When Harley-Davidson released the Softail Deuce model, they described it as a factory custom. Well, you are looking at a superb example of what can be done to finish the factory customization job. I always thought that the Harley CVO Division (Custom Vehicle Operation) would be more successful if it would invest in more design and in less bling, and for this purpose hire on a freelance basis a couple of custom builders for each of their limited edition projects. Maybe I will develop this thought in an another post… Anyway, this true custom Harley Deuce belongs to TJ Carlini from Carlini Design, since 1969 a leader in after-market handlebars. It was a side project that he initially started in 2004, originally modifying the gas tank and doing minor modifications with the help of of Rusty Coones and Rod at Illusion Motorsports.
The makeover was sidelined for a few years, then Illusion picked it up again and with T.J. Carlini input mapped out a full customization plan keeping the original HD 88″ motor and 5-speed driveline, but implying a full strip down of the Deuce for a full re-build from the ground up with for objective to give it a “Pure Evil” look. First essential task was to give the bike a cool low rigid look obtained by welding the rear fender to the swingarm, keeping it very close to the tire, and providing enough clearance for the rear fender to move freely up and down without interfering with the solo seat.
The Bad attitude stance being set, Carlini’s strut covers were added for a smooth/flowing transitional appearance towards the hand made seat (21″ from the ground with a laser Carlini name cut out and upholstery by Azteq). Look at the gorgeous “Rolling Crucifixion” Carlini wheels (21×3″ front, 18 x 5.5″ rear) dressed in Metzeler tires (120/70 21″ front, 180/55 18″ rear) and stopped by performance Brembo brakes. To add more “Evil” to this Deuce, Illusions added Carlini clip-on low bars tucked below the top triple tree plate and featuring a boxed recessed speedo. Was added Carlini foot pegs, a Crime Scene headlight modified with a “Bentley” type grille, custom lower legs from American Suspension and a Soncy retro taillight. Paint is a visual play of satin and gloss black with red and white pinstriping touches applied by Phil at Miracle Designs. And for those in California, the bike will be exhibited at the shop in Westminster (Los Angeles area) during Sony Barger new book signing on June 13th. Illusion Motorsports. (Pete Alva Photography)