How could less be more? It seems very clear that more is more, and less is less than more. To explain how that saying works in quite simple terms, it is the notion that simplicity and clarity lead to good design. For our application to custom motorcycle goodness, it basically means don’t add more when less will do and garner the same effect. As an artisan of two-wheeled steel, chrome, and color, it’s supremely easy to get out of control. We understand your pain and offer this humble Road Glide as concrete proof to the achievements of simplicity.
Looking over this ’12 Road Glide, one might be somewhat inclined to give it a nod of approval, make note of its lack of attention-demanding visual features, and wander on down the line to see if all that glitters is gold. We understand that the multitude of bagged, raked, flaked, and extra colorful motorcycles are far more attention-grabbing, but there is no doubting the raw awesomness of the basics. The owner of Southern Metal Choppers, Bronson Willard, had this to say, “We built a loud flashy Deuce for the owner to fit his larger-than-life personality. When it came time to build the Road Glide, he wanted something a bit more sedate. Something closer to stock.” With that one goal in mind, Southern Metal Choppers left the engine and transmission alone, and chose just enough aesthetics to get the job done.
Bronson chooses to fabricate more when appropriate, so the front of the Road Glide was torn down and the neck custom-fabricated to achieve a 42-degree rake in combination with the Hawg Halters triple trees. With stock lower legs and 2-inch-over fork tubes, there is plenty of clearance for the SMT Machining 26x3.75-inch Edge wheel encased in Vee rubber. A matching 18.5-inch Edge wheel and 180 tire can be seen peeking out from behind the Milwaukee Bagger stretched saddlebags. To get the rearend even closer to terra firma, a fully adjustable Legend air suspension lets Kenny choose his cruise level.
In keeping with the theme, the stretched saddlebags and Fat Catz front fender were treated to paint and graphics that appear to be fresh from the showroom floor. It’s a trick to fool the eye into believing so little has been done. Dakota Digital gauges replace the stockers and lend the perfect contrast between the stock head unit and Sinister handlebars capped by factory switch housings and Accutronix grips. To match the grips, Southern Metal bolted up a set of Accutronix forward controls in place of the footboards.
The only other parts swapped out were the Roland Sands air cleaner and SuperTrapp exhaust to add some bark to the 103ci engine. Says Bronson, “Right now the engine and transmission are untouched because they’re barely broken in. We received the bike straight from the dealer with paper plates on it. We plan on adding a bigbore and cams once some miles accumulate on the Glide.” One last thing Bronson left us with was a teaser that a new paintjob is in the works to, once again, match Kenny Kasper’s larger-than-life personality. It’s an addiction that must be fed, but right now we find this Road Glide to be simply perfect.
|Bike Owner||Kenny Kasper|
|Shop Name||Southern Metal Choppers|
|Shop Phone||(512) 833-5044|
|Fabrication & Assembly||Southern Metal Choppers|
|Build Time||Two months|
|Type/Size||2012/H-D Twin Cam/103ci|
|Air Cleaner||Roland Sands Design|
|Triple Trees||Hawg Hawlters|
|Special Features||Adjustable air suspension|
|Wheels, Tires, and Brakes|
|Manufacturer Front||SMT Machining|
|Manufacturer Rear||SMT Machining|
|Graphics||Southern Metal Choppers|
|Front Fender||Fat Catz|