Rick`s personal Chicano „vive el chapo“
Translated this means: El Chapo is alive. It refers to the Mexican drug cartel boss Joaquin Guzman, who was given the nickname El Chapo (the little one) because he is only about 1,70 m tall, and who was captured again a few weeks ago.
For this reason the Softail Deluxe, which was created at Rick’s in Baden-Baden, would not be ergonomically right for the drug boss, because Rick’s team gave their Chicano version a rather high apehanger, which needs a rider with long arms. Apart from that the Rick’s Chicano Softail has all the hallmarks which belong to this style, which are curved fenders down to the ground, whitewall tires, a lot of chrome and a very long exhaust system with fishtails on both sides.
One thing though differentiates this Rick’s bike from the other three versions of the Chicano special: the Ex-Deluxe was given a 26 inch front wheel from their own wheels program, a decision driven by the need to make sure that the bike runs straight, but is still easy to handle despite a special triple tree and the fork angle. Front and rear wheel have 20 spokes each, are forged and have tasteful cut-outs. Because of this thereby created two-colour look, the wheels, called “Mr. Spoke”, optically appear lighter.
The home-made brake discs match the radial spoke look. New is, by the way, the air filter housing of the second “Good Guys” generation, available soon in many wheel design versions. A clean solution also provide the risers integrated into the handlebar and the cabling hidden completely in the handlebar…and it would be nice to also hide the gas and clutch cables!
So that the Chicano bike not only looks cool but sounds cool too, the original Harley-Davidson cross-over pipes with end pots from Kess-Tech with sound management were used. The paint job was done by Marcel Sinnwell, a real artist of his genre.
Text: Horst Rösler
Fotos: Peter Schulz