The Springer Vintage by Lord Drake Kustoms

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The Springer Vintage… a real custom motorcycle “Old School”… with Bobber look built by Lord Drake Kustoms with workshops in Velez Malaga (Spain) and Miami (USA).

Many friends and clients ask Fran Manen (Lord Drake Kustom´s owner): “Do you only build Cafe Racer motorcycles or Sportster Scrambers?”, “Are you quitting working with Harley?” or “We only see you working too much lately with BMW motorcycles“.

Well, here is the response of the owner of Lord Drake Kustoms (Francisco Ali Manen) to all those questions: A custom Bobber motorcycle, Old School! A real iron! An authentic Harley, American with character! A Harley Softail… The “Springer Vintage”.

The base is a Harley-Davidson Softail  of the year 2005 with 1450 twin cam engine. This motorcycle was customized in the motorcycle workshop of Lord Drake Kustoms in Miami (USA) and “SDT” are the initials of the name of the owner of the motorcycle transformed on this occasion.

I didn’t want to use the typical and cheap Springer Aftermarket forks, so it was clear, you had to start with a very simple base to choose from… a Harley Softail. And for the result, to be more radical and authentic, a Softail with an authentic Springer front end.

The first thing was to undress the Harley Softail chassis to the point of removing the oil tank along with all the original engine and transmission covers of the Harley Twin Cam. We had to cut the entire rear of the chassis to start shaping this beauty.

A handmade rear fender and oil tank , in addition to all the connections, the base of the fuel tank and the base and the entire complete seat. The handlebars and the exhaust pipes, all were manufactured by Lord Drake Kustoms. He was also accompanied by a Sportster fuel tank type peanut which was also modified by LDK.

Finally a couple of amazing wheels of big spokes  (with 21″ in the front) give a great look a this Harley Bobber. The rest of the engine and transmission covers of this Harley Bobber Softail were treated to move from the original chrome to the black textured powder coat. The finishes were very simple: pure steel with the rust that characterizes it and semi-gloss lacquer to protect it in fenders and fuel tank. It was also applied black powder coat with texture or gloss and red color to the rim of the tires.

By order of the owner of the bike, the upholstery of the hand made bobber seat for this Harley was made with the same skin that uses Ferrari for the interior panels its cars.

We must not forget the essence and soul in this world of customization and transformation of motorcycles, where this trend comes from. And without “Harleys” and without “Old School”, today we probably wouldn’t know the term “Custom Bikes” and all that it represents today.

• Bike: HD Softail Springer Classic FLSTSC.
• Bike Year: 2005.
• Name: Springer SDT Vintage.
• Engine: 88 Twin Cam 1,450 cc.
• Exhaust: manufactured by LDK.
• Oil Tank & Fittings: manufactured by LDK.
• Handlebar: manufactured by LDK.
• Rear Fender: manufactured by LDK.
• Air Filter: RSD.
• Wheels: DNA Fat Daddy rims (16′ rear & 21′ front) with Avon tires.
• Suspension: -1 inch rear shocks and stock springer front end.
• Gas Tank: Peanut 3.3 gallons (modified by LDK).
• Gas Tank Base & Ignition Relocation: manufactured by LDK.
• Seat: manufactured by LDK.
• Seat Base: manufactured by LDK.
• Coil Relocation Bracket: manufactured by LDK.
• Paint, Powdercoat & Graphics: by LDK (raw steel with rust detail and semi-gloss clearcoat, black powder coat and red ).
• Others: RSD clarity covers, engine rocker covers, gas cap, side tag bracket and rear light, Joker Led turn signals, shifter link and speedo relocation, HD vintage footboards, Avon grips.

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Source: Lord Drake Kustoms


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