First off, the sleek overall profile still smacks a bit of factory but with a lot more flow from stem to stern like a beautiful powerboat on plane and that’s okay. A design we love has taken a turn for the better with a nice massaging of parts and pieces artfully integrated to take the dowdy and turn it into rowdy. Things look comfortably familiar, yet totally different. It’s utterly sleek looking, but nothing that might require a rewiring of your brain to get around a giant front wheel or some other extreme styling cue. Even parked it looks way smoother than stock just by sitting so low on its MRI electric center stand. What you see is what you get and there’s no hidden surprises other than the attention you’ll have to get used to.
Oh it’s sexy alright, at least by my motorcycle standards as it immediately catches your eye in the Harley corporate colors of orange, black and silver as shot by Dwayne Olson of Viking Cycle Art Inc. in Ocala, Florida. The particular shade of vibrant orange picked is not overpowering as you might expect if someone just said, “It’s bright orange.” Maybe it’s Dwayne’s delicate use of black and silver graphics that break it up just enough or the heavy use of black on the drive train and rolling stock for contrast instead of chrome, but it looks damn good to me. I get a tinge of hot rod bagger and I love that idea of one like everybody loves hot rods.
Making it even more sexy and hot roddy at the same time is that it did receive a good bit of hot rodding in the Twin Cam 103 by Dan Parry, owner of Greazy Hawgs Garage in Ocklawaha, Florida. Mechanical specialties are their thing and they gave the stock engine took a good performance hit without getting rid of its day to day riding goodness. Dan pumped up the volume with an increase in compression to 10:5 to 1, SE 255 cams, S&S adjustable pushrods, along with a little internal work and all watched over by a ThunderMax EFI self-tuning module that Dan swears by. Throw on a freer-flowing air cleaner to go with hidden performance exhaust and you’ve got one sexy beast of an engine you can enjoy everyday.
So what’s that about the smart aspect then? Well, I don’t know if it turned out so smart because the bike’s owner, Brian Seckel of Ocala, Florida, had it going on knowing exactly what he wanted or that the build combo of Double H’d Baggers in Ocala and Greazy Hawgs Garage came up with a formula for show and street bike success. The end result is the most important and building around a stunning looking 21-inch Glenndyne Design front wheel gives it a cool custom look without infringing on any of its street attributes. No frame mods are needed for this conversion and that alone saves a lot of shekels for other parts of the build like the now seemingly mandatory front and rear air ride suspension so you can see how low you can really go.
Smart too when it came time for custom bodywork. Bad Dad Baggers supplied all the body pieces they needed from a stretched tank to extended bags and everything else in between. Getting them from one source certainly makes fitment a smite easier and keeps the design more harmonious too. Pieces fit and pieces flow and hopefully some shop time is saved too. Saving time allows for audio indulgence on Brian’s part so Double H’d Baggers whipped up a killer audio system consisting of a Sony head, JL Audi speakers and Rockford Fosgate amps. I’m no one to judge, though, as I only listen to my engine on a motorcycle, but the specs do look extremely capable of knocking you off the seat at full volume. Not me, though, I do that all by myself.
Even the custom seat by Sammy’s Seat covers also in Ocala, Florida, is a beautiful combo of classy, yet sassy. First, it really looks like a seat you could actually spend a considerable amount of riding time on and second, it looks like it could have be inspired by a luxury sports car. Class with sass and good on your ass is about all you can ask from a seat and it’s here in spades. Being smart with cash allowed nice little bits like the Arlen Ness Hot Legs fork legs to mount the won-single disc setup up front and those knockout Vity’s Design Diamond floorboards that dominate their space beautifully and blend in nicely with all the other machined black bits featured throughout the bike.
As you can guess, I like this build a lot. Smart moves were made and the end result is a high quality piece of kit. Double H’d Baggers and Greazy Hawgs Garage along with some serious outside help have come up with a combo that’s lost nothing for the street and allowed owner Brian Seckel to score a third in class trophy at this year’s Rat’s Hole Show. Hey, that’s what sleek, smart and sexy will do for you.