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Hit the Road and Give Me 10!
Ten thousand miles, that is. Thankfully, U.S. Army Reserve Drill Sergeant Patrick Kling may be heard ordering up mileage instead of punishing sets of push-ups. Patrick usually racks up 5,000 clicks on the odometer, but '07 proved to be a year worth riding through--maybe it's the road-loving pack he chooses to associate with. "There is a group of us who ride on the weekends. We are not a formal riding club, just a bunch of folks who like to ride and eat hamburgers."
With a hunger for the open highway and the right machine underneath him, Patrick decided to transform his '05 Kawasaki 1500 into a respectable touring bike, complete with 36-inch drag bars and custom color. Patrick's paint even won top honors at Washtucna's annual show `n' shine. Patrick also has plans to add a set of forward controls so he can stretch out a bit to better enjoy the ride--sounds like he's got this bagger thing all figured out.
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Chad Colwell had a vision in mind when he began working on his '05 Road King. He wanted to build a custom bagger that would be comfortable and practical enough to ride on a daily basis. Obviously, Chad was a man on a mission considering his bike has finished first six times and in second place twice in the total of eight local shows that he's entered the bike so far. With a winning record like that, Chad has every right to consider his Road King a tremendous success in the styling department. Now that his bike is a proven show-worthy looker, Chad has stuck to the original plan of riding the hell out of his beautiful new bike.
Chad and his wife usually ride almost 10,000 miles each year and make it a point to keep their annual cruise to the Laughlin River Run a tradition. Luckily for Chad, his favorite riding spots are located in his own backyard--the gorgeous mountains of Utah have proven to be an attraction not to take for granted.
|Builder||Chad Colwell and family|
|Color(s)||Glacier white pearl|
|Wheels||Hogpro eight-spoke, Front: 21-inch, Rear: 18-inch|
Aside from running his own shop and working on other custom projects, Zach Matson from Montgomery, Minnesota, managed to make progress on his latest bagger build. The '81 Kawasaki has seen a major makeover and has been the transplant recipient from many an H-D donor. The front fender and the bags, which have been treated to handmade extensions, were plucked from an FL that had no further use for its limbs. The stock frame has been stretched out a bit, and the bike has been lowered to better keep its ear to the street.
Zach has currently locked himself in the garage and has vowed to complete the bodywork and paint to be ready in time for the '08 Donnie Smith Invitational Bike Show, which shouldn't be too tall a task considering his skills and available resources. We hope to see the bike's completion in the very near future--keep up the great work, Zach
|Pipes||Homemade drag pipes|
|Paint||No bodywork yet but soon|
|Color(s)||Tossing a coin on it|
|Brakes||Stock calipers with Goodridge lines and Custom Chrome 1-inch master|
This Ain't Grandpa's Ride
Bill Ptaszynski decided to sell his Softail to fund his '03 Street Glide purchase--a great idea to Bill but not a favorable choice amongst his group of friends. They were quick to label Bill a geezer, a fogy and a decrepit old goat for wanting to be seen on a two-wheeled Barcalounger.
Bill knew that his buddies were just busting his chops a bit, so he didn't waver once he started to customize his so-called wheelchair of a motorcycle. He decided that if his bike was going to receive any kind of facelift, he would take charge and wield the appropriate tools himself. Bill got to work and dirtied his hands a little bit by fabbing up the bag and tank extensions. Not stopping there, Bill grabbed the paint gun and sprayed an attractive new skin onto the now beefed-up bagger.
Bill was happy to inform us that after his friends saw the progress he was making on his Glide, they ran off to buy touring bikes of their very own. Way to spread the "grandpa" gospel, buddy!
|Engine||H-D Twin Cam|
|Paint||Spies Hecker/ House of Kolor|
|Color(s)||Candy Tangerine/ Blue-Black/Pearl Purple|
|Wheels||PM Hooligan, Front: 21-inch, Rear: 18-inch|
|Brakes||Factory/ chromed calipers|