2004 Harley Davidson Road King Classic

What was your intended objective when you started the build?

i wanted a daily driver that was comfortable, unique and turned heads. it’s about not going over the top, only work it where you need to and come out with a bike that looks better than any bike someone spent their life savings on – all with the grease and grime of the build on my hands, no one else’s.

What motivated you to start your project?

i love to create mechanical art. i typically see a mechanical piece or part that i want to build around.  for my road king it was clearly the lines – high bars and low, long exhaust

What was the most unique and creative thing you did to the bike?

i think that most of the creativity came in the planning.  it’s not a single piece that spoke to me in this build, but rather the flowing long lines of a big bike. it was about the time i got to spend with the bike, learning the craft and expressing my vision for a bike.  there are so many little things that you can do to a bike, but if you just do everything you don’t necessarily wind up with a creative expression in the end.  i’ve seen bikes that people put 20k or more into, that just look normal.  i took alot of time just looking at my bike listening for what it needed.

What are you most proud of?

the sound – i worked with bad dad to get these 4 inch pipes.  i pulled the baffles and welded up some custom baffle inserts that that really give it a snappy call.  no tinney or light open sound and definitely not a muffled rumbler.  nice and annoying to the streetwalkers at low speed and rpm – but as quiet as stock pipes while cruising

What do other people say about your motorcycle?

most people just say beautiful, my ups man said he’d die to die on the bike.  but its not what they say, but the way heads turn as i roll past the crowds in downtown.

 

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