Tami Walker was enjoying a beautiful ride out to Mount Rushmore on her Dyna. Anyone who has been to the Sturgis Rally knows how gorgeous a sunny August day is in South Dakota. But on the way back from the national monument, the sun started to dip down behind the Black Hills, and Tami was getting downright chilly. Her boyfriend at the time, now husband, Jason on his Electra Glide noticed Tami was freezing. He didn't notice the dip in temperature behind that big batwing fairing. So when they pulled over, he had an idea. He told Tami they could switch bikes (now that's chivalry). Tami was unsure about riding the bagger, but Jason told her, "If you can stand it up, you can ride it." No sooner did the words leave his mouth, Jason was running back to get on the Dyna to catch up.
After finishing the now enjoyable ride back to Deadwood, Tami knew a touring bike was in her future. So after their return back to Virginia Beach, Tami picked up a brand-new 2006 Road King Custom. The bike stayed basically stock for the first part of her life; you see, Tami is the owner of a very unique but small motorcycle shop called Diva Customs. Now this shop works on all bikes, but their primary focus is the woman rider. And as many shop owners can attest to, you work on your bike after all the customers' rides are finished.
Now fast-forward to February 2008, a month before the Donnie Smith Invitational Bike Show in Minnesota. Tami and Jason were planning on heading out to the show to see many of their friends located in the Midwest, Donnie and Dawn, Brian and Laura Klock and others. One day while at the shop, Jason gets a call from his good buddy Brian Klock. Brian says, "Jason, I want to send you guys some stuff, get your opinion and to make sure packaging holds up well." When the boxes arrived at Diva Customs (and by the way, the packaging held up), Jason and Tami found it full of Klock Werks goodies. The main goody in the box was Klock's 180 Mo'Tire kit for baggers. Now what to do with it? All these cool parts for a touring bike, and it just so happens that Tami has one. One that Jason has been itching to customize and show the world what Diva Customs can do with a stock bagger. The Diva Customs booth was set to be right next to Klock Werks'. Now there was just one problem: The bike had to be done in time to go to Donnie's show in Minnesota.
Starting with the Klock Werks care package, Tami, Jason and the crew at their shop went to work. The 180 Mo'Tire kit came with everything needed (and then some), including upper and lower filler panels. It also meant new shoes for this big girl, and a set of chrome Czar wheels from RC Components fit the bill. The rear wheel is an 18x5.5-inch with a matching 21x3.5-inch up front, both wrapped in Avon rubber. The Klock Werks 2-inch stretched rear fender was fitted with one of Paul Yaffe's LED diamond-shaped taillights. The stock Road King Custom bags were swapped out with a set of hard ones. To increase the light signature on the back of the bike, Jason turned again to Klock Werks for two sets of Cateye LED lights. Progressive Suspension's new 430 series shocks took the place of the stock rear suspension, and the stock caliper was fit with Lyndall Racing Brakes Gold Plus pads to hug the matching Czar rotor.
With the rear of the bike coming together, the Diva crew turned their attention to the front of the machine. Tami picked the "Slicer" from Klock's new line of front fenders. It hugged the front tire perfectly. A set of chrome Klockblocks connected it to the new, freshly chromed frontend. Hawg Halters chrome dual front calipers handle the front stopping power. When it comes to sheetmetal, Jason knows it's all about the flow. You can't have awesome fenders and leave the stock tank ... you know, stock. It was stretched to a flawless point, hugging the custom seat complete with shop logo provided by Danny Gray.
To make sure Tami had a comfortable riding position, a set of Horizon HeliBars were bolted to the triple-trees. These handlebars are not only fully adjustable, they have a unique look as well. Performance Machine foot controls and floorboards give the boss lady a place to rest her boots, and the Corbin fairing finished with a Klock Werks Flare windshield provides the wind protection. Last to adorn the bike was a set of Diva Customs' very own genuine Swarovski crystal derby and timing covers.
Tami's ideas for paint were challenging to say the least, but Vinny and his team from Contours Custom Paint were up for the task. In record time, they laid down a silver basecoat followed by a candy apple red/brandy wine combination with a crazy amount of heavy silver flake. "Make it look like a bass boat," Tami told Vinny. Then it was up to the airbrush artist to add some more art. Tami looked no farther than Mike Finley of MF-EFX. With everyone involved looking on, Mike started to work magic with his airbrush. In addition to the Diva Customs logo, Mike put the bike's name, Bag Lady, across the back fender and Tami's personal quote, "Ride Sexy," across the tank.
With less than a day to go before they had to start the 2,000-mile trek up to Minnesota, Tami and the DC crew dove into bringing it all together. With time to spare, Bag Lady rolled off the lift for her first ride as a true "custom" and then was stuffed in a trailer with all the rest of Diva Customs' goodies for the journey to Donnie's show.
"I'll admit, I was a little nervous when we opened the back of the trailer, wondering what everyone would think when we brought her out, especially Brian (Klock)," Jason tells us. The response to the Bag Lady was overwhelming. "We took a model of bike, which in the past has been predominately owned by men, and showed we can make it feminine and classy and fit for a woman," Tami said. "That's what we do."
So what's next for the Bag Lady? She's getting a 106-inch kit from S&S; and one of Baker's six-speed transmissions. Jason said, "That's provided Tami will leave it parked long enough for me to do the work."
|YEAR/MAKE/MODEL||'06 H-D FLHRSI|
|BUILD TIME||Three weeks|
|YEAR/TYPE/SIZE||'06 Twin Cam 88ci|
|EXHAUST||Vance & Hines Big Shots|
|LENGTH||2 inches under|
|WHEELS, TIRES AND BRAKES|
|BUILDER/SIZE||RC Components Czar 21x3.5-inch|
|BUILDER/SIZE||RC Components Czar 18x5.5-inch|
|ROTOR||RC Components Czar|
|COLOR(S)||Candy apple red/ brandy wine over heavy silver flake|
|PAINTER||Vinny/Contours Custom Paint|
|GRAPHICS||Mike Finley/ MF-EFX.com|
|FRONT FENDER||Klock Werks|
|REAR FENDER||Klock Werks/ Diva Customs|
|GAS TANK||Stretched by Diva Customs|
|FOOT CONTROLS||Performance Machine|
|TURN SIGNALS||Klock Werks/ Diva Customs|
|LICENSE MOUNT||Klock Werks|