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Sunday, November 2, 2008

Well, my blog will be slow for awhile because I am working a lot (aren't we all). My industry is directly related to the weather so an extremely active hurricane season has my schedule very full. I will probably use the blog to chronicle road trips, vacations, mods, and the general evolution of my motorcycle. I will start today with what it looked like from the beginning and post some pictures chronologically showing it's progression.

The early days, pretty much bone stock.


Before long I added new exhaust from Porker Performance, the Screamin Eagle Air Cleaner Kit and a Power Commander III USB and a solo seat.



The stock handlebars were killing my back so I went with the 12.5" apes from Drag Specialties. I may go up to 16" in the future, but there are other things I want to do first. This pic also shows one of my favorite add-ons, the black engine guard. It was a risk (going away from the chrome) but I wanted the contrast the black brings. Plus I added some HD Skull covers and the HD Diamond plate boards, grips, and pegs (didn't want to many skulls and I like the industrial look of the diamond plate).



This brings us to the current state. I of course, skipped A LOT of stuff, but most of the high spots have been covered. The pic below shows the Cycle Supply chrome controls, the chrome front end, and the lowered rear end. I also powder coated my air cleaner cover and air wing horn cover gloss black. You'll also notice my turn signals are moved to the forks. I'll post some pics and info on that mod at a later date, it only cost about $10 and totally cleaned up my handlebars.

Well, that's all for now. My bike is a work in progress. I am down to the last BIG THREE, wheels, paint, and engine build (in no particular order). It may take a while to do these things due to expense, but I'm in no hurry. Thanks to my buddies Jeremy and Mike for helping me do 99% of the modifications in our garages. The few labor hours I pay for the better.

17 comments:

Willy D said...

Welcome. Good move on the turn signals. Signal lights on the bars looks like crap. Nice bike. Keep us updated.

Mr. Motorcycle said...

The ride is looking good! Nice clean look. Me likes!

Betsy said...

One of my fave improvements is the stuff that is black powder coated and the turn signal relocation. How is that garage door opener install going?

TRT said...

Introducing my lovely wife betsy above who takes every opportunity to remind me that I haven't installed the HD Garage
Door Opener her mom bought me for Christmas. I will get to it baby, I promise. I didn't know you liked the black powder coated parts so much...that's kinda hot.

fasthair said...

Mr. TRT,

Bike is looking good. I dig the black powder coating to contraxt the chrome. But then you would know where I'm coming from looking at my bike.

OH BTW a Harley is always a work in progess. Hope Ms. TRT can handle that :)

fasthair

Mr. Motorcycle said...

Re: Fasthairs comment that a Harley is always a work in progress...

Stay tuned for my post tomorrow.
I've got a good riddle for ya.

Willy D said...

GARAGE DOOR OPENER !!! Let us know how it works. I've been thinking about one for sometime now. That is the one that mounts in the headlight right?

mrs road captain said...

Forget the garage door opener...I just want a garage!!! ;-)

Your bike is looking awesome! Though, contrary to most, I like the blank slate/clean look of a stock bike. I will be getting a more comfortable seat and a chrome fender rack that compliments the sleek line of my bike, but other than that...???? (maybe one day, down the road, I'll go for an awesome paint job. but probably not anything else)

I do love looking at all of the cool innovative customization that people do...but its just not for me and my ride. Definitely keep us up to date with your modifications, can't wait to see what's in store!

TRT said...

willy d, yep that's the one. mrs road captain, to each his or her own, that's what's great about motorcycles. I'll keep you guys posted on the progress.

IowaHarleyGirl (Stephanie) said...

Great looking Fatboy! Looking forward to reading more about your upgrades and adventures.

Wisconsin Fat Boy said...

Great looking Fatty. Keep up the good work. I think the air cleaner looks sweet. Best of luck.

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