This headline was not written by me but by Alex Scott, American Iron Magazine journalist about the customized Fat Boy named Silverado that I built for a client in England. European laws are still tougher than the US legislation, and are enforced to the letter. I was a little bit scared (and a little bit more than that) to customize a Harley able to please both me and my client, the european customs agents and the cops of the UK. The solution? Get the most stock and ugliest used Evo Harley-Davidson you can find, but with low miles, trash (better recycle) most of it, smooth the welds to glass, fab a new body work, don’t change the engine & transmission but give them the beauty treatment, polishing and, in the case of this bike, a coat of 1-stage black lacquer. Voila, like the Harleys I customized 15 years ago it’s a legal custom ridden every day with no violation ticket or fine in its pedigree. If you are tired to play mouse & cat with the legislation, I think it’s one safe way to go. It’s the reason why, in my eyes of Custom Builder, it’s so exciting to know that the new 2008 Harley line is not perfect. A lot of work to do. Is Silverado the shape of things to come? This custom is the cover story of the current issue of American Iron Magazine.
Published by Cyril Huze August 3rd, 2007 in Builders, Customs and Editorial.