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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: http://abgmsales.wix.com/whale-tail-bib 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: abgmsales@hotmail.com Cheers, Chris

custom rear fender bibs and more…

Posted in Custom Embroidery, Custom Stitching, custom work, Fender bibs, Harley Davidson, Harley Fatboy, Honda Shadow Aero 750, Honda VT1300 Interstate, Honda VT1300 Stateline, Honda VTX1300, Tank bib, Three Mutts Customs with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 4, 2013 by Chris Wright

August was a fun month for custom rear fender bibs and custom tank straps & bibs. Had a few Harley and Honda projects come through each with a slightly different combination of options that kept the shop work interesting.  Hand tooled artwork, hand painted designs and some custom embroidery were in there and to top it off I shipped to some new international locations as well as some previous ones including; Great Britain, Canada, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland and Australia.

Without further adieu, here are the pics…

Chris
http://www.threemuttscustoms.com

 

Client pics update #2

Posted in Honda Phantom, Honda Shadow Aero 750, Honda VTX1300, Leatherwork, Motorcycles, Slimline Tuxedo bib, Three Mutts Customs, Whaletail Tank Bib with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 19, 2012 by Chris Wright

Here are some of the other recent project pics from the last month including a revisit to one of my most viewed colored toolings, the USN Pin-up.

Enjoy!

~Chris
http://www.threemuttscustoms.com

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The first three below are progress shots of a bib I’m currently working on but they show the detail nicely so it’s a good time to share.  The question of Western style Sheridan scroll work tooling on a tank bib has come up before but I have yet to have a client actually follow through with it until now.  Now, Sheridan style takes a good deal of patience and practice to design and since I haven’t focused on it as a standard medium myself, I called on a friend of mine over at  King’s X Custom Leather (http://www.kingsxcustomleatherworks.blogspot.com/) for the patternwork and man, did he deliver!

Tank bib Sheridan tooling Sheridan Tooling close up Sheridan tank bib in process

This next pair is of the new “Slimline” style of tuxedo tank bibs I’m now doing.  The main difference is the lack of wrap around the speedo area.  These will be added to the website shortly and priced slightly under the standard tuxedo bibs.

New Slimline style tank bib shown on a 2008 Honda Phantom 750 New Slimline style tank bib shown on a 2008 Honda Phantom 750

Here’s a standard whaletail tank bib for a 2005 VTX1800N.  The client was also thoughtful enough to send a pic of the upper dash area once it’s installed.  Good idea, since 99.9% of the pics I have are from the sides or backend…now you can see what goes on in the front.

2005 VTX1800N Whaletail tank bib 2005 VTX1800N Whaletail tank bib - dash area detail

Next up on the left is a 2005 VTX1800R whaletail tank bib with decorative buckstitch lacing.

 2005 VTX1800R Whaletail with decorative buckstitch

On the left, you might recognize the tooling from the Aero750 tank bib I did early last year (pic of the tooling detail of the bib & detail on the far right). Unfortunately the bike it was on is no longer with us but the client saved the bib just in case. Well, last month he called up and asked that I cut it up and sew it on as a back patch for his new vest. I’d say it works pretty well and one regional bike magazine already shot a pic for their gallery last Memorial Day.

USN Pin-up Tank bib turned backpatch US Navy Pin-up Aero 750 tank bib  US Navy Pin-up Aero 750 tank bib (detail)

Client pics update!

Posted in custom work, Harley Davidson Sportster, Honda Shadow Aero 750, Honda VTX1300, Leatherwork, Motorcycles, Three Mutts Customs, VTX1800, Whaletail Tank Bib with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 19, 2012 by Chris Wright

Yes, I know it’s been a while since my last post but that’s a good thing because it means the shop is rockin’!  I have a bunch of new pics of 3MC leather on client bikes, so many that I’ll probably break this up into two posts.  But first, there are a couple of news items/updates.

First, I’ll be working on a new pattern for the ’97-03 Sportsters (3.2 gal tank) in the next week so that can be added to the list.  Also, to help the Harley folks see the current line up or patterns available I’m going to add a separate section to the website for Harley leathers.  This will be the first step in the process of changing my website to be more bike specific rather than product specific.  This should help everyone find items for their bike faster and easier rather than going to say the whaletail page and having to run down a list of available bikes.

Ok, so now with the admin stuff out of the way, here’s the pics and descriptions of some of the latest client pics to roll in.

Enjoy! Update #2 with a few more pics will be posted later tonight.
~Chris
http://www.threemuttscustoms.com

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 “Brass Ring” – 2002 VTX1800R Whaletail tank bib with full color tooling

 2002 VTX1800R whaletail tank bib  2002 VTX1800R whaletail tank bib  BrassRing tank bib detail

“Brick” – 2004 VTX1800R Whaletail bib with storage pocket, chrome spots and color tooling

2004 VTX1800R Whaletail bib  2004 VTX1800R Whaletail bib 2004 VTX1800R Whaletail bib

The new “Hula Style” flarecut tank bib with Saddle Tan edge lacing shown on a 2006 Shadow Aero 750 (yep, it’s in Hawaii)

2006 Shadow Aero 750 hula-Style tank bib 2006 Shadow Aero 750 hula-Style tank bib

A pair of VTX 1300s with Whaletail tank bibs.  The left one was made for the “Tombstone” project at the 2012 East Coast Gathering at Bulldog’s. The one on the right has the VTX logo tooled in & decorative buckstitch lacing in red.

