Archive for Honda VTX1300

Summer 2013 Featured Client Bike

Posted in black, Fender bibs, Honda, Honda VTX1300, leather, Motorcycles, Tank bib, Three Mutts Customs with tags , , , , , , , , on November 11, 2013 by Chris Wright

Catching up a bit on this feature as I had to skip ahead on the featured bike selections, for this quarterly edition the client was looking for a familiar theme with his own twist.  The gamble paid off nicely especially when all of the elements came together.

Orv started with his classically styled 2005 Honda VTX1300R and had the guys over at C&C Motorcycle Seats recover his factory saddle in crocodile embossed cowhide.  For those that don’t know, cowhide can be embossed in pretty much any exotic animal pattern for a fraction of the price and usually feels & wears better when used on seats. (true Croc back armor is not a comfortable seat top!)

After having the seat for a bit, Orv realized that by itself it looked good but there was no theme behind it and gave me a call.  We went through some previous projects and decided on a flarecut tank bib and a bullet shape rear fender bib, both with a real Caiman (So. American Alligator) inlay.  To change things up, Orv requested the tail on the tank bib and the back on the fender bib with the tail plates forming a V going forward.  I must have asked him if he was sure 4 or 5 times as I couldn’t envision this working as well as a traditional layout but went with his wishes to the best of my abilities. To add even more eye candy to the leather, we added a border of Chaos Pebbles to the tank bib. The result is a pretty slick looking, original pattern for the three pieces that blend perfectly!

Scroll down to view the pictures, enjoy!
Chris
http://www.threemuttscustoms.com

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a few new custom rear fender bibs

Posted in custom work, Fender bibs, Harley Davidson, Harley Fatboy, Harley Road King, Honda VTX1300, leather, Leatherwork, Motorcycles, Three Mutts Customs with tags , , , , , , , , on August 7, 2013 by Chris Wright

I have a bunch of new custom leather project & bike pics to share this week but some of them need their own post or a themed post so I’ll just start with a couple of recent custom rear fender bibs I made for two Harleys and a Honda…enjoy!

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

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!

Cheers,
Chris
http://www.threemuttscustoms.com

image Harley #1 Embroidery

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

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

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