Bikes

Black Staccato

The Harley-Davidson Fat Boy is by far the most popular model in the company’s extensive range. With ‘Staccato’, Rick’s Motorcycles offers a much more individual version that clearly distinguishes itself from the stock model, even though customization to improve the bike was kept to a minimum at Baden-Baden.

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The most prominent change is at the rear end. Rick’s Motorcycles makes its own complete kits from steel, with which this change can be carried out relatively easy. Depending on the desired dimension, one can choose from 8-inch wheels with 240, 8-inch with 260 or 9-inch with 260 tires. In this case, the 260 tire on the stock Fat Boy wheel was chosen.

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In order to increase the deep black look even further, the wheels were completely shiny black powder-coated. If you are wondering how low the fender was placed over the tire, it’s because an airride system is being used here, with which the bike can be lifted or lowered to the desired height with the push of a button, depending on requirement and taste.

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With the new rear, the sitting position was also altered, which means one now sits notably lower on the Staccato, so the handlebar had to be adjusted too. Rick’s handlebar is fixed with Rick’s risers and ensures a relaxed sitting position. The look of the front end was also changed, and the new fender alone changes the overall impression tremendously, also coming from Rick’s workshop.

Now to the accessories used on this bike. Although a large range of in-house made parts was available to choose from, they decided to be very selective with their choice at Rick’s. First up the air filter, which in Rick’s program is called “Bandit”. Rick’s derby cover has a transparent Makrolon window, which allows to see the rotating clutch mechanics. The original belt cover also had to go and was replaced with a better looking item from Rick’s. The side license plate holder is now almost obligatory, but we mention it anyway for completeness sake, as well as Rick’s rubber grips.

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Last but not least let’s mention a small but important detail, namely the indicators, for which Rick’s has again chosen Kellermann products for this project. With the “Atto”, the company from Aachen offers probably the smallest indicator with an E-test certificate, which can therefore be used legally on the road. At the rear, the 3 in 1 version was used, combining the brake and the rear light as well as the indicator in one housing. At the front, the indicators were fixed with Rick’s adapters to the mirror screw below the handlebars. 

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As mentioned above, this Fat Boy has been customized with relatively little outlay, but not only does the achieved look surprise, but also the price. As of August 2020, it is €43.900, which is more than fair for an individual custom bike of this size.

Text & Fotos: Peter Schulz

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