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More about the new tank bib shape for the Softail Slim

Posted in Fender bibs, Softail Slim, Tank bib with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 3, 2017 by Chris Wright

I recently posted pics about the new tank bib shape I designed for the Harley Softail Slim, how about a bit more information?
The wide style tank bib was designed mainly to make more room for artwork.  The factory tank bib on the Softail Slim is dreadfully narrow so getting good detail or color into a design on it was quite a pain.  What I did was to simply mock up the factory shape on the computer and bump the sides out with a nice curve that flows from the dash but maintains all the factory mounting points.

The new bibs can have any of the options; laser engraving, hand tooled designs, embroidery, as well as diamond stitching to match up with aftermarket seats like LePera and Mustang.
I have also recently partnered with LePera seats and can now order all of their matching materials for bibs, bags, etc. to compliment your LePera custom seat!

So now that I’ve explained the new bib style, here are some pictures to show what is possible for the Softail Slim!

p.s. – this style will also work with the Heritage, Crossbones and Springer that use the teardrop dash console

want more info or to order one?  drop me a line: chris@threemuttscustoms.com  or toll free: 855-3MC-LTHR  (855-362-5847)

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Been awhile…

Posted in airbrushed, Blackline, brown, Custom Embroidery, Dyna, Fatbob, Fender bibs, hand tooled, Handlebar bag, Harley Road King, Harley Softail, Heritage, Laser Engraving, Leatherwork, Motorcycles, painted, pin-up, Road King, Skull, Slim, Softail, Sportster, StreetGlide, Tank bib, tank panel, WWII Bomber with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 26, 2017 by Chris Wright

It has been ages since I posted here to the blog, mainly because Facebook and Instagram are so much easier to use.
But it seems a good number of folks keep swinging by to check out Three Mutts Customs so here are a few pics to show what we’ve been up to lately. Of course hand tooled fender bibs, tank bibs and custom bags are still our specialty but now we’re matching to the popular seats more closely.  Mustang distressed brown material is in stock, a new relationship with LePera allows us access to ALL of their materials and Corbin matching material is possible now too!

Custom embroidery in house! An inexpensive way to apply full color designs to your custom bib.

Brown tank bibs material matched to Mustang seats, both in plain and diamond stitch!

More Chaos Pebbles with the new full body and Split Lane designs!

And for those that want to go full tilt for a full custom, there are always hand tooled & airbrushed possibilities.

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!

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!

Laser Engraving, a year later

Posted in Fender bibs, Heritage, Laser Engraving, Motorcycles, Road King, Slim, Softail, Sportster, StreetGlide, switchback, Tank bib with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 15, 2015 by Chris Wright

So last year I mentioned getting a laser engraver and didn’t have many of my own examples (previously farmed out the engraving part to another shop), a year later that has all changed.  I’m rocking the laser most days of the week now, either for full designs, as accents to hand tooled items.  The laser gives me control over fine text and accents that no one can touch by hand and it provides a highly accurate tool for exacting logo reproductions when needed.  Obviously I still hand tool much of my work and enjoy it that way but sometimes the laser is the way to go.  Here is an updated gallery of pieces engraved with my Full Spectrum Laser. – Chris

How about some color?!

Posted in color mixing, Fender bibs, Heritage, Motorcycles, painted, pin-up, Road King, Slim, Softail, StreetGlide, switchback, Tank bib, Tooled Leather with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 10, 2015 by Chris Wright

One of my specialties is airbrushed and hand painted custom tank bibs and fender bibs.
Eagles, Pin-Ups, and Sugar Skulls are just a few of my recent full color subjects. What some folks don’t realize is these are hand tooled first and then painted. This enhances the highlights, shadows and depth of the final piece. Granted, the process isn’t cheap but the end result is unlike most custom bibs, for Harleys or any other bike you’ll find out there.

here are a couple of pics of my most recent custom painted tank and fender bibs for Harley motorcycles.  Enjoy!

new fender bib in inventory…

Posted in Blackline, Fender bibs, Harley Davidson, Harley Davidson Sportster, Slim, Softail, Sportster, Three Mutts Customs with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 11, 2013 by Chris Wright

Here is a new one for immediate sale in the Etsy shop folks, made one of these for a 2013 Harley Sportster 48 not too long ago and liked the look enough that I made up another one.  It was made to fit the single seat bolt Harley Sportster and Softtail models including the Blackline and Slim. Will not fit Deluxe, Duece models with two bolt seat bracket.

Custom two tone rear fender bib in Saddle Tan and Antique Brown with Coyote Tan stitching. Smooth burnished edges & medium brown felt underside complete the color theme.

The bib is approximately 3 1/2″ wide x 14 1/2″ long. Bolt holes are 11 1/4″ apart on center.  Seat side hole is slightly oblong to allow for small adjustments.

The second photo shows similarly constructed bib mounted on a 2011 Harley Blackline.

Interested? Here’s the store link:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/165300517/rear-fender-bib-for-select-harley?

Harley Sportster, Softail rear fender bib - two tone, brown2011 Harley Blackline with Handlebar Tool roll/tool bag & rear fender bib

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