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back to our regularly scheduled programming…

Posted in Honda VT1300CT, Leatherwork, Motorcycles, New Items, Tank bib, Three Mutts Customs with tags , , , , , , , on May 9, 2012 by Chris Wright

I’ve been busy with orders for the last week so I haven’t posted much since trumpeting the Bearman Mauls my friends Ed & Beary make. So, without further ado, let the bikes roll back into sight to show off their custom leather goodness…

First up, this bib was a crazy project but in the end it looks damn sexy on the bike. The bike also sports a materials matching wedge shaped handlebar bag and a recovered backrest all with “Pebble Chaos” tooling and Stingray inlay. Here’s the 2011 Honda VT1300 Interstate set with the bib shown on the bike.  UPDATE: I received a pic of the backrest pad installed, included it in the gallery below.

Actually, instead of a long post I’ll break this into two since the Road King has so many pictures to go along with it.


VT1300 Interstate tank bib with Stingray InlayVT1300 Interstate bib and backrest padBackrest pad with Stingray inlay

New Whaletail tank bib models coming!

Posted in custom work, Honda VT1300CT, Leatherwork, Motorcycles, Tank bib, Three Mutts Customs, Whaletail Tank Bib, Yamaha with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 8, 2012 by Chris Wright

Yeehaw, the ebay gods were good this week! As luck would have it, I picked up two new tanks this week to expand the line of tank bibs I offer. Coming soon to the Three Mutts Customs tank bib line-up are:

2010+ Honda VT1300 (Sabre, Interstate & Stateline): Whaletails & Tuxedo tank bibs (flarecut design just doesn’t work on this style tank)

Yamaha V-Star 1100 Classic: Whaletail, Flarecut & Tuxedo tank bibs – I’m still trying to narrown down the exact years but from what I have gathered so far, the tank stayed the same from 1999-2009 on the VS1100. Evidence? Well, checking the dealer microfiche shows that the tank trim (aka dash, filler trim, etc) is the same for all V-Star 1100 models for those years. I’ll ask on one of the forums to see if someone can verify.

2008+ Yamaha Raider: while not exactly a tank bib due to the giant tank trim the Raider has, I do have the pattern to do replaceable leather dash inserts for the center dash opening. They can be fully tooled, spotted, etc.

The VT1300 tank has already arrived, just looking for a reasonably priced tank trim for it and the dash has been found & ordered.  The V-Star tank & trim were bought today so I expect them to arrive in two weeks or so. Since the shop wait list is about 14 weeks right now, I’ll have plenty of time to do patterns between now and then.

For those that haven’t been to the main website yet, here is the current line-up of bikes I make tank bibs for with more coming soon:

2004+ Honda Shadow Aero 750
2003+ Honda Shadow Spirit 750
2009+ Honda Phantom 750
1998-2002 Honda Shadow Aero 1100
1997-2003 Honda Valkyrie (GL1500) Standard
2004-2009 Honda VTX 1300C
2003-2009 Honda VTX 1300S
2005-2009 Honda VTX 1300R
2002-2008 Honda VTX 1800C
2005-2008 Honda VTX 1800F
2005-2008 Honda VTX 1800N
2002-2008 Honda VTX 1800R
2002-2008 Honda VTX 1800S
2007-2008 Honda VTX 1800T
2010+ Honda VT1300 (Sabre, Stateline, Interstate)

1999-2009 Yamaha V-Star 1100 Classic


Showing off…some recent tank bibs

Posted in Honda Shadow Aero 750, Honda VT1300CT, Honda VTX1300, Leatherwork, Motorcycles, Tank bib, Three Mutts Customs, Uncategorized, VTX1800 with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 18, 2011 by Chris Wright

The Three Mutts Customs shop has been busy lately so I thought it would be a good time to share some photos of recent projects.  3MC leather owners are starting to get more creative in their photos as well so I have a couple of nice shots of the whole bike along with tank bib specific photos to show how a whaletail bib compliments the lines of the bike overall.  Thanks for the photos folks!  Looking for a standard or whaletail tank bib of your very own?  Check out the offerings and prices at my main shop website:!

