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Honda VTX and Aero 7 50 whaletail tank bibs

Posted in Honda VTX1300, leather, Motorcycles, VTX1800, Whaletail Tank Bib with tags , , , , , on July 12, 2015 by Chris Wright

As promised in a previous post, I’ve come back with more info on whaletail tank bibs. If you’ve emailed me anytime since December 2013 or checked the forums, you already know that I stopped maknig them that winter.  The good news is, late last year a fellow VTX rider came and asked if I would instruct him on making his own. Jeff made his first whaletail using my pattern and tips and was hooked.  After six months of working on whaletail tank bibs for the VTX1300, he is now expanding and making them for sale for the whole VTX 1300/1800 line and the ’04-’09 Honda Aero 750.  His website: shows the current models and he has the rest being shipped to him in the next week or so.  Contact info is on his website or you can email him at: Cheers, Chris

Time flies when you are having fun…

Posted in Fatboy, Fender bibs, Motorcycles, Road King, Slim, Softail, StreetGlide, Tank bib, Tooled Leather, Uncategorized, Whaletail Tank Bib with tags , , , , , , , on July 3, 2015 by Chris Wright

Has it really been almost a year since my last post?! For those that have been following along on Facebook or Instagram (@threemuttscustoms) you know that I haven’t slowed down at all.
In fact, things have never been busier and have been bringing new designs and tooling styles to the market.

Over the next week, I’ll attempt to catch up everyone on the happenings of the last year…I have a literal ton of pictures to post.

A few updates on the Three Mutts Customs offerings:

Custom leather tank bibs and fender bibs for Harley-Davidson motorcycles are my specialty.  The traditional patterns for nearly every model of Harley are on hand and for those that are not, a few measurements or a tracing is all I need to bring something new to life.  In the last year I have also designed a new, wider drop point style tank bib for the Softail Slim & Heritage pointed dash.
Of course, my other proprietary designs have also been improved including the Fatboy OEM seat matching fender bib, the Heritage matching fender bib and others.

As of 2013 I discontinued the VTX whaletail tank bibs but there is a new kid on the block I have been working with to restart the line.  I’ll talk about Jeff and his new whaletail tank bib business in a later post.  You can also email him directly at

Now that you have a update preview, how about a few pictures for your viewing pleasure?

Three Mutts Customs

2013 wrap up pics continued…

Posted in Fatboy, Fender bibs, Slim, Softail, Tank bib, VTX1800, Whaletail Tank Bib with tags , , , , , , , on January 22, 2014 by Chris Wright

As promised, I am back with more pics, although it took me a few more days that expected.  Over the last week my youngest daughter turned 10 months old and to celebrate she came down with a stomach virus AND had her first two teeth come in at the same time.  Teething is bad enough on it’s own but combine it with a flu bug in a little person who can’t communicate her discomfort and it makes for confusion and constant screaming…fun way to spend a 3 day weekend.

Back to topic, here is a collection of custom Harley tank bibs and a Honda tank bib that were shipped out at the end of the year…

Out with the old, in with the new…

Posted in Fender bibs, Whaletail Tank Bib with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 9, 2014 by Chris Wright

My winter break is wrapping up so it was time to take stock, take inventory and look forward to a new year. This includes analyzing trends in my current product line and potential additions.

That being said, whaletail & flarecut tank bibs are now officially retired to make more time for the Harley line up and building more in stock inventories of ready to purchase items for the shop.

I’ll also be adding Fork Tube covers as a normal offering and expanding the Harley list to add a couple of bike models that I experimented with last year thanks to some adventurous clients.

Thanks to all the clients, friends and family that made 2013 a fun year, and here is to more adventures in 2014!

In stock coupon code

Posted in Custom Embroidery, Etsy, Fender bibs, Harley Davidson, Honda, keychain, leather, Motorcycles, Tank bib, Three Mutts Customs, wallet chain, Whaletail Tank Bib with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 27, 2013 by Chris Wright

I have a few items in inventory as well as some in stock items like the keychain & wallet chain belt straps so in Black Friday fashion, here is a coupon code to get some good deals for yourself or for Christmas gifts.  I’m extending the code run through 12/31/2013 so if you don’t see something today, keep an eye out as I will be making up some additional inventory for the Etsy shop during this time.


Etsy Store address:

1999-2009 Yamaha V-Star 1100 whaletail tank bibs!

