Amazingly the VLX custom project took less than six weeks to complete and the majority of the modifications were easily implemented. The bike was unveiled at Florida’s Biketoberfest in 1998 and Highway Hawk’s bolt-on baubles included the handlebar, mirrors, grips, headlight visor, driver and passenger pegs, horn cover, rear axle cover, oil gauge and swingarm caps, as well as covers for the radiator, air cleaner and regulator. The front and rear fender blanks were also from Highway Hawk, although they were cut and customized by the Colliers. “The most difficult thing was fitting the rear tailsection,” says Bill. “It’s a one-piece unit with molded, non-removable side panels. Justin cut them out and adapted inserts from Honda fenders.” This way just the fender sections could be removed for battery and other access instead of the entire tail section. All the bodywork is from Highway Hawk including the fuel tank, which master automotive fabricator Timmy Takash stretched. Takash also replaced the side fills with a single aircraft-style gas cap system.