Many custom bikes in our magazine, over the years, have been built with store-bought or fabricated frames. Like many of us, you may have lusted over the thought of having such a bike to call your own. As you look over the stock Harley in your garage that you really love, you wonder how you can make it look as good as those found on these pages, but a quick scan of the price sheets of the necessary parts stops you dead in your tracks.
Not every bike we feature began its life as a special construction machine. In fact, many of them started out with a Harley VIN number, just like the one in your driveway. With careful planning and the right pieces, you can transform your bike into the head-turning custom that will be the envy of everyone on your block.
Our good friend and freelance contributor, Fred Reed, decided that even though he absolutely loves his 2000 Heritage Softail, it just looked far too mundane. If you've followed the progress of Fred's bike over the past year, you've seen it go from a stock TC88B, to a 100hp pavement-shredder. Now Fred was ready to take his bike to the next level. He ordered a pair of D&D;/Fat Katz Rapture fenders and new LED taillight/license plate mounts from HiTech Products. On top of that, he will convert his bike from 16-inch wheels to 18-inch ones by installing a great-looking pair of Biker's Choice wheels wrapped in tires from Avon.
We've featured many items from HiTech Products over the years, from its incredibly bright LED lighting products, to the company's super-clean open beltdrive primaries. You may have even seen the first set of D&D; fenders we got our hands on a few months ago for a project, and we can tell you that they are some of the highest-quality fenders we've ever seen -- period. The D&D; fenders are perfectly shaped, with welds as smooth as they could possibly get and reinforcement panels in all the right places.
We dropped in on Fred just in time to take pictures of him installing his new fenders and taillights, which should match his custom stretched fuel tank that we had showed him working on in our October 2001 issue perfectly.
|Biker's Choice www.bikerschoice.comD&D/Fat Katz Dept. HB 140 E. McNight Wy. Ste.2 Grass Valley, CA 95945 (530) 273-2212 www.fatkatz.comHiTech Products (818) 887-0136 www.hitechledproducts.comWheel Works Dept. HB 12787 Nutwood Garden Grove, CA 92840 (714) 530-6681|