Words & Images: Mark V
Almost 15 years later, and now a good 5 builds out of a garage located in in the Bronx, my friendship with Tony D has been long and standing.
I first met Tony on a Cycle Source magazine shoot which was the first feature we had ever worked on together. Since then, I am happy to say with numerous shoots in the books our friendship will last as long as his builds and good times we have had and continue to have together. I feel like I have become part of his family as I have watched both his boys come into their own as builders under the wing of their dad.
The newest ride to come out of the Bronx garage is a total rebuild on a 1986 Sotftail, my favorite of the Harley line to be honest. Nothing like the sound the EVO! When Tony got his hands on this ride it had done its service with over a hundred thousand miles on her. Still spinning like a top, like all of Tony’s builds a rip down was in order.
Tony takes all his projects, tears them down and makes them his own. With this build like all, the engine and tranny were a complete rebuild. Andrews cams, 10 to 1 pistons from Wiseco, hydraulic rolling lifters from Fuelingparts.com topped off with James Gaskets were just some of the needed elements to make this engine run mean and tight.
Putting the chop in the chop, the bike was cut to a hard-tail. Complemented with a custom handmade exhaust and whitewalls, the only original part maybe left on this ride might be the 5-gallon tank. Even the sissy bar was twisted by Tony himself.
Getting by with a little help from his friends all the powder coating was done by Patty’s Powder Coating located in Port Chester, New York. The classic killer paint comes by way of Jen over at Valanca Auto Body in the Bronx.
To be honest, this bike was a build Tony thought he would flip just for the heck of it. But as the crow flies, I really don’t think this bike is going anywhere soon.
It’s very refreshing to know that there are people like Tony that still live the dream. He builds bikes that can handle any New York City street, and does it while still being a good father, family man, and just a hard working American guy.
On any given Saturday if he’s not out for a blast you can always find the garage door open, a cooler full of beers and the grill smoking. A true New Yorker keeping the vibe alive and passing the torch. Something I think so many have forgotten while taking our selfies.
For those who may have never crossed paths with Tony I am sure him and his boys plan on bringing their best to Kuture Fest this summer, so if plan on putting your ride in the competition I suggest you get you game on early. For now enjoy the view..