Like most riders, Harley riders in particular, I spend more time and more money than I should customising my motorcycle. In fact I’m not so sure I don’t get as much satisfaction out of wrenching and adding the bling as I do out of riding sometimes.
I don’t really understand the motivation. If I really wanted a stand-out machine that would turn eyes I would go full custom, or at the very least a super trick paint job with high-end wheels, exhaust system, the works. But that’s pretty expensive, and besides, I think I’m more into making it mine than necessarily making it a one-of-a-kind unit. So while I know that anyone with a few extra $$$ in their jeans and a couple of accessory catalogues beside their La-Z-Boy recliner could come up with an identical looking machine, I don’t really care. Let’s face it, with the number of accessory parts out there the permutations and combinations are such that the chance of running into a mirror image machine are virtually nil, unless it remains stock, which NEVER happens.
But having said that, I have thought it would be nice to have something on the bike that was truly unique, that really makes it mine and no one else’s.
So I thought of derby covers.
There are lots of after-market derby covers that are emblazoned with “Live to Ride”, or advertise Jack Daniels No. 7, or your military affiliation, or … the sky seems to be the limit. But there are also companies that will custom fabricate a derby cover to your own design. So rather than simply fly the flag, as many riders do, I’m thinking of having it engraved on my derby cover.
I think it could look kind of cool. And it would be unique.