The one you’re looking at here is rather outlandish even by Prism’s standards, thanks in no small part to its pink colorway. Aside from the unusual, yet undeniably striking paintwork, the client requested a mixture of classic looks and relatively newer technology. We say “relatively” because the motorcycle would be built around a 1,340cc Evolution V-twin, which had previously belonged to a 1995 Harley-Davidson Softail.
Whereas the powerplant comes from the mid-nineties, the overall vibe of this machine harks back to vintage choppers from the 1960s. The Evolution engine and corresponding oil tank are the only parts donated by the Softail, while everything else was either made from scratch or sourced from various aftermarket suppliers. Most notably, the bike comes equipped with a twin-downtube hardtail frame.
Courtesy of Paughco, this rigid skeleton is an off-the-shelf module built to work with the Evo motor, and its backbone runs almost straight from the headstock to the rear wheel hub. The only bent section is located right in front of the seat, but it’s barely even noticeable at all. Up north, the framework is mated to a set of springer forks sourced from V-Twin Manufacturing, the same brand which supplied the front and rear drum brakes.
Peek further back, and you’ll encounter a chopper-style handlebar manufactured in-house, sporting grey acrylic grips and a single lever on the left-hand side. Interestingly enough, it actuates the front brake as opposed to the clutch, this latter unit being operated via a foot pedal placed where you’d normally find the gear shifter. Switching through gears is now done by hand using a custom shift knob, which requires the rider to reach down behind their calf.
It clearly isn’t a very practical setup, but it most certainly is unique! The shifter’s tip is covered in the same grey acrylic used for the grips, all matching the premium leather upholstery on the creature’s saddle. This part was first put together by taking a sprung seat pan and topping it with just enough padding for comfort, while the upholstery was executed by Counter Balance Cycles.
As the Softail-sourced Evolution mill was already in great shape when the project started, the guys didn’t have to worry about rebuilding it internally. They did, however, fit a higher-spec intake system and a mesmerizing exhaust that’s a work of art in and of itself. The headers are partially covered in some very interesting heat shields, providing visual continuity with the springer forks at the front.
Even though it’s easy to mistake the taillight for a repurposed antique component, it is actually an LED part from Prism’s proprietary aftermarket catalog. All the electronics were rewired through a fresh controller, also hailing from the shop’s own inventory. Now, it’s time for us to talk about the last and most exciting aspect of this build – the colorway.
A deeper shade of pink would’ve looked rather obnoxious, but the pastel hue chosen for this Harley chopper is genuinely mouth-watering. It covers the entire bodywork and hardtail frame, while also making a sneaky appearance on the inner exhaust tips. Chrome plating and polished metal are the name of the game elsewhere, and the fuel tank wears subtle flame graphics done in off-white.