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Risen might be the name of the paint scheme, but risen is what happens after a resurrection and that’s exactly what happened to this Softail Standard when the team at Richardson’s Harley-Davidson worked their magic on it after it had been knocked down.

The Easter weekend of 2011 is one that Townsville based Kerri, or K-Bear as her fellow riders know her, would have liked to remember as the one she caught her first Barramundi and meandered gracefully along the Hinchinbrook channels with friends enjoying wonderful fresh seafood. However as that glorious relaxing weekend drew to a close, in the pulse of a heartbeat, it also became the weekend she’ll remember as the day a careless car driver knocked her off her bike.

While riding her 2009 Softail Standard home Sunday afternoon through the picturesque cane fields of Lucinda the driver of a car pulled to left of the road then without warning, and obviously without looking, pulled out across her path to perform a U-turn knocking her to the ground in process. To make matters even worse he then did a runner.

Thankfully K-Bear was alive with no broken bones. Her beloved Softail on the other hand didn’t get off so lightly, the right hand side of the bike had copped a flogging, bent handlebars, broken mirrors and levers, destroyed fuel tank and pipes and the list went on.

About now we must rewind the clock a bit to the short version of another story and that is that K-Bear had celebrated the New Year riding around Tasmania and southern Victoria with her Tasmanian boyfriend. Along the way she’d been introduced to the team at Richardson’s Harley Davidson in Launceston and was totally impressed with their dealership and friendly service.

Later that night while nursing some nasty bruises, the promise of being able to relax by a roasting fire and enjoying red wine while recuperating, along with the offer to have her bike shipped down to Tasmania to be repaired was too good to pass up. After all Benny from Richardson’s H-D had organised her some genuine Harley-Davidson insurance earlier in the year, so it was more or less taking the bike home.

By the end of the week, K-Bear and her Softail were on their way to Tasmania.

The following Monday, they arrived at Richardson’s H-D where workshop manager Matthew Curtis met her and they began to discuss the reconstruction of her bike.

“After checking over the bike Matt asked if there was anything I’d thought of doing to the bike while it was pulled down.” K-Bear recalled. “I explained to Matt that for sometime now I’d been thinking of doing a few different things to my bike.”

“I’d previously put a few small things on it, such as the Kuryakyn peg mounted cruise mounts which slot in between the forward control and the footpeg, and provide a male mount for another footpeg in the cruise location. As well as custom plated leather tank panel and my lever mounted tassels I had since my Sportster days.”

“Mechanically wise, I had a Hi-flow air-cleaner, Screaming Eagle Pro Super Tuner and some Vance and Hines slip-on mufflers,” she continued.

“There are six other Softail Standards in the Townsville area that look almost identical to mine,” K-Bear mused. “I just wanted my bike to be unique, something that was me. I’d even thought of trading it in on a new Deluxe. I really liked the black and white color scheme in the 2011 model range too.”

“In any event, my boyfriend suggested that I swap my standard rear bobtail guard for a Fatboy style rear-guard then fit tombstone taillight to get the Deluxe’s look. He added it would look pretty tough with a 200 rear-end too,” K-Bear volunteered. “That’s when Matt said that they’d just received a new custom painted tank and guard set to suit a Fatboy. Ten minutes later when the wrappers were finally off the tank I knew it was what I’d been after.”

This genuine H-D color shop-limited series is called “Risen” and boasts rubbed steel on the tank and fenders with a midnight black body that accentuate the shiny scalloped metal.

“I liked how they have the subtle hints of red which match the red in my platted leather tank panel and red spark plug leads,” K-Bear added.

Now the theme of the rebuild had been settled on, it was time to sort out the finer details. One thing that K-Bear wanted to add was detachable saddlebag mounts that would suit her boyfriend’s Fatboy’s saddlebags, which meant the addition of a turn-signal relocation kit was required.

The standard amber turn signals were replaced with smoke lenses and a Kuryakyn low profile smoke LED taillight, which is damn bright was chosen in preference to the tombstone light of a Deluxe purely because of the width of the 200’s rear guard. To finish the rear end off a streamlined curved lay-down license plate mount was added.

Up the front, the original damaged standard handlebars were replaced with a Richardson’s H-D special called Simon bars, named after owner Simon Hrycyszyn (Richardson), which have a nice open clean feel when riding.

All the standard cables were replaced with brilliant silver finish diamondback braided cables and the front indicators were relocated from the handlebars to above the bottom triple tree. A set of Willie G. Skull collection teardrop mirrors really set off the handlebars.

Grip wise, K-Bear chose Kuryakyn’s ISO Premium ISO grips with the ‘Throttle Boss’ option along with matching footpegs and cruise-pegs.

“I really love the Kuryakyn’s peg mounted cruise mounts,” K-Bear explained. “But we found that we had to replace the original Softail brake pedal with a genuine H-D extended reach pedal because the original version sits roughly level with the cruise mount.”

Handling wise a set of 422 Progressive Shockers were fitted and utilizing the variable ride height feature the standard ride height lowered by 25mm.

“I like the fact that I can quickly change the spring preload settings, from my single riding style I use around town to a fully loaded setting with two saddle bags for long trips easily,” K-Bear explained. “Although I usually get my boys to help with this little task,” she added with a smile.

Because motorcycle cruisers of the 1950s era with that boulevard retro look had long exhausts, K-Bear chose a set of clean looking Vance and Hines Bigshots Long pipes to match that nostalgic look. “They have a very distinct note,” she said.

To keep the engine running sweet, a genuine H-D oil-cooler was fitted in the front of the frame and engine given a tune.

“There’s one thing I’d like to say,” K-Bear added. “That’s the extremely great service that Richardson’s H-D gave me. They spent so much time and were so patient getting everything right and the friendly and helpful service I received from Harley Insurance.” “

“It is truly amazing to think that it only took five weeks from my accident to have the bike back on the road going the best its ever gone.”

When asked if she had any plans of changing the front end to a full Fatboy look she smiled and said, “no”.

“I’m hoping to add custom wheels and a chrome engine kit later on,” she concluded. “But for now I’d like to ride it back to North Queensland for the winter. In the meantime I’m secretly hoping my boyfriend will fit the ‘Risen’5 front fender to his Fatboy so our bikes match.”

Words and Photos by Stonefeather

September 21, 2011