The Harley-Davidson Softail Slim was even as a Twin Cam model much sought after. Sitting position, handlebar and footboards predestined it as a base for numerous Bobber conversions. Rick’s has developed suitable parts for these bikes, which were built until 2017, with which a conversion to a one-seater including a swingarm-mounted fender is easily possible.
We put the cart in front of the horse and start to describe the bike from the rear. Not without reason, because not only was this the biggest change, but also the most interesting. On a Bobber, the swingarm-mounted fender and the solo seat are a must. The stock fender and the original seat had to be removed, but Rick’s offers specially developed fenders for Bobber conversions.
For Twin Cam models, either a slim version, as used here for a 150 tire, or a wider item for tires up to 200 are available. In addition to the one used here with struts, a short version is also available. What they all have in common is the fact that they can be mounted with relatively little effort. Thanks to the supplied adapters, the existing stock locations can be reused and therefore no additional welding or flex work is necessary.
The question that remains is how the solo seat can be attached, but Rick’s also has a solution for this in the program. With a frame cover specially developed for Twin Cam Softails, on one hand the gap between the frame tubes can be covered and on the other the seat location is integrated, into which numerous aftermarket seats will fit.
In this case we didn’t want to use an aftermarket seat, but something special instead, and so Spirit Leather was asked once again to make a matching solo seat. The small bag below the seat is not only practical for things like the wallet, the keys or other small items, but it also closes the optical gap between seat surface and fender.
Not only the rear fender is from Rick’s, but also the front item has been made at Baden-Baden and deserves a mention. This short fender matches the tire radii perfectly.
The selected accessories also come from Rick’s own parts shelves. The belt cover from coated stainless steel is from Rick’s as well as the side license plate holder or the rubberized grips. Typical for Rick’s is also the derby cover. The clutch cover has a Makrolon window through which the inner mechanics can be seen. The flow-optimized performance air filter also displays Rick’s logo and is available in eight different air filter designs and offered by Rick’s for almost all Harley-Davidson models. The one used here can be found in the parts range under the name ‘Spoke’.
Lastly there remains the question about the lighting. No, this has for a change not been made by Rick’s. At the rear the Kellermann Atto DF was used and the tiny housings were mounted into pre-drilled holes in the struts. In addition to the indicator function, also the rear and brake light are integrated. At the front simple indicators suffice, which are also Kellermann Atto items. These are fixed with Rick’s adapters directly to the mirror screw below the handlebar. Both indicators, front and back, come with an ECE test mark and are road legal.
Text & photos: Peter Schulz