2005 Matt Hotch Designs Custom Xtreme Softtail Softtail
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Thanks to the global recession, and America’s appetite for trendy pop culture, many predict the end of the custom motorcycle craze. Jesse James locked the doors on West Coast Choppers in late 2010. The O.C.C. boys closed the curtain on their epic Discovery show in late 2012. And many ‘assembly line customizers’ have been reduced to mailboxes of angry legal threats and unanswered warranty claims. But this isn’t the end of an era; custom bikes always have been, and always will be, a big part of two-wheel culture. The only difference is, today, instead of seeing these artistic beasts under suburbanites with fat bank accounts, you’ll see them under hardcore purists and skilled fabricators like Fullerton, California’s Matt Hotch. With mere break-in miles on its professionally executed build, this killer Matt Hotch Softail is a fully sorted, turn-key show stopper that mixes exceptional curb appeal with great road manners. Are you a motorcycle purist who’s looking for first class style, proven reliability and an exceptional price? Then stop making excuses for that cute, candy-painted bagger and step up to this super slick custom!
As one of the most respected designers in the motorcycle hobby, Matt Hotch is an award winning Minnesota native who, at 16 years old, began building bikes in his parent’s California garage. After back-to-back championships on Discovery Channel’s Biker Build-Off, he cemented his legacy by creating custom two-wheelers for a wide variety of clients. And this stunning Softail, detailed in classic Burgundy paint, bolted together with layers of polished metal and powered by a fully sorted drivetrain, is some of the best work he’s ever produced!
While most ‘professional choppers’ are standardized, mass-produced packages that lack the intensity and attention to detail of a grassroots build, true customs maintain a level of style and authenticity that can be tweaked and massaged to create an individual masterpiece. Bringing his philosophy of “perfection is possible” to life, Matt Hotch’s namesake firm completely assembled this Softail from the ground up. Once that assembly was complete, the bike’s traditionally sculpted sheetmetal was, along with its hand-fitted frame, bathed in a striking and sophisticated layer of Burgundy two-stage. And the end result is a first-rate freedom machine, finished by Tom Prewitt of West Cost Choppers and Monster Garage fame, that’s characterized by unbeatable curb appeal!
Chock full of carefully spec’d components that promote higher levels of performance, and significantly increase that all-important ‘WOW’ factor, this gnarly two-wheeler is the product of an $80K, best of everything mindset. At the front of the bike, a Perse telescopic fork hangs a chrome, dual-mode headlight and long, tire-hugger fender above a polished Performance Machine wheel and 120/70 Metzeler tire. At the side of that wheel, a polished brake system utilizes custom stainless lines to squeeze a dual-piston Performance Machine caliper around a giant, drilled rotor. Above that caliper, familiar sweeper bars are capped by polished Hot Match levers, high quality Renthal grips and stylish chrome mirrors. Behind those levers, the bike’s 1-inch up, 3-inch forward, 40 degree frame anchors a polished TP Engineering engine between chrome oil components and a body-matched oil tank. At the back of that engine, a chrome-capped Performance Machine belt drive hangs a full set of chrome Hot Match pegs in front of a small, LED tail light. Above that tail light, a custom fuel tank centers a 5-star, pop-up gas cap in front of a textured leather seat. Behind that seat, a full rear fender hovers over a big 240/40 Metzeler tire that spins around a second Performance Machine wheel. And at the side of that wheel, a second drilled rotor combines with a second Performance Machine caliper to provide quick, drama-free stops.
The heart of this awesome creation is a 121 cubic inch TP Engineering V-twin that utilizes a high performance camshaft and forged rocker arms to turn stout 9.48 to 1 compression into roughly 120 horsepower. As America’s premier manufacturer of performance V-twins, TP Engineering is one of the biggest and most trusted motorcycle engine builders in the world. At the top of the highly detailed mill, billet, Pro-Vent rocker covers lead the eye to polished and air cooled cylinders. On the right side of the bike, a reliable Mikuni carburetor slurps wind through a polished velocity stack that’s seated just above heat-wrapped exhaust pipes. Below that carburetor, chrome rod covers lead the eye to a polished cam cover and liquid-filled Drag Specialties oil pressure gauge. And on the left side of the bike, a chrome coil cover rides in front of a Pro-Series single-fire ignition system. All this top notch hardware rolls on a rigid Softail suspension that achieves a vintage Hardtail look while providing a modern feel that doesn’t fatigue the rider. And all the TP twin’s power flows through a 6-speed Baker transmission that mixes proven technology with solid shifts and reliable cruising.
The sale of this highly polished jaw dropper includes an automatic battery charger.
Rivaling the best OEM-built bikes on the market, this $80K custom is a 100% road-ready head turner that features an unmatched combination of class and detail. There’s a definite difference between even the nicest ‘assembly line customs’ and a one-of-a-kind piece like this, as every single bolt on this motorcycle adds to both its awesome curb appeal and amazing street prowess. If you’re looking for years of open road freedom in a reliable, fully sorted wrapper that can be yours for an unbeatable price, you’ve come to the right place!