Can a swinarm bike look good as a custom? I'd argue a solid yes. Austin's example here shows that a brutal and classy machine can be created with reasonably mild modifications. 19" wheels front and rear give it a bit of a monster truck stance and makes curb hoping easy in the crumbling infrastructure of downtown Los Angeles.
Engine, year and make, model, modifications: 1979 FLH Shovelhead. Rocker clutch, Jockey shift no front brake and high mid mounts.
Frame: Stock 79 frame with a 58 Panhead swing arm.
Fork: 41mm Wide Glide
Chassis mods: none
Tire/wheel size and style: 19 x 4.00 Avon Mark II's Front and Rear. Front sportster wheel. Wheel Works built the rear wheel with the stock dual flange hub.
Favorite thing about this bike: It always runs and is pretty fast! I've put some real miles on it and its never let me down! She's been to all over California, down to Mexico, across Arizona, Nevada, and Utah, and around New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania on the Gypsy Run 2011.
Next modification will be: Maybe put on some 6" over tubes and put on my "Ghetto Frank" for my old lady here and there.
Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc: Kiyo made the bars, mid mounts, shaped the seat and and gifted me the sissy bar that was on his Knucklehead. I cut the oil bag and made a box for the battery, painted the tank with spray paint, and had a brass shifter knob made and ODYN VOVK carved in it.
Thanks to: Kiyo! He helped me out so much with this bike. And my old lady for puttin up with my late night choppa shit!