Painting pretty girls on objects is an idea as old as primitive man painting on cave walls. Female fertility god sculptures, nude Grecians painted on clay pots, and ancient tantric books prove that it is a universally pleasing decoration that hasn’t lost its allure in the present. Nor are scantily clad women only to be thought of as porn. Used to personalize, personify, and distract our pilots and crewmen from the terrors of war and the harshness of life, some would say that style of art was perfected during WWII with warplane nose art. The beauty and tradition continues to this day with pinup-style art painted on motorcycles such as Jason Ogletree’s Custom ’09 Road King, appropriately named “Pin-Up.” That’s not always the way this bike has appeared though—it started out much differently.
A few years ago John Shope, owner of Sinister Industries in Phoenix, took a call from a southern gentleman. “I answered the phone and started talking with this guy that sounded like some sort of backwoods hillbilly. Basically, the guy says he’s going to stop by the shop next week to have me work on his bike for him,” John said. “I hear that kind of thing all the time, so I didn’t think much of it. Then, the following week, the guy actually showed up exactly when he said he would, and I quickly found out that he’d ridden all the way from Georgia.”
That guy turned out to be Jason Ogletree, affectionately known as “The Hillbilly.” He took the long way on his stock King to have custom work done at the Sinister shop because there were some other popular bagger-builders that he claimed wouldn’t even take his call. Within a relatively short amount of time, John and the Sinister crew had finished the bike’s first revision with a tall-for-the-time 23-inch wheel, a pair of aftermarket pipes, and a pair of custom handlebars.
Fate had allowed Jason to save a little money and he and his wife moved to Arizona while the bike was built. His wife got a job and he “started attending MMI, just to learn more about bikes. That’s how much he loves them,” John said. As his knowledge increased and time passed, Jason grew less excited about his mild custom bike while his thoughts turned to less conventional custom methods. “Over the course of his King’s first revision, Jason and I had become good friends. I was riding around town one night with him and I kept smoking his bike stoplight to stoplight with a supercharged bike of mine. Halfway through the night he decided that he needed one for his bike,” John said. Jason had also grown tired of the ubiquitous black color, and thought the bike might look better with a bevy of pinup girls adorning the painted surfaces.
Not long after that particular night of riding, Jason brought the Road King back into the Sinister shop to be redone, again. “This was actually the third bike where I cut the neck and started developing parts for my product line for big-inch front wheels,” John said. Sinister swapped out the 23-incher for a 26-inch front wheel and new fender, plus new handlebars, new pipes, and new Sinister bags and side covers. Like war planes of old, the bike’s 103-inch air-cooled motor is supplemented with a power adder in the form of a ProCharger supercharger. Once all the chassis and motor work was finished, the exterior received a new coating of gray and black featuring pinup girls meant to emulate the black ink of an expertly drawn and shaded tattoo.
Within three months at the Sinister shop, the bike was back on the streets of Phoenix. John and Jason had the bike tested on a dynamometer where it made 147 hp using a mere 9 pounds of boost. Regardless of the crazy-high horsepower numbers, Jason hasn’t changed his riding habits—he still rides all over the place like when it was still in stock configuration back in Georgia. Since Pin-Up, he’s had two more bikes built by Sinister and has them working on a fourth bike for him right now. “The moral of this story is to treat everyone the same. No matter what a person sounds or looks like, make sure to give them the respect that every person deserves. You never know who could become your next friend or best customer,” John said. B
|Bike Owner|Jason Mandy Ogletree|
|Shop Name|Sinister Industries|
|Shop Phone|(623) 465-5263|
|Build Time|Three months|
|Exhaust|Vance & Hines, Rhinehart|
|Special Features|Full Polished ProCharger Supercharger|
|Manufacturer Front|HHI Lowers|
|Manufacturer Rear|Arnott Air adjustable|
|### Wheels, Tires, and Brakes|
|Manufacturer Front-Type|Sinister Industries|
|Manufacturer Rear|Sinister Industries|
|Front Fender|Sinister Industries 26-inch|
|Rear Fender|Sinister Industries|
|Gauges & Dash|H-D|
|Hand Controls/Grips|H-D/ Sinister Industries|
|Foot Controls/Pegs|Sinister Industries|
|Turn Signals|Sinister Industries|
|License Mount|Sinister Industries|
|Saddlebag Latches|Sinister Industries|