Here’s the line-up for the gallery:

  1. 2003 VTX 1800R Whaletail Tank Bib with chrome spots, VTX logo tooling and cell phone clip strap
  2. 2003 VTX 1800R Whaletail Tank Bib with chrome spots, VTX logo tooling and cell phone clip strap – overall bike view – nice shot!
  3. 2008 Honda VTX 1300C Whaletail tank bib with VTX logo tooling and red buckstitch lacing
  4. 2008 Honda VTX 1300C Whaletail tank bib with VTX logo tooling and red buckstitch lacing – overall bike view
  5. 2006 VTX 1300C Whaletail Tank Bib
  6. 2008 Honda VTX 1800T Whaletail Tank Bib with chrome spots & iPhone pocket
  7. 2008 Honda VTX 1800T Whaletail Tank Bib with chrome spots & iPhone pocket – side view
  8. 2010 Honda VT1300 Interstate Tank Bib with hand tooled & painted artwork
  9. 2008 Shadow Aero leather wrapped sidecovers with USMC two tone conchos

How to make a fender bib pattern

Posted in custom work, Harley Davidson Sportster, Honda Shadow Aero 1100, Honda Shadow Aero 750, Honda VT1300CT, Honda VTX1300, Leatherwork, Motorcycles, Shadow Aero 1100, Three Mutts Customs, Uncategorized, VTX1800 with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 30, 2011 by Chris Wright

I’ve seen this search/request come up a number of times before so figured I would put the information on the blog since I’m writing it up for an in-house project anyway.  Enjoy!

Tools: straight rule or yard stick, tape measure or cloth tape, tools to remove your seat and paper & pen to make notes. (Optional: piece of posterboard to make your pattern).

Step 1) Measure the distance from the back of the seat to the rear pillon bolt (if you have one). This measurement tells us the maximum length of the ‘visible’ area of the fender bib.
Always measure to the center of bolts/holes if possible.

Tooling area length measurement

Step 2) Measure the width of the fender from each vertical side to the other.  Now, from that measurement we’ll subtract 2 1/4″. This determines the maximum width of the bib also allowing space for the 1/8″ thickness of the edge lacing.  I have found that leaving about an inch exposed on the sides of the bib leaves a good amount of fender showing to help “frame” the bib.

fender bib width measurement

Step 3) This one will take both hands but you won’t be holding a camera so you have an advantage already…measure the curvature of the fender itself by laying a ruler from the back of the seat to the seat bolt (measurement from Step 1) and then use a second ruler/tape measure to measure the height of the curve.  This isn’t necessary if you’re making your own bib, it’s for those folks that want to have a custom one made by me.  This tells me how much to roll the bib after it’s made so it lays on the fender a bit better out of the box.

Fender curvature measurement

Step 4) Remove the seat and measure how much area there is from where the seat ends down towards the engine.  It’s nice to be able to secure the from of the bib somehow so either pressure fit, velcro, existing bolts, etc. can be used. Notice on mine, I added three inches to the step 1 measurement to get the overall length (the back of the seat is 1″ away from the card holder).  This is because I am planning a custom seat pan and may move the back of the seat forward an inch or so.  Leaving room for changes!  Note the position of any bolts/ holes, etc. if there are any so they can either be avoided or used in the bib design.

maximum fender bib length measurement

That’s it.  From these measurements & notes a custom bib can be designed for any bike.  All I need to know after that is what kind of profile to give it; triangle, U-shaped, rectangle, spade, etc.

