Black Forest Hunter
Harley-Davidson has already been extremely successful with the Softail Slim as a Twin Cam version. Consequently, part of the Milwaukee-Eight model series was also a Slim version. And at Rick’s Motorcycles they have a suitable makeover for the old as well as for the new version.
Let’s look at the best first, because the rear fender is the highlight on this Bobber, especially since the exchange of the rear fender against a Rick’s fender makes a real Bobber out of the Slim.
Rick’s Bobber fenders are available in two different widths and a long as well as a short version. Here the small, long one was chosen. The best is that Rick’s Bobber fender is relatively easy to mount. Since neither on the swingarm nor on the frame additional welding work is necessary, the changeover is simple and quick and not even the swingarm has to be detached.
But Rick’s Bobber fender alone is not enough, because once the stock fender has been removed, there is a gap in the frame, which was before covered by the seat. But Rick’s has a solution for this problem. The in-house made frame covers not only close the gap between the frame tubes, but also have a seat holder integrated with which most aftermarket seats can be used.
For this conversion, Rick’s again chose a seat from Spirit Leather, and every handmade seat is not only extremely comfortable but also a unique quality product.
Already up to this stage, this is a real Bobber, but at Rick’s they have also added a few other goodies, for example the side license plate holder from Rick’s program as well as the belt cover. Rick’s clutch cover has a transparent Makrolon window and offers a free view onto the rotating clutch mechanics. The front fender was also exchanged for one from Rick’s, which was specially developed for the fork of the Slim. The grips, as can be seen from the logo, are also Made in Baden-Baden.
For the exhaust, Jekill & Hyde was chosen. The experts for legal electronically adjustable sound have called the muffler Jekill Bomb, which, together with the vintage end caps, underline the Bobber look of the bike.
Last but not least, let’s look at another small detail, the indicators, which are again Kellermann products. The ‘Atto’ indicators are probably the smallest of their kind with an ECE test certificate and therefore road legal. At the rear the 3 in 1 version was chosen, which combines rear light, brake light and indicator in one housing. The front indicators were fixed with Rick’s adapter kit to the mirror screw below the handlebar.
A suitable paint job for the Bobber was also quickly found. It could have been any colour, as long as it was black, deep black and highly polished. And one thing is certain…with this Bobber you can not only have a lot of fun on the roads in the Black Forest!
Text & photos: Peter Schulz