As you know, we have built some really cool Chicanos – the green El Dorado or the blue El Toxico for example, both with metal flake paint. Our customer Mats from Sweden had a different idea and it’s even cool in another way. He sent us his Softail Deluxe CVO by freight so we could lower it and increase some chrome details. That was at the end of 2019. And we all know what came next. Corona. The regulations that followed separated Mats and his bike for 9 months. The borders were closed! Meanwhile the chic bike was standing in our showroom and became much attention.
“A few years ago I was searching for custom bikes and found Thunderbike in the Web. That’s when it started. I bought a Breakout somewhere in Germany and Thunderbike customized it. Motorcycles are cheaper in Germany than in Sweden, just because of the taxes. In the 40 years that I have been riding motorcycles, I have had many different bikes. Sometimes I need something new and I sold my Breakout to Thunderbike.”
Mats reveals himself as a Thunderbike fan: “When I’m on the road, people always ask me where did you get the fender and where did you get the handlebars and so on. I think I’ve already sent a lot of people to you.
Probably this will continue with his Deluxe. Not only why it get the extra load of chrome – we lowered the fork with a kit and shortened the original rear shock. With the new, bigger wheels the bike now looks much more compact.
We accompanied Mats on his first round. “That’s super easy to ride!” beams the Swede. He is satisfied with a 130er rubber in the front and a 150er in the back and the change from Metzeler to Dunlop. “I am happy with the choice of wheels and the narrow tires. This makes it very easy in the curves.” The original wheels in 16″ were exchanged for our FLH wheels 21″ in front and 18″ in the back.
Mats is also happy that he has a good grip on the bike with the new handlebars and can get a nice deep turn. The chromed exhaust system from Freedom Performance is high enough for that and not too long. With the low seat of only 655 mm height Mats is always the captain of his Deluxe.
“Maybe it should be painted. Red maybe. Or grey.” In addition to some exclusive components from the Harley-Davidson Parts & Accessories program (the famous P&A catalog), high-quality custom painting is actually one of the special features of a CVO…
It would be a pity about “Dark Tungsten”, as Harley-Davidson calls this paint job, which means “heavy stone” in swedish. “Okay, maybe I better get another tank and fenders and put the CVO parts on the garage.”
By the way… in case you’re wondering about the engine: Unlike the other 2015 models, Harley-Davidson actually brought the CVO Softail Deluxe with the air-cooled Screamin’ Eagle Twin Cam 110.
“Tusen Tack!” says Mats when he leaves. This is how you say thank you in Swedish. We say “Thousand thanks” back. See you next time, Mats!
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