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Veni, Vidi, Vici
It isn’t easy to customize a metric bike due to the fact that aftermarket parts are extremely limited, especially for all the newer models, so I decided to either make my own homemade parts or make aftermarket parts for a Harley fit on my HARDCORE X.
I realized that this bike is really unique and I’m proud of it! I bet you will not see another VTX with the same set-up anywhere! But isn’t this the reason for customizing?
I started to customize bikes back in Germany, even when I was a little kid and I got a new bike for my Birthday:
THE BONANZA RAD
The bike featured:
T-bar gear shift with visual indicator panel; 3-speed Sturmey archer gear and cable brakes. Also a foam filled ‘polo saddle’, prop stand and wide studded tread rear tire.
Of course all of my friends got the same bike too, and we started to modify them a little bit to make them look different. Cut the fenders, different grips, cup holders and even different paint jobs (my dad didn’t like it when we started to paint the bikes in his garage by using spray cans and the paint fog was all over the place)
Time didn’t change …..to be different.
Then…..the first motor bike:
That was the first time we started to work on engines. As you may or may not know tuning of these bikes engine was illegal in our country. So we were in conflict with the law and with our parents. We started to mess up and modify engines (we thought gluing a penny on the piston should bring us more compression, well...) and changing the cylinder ports wasn’t done the right way, the result was that the engine did not run better, but worse.
Next bike (continuing with 2-stroke bikes and our experience) :
YAMAHA RD 250 LC (The bike still exist and is still running…)
The RD 250 Series were Yamaha's blazing (at the time) street legal bikes.
My next bikes over the years 1989 FZR 600 – Honda Boldour –and then my first Harley:
1982 Harley FLH Custom and then I started to customize my Harleys:
A HD- Springer customized:
In 1996 I moved to the US and I bought my first custom bike:
Well, living in the US / Texas and being a bike enthusiast I needed to visit "Bike Week" in Daytona so I rode all the way down to Florida, it took me 2.5 days.
Guess what? After 2 days my bike was gone....gone! I couldn’t believe it! They stole my motorcycle!
After some headache to get back to Texas and get my money back from the insurance company I didn’t have a bike for a while.
Then in late 2001 Honda announced and released the “Beast”, the VTX!
Well, with all my experience from little motorscooters all the way to my big bikes I have never seen such a nice and powerful ‘production bike’.
I needed one, and I got it.
I saw some real potential custom projects coming to get my HARDCORE style done on the VTX.
With a good friend of mine we started over the winter time (well not really winter in TX, but…) to change almost everything on that bike.
I was obsessed with the idea of customizing the VTX to make her look totally different. Not many parts were available at this time (and still) from all of the aftermarket companies, but I wanted my own style anyway. So we started!
Besides the engine there are no parts untouched:
I’m already thinking of what new trick things I can do to the bike.
Front and rear fender
First thing when they see my bike: What the fu** is that?
Well, HARDCORE Baby, to be different!
I like to take this opportunity to say thanks to Dennis and Uwe for having
the chance to put my little story on their website!