1997 Harley-Davidson Softail Donnie Smith Custom
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This is quite the motorcycle. The project started with my 1995 vision of the perfect 50's style custom using 90's technology . Throughout 1996 I aquired components and by September 96 I had a complete rolling motorcycle and $30K invested in new parts. I have all the receipts.
This bike has the best of everything, a new Harley Crate Engine and Transmission, Chopper Guys frame, Pat Kennedy Diamond Spoke Wheels, Boyd Coddington pulley and brake rotors, Arlen Ness just about everything else.
By Sturgis 1996 I realized I personally was unable to complete the bike to the "Level" I expected so I contacted Donnie Smith Custom Cycles to "Complete" the bike.
There are so many hand fabricated one off parts on this bike. Stuff that ended up being prototype parts for one of the big chrome houses.
The stock NEW CRATE EVO, was disassembled, cases polished, cammed, balanced, lower fins trimmed, painted to match the bike and fins polished.
Add a "Crazy Colors" graphics paint scheme to the West Coast Choppers Fenders and Danny Gray custom saddle and IRON BAGS custom built for this bike rounds out the package.
Even the exhaust system was hand fabricated to perfectly position the mufflers to the curve of the bags.
This is a 180mm rear tire - 140 front bike with an offset frame. This bike is a lowered sled and rides just a few inches off the ground. This is not your Grandma's Heritage Classic.
Donnie and his crew went way over the limit building this very difficult project. There is just too much to explain here. The finished bike totalled $52,000.
I have rode the bike only when the spirit moved me and it has totaled just 3100 flawless miles. While it has splashed through a couple puddles, it has never even seen rain in its 10 years.
I have quite a large collection of motorcycles and while this was my dream bike, I have other needs in 2007 and reluctantly consider it for sale.
This bike has a South Dakota ASVE title and was assembled by DSCC from ALL NEW components. This bike is not titled a Harley Davidson as it was not built by HD however wherever there are NON-Custom parts HD components were used.