Now, for those folks looking to make their own bib and have their measurements and a blank sheet of posterboard…MOST IMPORTANT THING: fold the posterboard in half and only draw one side (left or right lengthwise) of your pattern.  Layout all of your stud holes, lacing holes, buckstitch, etc. with it folded in half.  Why? Because by folding it first and punching all of the holes, cutting, and so on with it folded in half it will automatically make a mirror image on the opposite side.  All of your curve, hole placements and the other details will match exactly.  Nothing looks worse or distracts an eye more than that one chrome stud that is off by 1/8″ from the rest.  Make the pattern right and everything else is a piece of cake. (For those curious, the picture is of a tank bib but the rule is the same…fold in half first!)

Pattern making - fold your pattern in HALF!

Now, what about those fancy curves.  Well, best way is to buy a French Curve set from your local art/craft store.  They’ll set you back about $10 for a plastic 3-piece set and are well worth the money if you want to draw smooth flowing curves and change directions mid-curve.  If you’re too um, “frugal”, to buy them then many things like coffee cans, soda cans and packing tape rolls make good circles and you can use them in conjunction with a straight edge to make transitions.  Honestly though, just spend the $10 bucks especially if you even think you’ll want or need to make another pattern or heaven forbid, replace the one you’re making now.

French Curve Set

Have fun with it and feel free to post questions/comments below.  For questions on pricing or custom designs click here to contact me.


Wedge Handlebar bag – installed pics

Posted in custom work, Handlebar bag, Honda VT1300CT, Leatherwork, Motorcycles, Three Mutts Customs, Three Mutts website with tags , , , , , on September 27, 2011 by Chris Wright

Here are a couple of pictures of the Wedge Handlebar Bag with Stingray inlay I recently posted about here.  The client was VERY happy and sent the photos to share.  Enjoy!


Wedge Handlebar Bag with Stingray Inlay

Wedge Handlebar Bag with Stingray InlayWedge Handlebar Bag with Stingray Inlay

Handlebar bag with Stingray inlay

Posted in custom work, Handlebar bag, Honda VT1300CT, Leatherwork, Motorcycles, Three Mutts Customs, Three Mutts website with tags , , , on September 23, 2011 by Chris Wright

A new client asked me to make a handlebar bag for her 2010 Honda VT1300CT but she didn’t want the typical roll style tubular bag. She asked for something low profile but still capable of carrying a decent amount of stuff. As things progressed, we talked about doing my chaos tooling pattern on the flap, then that progressed to stingray inlay when she started talking about a gray & black color scheme. In the end I designed a wedge shaped bag that tapers both on the width and the thickness. Stingray inlay on the flap and the chaos tooling pattern on the body with matching tooling on the flap strap.

The outer body is 6oz. cowhide with 4oz goatskin lining on the inside of the flap. Gray Stingray from Ostrich Market (great quality & service btw) for the inlay, kangaroo for the lacing. We also decided on lockable roller buckles for all three straps so she can lock the items in and lock the bag to the bike if desired. The inside of the bag is also lined with gray fabric and I carried the point that appears on the flap and front tooling to the inside where the goatskin & fabric meet.


(Click the images to enlarge)
Handlebar bag with Stingray inlayHandlebar bag with Stingray inlay - rear viewHandlebar bag with Stingray inlay - interior

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2010 Honda VT1300CT tank bib & toolbag

Posted in custom work, Honda VT1300CT, Leatherwork, Motorcycles, Three Mutts Customs with tags , , , , , , , , on August 22, 2011 by Chris Wright

Here’s a recent addition to the Three Mutts Custom Leather line-up, tank bibs for the new Honda VT1300CT models.  Currently, I’m only producing the tuxedo style as I’m still looking for a suitable tank for whaletail bibs but the tuxedo style looks pretty sexy on these.  I also made a custom handlebar toolbag for the same client, accenting the interior and edge lacing in blue to match the overall bike color scheme.

Looking to have a custom leather piece made for your bike?  Visit the main website at:

2010 Honda VT1300CT with custom bib & bag

top view of Honda VT1300CT custom tooled leather tank bib

custom leather handlebar toolbag with blue lacing & fabric interior


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