For as slick as each issue of Baggers looks when it heads out for printing, it's an illusion. At least, partially. While it might look (hopefully) like the ads and stories are all one big happy team effort, in reality ad sales and editorial don't always agree. Sometimes, ad sales sees us editorial types as overly privileged soapbox jockeys, riding test bikes and enjoying free parts to play with on our scoots, while they do all the real work. On occasion, we see them as cash-grabbing opportunists working any slick angle they can to make their commission, kissing advertiser ass while we perch on our soapboxes impressing ourselves with whatever words spew forth from our gigantic, ego-inflated heads. Both of these stereotypes are based in reality, though neither is absolute truth or fiction. So when I heard that the Binford's IT/ad guy dropped this Street Glide while spilling a cappuccino on it at the local Starbucks, I was far more amused than surprised. In the 15 years I've been writing for the bike books, I've known some ad sales guys who'd ride circles around me; they were great riders by any sensible standard. I've also known a few who've made this exact same mistake or some close variant of it, so strong were they with the poseur side of The Force. With its $40K price tag, that bad day at the coffee joint resulted in what's either the world's most expensive cappuccino or an inexpensive Binford's bagger.
Luckily, the guy worked at a great custom bike shop. For the past two decades, Paul Binford and Tanner Shackley have rocked California's Central Valley with plenty of hot custom bikes. Putting this Glide back together again wouldn't be a huge deal. But where's the fun in a straight-out repair job?
Two brothers around the shop were looking for a big-wheel bagger, and they really didn't know which way to go. Paul ended up paying off his yuppie little buddy for his scoot, and the build was on. Naturally, Binford put his twist on it as if it were his own bike.
After some damage assessment and a tear-down, Binford's turned the Street Glide's Twin Cam mill into a 95-inch powerhouse, courtesy of Shackley barrels, Branch heads, and Woods cams.
Binford's stretched the bones 2 inches and raked the neck to 40 degrees, not just to sleek out the profile but also to run one of Paul's new wheels from Sinister, which will have a line in its 2016 catalog. Combined with the KewlMetal raked trees, the bike's new stance is sweet. The new front hoop doesn't overpower the rest of the bike.
Rico, painter for Binford's, really stepped it up for this beauty too. Not only is the flakey white his doing, but Paul sicced him on the graphics, skulls, and brass knuckles that make it impossible not to look at this bike. He did a terrific job matching the paint job to all the powdercoat found throughout the rest of the machine. Factor in Binford's Knuckle Gear parts that are sprinkled throughout the bagger, and this Street Glide is a serious eye catcher.
Grabbing eyeballs is exactly what this bike did when it debuted at the Sacramento Easyrider Show. That's when the love connection with its new owner, Kyle Galbiso, started. And if he's spilled a drink on it at the Starbucks drive-through, he hasn't told anyone yet.
|Bike Owner||Kyle Galbiso|
|Shop Name||Binford’s Custom Cycles|
|Shop Phone||(209) 239-7828|
|Build Time||60 days|
|Type/Size||Twin Cam/95 in.|
|Special Features||Woods cams|
|Length||2 in. over|
|Triple Trees||Pro Street/KewlMetal|
|Manufacturer Rear||Legend Air|
|Wheels, Tires, and Brakes||SPECIFICATIONS|
|Wheel Height/Width||26 x 3.5 in.|
|Tire Height/Width||Vee Rubber 120|
|Wheel Height/Width||18 x 4.25 in.|
|Tire Height/Width||Metzeler 150|
|Color||Flakey Binford White|
|Front Fender||Fat Katz|
|Handlebars||Binford's Meat Hooks|
|Hand Controls/Grips||Performance Machine|
|Floor boards/Pegs||Binford's/Knuckle Gear|
|Saddlebag Latches||Binford's/Knuckle Gear|
For more information on Binford's Custom Cycle, check out their website Binfords.com