Cool Custom Fat Boy owner rides in to turn heads at King Drive Block Party
If there’s a fine line between customizing a motorcycle to look cool and unique and taking it to ridiculous excesses and extremes, Dell Battle of Crown Point, Ind. walks it perfectly with his 2003 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy from Snake Alley Customs in Chicago.
At Saturday afternoon’s Martin Luther King Drive Street Party, Battle received an almost constant outpouring of high praise from admirers of the bike in the few minutes I spent with him. Besides getting a chance to see all the cool bikes, motorcycle enthusiasts at the King Drive Street Party enjoyed the combination of great music, food, beverages and other displays.
Battle, who works as a union pipe fitter in Chicago, understands the challenges of bending, cutting and fusing metal on the job, so he can appreciate both the creativity and effort that went into his bike. Following Battle’s concepts and design, a local custom bike shop helped his vision to come to life. Combining a heavy metal flake white, purple and light blue paint scheme, Battle’s rides on an alligator and ostrich leather two-up seat. “The paint is definitely tricked,” Battle said. “It’s a one-off. I wanted to be different and unique so when I pull up to a light, no one will have what I have with this bike.”
As proud as he was of the bike, Battle was equally proud of riding it all the way to Milwaukee from Indiana for the Harley-Davidson 105th Anniversary celebration. His longest trip so far on the bike was to Atlanta, but he also enjoys just showing off the bike at rallies, bike shows and events like the Anniversary. “I won’t trailer it,” Battle said. “This is what it’s made for and I’m gonna ride it.”