Tanks & Tails

JOSEPH RO­DRIGUEZ’S '99 HAR­LEY-DAVID­SON HER­ITAGE SOF­TAIL

Low Rider - - CON­TENTS - STORY BY JOHN SCHWARTZE | PHO­TOS BY COREY RINGO

For many of us the love of lowrid­ers be­gan with our fa­thers. Those early ex­pe­ri­ences go­ing to cars shows surely in­doc­tri­nated us into a lifestyle that’s still with us to­day and one that’ll likely rub off on our own kids. What bet­ter way to honor the in­flu­ence Dad had on your hob­bies than to con­tinue it with your own? Joseph Ro­driguez was weaned on the scene early on, and af­ter grad­u­at­ing from lowrider bi­cy­cles to a few Cut­lasses, he’s now the proud owner of a hog just like his old man.

When Joseph was in the mar­ket to find a Har­ley, he came across this '99 Her­itage Sof­tail on Craigslist. Since it was in good shape, he dropped the coin it took to make it his own. Then came the task of drop­ping it down. With the ad­di­tion of some ex­tended sad­dle­bags Joseph also added a cus­tom air-ride setup for the rear. A pro­gres­sive drop was added up front. Bobby at Cus­tom Col­ors in Roswell, New Mex­ico, stretched and low­ered the rear fender. He also painted the nec­es­sary ar­eas

in Aztec Orange and Di­a­mond Ice Sil­ver to match the orig­i­nal shade. The im­age of a ra­zor was added to the orig­i­nal Evo­lu­tion engine’s air cleaner to sig­nify Joseph’s trade as a bar­ber, along with some mild pin­strip­ing.

The bike rides on Fat Daddy Mam­moth 52-spoke wheels wrapped in Avon Co­bra white­walls. The rear sports a Rock­ford Fos­gate amp and 6x9s with cone tweet­ers. A Le Para seat and cholo ex­haust, along with a bit of bright­work from Elec­tro­plat­ing in El Paso, Texas, was added to com­plete the look. We say “com­plete” with only par­tial hon­esty, as Joseph still plans to add lit­tle things here and there as time goes on. As we all know with any build, you never re­ally fin­ish one—you just start on an­other.

Some things don’t need to be over­done, and this bike is one of them. This is one of those hogs that had all the right con­tours and came out of the fac­tory look­ing sharp, so no heavy cus­tomiz­ing was re­ally needed. We’re sure Joseph and his pops never miss a chance for bond­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties out on the open roads of New Mex­ico. It pays to have a dad like that, and if your own kids are em­bar­rassed in front of their friends that you’re pas­sion­ate about lowrid­ers, tell them to be glad you’re not one of those par­ents driv­ing a smart car. They’ll surely thank you later.

MO­TOR­CY­CLE 1999 HER­ITAGE SOF­TAIL BY HAR­LEY-DAVID­SON

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