Sunday, May 1, 2011

The Johnny Cash Bike

Roland Sands' Johnny Cash tribute bike, based on a 2004 Harley FXSTB Night Train
We stumbled across this one on Roland Sands’ blog, and had to show it straight away—even if it means running two Harley bikes in a row. (Let us know in the comments if that’s too much.) ‘Get Rhythm‘ is based on a lowered 2004 FXSTB Night Train, which was an 88-ci Softail derivative aimed at the European market. The bike was built by UK dealer Shaw Harley-Davidson and includes a whole raft of Performance Machine parts, including wheels, mid-mount controls, master cylinders and switchgear. Get Rhythm is also rockin’ a PM Phatail—a bolt-on kit that allows an 18×8.5 wheel to rest comfortably in a stock H-D Softail frame. It probably doesn’t do much for the handling, but it looks good. The vintage-style seat and gas tank are from RSD, and the paint is from Image Design. I’m not sure about you, but I think the overall effect is terrific—and yet another direction that Harley management could look at to broaden the appeal of their range. [Incidentally, if you're a fan of the Man In Black, head over to the sublime Selvedge Yard for a photo essay on Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison.]

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