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
oved him because he would get me off of their hands on the weekends, and Iloved 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 one of the
neighborhood kids. Although there were more highly ranked custom motorcycle builders out
there, there was not anyone else who would do 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 kid 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
Live Hard & Ride Free!