Archive for April, 2011

More tank bibs!

Posted in color mixing, holster, Honda Shadow Aero 750, Leatherwork, Motorcycles, Three Mutts Customs, VTX1800 with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 19, 2011 by Chris Wright

It’s been a little while since my last post so I thought I would share what’s been keeping me so busy.  A couple more tank bibs have/are passing through the shop and with each one, folks have been issuing new challenges to take them to the next level.  Without further adieu, here they are:

Pics 1 & 2: 2007 VTX1800 N1 Whaletail tank bib with chrome studs (matched to Mustang seat)

Pic 3: 2006 Shadow Aero 750 Whaletail bib with white edge lacing & pocket (US Navy Wife Medallion theme)

Pic 4: 2003 Shadow Spirit 750 tank bib with large pocket

Pic 5: 2004 Honda Shadow Aero 750 Whaletail tank bib (shown in process)

Pic 6: Tooling detail for Folding Cane Holster (for Harley Trike)

Pic 7: And the latest challenge, a 2006 Shadow Aero Flarecut tank bib with full color tooling…approximately 28 hours into the tooling and painting on this one!

2007 VTX1800N1 whaletail tank bib2007 VTX1800N1 whaletail tank bib (closeup)

2006 Shadow Aero 750 Whaletail bib (US Navy Wife Medallion theme)

2003 Shadow Spirit 750 tank bib with large pocket

2004 Honda Shadow Aero 750 Whaletail tank bib (shown in process)

Tooling detail for Folding Cane Holster

2006 Shadow Aero Flarecut tank bib with full color tooling

Custom engine guard chaps

Posted in Honda Shadow Aero 750, Leatherwork, Three Mutts Customs, TMC Shop with tags , , , , , , , on April 7, 2011 by Chris Wright

These were a special request from a previous client (Chop also owns one of the first Flare Cut bibs).  They are retro style engine guard chaps for a Honda Shadow Aero with the NC Paladin engine guards.
I say retro because I first saw this design in the late 70s while riding around No. Cal on the back of my grandfather’s Goldwing.  I vaguely remembered the design, back before companies started making the fully enclosed style we see today.  The problem I have with the modern versions is you can’t see the chrome!  Why add that much chrome just to cover it up with a nylon bag?

So, back to these beauties…I don’t have the bars so unfortunately I can’t show what they look like installed yet.  They are a laced “floating” design, meaning the are laced onto the bars using sueded leather lacing in a shoelace fashion, weaving around the bars and through the eyelets.  A mere 1/4″ space separates the chaps from the engine guards and you still get to see all of your chrome.  You also get to retain the ability to kick your boots up on the bars or pegs as they remain unobstructed.  At 1/4″ thick (double thickness of 6oz. leather, grain side out on both sides) with a stiffener glued into the middle, they are rigid and strong.  Vinyl & cloth covers are fairly strong, but a sharp rock at high speeds will either tear or fully penetrate them.  These take some pretty good effort to get a sharp knife through!

Now after all that, the sad part is Chop is selling his bike.  Glad for him, he’s getting the opportunity to upgrade, but it also means the custom chaps never got to see road time.  The bike went up for sale a mere 24 hours before the chaps were finished…how’s that for timing!?  So, if you’re looking to get yourself a sweet part of retro engine guard chaps at a steal of a price, Chop’s willing to let them go for $100 obo, shipping included.  I’ll even include enough lacing to get them on your ride and instructions will be included.  As a bonus, I’ll throw in a couple of Three Mutts logo decals (yeah, that last part is self-serving, but do you blame me?  heh).

Drop me a line at: with any questions or offers and we’ll work something out with Chop to find these a new home.  Here come the pics…

-UPDATE- The chaps have found a new home!  If you’re interested in having a set made, I have the patterns for the NC Paladin bars so just drop me a line.

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