The Heavy Hitter,Story by: STEALTH, Photos by: STEALTH, Vicki and Ric
The Heavy Hitter
Story by: STEALTH
Photos by: STEALTH, Vicki and Ric
I ran into this bike at the Easyriders Show here in Charlotte. This bike caught my eye and I took a closer look. The more I looked the more impressed I was. The bike did not shout at me but slowly drew me in, like a seductive redhead. It kept saying “ Come a little closer.” Once I was there I was captivated by the simplicity of the bike and what really got me was this bike is based off of a stock Harley-Davidson foundation. The bike is based off of an o6 Heritage Softail.
The changes on this bike are simple but have great overall effect. The rear fender, the wheels, the seat all make a statement. The bike looks like it came from era long ago with all the updates and advantages of today’s technology.
I left my business card around the bike and told the owner to call me. Monday morning I got a call and it was Scotty McDaniel from South East Customs in Concord NC. I set up a time to visit South East Customs and to meet the owner Ric Greene. Vicki and I headed up to South East Customs Saturday morning. I had never heard of the shop and really did not know what to expect. Upon arriving Scotty greeted us and boy was I surprised with their shop. I was like a kid in a candy store. Newer model bikes everywhere but all of them had that timeless bobber look to them. There motto is “Making New Bikes Look Old Since 2005.”
The “Heavy Hitter” was sitting in the show room and I made my way to taking photos. The name “Heavy Hitter” fits the bike perfectly with its baseball bat style exhaust and its baseball jersey style insignia on the tank. The black powder coated front end makes a statement that this bike is all business. Not a lot of chrome on this bike and I like that. The black powder coated parts on the bike gives it a bitchin’ attitude. This bike is simple yet eye catching and most of all very road worthy. This bike has a way of turning heads without shouting, just one close look and you are hooked like a fish on the end of a line.
Scotty moved here from the L.A. area and he brings a touch of Cali with him as far as his taste in bikes goes. He and I were on the same page as far as bikes go and I could have hung out at the shop all day. Scotty tells me that Ric (owner) gives him free reign when doing these bikes and I can see why. Scotty has this “Making New Bikes Look Old” down to a science.
This will not be my only visit to South East Customs. Ric and Scotty have hit on something here and you can see it in the bikes that roll out of the door.
By the way “The Heavy Hitter” knocked one out of the park at the Easyriders Show here in Charlotte with a 1st Place award in the Stock Modified class ! A great accomplishment.
If you have a newer bike and dig the bobber look check their website out at www.southeastcustoms.com
Until next time, RIDE
April 11th, 2011 12:20 pm
thanks for the great article.One problem though, we're at www.southeastcustomcycles.com
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