See and be seen is what Allstate Insurance and Rick Fairless was promoting when this bike first came on the scene a few years ago. It still is out and about promoting Allstate’s way of “Raising awareness and asking motorists to look twice at intersections for motorcycles because Once Is Never Enough.” That even led to this being called the O.N.E. bike and I’m sure you can figure out the meaning behind that without calling one of your Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? lifelines. It really is a cool thing for both of them to promote and if anybody ever could make a motorcycle that even the most motorcycle-hating people on the planet couldn’t help but notice, it’s Mr. Fairless. .
On top of all of that awareness stuff, this actually is a pretty damn cool and pretty damn rideable custom bagger that can handle itself on the street or at shows. Basically all the work was done in-house at Strokers Dallas from the frame stretching and raking to fit the 26-inch Glenndyne Design front wheel that has a bit of wagon wheel in it. That’s a compliment, look closely and you’ll see the “wooden” paint. A single rotor one the left side makes sure you get a good view of the wheel while out back there’s a chromed wheel that you can barely see behind the extended saddlebags and the new wide fender. Very typical custom bagger stuff and that’s okay, this bike was never meant to break new ground other than seeing it.
Same goes for the stretched fuel tank, mildly modified fairing and air ride suspension that’s custom bagger mandatory these days. There are some nice pieces that give it a little flavor of its own like the burly mini-apes and the foot shaped floorboards that look like the old Mr. Gasket foot gas pedal pads. They’re just kinky enough to be Rick Fairless-kool and don’t seem the least bit out of place on this build. Or does the custom leather seat for two with its cowboy saddle-style cover featuring rawhide stitching to keep it together.
One thing I really like is that Rick did a bit of hotting up the Twin Cam 96 so that it has some more oomph for getting out of any problems he might encounter on the road. Of course there’s the “safety” aspect of the more voluminous sounding exhaust as well as the spiritual enhancement it adds to riding. The cylinders are powder coated blue with polished fin edges to bounce off the highly polished Harley cases. Somebody spent a lot of time just doing that job and normally that’s not something I’m crazy about, but on this bike, it looks simply marvelous. Unnecessary flash on a Rick Fairless bike? There’s no such thing. It’s all good.
Where this bike really shines and it’s no surprise being a Rick-built bike, is the paint work. His design intention behind this beautifully convoluted paintjob was to “make each piece look like it came off a different custom painted motorcycle.” I’d dare say he achieved that and then some. This is not just an asymmetrical paintjob where it looks different side to side, but each and every piece has its own custom paintjob from the zebra rear fender to the tattooed tank to the psychedelic fairing that looks like it came from Janis Joplin’s Porsche 356 cabriolet right along with a bit of obligatory tie-dye. This wild motorcycle pastiche of styles is the work of Strokers Dallas and the crew at other side customs in Dallas.
In typical Fairless fashion, he met and exceeded what was asked of him. Somewhere along the line, someone’s going to have a neat custom motorcycle that shouts Rick Fairless and that’s only an added benefit. It’s like having an AKC registered custom with a true pedigree attached. Besides being a killer custom built by an industry legend that everybody knows, it’s also a decent street ride. In the blue collar world I come from, that’s the motorcycle version of having your cake and eating it too.
For more info on what Mr. Rick and the crew at Strokers Dallas are up to, visit http://strokersdallas.com/ or do the old Facebook thingie.