Last year (2005) in August I stumbled upon this old beauty of a Harley Davidson FLH 1200 from 1973. My focus the last couple of years have mainly been on sport bikes and naked bikes, street fighters or what ever you want to call them. But when I saw this one I had to have it, and fortunately I could afford it. I guess I wanted a Harley since childhood, and having tried a few newer Harleys, I knew what I wanted was an old Shovelhead. Since I bought it I,ve changed the rear shocks, battery and engine gaskets. After that it runs perfect, and actually has a hell of a pull for an old contraption like that. The first step in my plans to customize it was a finned primary cover that looks absolutely bitchin. I paid most of my right leg for it of course, but I,ve only seen like 4-5 bikes with that same cover and I,ve seen shit loads of bikes. I have more customization planned, which basically involves removing as much chrome as possible and style it somewhat true to how it would have been done back in the seventies when it rolled off the factory floor.
I do some of the work on the bike myself, but most of it is done by a shop called Macho Custom. They have a nice atmosphere and are motorcycle enthusiasts them selves. So they know exactly what you,re saying when you come rambling about what you want to do and stuff you,ve seen in a magazine hundred years ago. The photos are from when I drove around looking for good spots to do motorcycle photo shoots a few weeks ago.