If you are wondering why the Harley-Davidson Blackline model is becoming a favorite for customization by both professional custom builders and individuals, the reason is twofold: 1- it’s the cheapest and most pared to the bone new Softail offered by the factory. Less parts (that you already paid) to throw away… 2- of course, its Bobber look heritage. The Blackline, even in its showroom dress, already combines visual elements of the raw, hand-hewn style embraced by the young generation. And it doesn’t take many stock parts to be removed and not too many after-market parts to add to create a beautiful and extremely rideable custom bike that you can easily insure, because still a “legal” titled Harley-Davidson.
With this project, Thunderbike Harley Germany is offering a very good example of what can be done to merge today’s technology and power request (Twin Cam 103/1680 cc, 6-speed cruise drive, fuel Injection, electronic sequential port, etc) with the cool vintage lines of the past. The Blackline is already low with a 24-inch seat height? Make it lower and add a low profile seat. The Blackline already got a “dark” look. Make it “darker”, whatever the paint job color, by adding black anodized accessories. Then replace many stock parts by a plethora of new vintage inspired ones, and finally complete with a color theme and graphics you could have seen in the 60’s (this one produced by Ingo Kruse)
Almost all custom parts are bolt-on parts, letting you decide, step by step, how far you want to go with your project. I list below the main components. You can buy them individually directly from the vendors or in the Custom Chrome catalog (US/Europe.) This bike is currently in Europe on a Custom Chrome Europe promotion tour.
Salinas Boys Bobber style gas tank by Cole Foster. ZCB rear fender available through Custom Chrome. BDL 2″ Open Belt Drive. Rev-Tech wheels. Muller Motorcycle AG lowering kit for Softail. Cobra Avon tires. Speed-Point fender brackets for Springer. West Eagle Slimline Solo Seat with Thunderbike Customs seat bracket. Jammer Dog Bone Inline Triple Clamp. Jammer bars. Performance Machine Contour controls, switch housings and master cylinder. Internal throttle assembly. Thunderbike License plate, plate light and bracket, Bates style LED taillight. Led Pen Head turn signals. BSL Top Chop staggered exhaust. Moto Gadget Tiny Series gauge. RevTech Stealth DFO tuner and digital fuel optimizer. ZCB stainless steel upper belt guard. Thunderbike Harley Germany.