Insanely Detailed Custom 2007 Heritage Softail Built by a Champion
Daily Slideshow: Few custom bikes compare to this skillfully crafted Harley Heritage Softail that combines bobber and drag bike styling.
As you likely already know, the reach of Harley-Davidson spans far beyond the company's home in the U.S. So it's no surprise that the legendary motorcycle maker chose to celebrate its 115th Anniversary not just in Milwaukee, but also Prague. A few, select European builders were also invited to construct something special for the event. And this amazing custom Heritage Softail recently featured at Bike EXIF might just be our favorite.
German builder Julian von Oheimb of One Way Machine is the brains behind this incredible build, but he's also a three-time AMD World Championship top-three finisher. So you could say that he has the resume needed to land a coveted spot in Harley's upper echelon celebration.
As you might be able to tell from this amazing build, Von Oheimb's calling card is his subtle, tasteful style. Dubbed Quartermile, this particular bike combines bobber style and drag bike styling, but does so in a way that it doesn't jump out and smack you with an over-the-top design.
Participants in Harley's build-off were able to choose between building something themselves from scratch or using an existing bike. And even though Von Oheimb typically spends a year constructing his mad creations, he chose to start new with this one facing a short four-month timeline.
Drag Bike for the Street
Von Oheimb didn't have to look far for a donor bike, however, as his father already owned this 2007 Heritage Softail. Next, the master builder used some of his old drag bike sketches and altered them to fit the design of this particular bike, which was obviously being built for street use - pay no attention to the slick tire out back!
Low and Smooth
The build started with a complete teardown, during which time all unnecessary protrusions from the frame were removed to smooth things out. A lowering kit helps the bike hug its new TTS wheels, which measure 21" up front and 18" out back.
The Softail was then converted from belt to chain drive, and Beringer brakes were added at both ends. The engine is stock but has been dressed up with an EMD primary cover, Speed Dealer Customs air cleaner, and BSL exhaust.
The real beauty of this bike lies in its lines, which all match up perfectly like a flowing work of art. The rear fender, fender bracket, license plate bracket, battery cover, and fork shrouds were all made from scratch. Unsurprisingly, the Softail was a huge hit in Prague and picked up a Best in Show award along the way. Who says you have to be loud to get noticed?
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