I have always loved custom motorcycles. I like anything from the simplistic to the
sublime. I like simple custom painted motorcycle jobs, racers, choppers, cruisers
and hogs. Custom Harley Davidson‘s, however, are my favorite. I have
dreamed of owning a custom Harley Davidson motorcycle ever since I was
a boy.I think it started off with my uncle. He was a huge motorcycle
aficionado, and an amateur custom motorcycle builder as well.
My parents loved him because he would get me off of their hands
on the weekends, and I loved him because he was always working on
something interesting. I would go over to his house and see the garage
strewn with Harley parts. My parents were extremely tedious, having
to put everything in its proper place at all times. My uncle, however,
had a very different philosophy of life.
He loved to make a mess, particularly when he was involved in something
hands-on. And he was always involved in some sort of hands-on project
or other. Most of his motorcycles actually weren’t custom Harley Davidson
bikes. He was a big fan of Indians, and he had one he was always working on.
I watched him restore that Indian motorcycle from the ground up and
considering most or all of the parts were delivered in 45 Gallon Drums of
oil it was impressive to say the least but I was waiting for him to build a Harley.
It wasn’t too long before my prayers were answered. He actually got an order
for a custom Harley Davidson from someone in the neighborhood. Although
there were more highly ranked custom motorcycle builders out there, there was
not anyone else who would do such a good job for such an affordable price like
my uncle would.
You see, he didn’t build custom motorcycles for a living, but as a hobby. It was a
labor of love for him, and as such he would always do a solid job. That is how he
got the custom Harley Davidson order in the first place. Some guy had inherited
his dad’s old bike, and wanted my uncle to fix it.
Not having the skills himself, he asked my uncle to help him out. I spent the
whole summer helping him build that bike. My body was always streaked with
grease from those custom motorcycle parts that I was handling. I was restless
and grubby, but I was a happy kid. As a matter of fact, it was one of the best
summers that I ever had! Needless to say I’ve owned my current Harley for
over 10 years now and I always tell people that my biggest regret was that I
didn’t buy it 10 years earlier.
Yes it is customized but not in a show bike sense, it looks fantastic but more
for touring I have ridden my Harley through almost every major city in the
USA and will continue to do so until I die. OH! and I am going to do a full
custom of my own NOT a Harley though an Indian, but fully customize from
the frame up in honor of my Uncle. I love keeping up to date on new models
and other Harley news and I know my Blog Hog-Crazy will help you keep up
to date as well!
Live Hard & Ride Free!