Silver Surfer 2
After the first trick often comes a second, and after the first Silver Surfer, Rick’s has now also created the second one. In order to spot the difference, one has to take a closer look. This number two is also built on a Street Bob with Milwaukee-Eight motor, has, however, apart from a slightly different colour, many characteristics that distinguish it from the first one.
The Milwaukee-Eight Street Bob models are an excellent base for this kind of conversion. Actually they should have become the successors of the much loved Twin Cam Dyna models, which the name is especially reminiscent of. In fact, they are now genuine Softail models which, with their triangular swingarm, give the impression of the much-loved rigid frame look. At Rick’s they use this build characteristic to build a true to style Bobber, because the first of this kind were often based on a rigid frame.
In the first place, the conversion to a Bobber style means a solo seat and a swinging rear fender. For this they have developed various components in Baden-Baden, which are almost bolt-on solutions. For mounting the rear fender, no welding work is required, neither on the swingarm nor on the frame. Actually, not even the swingarm has to be detached for that, which keeps work time as well as costs down for those who have this kind of work done on their bike. Rick’s offers the fender as a complete kit with struts and mounting material either for the stock tire or the 200 tire used here.
When the stock rear is removed, there remains an unsightly gap between the frame tubes, but the matching cover is also available from Rick’s. This has the necessary seat attachment onto which many aftermarket seats will fit. Here, however, a special solo seat was selected, which was designed in cooperation with Spirit Leather, with every seat handmade individually. A nice detail is the small luggage roll below the seat, which offers room for papers, wallet or keys and at the same time closes the visible gap between fender and seat.
And what else has Rick’s latest Bobber to offer? The most striking parts are the adjustable mufflers, called Jekill Bomb, supplied by Jekill & Hyde. The air filter is called “Good Guys” and offered by Rick’s Motorcycles for almost all Harley-Davidson models. The foot controls are also from Rick’s and called AK 7.4. The stock grips were also exchanged for grips from Rick’s portfolio. The front fender was made Baden-Baden as well and the not especially nice looking stock belt cover was also replaced by a belt cover from Rick’s.
We almost forgot to mention a small thing that is often overlooked, namely the indicators. Also for this conversion the “Atto” from Kellermann was selected, which are the smallest E-approved indicators and therefore legal on the road. At the rear, the 3 into 1 version with integrated brake and rear light was attached directly to the fender holder. At the front Rick’s indicator holders were used, which are simply fixed with the mirror screw.
Number two has long found a happy buyer, who is bound to have some fun with it. We can look forward to seeing when the third or fourth Surfer from Baden-Baden rolls along the asphalt…
Text & photos: Peter Schulz