Quite difficult to title a custom bike built from the ground with after-market parts and to insure it in a state like California. A much safer approach is to own a street legal factory Harley (or other brand) and to have it customized, finding the right balance between bespoke and the legality and comfort of stock. Since 2006, North Hollywood, CA based builder Russell Mitchell at Exile Cycles has devoted most of his creativity at designing a full line of custom parts letting you (or him) completely re-design a Harley, giving it a full one-off appearance while still preserving its Milwaukee pedigree.
Faithful to the style which has always been his own, Russell likes to build bikes with an industrial/tough look, as dark looking as possible, even when painted in silver… This new project that he named “Tough Deluxe” is darker than the darkest bike of the Harley “Dark Series”, conceived like its main purpose is to piss off the mainstream Harley riders and to terrorize the neighborhood.
The bike started life as a 2009 Harley FLSTN Deluxe and of course is a showcase of most of Exile developed bolt-on custom parts, including the brand new ones like the chopper style gas tank and round oil-bag for HD Twin-Cam Softails about to be marketed via a new catalog. A list of the major Exile parts used on this project is listed below.
As Russell wanted the bike to be satin black throughout, his crew had to strip it down to bare frame, removed any unwanted brackets and had the frame and swing-arm powder-coated to match all the other parts. The only significant fabrication performed on this build was the custom-made steel seat pan. If you wanted us to perform this make-over on your bike you would be looking at a $20,000 parts list and a further $10,000 in powder-coat, paint, labor and leather,. Alternatively, you can simply buy this one for $40,000 and immediately start to scare all the old ladies of your city. E-mail to email@example.com if you have questions or if you would like a complete fully-detailed build-sheet. Exile Cycles (pictures copyright Steve Kelly courtesy to Cyril Huze)
Major Exile parts used for Tough Deluxe: Exile Fatbar HighBars with twist-clutch, internal throttle and Hidden Switch System. Exile Sani-Trees with recessed speedo and indicator lights. Exile billet headlight Front Trojan fender. Exile front caliper and rotor. Monster 15×5 front wheel with 200 tire. Monster 15×7 rear wheel with 200 tire. Sprocket Brake Kit. Exile round oil-bag with Twin-Cam brackets. Exile Chopper Gas-Tank for Twin-Cam Softail. Exile forward controls. Clamp-on kickstand assembly. Exile 3” primary belt kit. Exile Air-cleaner Cover. Monster Shotgun Pipes