I know I don’t post a lot of custom Harleys….

It’s still not really my “thing” but I do appreciate the craftsmanship.

There’s already a whole universe of blogs that cover modded Harleys so I generally don’t get in to them too often. But I’m making an exception in this case. This bike at a glance looks like a typically breathed on softtail but taking a closer look you can see that a lot of very high quality one-off custom work went into it. You start to notice that there really isn’t much that’s original on the bike.
Ted Brecheisen writes in with the details:

I’m presenting a couple of pics of bike that a friend of mine built. He had just backed it out of the shop to give it a ride to the Super Bowl party in downtown Indy.

This is a hand-made world class custom by award winning Jim Guy (J.B. Custom Parts) Indianapolis, IN. The frame was made by him. The tank, fenders and oil tank were hammered and rolled out from sheet stock by Jim. This thing looks like it is a slightly modified stocker…not. Here are a few of the unique features:

– 21″ x 3.25 wheels on both ends. This in it’s self is a tough thing to do on a full fender soft tail.
– 124 cu. in. S&S puts out some big h.p. Has Twin Tech electronic fuel injection.
– S&S 6-speed.
– custom made headers and exhaust.
– Performance Machine floating front disc brake.
– Danny Gray custom made seat.

This bike is brimming with custom details that are hard to notice, even from a trained judges eye.

Thanks for your site!!

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5 comments

  1. Well, I see lots of Harleys, and this one isn’t all that handmade. The exhaust is aftermarket, with a different muffler. Daytec or Paughco frame with about 32 degree rake, off-the-shelf billet air filter, brakes, forks, trees, belt drive, controls, pegs; early tailite molded in nicely. Nice paint. Tanks are either stock or aftermarket, not handmade; same with fenders (unless you watched them being made). They appear to be narrowed and recountoured, if that means homemade to you. Seat is too big for the bike, and butt-ugly. What could they be thinking when putting a 21 on the rear, with 130+ hp and at least 100 # torque? With a 2″ under wide glide and dropped rear, I bet it bottoms out easily, too. Put a 16″ or 17″ rear solid wheel and 4″ into the forks, a sprung solo sead and pad, and it’s a whole ‘nother ballgame; it becomes rideable! . $30,000 or so into it, probably. Weighs 650+ #; too heavy. I’ll stick with my 460 # Sportster w/ 80 hp.

    1. Harold, The closest item you have correct is the rake which is 34 degrees. As far as “off the shelf” components, sure the controls are high quality Jay Brake. The fenders, tanks, swing arm frame are all custom made by Jim and are hand formed with a Yoder metal former. The fenders are not narrowed down stockers but started life as a flat piece of steel. The exhaust is custom built stainless with sensors for the injection, and even tho the air breather looks similar to something you may have seen, it too was built by Jim. It doesn’t bottom out and rides beautifully and is valued at way more that the stated $30,000.

      I can appreciate your taste and your Sportster but this example of custom Harley work has been scrutinized by some of the finest builders in the country and were “wowed” by the extensive craftsmanship details even tho at first look it appears, as Steve said, a “breathed on softail”.

      There is a 23″ wheeled version of this in the making currently as well.

      Steve, Thank you for posting this and your comments, and for a fine, looked at every day, blog!
      More of our budget builds and and 2-strokes coming.

  2. Fair enough Harold. Like I said I don’t see many Harleys. But by home made I wasn’t really implying hand formed etc. although there ARE a lot of nice examples of that out there.

  3. I build custom bikes, and whichever way you slice it that bike has some nice work on it. My only question is why he’s giving HD the credit for it. In the same way that I wouldn’t pay to walk around with Nike across my chest, I wouldn’t invest upwards of 30k and a years shop time creating a bike that uses no HD parts then put their name on it. Just an opinion, don’t hang me for it.

  4. Harold, you are a jackass. I have seen this very bike, and others from the same builder. your wife’s sportster has nothing on any of them. jim has the nicest work I have ever seen in the Midwest at shows, bikenights, etc…

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