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Parking Lot Bike of the week
Sometimes things are not what they seem and in the case of the 2007 Harley-Davidson Road King you’re looking at you’d be easily excused if you thought this was a fresh as a daisy custom bagger build. It’s crisp and clean and looks as up to date for a radical build as anything done within the last month. Unfortunately or fortunately depending on your point of view, this custom Road King first hit the road a good four years ago, yet looks yesterday fresh.
There’s being seen and then there’s really being seen. This radical Road King is probably just a tiny step even above that as you couldn’t miss this baby if you sincerely tried. You could try averting your eyes if baggers are your thing, but there’s no way you could walk by this bike and not check it out. Extreme custom baggers are hard to miss and that’s exactly what their owners want. They want to be seen, noticed and hopefully admired. You don’t build or won one of these bikes if you’re the shrinking violet type as people will want to check out its owner as much as the bike itself. Yup, it’s all about attention and this custom Road King has a lock on peoples’ eyes whenever they see it.
There are a quite a bunch of people that love looking at custom bikes, but seem to almost hate them as much. Nothing’s ever right from the color to the model of Harley it’s built around and everything in between. That’s especially the case with the trendiest of trendy big wheel custom baggers where the Internet wailing goes on about basically anything that’s been done from the wheels to the paint to how low it sits. “It can’t be ridden” is the comment that always comes up when all else fails. What if you could have your cake and eat it too on a customized Harley that’s an immediate eye catcher yet still has all the basic street goodness of a Harley-Davidson you could ride daily or across country if you felt like it. Would that interest you?
Published in Modified Stockers
One of the biggest problems Buell motorcycles tried and failed to over come before its untimely demise back in 2009 was its name. Other than Erik Buell himself, I don’t think anybody was too thrilled buying something called a Buell when it could (and should) have been Harley-Davidson. Yeah, I know they were supposedly two different companies, but c’mon now, what would you rather tell somebody you owned? I’ll give you my first guess and it isn’t a Buell. That’s nothing against Mr. Buell or even the basic idea around his sporty concoctions, but there’s no name like Harley-Davidson to give you street cred and no amount of imaginative re-engineering of the motorcycle that made Milwaukee famous could make up for that.
Published in Sportsters
Before all you custom big wheel bagger haters start your hating, just take a look at this extremely lovely build by Rodney Landreth of Twin City Cycle Works in also lovely Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and tell me it’s not a pretty bike for what it is at least. Hey it’s no different than when I was a young punk and pretty snotty purist about cars and never got lead sleds for instance. They’re weren’t fast, or handled great or were a smart choice for a drive across country, but they were damn interesting to look at and if you liked attention ─ this was your ride. I never saw one bang through the gears or leave rubber like I thought was necessary at every opportunity, but I couldn’t take my eyes off them as they glided by burbling away through glass packs.
It may be a little early to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, but everybody knows how celebratory we Irish are so showcasing a bright green custom bagger calls for a toast to the owner, Kevin Ellis, for making this possible. On St. Patrick’s Day, everybody talks about having a wee bit of Irish in them, but with a bagger so green and over the top, it’d be St. Patrick’s Day every day of the year. Plus, this one bike alone trolling down the street could be enough entertainment to satisfy any St. Patty’s parade crowd. I know I’d be off the side cheering and clapping as it rolled by satisfied by what the parade organizers came up with.
Woo wee, now ain’t that something? This may just be the most aerodynamically sleek looking custom bagger Barnett’s Magazine Online has ever featured. If you haven’t already, go check out Jack Cofano’s always amazing photos and see for yourself what a different custom bagger trip is going on here. It’s so smooth and flowing you might not catch all the little details that make this a special custom bagger. I know this may sound a bit strange, but there’s some really sophisticated design going on here that sets this bagger apart from the usual big wheel fiberglass-enhanced custom baggers we often feature.
You’re looking at a rare beast. Yes it’s another example of a custom big wheel bagger with all the right stuff to compete in shows or just show off at a local watering hole, but with what I consider a major difference. Oh, if you look closely to find what I’m muttering on about, you’ve totally missed the point. It’s as simple a difference as it is a major difference and it probably wouldn’t apply to anything else but a custom bagger. Hey, I’ll stop the crap and get right to it. Here’s a hint, a strong hint, it’s the paint.
Nice Harley-Davidson Road King wouldn’t you say? It’s got a good bit of custom personalization, enough to warrant an entry in Charlotte Easyriders Show yet still looks like you could hop on it tomorrow and take off on a trans-continental journey with no more hassle than something straight off the York, Pennsylvania, assembly line. Yeah, it’s a nicely hot-rodded FLHR or is it? So, when is a Road King not a Road King? You’re looking at it.
So, I’m having a little trouble defining exactly what a custom bagger is especially when it comes to Harley-Davidson Road Kings. It seems as though you can take a lot of extra liberties starting with an FLHR after everything it came with other than a good portion of the frame and the basic drive train compared to anything else with fairings, audio systems, and whatever else gets installed on a custom dash. When I see a custom Road King like this beauty from Timeless Bike Designs in Mesa, Arizona, that Barnett’s photographer and man-about-town, Jack Cofano, found parked on a street outside the Artistry and Iron Show in Las Vegas. When does a radically customized bagger cross over from being some form of an established model and into chopperdom?