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Three Different Tank bibs for Harley Softail Slims!

Posted in airbrushing, antique, Fender bibs, hand tooled, Handlebar bag, Harley Softail, Laser Engraving, Leatherwork, Motorcycles, Slim, Softail, Tank bib, tank panel, Tooled Leather with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 15, 2015 by Chris Wright

I noticed folks searching for tank bibs for the Harley Softail Slim lately so I thought I would put together a post to show the three different designs I have for the Slim.
As Slim owners will already know, the factory tank bib is narrow and tapers from the dash point to the tank cut out and then folds over the frame backbone. What you may not know is the Softail Heritage tank bib is the exact same.  This means you can use the wider 5″ wide Heritage tank bib as well.

But, some folks might not appreciate the straight sides of the Heritage bib but would like a bit more room for a hand tooled or laser engraved design.  So, to address those clients I designed a hybrid Softail Slim tank bib called the teardrop.  It has the wide shoulders of the Heritage bib while maintaining the taper and tank channel wrap of the factory bib.  More room for artwork on your leather tank bib while keeping the factory lines intact.  Here are a few pictures to check out, any of the three designs start at $60 plus shipping for standard stitched edges.  Lacing, artwork and other add-ons are extra, drop me a line for an estimate: chris@threemuttscustoms.com

I also make a full compliment of rear fender bibs and tool/roll bags for your Softail Slim to create a matching set of custom leather!

Two new full color custom fender bibs to show off…

Posted in airbrushing, Fender bibs, hand tooled, Harley Softail, Heritage, leather, Leatherwork, Motorcycles, painted, pin-up, Skeletons, Skull, Softail, Softail Deuce, Tooled Leather with tags , , , , , , , , on September 4, 2015 by Chris Wright

Here are the two big projects I was working on the last week, at the same time.
The left one is a play on the Hear no Evil, See no Evil theme. Artist unknown but they did a killer pencil drawing to work off of.It was all black and white so the colors and shadows were done to go with the bike, a blue Harley-Davidson Softail Deuce.
Fully hand tooled and airbrushed using Golden Fluid and High Flow acrylics with an Iwata Eclipse CP-HS.

The right one is a reproduction of an Elvgren 1960s era bedtime pin-up.
This custom rear fender bib was made for a 2013 Harley Softail Heritage, a third bib for one of my leather addicted clients.
This one was a bit tougher as the original was an oil painting and I used air brushed acrylics making matches and blends in the colors a bit tougher to reproduce.
Fully hand tooled and airbrushed using Golden Fluid and High Flow acrylics with an Iwata Eclipse CP-HS.

Port Dawg bib set for a Harley Fatboy Lo

Posted in Fender bibs, hand tooled, Laser Engraving, leather, Leatherwork, Motorcycles, Tank bib, Tooled Leather with tags , , , , , , , , on August 27, 2015 by Chris Wright

Received some cool shots today of the Port Dawg tank and fender bib set from the client.
Here they are installed on his black & red 2012 Harley Fatboy Lo.
The double stitched and burnished edges make for a good tie in with the matte paint job and red accents.

The text is laser engraving set inside the hand tooled borders with Chaos Pebble background, the bulldog was also hand tooled.
Here are the bike shots and a shot of the tooling “in the raw”.

Port Dawg bib set tooledPort Dawg 2012 Fatboy Lo bib set

Pecard & Kiwi available soon!

Posted in Danny Gray seat, Fender bibs, gun leather, Indian, Kiwi, knife sheath, leather, Leather care, Leatherwork, Motorcycles, New Items, Pecard, Tank bib, Tooled Leather with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 20, 2015 by Chris Wright

So I have decided to put my money where my mouth is. Starting today I will be carrying Pecard Motorcycle Leather Dressing and Kiwi Horsehair brushes for purchase. I talk about them here and Facebook/Instagram but then send folks elsewhere to buy it…not anymore. I’m also going to offer them at the same price as Pecard, no unnecessary gouging here.

Prices will be $4.00 for a 2.5 oz jar of Pecard Motorycle Leather Dressing and $6 for a Kiwi Horsehair Brush.  Shipping for one or both is $5.25 via Priority Mail (USA/APO addresses).
Order them with your custom leather job and they’ll be included in the same box to save on shipping.

The new website should be online later this month with the new products. In the meantime drop me an email at chris@threemuttscustoms.com to order or request it with a custom leather job.

Pecard Leather Dressing &  Kiwi Horsehair Brush - Leathercare

Wide Style tank bib for the new Dyna Fatbob dash

Posted in Fatbob, hand tooled, Harley Dyna, Laser Engraving, leather, Leatherwork, Motorcycles, Tank bib, Tooled Leather with tags , , , , , , on August 20, 2015 by Chris Wright

So in 2015 Harley decided to change the Dyna FatBob dash. It is nearly the same width as before but the bottom is cut so that the tank bib is similar to the narrow Softail Slim bib and leaves me with a smidge of leather to tool. After working with a new client in Australia that picked up one of these new Dynas, there is now a wide version of the bib. Designed by myself, it uses the exact same bolt locations as the factory bib but is as wide as the dash. Here is Alex’s bib sporting the Chaos Pebble “Split Lane” with his unit patch front and center.

Check it out below!  ~Chris
http://www.threemuttscustoms.com

Doing it right in Switzerland…Custom Harley Softail Slim

Posted in brown, Custom Stitching, Fender bibs, hand tooled, Handlebar bag, Harley Softail, Laser Engraving, leather, Motorcycles, Slim, Tank bib, Tooled Leather with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 21, 2015 by Chris Wright

A recurring client and now friend of mine in Switzerland came to me originally early this year for a custom leather tank bib to match his custom seat from a shop in New York.
This seat is something I had never seen before but I quickly recognized the color as saddle tan, a common color in horse saddles.  By itself, the seat looked lonely, a bit out of place with it’s bright golden tan color on a black bike.  We discussed the bib some and he decided to stick with the same shape as the factory bib but wanted his highly detailed family emblem on it.  Using a combination of laser engraving and hand tooling, I was able to recreate it in exacting detail, including the text on the banner.  Thick, white hand stitched edges were required to match the seat so I set to work.  Together they looked great but the backend needed something so Umberto sent another email, asking about a custom roll style bag to fit between his custom seat and custom fender.  I have to wonder how many parts on his Softail Slim are factory besides the engine and frame.  We agreed on a smallish, 4″ diameter x 10″ long back that would strap to the frame between the two parts with the buckles reversed so they wouldn’t touch the fender when the bag was opened.  His racing number was hand tooled on the flap and the crest laser engraved on the side caps to tie it all together.  Here are the pics, enjoy!

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