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  1. I've had a few questions pop up since my last post, mainly regarding rear fender bibs so I thought I would share some design thoughts and a few tips on making them along with some photos for inspiration. For most riders, a rear fender bib is purely decorative. When someone switches to solo riding, there is now a big empty space on the fender that many feel needs to be customized and fender bibs are a great way to do it. Shapes: There are 2 common shapes, along with limitless design variations, that a fender bib typically comes in. The standard "U" and a tapered shape. The photo below shows a few standard variations (R to L) Standard U, Bullet, Taper and long U. The shape will be somewhat determined by the fender width and the style the client is looking for. Thinner fenders like on Harley Softails, Blacklines & Slims work better with a taper or long U. Wider fenders like on Harley Street Glides, Road Glides and most import crusiers like the Honda VTX, Suzuki M109, etc. work better with a standard U or Bullet variation. And occasionally you'll find someone who breaks the trends and goes with a different combo to carry on a theme like this VTX1800 with a tapered style fender bib. Size: Length: The size of a fender bib is pretty much a fixed variable. The length will be determined by the pillon (rear seat) holes & bolts that were left after taking the seat off and by the distance from the rearmost pillon bolt to the driver's seat back edge. Most Harley's have two sets of bolts, the driver seat rear bolt(s) and the pillon bolt. Most imports will have only the rear pillon bolt and are secured using velcro under the driver's seat. Width: Width of a fender bib is preferential to the maker/buyer but I stick to a guideline of 1" - 1 1/2" narrower than the top of the fender. At 1 1/2" narrower than the fender, this provides almost full coverage without having to worry about the edges falling over the side or catching in the wind and flapping. The double & triple loop edge lacing (or mexican round braid if you prefer) will add approximately 1/4" to the width leaving 1/2" of fender top on each side of the bib making a nice framed look for your custom leather. (to be continued after lunch, please don't comment yet so all the text stays together...Thanks!)
  2. Hey Folks, Just thought I would share a few pics of recent projects that I have gotten back from clients. This month also marked a new addition to my line-up: custom embroidery. Was introduced by one of my corporate clients to their embroidery vendor so I'm now adding that to the list of offerings. Also came across a site that does custom gremlin bells and line 20 snap heads, some of which I have never seen before like the WillyG skulls on the tank bib. Enjoy! ~Chris 2010 Harley FLHX rear fender bib 2010 Harley FLSTF "FTW" rear fender bib (custom fit for LePera seat & 9" rear fender) 2000 Harley FXDX custom tank bib with 12mm chrome spots and 3/4" WillyG skulls 2006 Harley FXDi35 Anniversary Edition rear fender bib - the embroidery has to be done on 3/4oz chrome tanned petite calf or goat so I married it with the 6oz H.O. bib body with a raised inlay. The contrast of textures made for a cool combination when finished. 2010 Harley FLSTF rear fender bib - this client sent me pics and drawings of his factory seat and asked that I design a bib to match all of the aspects, texture, lacing ribs, etc. Was quite a bit of work but came out nicely I think.
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