Custom Harley – Dave’s 400lb Mean Machine
When we first caught a glimpse of Dave’s Custom Harley Deluxe last year in Maui, we knew full well that he had another trick up his sleeve.
Finally, the stars aligned and we were able to check out Dave’s custom chopper up close. After a bit of fiddling in the garage we rolled it out as the sun was going down behind a Northern California winter sky.
With the sun setting fast, we didn’t have much time to peak around the rigid Santee chassis that’s been modified with a 4-inch backbone stretch that helps give it the long, low look Dave was going for.
Helping to round that look off are Paughco springers, two inches over stock and powder coated black, along with Pastrana FMX/ATV Race Contour Pro Taper bars with Scott grips for reliable feel and feedback.
Out back a nice, fat 180/60R16 Avon Venom tire is wrapped around a 16×7″ 40-spoke wheel that is spot-on Up front, Dave’s opted for a 21×3″ wheel of the same style with some Dunlop rubber.
You might have noticed there is no front brake at all. While it keeps the bike clean and simple, you definitely need an experienced rider behind the bars to run this setup. In the rear there is a stock Harley Davidson brake with a chromed caliper, adding further style points.
Stuffed into the middle of it all is an 80ci Harley Davidson Evo v-twin. With a Mikuni carb and a custom velocity stack off to the side, it’s a damn good-looking machine.
Wrapped LAF pipes give the hearty motor a massive roar before the power is sent out through a RevTech 5 speed via a BDL 3-inch open belt drive. The final drive is handled via chain, the result of which is a kick in the pants like nothing else.
With the bike weighing in at only 400 pounds, this thing is unreal off the line.
While this was supposed to be a quick visit to beat the sunset, as things often go, we ended up talking bikes, hot-rods, and just about anything with wheels that goes fast. Dave told us while he used to cruise regularly when the bikes were in Hawaii, he hasn’t had us much opportunity on this side of the Pacific.
The cold, wet winter conditions aren’t the only deterrent, either. As anyone in California will know, our wonderful Department of Motor Vehicles seems to take great satisfaction in slowing down the process of getting cars and motorcycles alike tagged and registered.
Here’s to many more quality hours spent tinkering in the garage and ripping this thing into the sunset.
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