Harley-Davidson Street Bob Tribute to Tonka

When Tonka passed away, Swany decided to re-paint his Harley Street Bob as a tribute to the Staffy.

I STARTED with a brand new, standard black Street Bob. I had it for probably two months before we started to add all the chrome on her. My young bloke encouraged me to do it. He’s got a supercharged Breakout and it was something we could do together. He painted it blue originally and then Luke (Norton Airbrushing) added all the graphics. He’s since moved away but we still catch up for a ride together every now and then.

Luke has been painting for 15, 20 years and he’s won about 25 awards for his painting. Tonka, our Staffy, got cancer and died and I wanted a little tribute to her and it just steamed-rolled from there. I gave it to Luke and this is what he come up with. I think it’s pretty cool.

The handlebars risers are from a Harley-Davidson Fat Boy but I’ve reversed them to give me a bit more reach to the Burleigh Bars handlebars.

It’s got Breakout primary and timing covers.

Originally it had spoked wheels but I’ve replaced them with Genuine Harley-Davidson mags. And the Heavy Breather air-filter and speedo are Genuine Harley as well.

The exhaust is Vance & Hines Big Radius.

It’s not the stock seat — I can’t remember what bike it was off — but I’ve had it recovered in snake skin by Paul Aquilina at Aqua Auto Skinz. He also did the snake skin treatment to the hand-grips and rear-belt cover.

The wrap-around front guard and headlight are both after-market from Easy R.

 I don’t mine getting it out for some big rides — it got over 50,000 km on it already. I go for a ride every Friday night and most Sundays so I bought it to ride it.

Lastly, I want to thank me young bloke for getting me into custom bikes; Luke Norton (0451-659-707) who did all the graphics; Paul, the trimmer at Aqua Auto Skinz; and Adam from Brown Industries in Newcastle who I got a lot of parts from.

words by Swany; photos by Skol

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  1. IT was history in the making of a great bike.and the story it turned in to. A GREAT job well done SWANY

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