SAN DIEGO CUSTOMS
Owners Chip Kastelnik and Mikey Van are no strangers to Hot Bike. They’re also no strangers to doing rad s—t! By far the most out-of-the-box build of them all, the San Diego Customs ADV Softail was something of a masterpiece. Having no real knowledge of the adventure-bike world prior to accomplishing this custom, Kastelnik and Van spent tons of time researching the ins and outs of the entire adventure-bike spectrum, especially the machinery used for that sport. It’s clear that their mule for this project, a 2018 Harley-davidson Sport Glide, was molded into something akin to Honda’s Africa Twin.
When the San Diego crew picked up the bike, they rode it for about 100 miles and went straight to work breaking it all down to figure out their approach. “I disassembled the bike and took some welding rod and lined out where I wanted everything to be as far as tank dimensions, height, width, and lines,” Kastelnik says. “And then I got together with my friend Tony and just banged it out [some of the fab] at his machine shop.” But a good bulk of the parts were made at SDC HQ: exhaust, light bar, fairing, bag mounts, fairing mounts, and some motor mods, of course.
But full-blown customs like this are definitely not without their challenges. “The front end, the suspension, making the subframe and the bag mounts—everything was new to us,” Kastelnik says. “Even the exhaust. We had to fab the whole rear—i’ve never really made a muffler before—which was foreign to me.” But because of San Diego Customs’ workaholic mentality, they poured every ounce of effort they had into this build, and the final result was brilliant.
Overall, the crew has some big plans for this bike being ridden. And ridden hard. “I want to hand it to Buddy Suttle [of Unknown Industries stunting fame] and tell him to try and break something on it,” Kastelnik says.
Sounds reasonable to us!