Yeah, I do have an affinity for the look of old Harleys, any Harleys even the not-so-pretty-ones when new but with a style that grows on you over time. Well maybe anything other than the brown bikes. The color brown just shouldn’t be on a bike unless it’s leather, but hey, that’s just my opinion. Vintage tank badges that I just thought of as old stuff when I was a kid now look like gold to me, Same goes for all those silly little chrome accessories that were made when baggers were called dressers. When I first heard the term full dresser I had no idea what that might be but figured lots of lights must be included and they were.
What we’ve got here from Jasper & Co fits ever so nicely into an affordable style that shouldn’t at least offend anybody although I’m really having too much faith in the Internet commandos on that one. Jasper & Co are known to me for their extremely rad big wheel baggers so this one was a pleasant surprise. Starting with a 2002 FLHRCI (which decoded is a 88-inch Twin Cam Road King Classic with EFI) as their muse. The OEM leather bags found a home on a shelf and were replaced by hard bags and I wouldn’t be surprised if that happened for more than one reason. Some people just don’t like leather bags and hard bags allow you to buy all of those retro chrome bumper bits to up the bling quotient a bit. Plus it’s a new area for paint.
Other body bits basically stayed stock, but things like the front fender got heavily bumperized with thin streaks of chrome. Has anybody ever successfully tested those fender bumpers? Just wondering. No matter where you looked at those old bikes, there was some accessory to see and as far as I’m concerned, it’s the same here and I’m okay with that. All of that chrome pizzazz reminds me of AMF-era baggers that were usually decked to the hilt. If you take into account the front and rear crash bars along with the luggage rack/backrest and the incredibly long and straight fish tail exhaust while throwing in the cool attitude-inducing 16-inch apes along with all the bumper car stuff, it’s a mind-blowing assortment of tubing running all over the bike. There’s a new sheriff in town as the stock fuel tank lost its OEM Road King badge but got a new retro Harley badge. You don’t need no stinkin’ badges you say? With that one change from stock Road King to a 1960-61 Harley gun sight logo it takes on a whole new look.
Jasper & Co lowered this bike to a Goldilocks-approved ride height─ not too high, not too low, just right. New laced wheels were installed wearing not only whitewall tires, but wavy-style floating rotors up front for a bit of style and a lot more braking. All the lines are braided stainless too as I’ve never heard anybody brag about their stock rubber lines. The rest of the control cables are stainless also and this one quick trick ties the bike together thoughtfully without having to spend the time and money to make everything hidden. Me? I prefer my road bikes this way just in case something breaks as I have to work on it until I hit the lottery.
According to Jasper & Co, there’s a Stage III kit installed in this bike even though I still think it’s got its original 88-inch displacement. Yeah a little cam work and head work along with uncorking these 88s and keeping it all in check with a Power Commander like Jasper & Co has can sure make an “old” TC 88 quite lively, livable and loveable in the real world. By the way, the engine and those fishtails are the only audio system on board so there’s not an exposed speaker anywhere to blight the sight of this bike. Yup, just those l-o-o-n-g fishtails and an open road.
Nobody skimped on the seat either with a two-piece seat for two that’s got real alligator inserts along with the backrest pad. You could spend a day on that and probably be just fine and you’d still have a point of pride when you got your butt off it. By the way, getting off that seat is made easy by the EZ UP Center stand or at least it does in this informative EZ UP video. Check it out, it’s pretty cool. I was wondering why this thing was standing up so straight at rest and now I know.
Where Jasper & Co really got to me with this retro-mod is the paint. The choice of olive pearl and antique cream pearl colors along with the design scheme couldn’t have been better. I like the way the tank badge sits low and defines the paint break of the cream swoosh coming down over the tank. Tying in the old Evo-style round air cleaner and horn in that lovely olive paint brings a vintage vibe to the mix too. This might sound a bit silly, but this is a real pleasant bike to look at and clean and simple is hard to do. It’s just a damn good looking ride with a personality all of its own and affordably useable too. Just ask Kory Kramer of Forest Grove, Oregon, the new owner of this ride how much he likes it. For not a ton of money even by my standards, Kory got himself a ride he can be proud as hell to hop on and tour the Oregon countryside. Hopefully he enjoys all the positive comments he’s sure to get whenever he parks it. Sounds pretty good to me.
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