John Ward of Raw-Tin Garage out of Salt Lake City Utah is by far one of the coolest guys I know, his creativity is never ending and he always wants to take his stuff over the top. So when I mentioned I wanted to shoot his Star Wars: The Force Awakens Harley Davidson, the first thing that came up was the Bonneville Salt Flats.

Of course I was all for it as I have never had the opportunity to shoot at the flats, and this gave me one good excuse to do it. So John and I along with our model Rose Madison and my assistant Krista Kapp loaded up and headed out.

Once we got set up I realized just how perfect of a setting it was for this bike, the white sand/ salt base along with the mountains far in the background proved just how cool this shoot was going to be. So it was now time to get to business, shooting the Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2016 Harley Davidson Softail Slim S.

Starting off with a 2016 Harley Davidson Softail Slim S from Intermountain Harley Davidson, John put his creativity to the test with this one. Wanting to keep the bike in true Star Wars fashion, the chrome needed to be limited and that included the 110 Screaming Eagle motor which was blacked out.

Dale Powell helped search out some of the unique parts John knew he would need to keep this bike true to his liking, like the very nice custom machined rims from RC components. Keith Eccles provided the very cool art work on the Softail, with both air brush and by hand he slowly brought those stunning images to life using 1shot enamel lettering paint.

Slade Hawks created the custom metal Millennium Falcon air cleaner, he also added some very cool LED lights that can be turned on by remote. Every angle I shot this bike at, I constantly saw something new. Huge props to John Ward and those involved in bringing this vision to life, and all I can say is I look forward to seeing what’s next from Raw-Tin Garage.

Make sure to follow Rose on her social media sites:

Facebook: Rose Madison, Instagram: Rose Madison,

Production Assistant: Krista Kapp


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