Archive for Honda Phantom 750

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

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.




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 ( 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)

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.


Recent Projects – Honda VTX1300 tank bibs & Aero750 Sidecovers

Posted in custom work, holster, Honda Shadow Aero 750, Honda VTX1300, Leatherwork, Motorcycles, Three Mutts Customs with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 22, 2011 by Chris Wright

Here are a couple of additional projects from this month’s orders for your viewing pleasure.  Have questions or a custom request? Check out the Three Mutts Custom Leather website:

Whaletail tank bib for a 2008 Honda VTX1300C.  Chrome spots line the edges with the same size & spacing to match the aftermarket Mustang seats.

2008 VTX1300C whaletail tank bib with chrome spots & VTX tooling










More pics & descriptions after the jump… Continue reading

Shadow Aero 750 mini-solo bag

Posted in custom work, Honda Shadow Aero 750, Inspiration, Leatherwork, Motorcycles, Three Mutts Customs with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 22, 2011 by Chris Wright

Last September I talked about designing and making mini solo bags for the Aero & Spirit 750 (here is the original post). Well, at the time the prototype didn’t generate as much interest as I was looking for so the idea went back to the drawing board.

Skip forward to earlier this month when a fellow rider saw the article and dropped me a line about finishing the design and making him one of the solo bags for the left side. Yep, I can do that! I spent a couple of nights refining the design and the bracket, added some lacing to give it a chain drive look to the edge, swapped in a roller bar buckle instead of the Sam Browne button and viola! It looks awesome. Here is the first one completed, I’ll be making a pair for my bike shortly as I liked them quite a bit.

The first two pics show the prototype from a year ago and a view of the bracket in the factory peg mount…


Mini Solo Bag - front viewMini Solo Bag - side viewMini Solo Bag - rear viewMini Solo Bag - mounted view

Whaletail and standard tank bib listing

Posted in Honda Shadow Aero 1100, Honda Shadow Aero 750, Leatherwork, Motorcycles, Shadow Aero 1100, Three Mutts Customs, Three Mutts website with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 6, 2011 by Chris Wright

I have finally completed my VTX gas tank collection with my most recent arrival, the elusive 2002-2004 VTX1800 R/S tank.  I figured this would be a good time to post an updated list of the models & years I have available to make whaletail tank bibs for.  Obviously, if it’s on this list I can make flarecut and tuxedo style bibs for them as well.  Three Mutts Whaletail tank bibs are fully wet formed, wrap around bibs made from natural cowhide tanned in the good ol’ USA.  For more information on pricing and options, visit the main website:


Tank bib model list (updated 10/24/2012):

2004+ Honda Shadow Aero 750
2003+ Honda Shadow Spirit 750
2009+ Honda Phantom 750

1998-2002  Honda Shadow Aero 1100
1997-2003 Honda Valkyrie Standard (GL1500)

2004-2009 Honda VTX 1300C
2003-2009 Honda VTX 1300S
2005-2009 Honda VTX 1300R

2002-2008 Honda VTX 1800C
2002-2008 Honda VTX 1800R
2002-2008 Honda VTX 1800S
2005-2008 Honda VTX 1800T
2005-2008 Honda VTX 1800F
2005-2008 Honda VTX 1800N

2010+ Honda VT1300 Fury/Sabre/Interstate/Stateline
1999-2009 Yamaha V-Star 1100’s
1998-2010 Yamaha V-Star 650’s

’95-03 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 (3.2 gal tank)
’97-’03 Harley Davidson Sportster 883 (3.2 gal. tank)

Previous Whaletail, Flarecut & Tuxedo style bib projects:

2006 VTX1800T1 whaletail tank bibUS Navy Pin-up Aero 750 tank bib2007 VTX1800N1 whaletail tank bib

"Cricket" 2007 Shadow Spirit 750 Whaletail bib installedPOW-MIA VTX1800F1 tank bib installed2006 Honda Shadow Aero 750 Flarecut Tank bibWhaletail tank bib with studs

Custom Aero 750 Fender bib

Posted in custom work, Honda Shadow Aero 750, Leatherwork, Motorcycles, Three Mutts Customs with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 4, 2011 by Chris Wright

Over the last few weeks with being off work & home with the baby and mama to help out, I needed something to do in my down time so I decided to figure out making the rear fender bibs for the Aeros. Naturally, I needed something with my leather biz name and logo on it and figured while I was at it I’d throw a business card holder on there too. 😉 In the first pic I put my old Mustang fender bib next to the one I made to show the improvement in quality and materials.


Custom Shadow Aero 750 fender bib - top viewCustom Shadow Aero 750 fender bib - side view

What kind of bike do you ride?

Posted in Honda Shadow Aero 750, Leatherwork, Motorcycles, Shadow Aero 1100, Three Mutts Customs, VTX1800 with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 2, 2010 by Chris Wright

Just thought I would put the question out there and see what kind of bikes you folks are riding/working on.  You don’t need to register, give a name or anything, so take a minute and click a button!

Right now, my focus is on Honda gear because that’s what I ride and have parts for but if the votes tell me I should be looking at making gear for other bikes, I can start collecting those parts to design some sweet leather for.  So Represent your Brand!


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