Our friends at DicE have been working around the clock to produce Issue #74. Every issue of DicE is filled to the brim with killer bikes from people around the world who enjoy riding. We are fortunate to debut one of the features about to grace the pages of Issue #74. Leslie Padoll gives us her thoughts on her custom 2015 Harley-Davidson Evo. Enjoy!
"Hi!! I went and had some beers (and shots of vodka) with Alex Lerner, and we talked about the last three years and how the bike came to how it is right now. It was refreshing telling stories, talking about little details we each remember and had a few good laughs. I felt like I just re-lived the last three years of this project.
I had been going to SL NYC for a few years to have my bikes serviced, performance modifications and small fabrication projects. I had always loved being able to sit down, go over in detail exactly what I wanted and coming back to find something beyond my expectations. They always took care of me. That's the way it is there.
They have built custom bikes for customers, but it isn't that often. They had built numerous shop bikes for shows and just because they could. I was always stopping by the shop looking around bright eyed and super curious. They would always take the time to go over and explain everything to me. Nothing was a secret, and the more questions I asked, the more I was informed. Sometimes it seemed like a lot to take in. The mechanics of some of the motorcycles they have built are insane.
I had tried to buy one of the custom Builds that had come through the shop. They build every machine for each customer, tailored to their size, style, and preferences. There were many times I was told: "this bike isn't for you." Eventually, it was sold to someone else. I was told when I'm ready; they will build me a bike.
Like most shops they have a whole lofted area of odd parts, swap meet treasures and random stuff customers left behind. They had started to put together a roller with some of the oddities with the intention of just putting something generic together. An ACME frame, crazy mag wheels, a crated 107 cubic inch EVO motor a customer had exchanged for something smaller for their project, and these really beat OG 3 1/2 gallon shovel head split tanks.
At that point, I gave them liberty to do what they do. I really had only an opinion about where my hands and feet went, my tanks and a few aesthetic details I had already imagined in my head. This extended beyond just the shop. We paid a visit to Dave at Morris Magneto to have an older mag refurbished run on the Evo. We sent the seat pan to Lock Baker, and he sent back a beautiful hand crafted hand stitched leather seat as well a leaf spring kick stand he manufactures. I went to Robert Pradke for the details of the paint as he is a notorious old school painter here in NYC area and I felt that I could get my vision clearly across to him, as I was always a fan of his work.
I showed up to his shop with these busted ass tanks and had two cutouts from magazines and some silly sketches of ideas along with other doodles on scrap paper. It was all about the movement for me. The bike was starting to look like a chubby bull dog/middle finger, and it needed the tanks to help pull the stance of the bike from the front to the back while making sure not to lose the engine in a massive armor of black. After tons of body work he masked out a few ideas, after a slew of text and having a few more mock ups we got to a good pivotal place, I trusted my instinct and just let Robert do his thing from that point.
Because I had left the guys alone to do what they do best, they stripped my motor completely apart and just left the fly wheels and the cases. They ended up rounding the cylinders which are an iconic thing they do to theirs builds. New head castings and additional head work. The motor was outfitted with S&S roller arms, S&S rocker arms, S&S oil pump, S&S push rods (they love S&S.) New cams, external oil returns, custom hand, made oil tank. Rebuilt a turtle top HD 4-speed transmission outfitted with S&S replica knucklehead cover. They enforced my frame for the NYC streets. The controls, the fender, one piece stainless mini sissy bar, axels, tail light... all fabricated by them. They even made all of the plunges for my rear brake setup. There are literally too many fine little details to list. How everything balances out even though the exhaust runs on the opposite side, and so does the kick stand. Nothing is conventional, but there is still a lot of finesse to the fine details. Even the foot pegs open up with a hex key for a secret stash tube.
My bike is far from being period correct or labeled as anything normal. Every era had something dreamy about it that made the bikes in that time stand out. It was a great way to add some of that detail in. Like a riser off a panhead, a throttle setup from a 72 triumph. I stopped into my friend's hot rod, and custom chopper shop Evil Spirit Engineering spent the night going through stacks of crates filled with head lamps and random parts, picking out things that stood out to me or I felt would be fitting on my bike. I had asked for my headlight to be stationary on the frame, so finding the right shape and depth of light was key.
There were a few other random ideas that I had asked about, and they executed flawlessly. My handlebars started off as one-inch stainless, bologna cut, then bored to 7/8, plug welded and then welded around and powder coat the 1 inch only to create contrast. There were no limitations.
I've been riding that bike for the last year, easily doing 400 mile days. It was built from the ground up to be a dependable indestructible daily rider.” -Leslie Padoll
to teach those who live
beyond what it seems
there is no guarantee
being too busy
too busy being lost
I find myself singing a tune
that reminds me of you
it seems to be careless
so many endless moments
I feel like everyone else
beyond what I ever believed
I am nothing but a girl
with aces up my sleeve”
Leslie Padoll - Brooklyn, NY / @missfreddiek /www.breakingheartsandburningrubber.com
Leslie had her bike built by SL NYC Inc. /@slnyc_inc
Photographs: Cassandra Barragan www.dustdiablo.com / @dustdiablo
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