Posted in Leatherwork, Motorcycles, Tank bib, Three Mutts Customs, V-Star 1100, Whaletail Tank Bib, Yamaha with tags , , , , , , , , on August 19, 2013 by Chris Wright

One of the projects I was working on this summer during the whaletail tank bib production hold (production resumes with the first batch starting 9/16/2013) was to pattern a few new whaletail tank bib patterns.  I’ve added a handful to the official line-up on the website and here is the first new one gone from pattern to finished version already:

2007 Yamaha V-Star 1100 Classic whaletail tank bib with “Biker at the Cross” hand tooled & colored artwork & metallic silver buckstitch lacing stripes.

a few more projects

Posted in Custom Embroidery, Fender bibs, Handlebar bag, Harley Davidson, Harley Fatboy, leather, Leatherwork, Motorcycles, Tank bib, Three Mutts Customs, VTX1800, Whaletail Tank Bib with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 8, 2013 by Chris Wright

Just a few more recent photos to share and a new addition to the line up! I changed the format a bit on this post, pics at the top and descriptions below so those here for the “bike porn” don’t have to read if you don’t want to. Enjoy! Hit “more” to see the details…

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Inventory Clear out #1

Posted in custom work, Motorcycles, Tank bib, Three Mutts Customs, VTX1800, Whaletail Tank Bib with tags , , , , , , , on May 5, 2013 by Chris Wright

**Update – SOLD**

Hey folks,

As happens time to time a client will change their minds mid project on a color, tooling, etc. and I end up with an extra bib.
So here today, I’m offering up a ready to ship whaletail tank bib made for the 2002-2003 Honda VTX1800C with the VTX logo tooled in and burgundy buckstitch lacing stripes.
The burgundy lacing was special ordered from Australia and compliments the burgundy/wine colored VTX1800C nicely and would also work well to add a bit of color to an all black bike.
The color will NOT match the Bloodstone Red or other factory red variations.  It is wet formed to this specific bike’s gas tank so it will NOT fit any other bike.

The retail price for this bib is $195 plus shipping.  To help find it a new home though, I’m going to put it up in my Etsy Shop for $125 shipped anywhere in the USA…a $70 savings!

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Here’s a pic of a similar bib installed on the owner’s bike.


more completed embroidered pics

Posted in Custom Embroidery, Custom Stitching, Fender bibs, Harley Davidson, Honda VTX1300, Leatherwork, Motorcycles, New Items, Tank bib, Three Mutts Customs, Whaletail Tank Bib with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 29, 2013 by Chris Wright

A few weeks ago I announced that I now have access to an embroidery company that can make custom embroidered leather pieces that can be used as awesome full color inlays.  The first pics back were the Harley FXDi35 rear fender pics that I posted here.  Now, the second project owner has shared pics of their new leather installed as well.  This was an image of a tribal-ish white Black Widow that she found and inquired about.  We decided to edge the inlay with red applique braiding to give it some more pop and add some color to the all black VTX1300.  Notice the theme matching footpegs, nice touch!


White widow inlay piece and test samplesWidow Whaletail tank bibEmbroidered inlay whaletail tank bib

Embroidery is now available!

Posted in Custom Embroidery, custom work, Fender bibs, Harley Davidson, leather, Motorcycles, Tank bib, Three Mutts Customs, Whaletail Tank Bib with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 9, 2013 by Chris Wright

I mentioned some cool changes on the website the other day and it’s now time to officially announce the biggest addition to the Three Mutts Custom Leather line up. Through a new partnership, I now have access to a great, local embroidery service that can work with leather.

I’ll obviously continue to hand tool and color bibs for those that are looking for a traditional look and feel but for those looking for full color artwork with cost in mind, there is embroidery.  Typically, full color will double or triple the artwork cost as hand coloring tooled leather is very time consuming and for large works like the St. Michael bib can end up running hundreds of dollars just for the artwork.

I’ll be updating the website shortly to include embroidery options for your custom leather tank and fender bib requests but if you would like a quote before that happens, just drop me a line.  In the meantime, here are some examples of the embroidery going into two pieces being worked on now.  The Harley #1  is for a 2006 Harley Davidson FXDi35 35th Anniversary Edition rear fender bib and the ‘white widow’ is for a 2004 VTX1300 whaletail tank bib.  I don’t want to ruin the surprise of the completed projects yet so you’ll just have to wait for those pics a few days while I finish the work!


image Harley #1 Embroidery

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