The Softail Blackline was conceived by Harley-Davidson “pared to the bone with visual elements of the original bobber movement combined with a raw style embraced by today’s young bike builders.” Customizing it is to challenge yourself not only to preserve the bike raw personality but also to emphasize it with cosmetically more pleasing lines and parts, but without adding anything unnecessary, reflecting the true spirit of the long black road…
Todd Silicato, ex race engine builder and ex head of R&D for Performance Machine, and now custom builder and owner of Todd’s Cycle, knows quite a few things about old school craftsmanship and how to blend it with modern, state-of-art technology. It’s what his own style is all about and reflected not only in his 2-wheel creations but also in his proprietary line of parts. So, the Blackline model may have been the perfect canvas for Todd to show all owners of this model how you can improve a stock bike without changing its spirit, of course using his own parts… and without breaking the bank.
First, to add to the bobber look, Todd replaced the stock rear wheel 16″rear with 144 mm tire with an 18 x 5.5″ black rim wheel from HD Wheel dressed with a 180 mm tire. Evidently a modification requiring the use of a custom rear fender to accommodate the wider tire. Notice that this fender fits now inside the swingarm tubes and is held in position via 2 stainless steel rods.
Todd used his own top clamp triple tree (you can keep your stock risers for any handlebar of your choice), and mounted on it his 1 1/8″ bone risers holding modified moto low bars. Although he could have kept the stock analog speedometer in its original position (that also holds indicator lights, LCD screen, low-fuel warning and “miles to empty” display function), Todd relocated it on the lower left side of the bike.
Other modifications include. Todd Cycle own stainless steel pipes. Todd Cycle/Alloy Art Moto Air Filter (stock EFI 103″ 1690 cc was not touched), Custom fabricated seat pan and mount with upholstery by Bill Wall Leather. Taillight and plate mount by Roland Sands Design, Todd Cycle mirror, Death Squad pegs, Performance Machine grips, Roland Sands Design fork brace, temporary rattle can paint job in progress. Todd Cycle. 714.901.4516.