Industrial Sharknose | 2001 Harley Davidson Road Glide - Hot Bike Baggers Magazine
The Shop's '01 Shark Nose
It all started when a friend of mine, Keith Hall, who helps out in The Shop (my business), called me while I was at the fire station and said he found an '01 Road Glide on Craigslist but no pictures were available and the price was $9,000. It was pouring down rain when I made the call. I was told it was a one-owner bike and it had moved here (Oklahoma) from Arizona. I asked if he would hold the bike until the next morning when I got off work. At 7 a.m. I headed that way and by 9, I owned the bike.
Bikes, Blues and Barbeque (Fayetteville, Arkansas) was at the end of the month, so my wife and I took the '01 and rode it bone stock (not my choice, but time was limited) along with all our friends that we had built badass bikes for in the past. During the ride, all I remember hearing from my lovely wife was, "Why are we on this and not on one of those?" As you can imagine, I couldn't wait to get back and tear into it. Once home, I had a customer interested in the bike, so I sold it to him and we laid out his plans-stretch, rake, motor, and color. Once the bike was under construction/destruction, I found an '03 Anniversary Road Glide and hauled ass to Tennessee to grab it as well. It was a great bike and way too nice to cut up, so I figured I would do some mild modifications and sell it. As we arrived back at the shop, I pulled it out of the trailer and my customer (the new owner of the '01) was standing in the distance. He approached and told me he wanted it instead of the '01. The next day I owned the '01 again and he owned the '03.
Work began. All the guys in the shop began the complete teardown including every part of the motor. We sent the heads to Revolution Performance for Stage 2 work and had the pistons and cylinders set up, along with 650 gear-drive cams. Once we got all the parts back, they went to custom powdercoating, then to Diamond Heads for cutting. The frame was stretched 1 inch and raked 5 degrees, and then it was off to paint. The tank was factory, but stretched, and a custom dash piece was done by a good friend and great fabricator, "TFAB." He also built the custom-fit bars and built the pipe that I had designed to be totally different than anyone else's out there. The motocross floorboards were an idea of mine, giving the bike a simple but hardcore look.
The bike was painted industrial silver by Mike and Rodney with R.A.B. here in The Shop. Over the next few months, the bike was assembled by everyone in the shop along with some talented friends, Keith Hall and Phillip Ferguson, who played a big role in the success of this bike both times it was done (more on that later). The bike was set up to utilize all Harley components, such as a Tour-Pak, a backrest, and all standard controls, just in case of a breakdown on the road-all the parts were not custom pieces that leave you stranded. We made the Sturgis road trip along with another 2,500 miles over to Wyoming and Montana, through Yellowstone and back to Sturgis before heading home.
Once back at The Shop, I received a phone call from Aaron Glenn of Glenndyne Design, a long-time friend who has been involved in many of my bike projects. Aaron explained that he had a great trip planned to Las Vegas Bike Fest and wanted to know if I still had my Road Glide. I just said, "Hell yeah," because I knew this would be good. Aaron showed up at The Shop with a set of his crazy internal brake wheels on a stand. We sat and talked about how he was prototyping sets for Harleys and especially baggers. Since he wanted to release them asap, Aaron jokingly asked, "Would you be interested in being the first one to roll the re-invention of the wheel?" I laughed and said again, "Well, hell yeah!" After talking it over, and considering today's economic market, Aaron and I decided to build a solid rear wheel that matched the front in finish and hardware. This was also due to the popularity of stretched bags and the fact that most people don't want to spend money on things they can't see. We decided this would be a great option.
We knew very quickly that the bike would need a mild makeover along with some added details to get the wheels installed and ready for the dealer show in Cincinnati. Once again the bike was torn down and a new, richer basecoat was applied by R.A.B. The graphics were laid down by none other than Aaron Glenn himself. With the help of the same crew, we rebuilt the bike again. While we were doing R&D; on the wheels, I decided to install an open primary that we modified to add to the hard look. We just wanted a real crossbreed bagger, "hardcore with elegance," and without a doubt the front wheel sets it off.
During the build-up many people who heard about the wheels from previous shows and articles would stop by the shop just to see the bike come to life. This made things difficult sometimes because we all enjoy talking with people-after all, who wants to spend money at a shop where the people are rude? So after a late night at the shop, Aaron approached me again and said, "You know I enjoy fabricating and developing new products. Why don't we make The Shop the exclusive dealer for my new internal brake wheels?" At first I was like, "Why would he want to cut me in on all those possibilities?" After speaking in more detail, Aaron explained, "It always takes a great team to succeed. None of us can do it alone, and we each excel in different ways. I love to create and develop new things, and with your setup for retail, why not coordinate our businesses to reflect that?" So from that conversation the race was on and business picked up for us both. Aaron does what he does, and The Shop handles the retail sales end.
We still had a bike to finish though. It took about five months of work to get it ready, including all the new business in between. We also had to build the wheels and wheel components and perform all R&D; work, as well as the testing since this bike was the first factory-based bike to roll the wheels. With this modification, we shaved the front lower legs of their original brake tabs as well. We're all pretty pleased with how it all turned out. The bottom line is it takes a team of great people, and it really, really pays to have great friends with a passion for badass bikes.
|SHOP PHONE||(405) 354-1045|
|BUILD TIME||Six months|
|PISTONS||Screamin' Eagle, 10.5:1|
|CAMS||T-Man Performance 650 Gear|
|PRIMARY DRIVE||Hi Tech|
|TRIPLE TREES||HHI, +7 degrees|
|WHEELS, TIRES, AND BRAKES|
|BUILDER/SIZE||Glenndyne Design (GD)/23-inch|
|PAINTER||Mike, Rodney, R.A.B., GD|
|POWDERCOATING||Custom Powdercoating, OKC|
|FRONT FENDER||Fat Katz|
|REAR FENDER||Klock Werks|
|GAS TANK||H-D stretched|
|GAS CAP||The Shop|
|TURN SIGNALS||Kuryakyn Panacea|
|BAG FILLERS||Klock Werks|