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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!

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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

Custom leather spotlight – 2001 Harley Heritage Classic

Posted in Fender bibs, Harley Softail, leather, Motorcycles, Softail, Tank bib, Tooled Leather with tags , , , , , , , on July 5, 2015 by Chris Wright

Moving right along with the post updates and catching up, here are a tank and fender bib set I posted about briefly last year when they were under construction.
They are obviously finished and the client was nice enough to send a couple of good pics of her custom, hand tooled and hand painted tank bib and fender bib.

The bike is a 2001 Harley-Davidson Heritage Classic Softail with some tasteful upgrades including her custom bibs.  Yes, I said her…girls like their big V-Twins too!

Been busy!

Posted in C90T Boss, Fatboy, Fender bibs, Harley Fatboy, Harley Road King, Harley Softail, Leatherwork, Motorcycles, Slim, Softail, Tank bib, Tooled Leather with tags , , , , , , on August 16, 2014 by Chris Wright

I’ve been busier than usual in the shop and at the day job lately so I haven’t had much time to post in the last week and half.

Things haven’t slowed down but I thought I would pop in here and share some pictures of recent work for you boys and girls to check out.
I started an Instagram account recently as it is super fast for sharing pics of finished and work in progress items.  #threemuttscustoms to find my pics please use it if you post pics of your gear in Instagram!

Now for the pics…enjoy!

~Chris
http://www.threemuttscustoms.com

New custom Harley Road King tank bib design

Posted in custom work, Harley Road King, leather, Leatherwork, Motorcycles, Road King, Tank bib, Tooled Leather with tags , , , , , , on July 5, 2014 by Chris Wright

After learning last month that the 2013 Harley Road King has an option for a one piece dash and making a tank bib that didn’t work for that application I worked it out with the client to create a new design and revisit his artwork with a splash of color.

After a couple of sessions of working on it, here is the result. The design fits around the ignition switch and runs down the dash to bolt to the lower tank bolt under the seat. The custom eagle and warrior feathers artwork was hand tooled and painted and the edges were hand braided with turquoise kangaroo leather lacing imported from Australia.

Custom full length tank bib for Harley Road King Classics

a few recent custom tank and fender bibs

Posted in C90T Boss, custom work, Fender bibs, Harley Softail, Laser Engraving, leather, Motorcycles, StreetGlide, Suzuki, Tank bib, Tooled Leather with tags , , , , , , on July 5, 2014 by Chris Wright

Had a couple of new and cool custom leather Harley fender bibs and a tank bib roll out of the shop this week and it got a little crazy with color around here.

I added a new example to the Suzuki Boulevard C90T Boss custom fender bibs, this one was engraved on the new laser and then finished and laced by hand.

The Frankenstein bib was made for a 2013 Harley StreetGlide and the Blackhawk fender bib and Senior Aviators tank bib is for a 2003 Softail Heritage. All three were hand tooled and hand painted with Citadel and Vallejo acrylics.

Enjoy!
Chris
Http://www.threemuttscustoms.com

 

New Softail hybrid tank bib design!

Posted in custom work, Harley Fatboy, Harley Softail, leather, Motorcycles, New Items, Softail, Tank bib, Tooled Leather with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 20, 2014 by Chris Wright

Normally new work goes into one big post but this being a new style of Harley tank bib designed by yours truly, it deserves a bit of extra attention.  I’ve noticed over the years that Harley tank bib styles are pretty much the same across the board but certain models had room for improvement.  Specifically, those Harleys with the spring seats like the Softail Deluxe where the seat leaves a portion of the frame backbone visible between the tank and seat.  While the standard rectangle tank bib hides the backbone just fine, there was room for improvement and accenting this area with a bit more style.

I’m pleased to introduce the new Three Mutts Customs Harley “fishtail” tank bib! The top of the bib mates with the speedo bezel flush like usual but the bottom cuts in to fit the lower tank cut out before flaring out again into a tail section that is formed to cover the top AND sides of the exposed backbone.  Hand braided edges or edge piping is included in the base model, including the fat 1/4″ edge piping that matches the black & white diamond stitched seats available from Harley.  Here are a few pictures of the new design.

Our gorgeous model, showing off her new leather top is Gary’s 2012 Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe.  The attention to detail on this bike is awesome; along with the custom tank bib, it sports custom covers, flushed caps on the gas tank, true duals leading to hand twisted pipes and fishtail exhaust tips and more…doesn’t get much nicer than this!

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