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Customizing the Harley Softail: Parts and Accessories

By Christine Harrell

The Harley Softail is one of the most classically recognized motorcycles in America. Its bold angles and brut force make the Softail the bike against which others are compared. Its classic design makes it a good launching point for mild or extreme customization. By adding original or custom built Softail parts found in specialty shops online, you can create a truly custom yet classic bike that will stand out in the crowd.

Classic Softail Parts America’s true fascination with motorcycles and its culture of freedom really kicked into gear in the 1950’s with the Harley Davidson Softail. Harley brought back this nostalgia in 1997 when Harley released its Heritage Softail Classic. If you’re looking to add some classic features to the look of your bike, try combining some classic Softail parts like fishtail exhaust pipes and 5” running lamps with other modern elements to create a truly custom look and feel.

New Softail Parts Harley released 6 new Softail models with a variety of engineering and design updates. Some of the new Softail parts include 49mm forks, the 6 speed Cruise Drive transmission, and a 200mm rear tire and fender. In addition to these new Softail parts, Harley Davidson will offer 8 new paint options and color combinations in 2006.

Building a custom Softail from the ground up If your goal is to build a completely customized Harley Softail, parts are abundant and easy to find on the internet. You can find enough of a variety of Softail parts to rebuild an entire chopper from the chassis to the gas tank mount, either staying true to the bike’s original design or making alterations to create your own style.

Classic Softail Accessories To create a look with a smart blend of classic style and cutting edge modern design, try working in some classic Softail parts and accessories like the classic style grips and foot pegs, chrome handlebar risers, or headlamp. Combine this with a slick paint job, a wide tire kit, and a modern wheel design.

The Softail is a great motorcycle to customize because of its classically bold features that work well with today’s more edgy design. Softail parts are available as OEM parts, exact replicas, or designed custom from the original part. No matter your vision, you’re likely to find Softail parts that can help you bring idea to life.

Author is a small business internet marketing consultant and the cofounder of nGenuity Solutions.

For additional information on Harley Softail parts, please visit http://www.JirehCycles.com.


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