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Bringing Back the Old School Feel in Harley-Davidson Bikes

March 13, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 264

Reviving the Slim Look with the Harley-Davidson Seventy-Two

Looking at the metal flake bike from Harley Davidson will bring you back to the time of the custom bike years. It will bring you back to the time when cool kids rode sting rays while the big boys filled the curb with custom bikes. Those bikes were slimmer and longer than most bikes of today. They sported a shiny look having that red tone flaked finish reflecting the summer rays of the sun. From the fork, white-walled wheels, to the glittering body, the Harley Davidson Seventy-Two is the best icon of the time when custom bikes were the hottest trend scooting along Whittier Blvd which until today is still alive as ever and still called by locals as route 72. Modern bike builders find inspiration from this custom bike culture where it spawns new ideas for builders around the US and even the world.

Bikes from that time were colorful, shiny, glittery, slim and stripped down, leaving the internal parts of the bike exposed showing off its detailed specifications. Looking back to these type of bikes in their time will amaze you how slimmer and longer they are from most bikes today. They were so slim that they literally look like bicycles. It has been a common trend for bike builders in the California scene.

A popular design back then was the metal flake paint. It has been so popular that they use it in many applications. Everything glitters and shines at that time. The Harley Davidson Seventy-Two brings back that feeling with intricate finishes and components that make this bike amazingly old school. To make the metal flake finish, builders spray several layers of paints on the metal body. A black primary coat mixed with polyeutherane, and hexagon shaped flakes are all mixed in standard commercial paint.

The finishing touch for this one is the logo on the gas tank and pinstripe scallop fixtures on the front and back fenders. Every design on the Seventy-Two is hand crafted, just like what builders do in the old school days. To get that authentic feel, decals are manually set into place. A clear coat is applied to the decal to protect it from fading and corrosion. The power train painted with a gray powder base coat matched with a chrome cover adds to the motor's vintage look. A vintage Sportster gas tank wraps up the last look on the Seventy-Two.

An Easy Ride with a Vintage Look with the Harley-Davidson Softail Slim

The Slim is basically a stripped down version of the Softail but with attitude. At first look, you'll think that it is basic and dull. Having shorter fenders, you may describe it being barely naked, old-fashioned, lean and mean. It captures the vintage look and the custom bobbers of the 1950s.

To keep the old feel of having a simple rear end, the tail signal lights combined and the license plate holder on the side. The rear fender struts are kept open to expose the insides of the bike like fasteners and other parts. Leather straps cover the gas tank seam. The cylinders are retained to sport the black look.

The Slim has a wide curve and cross brace bar, which was actually first used in Harley-Davidson bikes as an accessory. The idea may have started when people started using cross braces to mount extra lights and accessories even though most of it really do not have any use. A cross braced bar painted in a glossy black finish paired with the cat's eye gas tank of the same color is installed to the Slim. To enhance the vintage look, an old-fashioned speedometer, half-moon foot boards, round-old-style air filter cover, and glossy black rims and hubs are installed as well. To top that entire vintage look, the seat covers are sewn in a tuck and roll style.

A tightly fixed Twin Cam 103B engine within the frame provides the bond between the rider and the machine. The chassis imitates the clear lines of a retro hard tail body, but uses back-end shock absorber management systems delivered by coiled shocks mounted horizontally and hidden from the frame rails.

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