Perewitz Moves Away From His Usual Kaleidoscope-Like Customs With This Plain Blue Big Twin

Elegance with a Boston accent

Plain Blue

The paint job on Dave Perewitz’s Plain Blue is rich and, well, plain as a starless, twilight sky.

Jeff Allen

This article was originally published in the August-September 1997 issue of Cycle World’s Big Twin magazine.

Dave Perewitz, the legendary bike builder and painter from Massachusetts, is best known for his intricate paint schemes—beautiful flights of fancy that are at once intensely contemporary and instantly classic. The hallmark of his work has been kaleidoscope-like graphics brimming with a symphony of contrasting colors—until now. With his new creation, appropriately named Plain Blue, Perewitz has taken a sharp turn from the intricate to the elegant.


The paint job on Plain Blue is as rich and, well, plain as a starless, twilight sky. And why this simplistic approach? “Well,” says Perewitz, laughing through his thick Bostonian accent, “to tell you the truth, I thought this bike would look excellent on the pages of Big Twin.” He pauses a beat to see if we’re buying his story.

“And I wanted a different look,” he continues. “For me, the plain paint in itself is a real different look. Some people think the color is a straight blue until you start looking at it. Then, once you follow the lines, you see that they’re interrupted with light shades of purple. We went with that one-color theme to accentuate the bike’s rounded edges. It doesn’t have the square, whacked-off rear fender look. I’m not crazy about the tail-dragger style of fender; I like nice, clean-radius fenders. They make the bike more realistic to the average person who wants something that can be ridden and used.”

“We went with that one-color theme to accentuate the bike’s rounded edges.”

Jeff Allen

Besides the unique paint job, Plain Blue contains a long list of new parts from Perewitz’s burgeoning hardware catalog. The triple-trees are a Perewitz design derived from various custom billet pieces he’s concocted over the years. The trees work with 41mm fork tubes at the stock Fat Boy width, and the billet legs accept all late-model H-D factory damper assemblies and progressively wound springs. Again, to maintain the clean look, the lower leg caps hide the ends of the axle.

The frame of Plain Blue

The frame of Plain Blue is a Perewitz creation, stretched three inches (which is short for a Perewitz design) and raked 37 degrees. The custom rocker boxes at 3/8″ shorter than normal to accommodate the tight-fitting motor.

Jeff Allen

Nestling between the fork legs is the aluminum “Whammer Jammer” fender made exclusively for Perewitz by famed metal-bender Jesse James. It wraps tightly around the front tire for a close, radiused look. The frame has been stretched just three inches, considerably less than most Perewitz customs. To minimize the amount of wiring running around the gas tank and fork, there are no instruments on the bike.

At the end of our conversation with Perewitz about his new creation, we ask him if he really created this paint scheme for Big Twin magazine. “Sure,” he says with a grin. “But then again, maybe I just wanted to throw people off a little bit.”

Whether it’s with his bikes or his humor, Dave Perewitz never has any trouble doing that.

Dave Perewitz
Brockton, MA
1990 Softail

Dave Perewitz
Cycle Fab
909 N. Main St.
Brockton, MA 02401

Paint and Chrome
Molding Dickie Luciano, Cycle Fab
Base paint Dave & Russ, Cycle Fab
Chroming RI Tech & South Shore
Polishing Tom Foran
Year 1990
Model Evo Big Twin
Builder Al Wenkus
Displacement 89 cu. in.
Cases H-D
Lower end S&S
Rods S&S
Pistons S&S
Heads H-D by Wenkus
Valves Crane-Sullivan
Cam Crane-Sullivan
Pushrods Crane-Sullivan
Primary cover H-D
Ignition Compu-Fire
Coils/wires Compu-Fire
Carb S&S
Air cleaner Cycle Fab-Sullivan stretched
Pipes Bub’s Step Mothers
Other mods Perewitz-Sullivan rocker boxes hexed and polished; powdercoating by Prism
Type 1990 H-D
Modifications TP billet trapdoor
Year 1990
Make Cycle Fab
Type Softail
Builder Jed, Cycle Fab
Modifications Stretched 3”; neck dropped 1.5”; 37-deg. rake
Front  Fork
Year 1997
Make Perewitz-Sullivan 41mm billet
Type Wide Glide
Modifications 2” under tubes
Rear Suspension
Year 1997
Make Progressive/CCI
Swingarm Hand-made to accept 180mm tire
Front Wheel/Tire
Wheel Perewitz-Sullivan Vader billet
Tire Avon
Tire size 130/80-18
Rim width 3.5”
Brake GMA-Sullivan 4-piston
Rear Wheel/Tire
Wheel Perewitz-Sullivan Vader billet
Tire Avon
Tire size 180/70-18
Rim width 5.5”
Brake GMA-Sullivan
Handlebar Ness
Risers Ness
Grips Jay Brake
Mirrors Legends
Gas tank Cycle Fab handmade by Jed
Oil tank H-D stretched
Front fender Jesse James
Rear fender Jesse James
Headlight Ness
Taillight Legends
Seat Danny Gray
Foot controls Legends
Footpegs Legends