Harley Softtail Springer

After having been out of motorcycling for over a decade, this was my first Harley.   Previously I did the sport bike thing and still enjoy riding my friend's sport bikes.  However, my scooter is a Harley.  This one is a 1995 FXSTSB - that is Harley-talk for softail, springer, limited edition Bad Boy.

Since the limited edition Bad Boy comes with extra items blacked out, I took that theme and ran with it.  Admittedly, it is a little strange to buy some shiny chrome accessory and take it down to the powder coater right away.  I've even hand painted heads of bolts and other little things like the chrome rim around the speedometer and the inside band on the grips, etc.  I have a picture of Willy G. pointing at the bike as he walked around it, checking it out at the '97 National HOG Rally.

The factory front wheel on the soft tail springer is pretty boring.  I picked up the radial 80 spoke wheel from Wild Works of California (they seem to have gone out of business, but I've been told a similar wheel can be purchased from HallCraft out of Texas or American Wire Wheel (100spoke radial)).  It has twice as many spokes as the factory wheel and they radiate straight out from the center, giving a unique look.  It weighs enough more to notice a slight difference in handling right after installation, but looks damn good.

I find the factory seat better than average and quite comfortable, but the passenger could use more width on a long ride, so I use a wider Corbin seat on longer trips.

There's Python II pipes, saddle bags, higher/wider handle bars, highway pegs, tinted windshield, Kury air cleaner, Screaming Eagle ignition, driving lights.  Yes, I am too lazy to list them all.

After getting a Road Glide in 2005, I didn't ride this bike much, but kept it for years, planning to turn it into a retro bar-hopper. The plan was to strip off the windshield, front fender, and bags, put on flat bars, fat rear tire, and bob the rear fender. A Bad Boy Bobber. Finally I sold it to a friend in April 2012. His plans are to take it in a similar direction as I was going to.