Tombstone VTX1300 Whaletail tank bib

VTX1300 whaletail tank bib red buckstitch

2008 VTX1800T Whaletail bib Gator embossed cowhide overlay with chrome spots and royal blue applique lacing

2008 VTX1800T Whaletail bib Gator embossed cowhide overlay with chrome spots & royal blue applique lacing 2008 VTX1800T Whaletail bib Gator embossed cowhide overlay with chrome spots & royal blue applique lacing

new client bike pics

Posted in Honda Shadow Aero 750, Motorcycles, Three Mutts Customs, Whaletail Tank Bib with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 23, 2012 by Chris Wright

It seems I spoke a little too soon in my previous post…I mentioned not getting any pics lately, and lo’ and behold, here’s a pair of pics that showed up this weekend.  After being stored for the long winter, here’s the first showing of a bib I did back in December for a Honda Shadow Aero 750 with a ultramarine blue celtic trinity cross & memorial message:

Shadow Aero 750 Whaletail tank bib with blue celtic trinity cross

and next up, a whaletail tank bib with the VTX Knight logo in Hot Rod yellow & chrome spots on a 2007 Honda VTX1800F:

2007 VTX1800F whaletail tank bib with VTX Knight tooling in Hot Rod Yellow & chrome spots

Enjoy!

Chris
http://www.threemuttscustoms.com

2008 Honda Shadow Spirit 750 Cowboys themed set

Posted in Honda Shadow Aero 750, Leatherwork, Motorcycles, New Items, Showcase Project, Tank bib, Three Mutts Customs with tags , , , , , , , , on April 13, 2012 by Chris Wright

This was a fun project with a few new twists to it, the client contacted me about showing his team spirit on his 2008 Honda Shadow Spirit 750.  The idea was to have a tank bib and side cover set that was very slick & clean looking while incorporating the Star and possibly the color scheme.  We discussed tooling, coloring and then the idea of an inlay hit me.  With that in mind, I made a trip over to Sav-Mor Leather in Los Angeles to browse their awesome selection of lamb & garment leathers to try and find the right blue.  As luck would have it, they had a terrific true blue lambda hide that fit the bill.  Combine that with a nice size 207 Silver thread from the Thread Exchange and it all came together.

~Chris
http://www.threemuttscustoms.com

So without further ado, here’s the bike with it’s new custom leathers making a nice showing at Cowboys Stadium:

2008 Honda Shadow Spirit 750 Cowboys themed custom leather tank bib & side cover set

2008 Honda Shadow Spirit 750 custom tank bib & side cover set2008 Honda Shadow Spirit 750 Cowboys themed bib & side cover set2008 Honda Shadow Spirit 750 Cowboys side cover2008 Honda Shadow Spirit 750 Cowboys set side view

Rear Fender Bibs

Posted in custom work, Fender bibs, Honda Shadow Aero 750, Honda VTX1300, Tank bib, Three Mutts Customs, VTX1800, Whaletail Tank Bib with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 5, 2012 by Chris Wright
2008 VTX1800N Rear Fender Bib2008 VTX1800N Tank & fender bib set2011 Harley Softail Deluxe fender bib2011 Harley Softail Deluxe fender bib2005 Honda Shadow Aero 750 fender bib

Rear Fender Bibs, a set on Flickr.

Here’s a few of the custom rear fender bibs I have done lately. The newest one was for a new 2011 Harley Davidson Softail Deluxe. With a little help from the owner I now have the pattern for the new Softail seat designs with the exposed rear brackets & bolts, check it out!

~Chris
http://www.threemuttscustoms.com

Whaletail Tank Bibs

Posted in custom work, Honda Shadow Aero 750, Honda VTX1300, Motorcycles, Tank bib, Three Mutts Customs, VTX1800, Whaletail Tank Bib with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 6, 2012 by Chris Wright

As I’m working on and getting increasingly frustrated trying to build/rebuild the photo gallery on the main website I thought I’d use some of the fancy web tools out there and load a couple of galleries into the blog. While it’s not official and all that, it was freaking easy and I feel somewhat accomplished so I can go back into the shop and work on orders without feeling guilty. 😉 Tonight I’ll start with the most popular, the motorcycle Whaletail Tank Bibs (aka California tank bib)  Enjoy the pics!

Chris
Three Mutts Custom Leather

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Whaletail Tank Bibs, a set on Flickr.

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: http://www.threemuttscustoms.com!

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.

~Chris

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