Tuesday, December 5, 2023

The Springer Vintage: a very special Harley

A real old-fashioned custom bike with a bobber look. The motorcycle was built by Lord Drake Kustoms in collaboration with a workshop in Vélez Málaga.

Lord Drake Kustom owner Fran Manen often gets questions like Do you only build Cafe Racer or Sportster Scrambler bikes? Will you stop working with Harley?

His answer was the Bobber custom, an Old School motorcycle, a true Harley, American with character.

The base is a 2005 Harley-Davidson Softail with a 1450 twin-cam engine.

The Springer Vintage, A Customized Harley-Davidson

The Springer Vintage, a customized Harley-Davidson. This bike was customized in Lord Drake Kustoms Motorcycle Shop in Miami and “SDT” are the initials of the name of the owner of the bike transformed on this occasion.

I didn’t want to use the typical and cheap Aftermarket Springer forks, so it was clear, you had to start with a very simple base to choose from, so it was decided to go with the Harley Softail.

And for the most radical and authentic result, a Softail with an authentic Springer front end.

The first thing was to strip the frame down to the point of removing the oil tank along with all of the original Harley Twin Cam engine and transmission covers.

A hand-made rear fender and oil tank as well as all fittings, base, fuel tank base, and complete saddle. The handlebars and exhaust pipes were all made by Lord Drake Kustoms. It also came with a Sportster peanut-type fuel tank.

A Harley Customized By Lord Drake Kustoms

A Harley customized by Lord Drake Kustoms. Finally, a pair of stunning 21-inch large spoke front wheels give this Harley Bobber a great look.

The rest of the engine and transmission covers on this Harley Bobber Softail have been treated to go from stock chrome to a textured black powder coat. The finishes were very simple: pure steel with the rust that characterizes it and semi-gloss lacquer to protect it on the mudguards and the tank. Textured or high-gloss black and red powder paint was also applied to the rim of the wheels.

Commissioned by the bike’s owner, the bobber seat cover was made from the same leather that Ferrari uses for the interior panels of its cars.

The Springer Vintage: A Very Special Harley

The Springer Vintage: A Very Special Harley

The Springer Vintage: A Very Special Harley

The Springer Vintage: A Very Special Harley

The Springer Vintage: A Very Special Harley

We must not forget the essence in this world of motorcycle customization and transformation, from which this trend is born. Without Harley, today we probably wouldn’t know the term custom bike and all that it stands for today.

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