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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

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!

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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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!

~Chris
http://www.threemuttscustoms.com

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

Custom stitching now available on tank and fender bibs!

Posted in Custom Stitching, Fender bibs, Harley Davidson, Leatherwork, Motorcycles, New Items, Tank bib, Three Mutts Customs, Whaletail Tank Bib with tags , , , , , , , , on November 19, 2012 by Chris Wright

A recent request prompted me to test out my sewing skills and verify that custom stitching would be a possibility.  I’m happy to report that the project worked out nicely and I can now offer custom stitching on tank bibs, fender bibs and bag flaps in some basic styles like flames, tribal patterns and multiple color geometric patterns.  I haven’t tried words or small detailed stitching yet due to time but plan to get that on the drawing table by the end of the year.  I mention basic shapes and styles as I am doing this ‘by hand’ meaning I am hand guiding the sewing machine to make the designs.  Stitching takes me almost as long as hand tooling does (due mainly to taking my time with a new technique)  but the stitching rates will be 1/2 of tooling rates, quoted by the hour, plus the thread cost since it is less labor intensive and I will get faster eventually!  😉
Here are some pics of my first forays into custom stitching, if you have a request feel free to drop me a line.  There is a great selection of colors available and some I already have in stock.  Here is a link to my preferred vendor’s color list: http://tinyurl.com/bcdftvu if you want to see what will work best with your project before hand.  And just so those curious few have one less question to ask, yes I will be offering multiple color stitching, it simply requires an extra thread charge for the additional color(s).
Enjoy!
Chris
http://www.threemuttscustoms.com

Summer Featured Project

Posted in custom work, Fender bibs, Leatherwork, Motorcycles, Showcase Project, Tank bib, Three Mutts Customs, VTX1800, Whaletail Tank Bib with tags , , , , , , , , on October 24, 2012 by Chris Wright

2002 VTX1800C "Evil Twin"Now that Fall is upon us and Winter is approaching, at least that’s what the non-California folks are telling me, it’s about time I posted the pics from the Summer Showcase Project!

For those that missed the previous ones, the Showcase Project is a job I pick out of the custom leather jobs I do during that period.  Typically, they entail something new, unusual or incorporate multiple pieces are part of a theme.
To see the two previous ones, click here –> Winter 2011   Spring 2012

With that out of the way, let’s take in the fun that is Alan’s 2002 VTX1800C aptly named “Evil Twin”. This red and black beauty started out as a salvaged bike Alan brought home on a trailer, dents all over, forks bent and front wheel laying on the flat bed by itself.  A lesser enthusiast would have left it where it was but not this Canadian home modder.  Months of finding parts, getting tins paints, and of course coordinating the leatherwork paid off in the long run.

For my part, Alan wanted to highlight the V-Twin engine and the black & red theme while making sure folks new this from-the-ashes build was to be called.  Evil twin features a whaletail tank bib with chrome spots, hand tooled & painted V-Twin engine artwork; a rear fender bib with chrome spots, ‘chaos pebble’ background, hand painted tooling and a custom maker’s plate; leather wrapped side covers with the same tooling from the tank bib and red edge lacing and a modified backrest pad that I added the chrome spots and VTX logo center patch to (not shown).

Enjoy! ~Chris
http://www.threemuttscustoms.com

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A ton of updates coming finally!

Posted in Honda Shadow Aero 750, Honda VTX1300, Leatherwork, Motorcycles, Three Mutts Customs, VTX1800, Whaletail Tank Bib with tags , , , , , , , , on October 23, 2012 by Chris Wright

Time sure does get away from you when you’re busy, doesn’t it?  It’s been almost 2 1/2 months since my last confession blog update. So rather than overwhelm all four of you that read my blog, I’ll break it down into a couple of posts including the long overdue Summer Showcase Project.  I’m also doing some housekeeping of old/outdated/irrelevant posts.  Let’s get things rolling with a few pictures of recent jobs, shall we?

  • 2002 VTX1800R whaletail tank bib with VTX Knight/1800 tooling & chrome spots
  • 2002 VTX1800R with full color Eagle & flag tooled artwork, “Let Freedom Ring”
  • 2003 VTX1800C Flarecut tank bib with USMC logo tooling
  • 2007 VTX1800F leather wrapped side covers with chrome spots and yellow edge lacing
  • 2005 VTX1800N whaletail tank bib with royal blue buckstitch and bleed knot concho

There’s more coming, so stay tuned!
~Chris
http://www.threemuttscustoms.com

2002 VTX1800R Whaletail tank bib2002 VTX1800R Whaletail tank bib

2003 VTX1800C Flarecut tank bib with USMC logo tooling2007 VTX1800F leather wrapped side covers2005 VTX1800N whaletail tank bib

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
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