bike revs in an awesome way!

Custom swingarm

Note the greatly sexified custom swingarm. It was handmade by Rebuffini Cycles in one piece to create the link for the GMA brake/pulley.

Luca Manni

After making all these changes and entering many shows, I have received international awards! My bike has been published in major magazines in Russia, the United States, Japan, Italy, France, and more.

I wanted to make a nice bike, powerful but one you could always use. Here in Tuscany, there is some stunning scenery, with winding roads in the hills. I love tearing up those roads!

2000 Twin Cam motor

Punched out to 95ci, the 2000 Twin Cam motor makes a lot more power than it did as an 88-inch fresh from the factory.

Luca Manni

Owner Luca Manni
Year/Make/Model 2000/Harley-Davidson/FXSTD Deuce
Fabrication Some by me and more by H-D Viterbo
Build Time 3 years
Year/Type/Size 2005/Twin Cam/95ci
Builder Screamin' Eagle
Cases H-D
Cylinders Screamin' Eagle
Rocker Boxes H-D
Cams SE-257 (25155-00)
Throttle Body Mikuni flat-slide 45 SE
Exhaust Vance & Hines Shortshots, staggered
Air Cleaner Kuryakyn Corsair
Year/Type 2000/H-D
Gears 5-speed
Clutch Reinforced clutch spring (37951-98)
Primary Drive H-D
Year/Type 2000 H-D Softail
Rake/Stretch Stock
Front End White Bros. front lowering kit
Rear H-D
Wheels, Tires, and Brakes
Builder/Size Performance Machine
Tire/Size 21-in.
Calipers Performance Machine
Rotors 13-in. Performance Machine floating brake disc
Builder/Size Performance Machine/17 x 5.5-in.
Tire/Size OEM 160/70-17
Caliper GMA
Rotor GMA
Pulley GMA brake/pulley combo
Color Vivid Black
Front Fender H-D
Rear Fender H-D
Gas Tank H-D with retractable caps with LED fuel indicator
Dash H-D
Gauges Dakota Digital speedometer
Handlebars Arlen Ness Flat Track Bar
Mirrors Custom Chrome
Hand Controls H-D
Foot Controls OMP billet
Headlight H-D
Taillight H-D LED
Turn Signals H-D with clear lens front, LED on swingarm rear
License Mount H-D
Seat H-D Badlander