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For Mikey Hill, aka Mikey Virus, this build chal­lenge was a pretty new ex­pe­ri­ence. You’d never guess it by see­ing the fi­nal out­come: a hill-climb­ing, mo­tocross-jump­ing, hooli­gan rac­ing Softail. See­ing as Hill is pretty well-known on the old In­sta­gram as the dude who does some pretty gnarly s—t on the moto-in­spired Sportys he’s built over the years, he wanted to see what it would be like to adapt that style into a 2018 Har­ley-david­son Fat Bob.

“I pretty much knew what I wanted to do with it,” Hill says. “We played around with it in Pho­to­shop, and I just wanted to make it a ver­sion of my moto-sporty to see if I could thrash it up some hills or jump it; ba­si­cally a big-twin ver­sion of my Sport­ster.”

See­ing as this new Softail was a brand-new plat­form that had just been re­leased a few months prior to when Hill re­ceived his bike, there were a few ini­tial hic­cups. “Be­ing rushed with the time­line on a brand-new base model was a lit­tle frus­trat­ing at times, be­cause with a Sport­ster, you can do any­thing you want and you can find any­thing any­where, but I had some chal­lenges de­sign­ing and get­ting the trees made,” Hill says. “I needed a 1-inch drop, and they needed to be 1-1/4 inches nar­rower.” He also had to fig­ure out how to equip some mid-con­trols on the new Softy, so he rang up The Speed Mer­chant for one of the com­pany’s new mid-con­trol set­ups for 2018 Softail mod­els. But be­cause of the new po­si­tion­ing of the mids, Virus had to ditch the ex­haust he was orig­i­nally plan­ning on us­ing al­to­gether. “I tossed the pipe we had and made a new pipe in house with a Cone Engi­neer­ing cone,” Hill says.

Virus en­joyed the over­all ex­pe­ri­ence and looks for­ward to other op­por­tu­ni­ties like this, and he says he’s def­i­nitely up for do­ing an­other build. “It was dif­fi­cult, but I’d def­i­nitely do it again,” Hill says. HB

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