Contrast finish has been around motorcycling for a while now, and while you see it in wheels and other parts you rarely see it taken to this extreme, throughout an entire bike. In the case of Daniel Booker’s Street Glide, brushed metal finish contrasts with gloss and matte black to offset both and really add depth to the bagger’s look. It’s similar to how Renaissance painters used the chiaroscuro method to create depth in painting: contrasted light and dark define the three-dimensional form in the artwork.
The industrial look of all that brushed metal and black says a lot about Daniel, especially when you take into account his profession. He’s an engineer with a passion for bikes and travel. You would think that with his job description Daniel would be working on warp drive for starships. He says: “I travel the world as an engineer for linear accelerators and dosimetry equipment.” Mostly because that’s the sort of language I’m used to hearing in a Star Trek episode. And I’d be wrong. “I work with oncologists and medical physicists to treat cancer with radiation therapy,” he explains. Well, fine, Daniel. If you’re not using your skills to unlock the secrets of interstellar travel, I suppose the noble endeavor of fighting cancer is an acceptable substitute.
When he first got his mitts on this 2007 Street Glide it was a mild custom job with a 21-inch front hoop and a little stretch in the luggage. It’s impossible for him to leave anything alone though. Daniel loves customizing things to make them his own. Every vehicle he’s ever had has been tweaked or modded in some way or another.
“We’ve all heard the joke about the guy with the stock Street Glide,” Daniel says. “It took him an hour in the parking lot to figure out which one was his. I’ll never be that guy.” From choppers to trucks, all of his toys have ended up being fully rebuilt into custom glory. His Street Glide wouldn’t be any different in that regard. Once he discovered Pete and Chuck at DA Performance in Chicago, he knew he had the right shop for the job. “I couldn’t have asked for a better experience having a bike built,” Daniel says. “If you get deep enough into this scene of custom bikes, you will eventually hear the horror stories of ‘builders’ having bikes for years on end. Some guys never get their bikes back, much less what they originally paid for. So I feel very lucky to have found two solid guys that do great work.”
After a few phone calls, the three of them sat down and dived into the details of what Daniel wanted. Pete scribbled shit down like a kindergartener, and by the end of that meeting the plan was in place and so was a parts list a mile long.
Being an engineer, Daniel wasn’t the sort of guy to sit back and wait until he got the “job’s done” phone call. He was amped to watch the transformation. Over the course of the next year he made trips to Chicago to hang out with the guys and see the progress being made.
Through hanging out with Pete and Chuck, he met painter Paul Boeckman who would eventually do all of the artwork on the bike. At first Paul would have none of mixing flat and gloss black in one bike. Paul is an extremely talented painter and has done some wild graphics work in the past. That just wasn’t Daniel’s vibe though. He was okay with any color Paul wanted so long as it was black, black, or black. Paul eventually agreed to try the matte and gloss together. The problem comes from making the two finishes look good together. Paul knew he needed something to pull them together or provide an eye-catching contrast: a swath of industrial brushed metal from nose to tail.
For as cool as the finish is on this machine, the stealthy seat has a hidden secret to it that’s pretty awesome. “I was also able to meet Dave Vos who does some of the most insane upholstery work you’ll ever see,” Daniel says. “Dave and I chatted about the seat on the bike and decided to do a really cool detachable passenger seat that looks like a one-piece two-up seat when on the bike. The simple combination of black suede with smooth and dimpled leather turned out great. Dave has this patented double top-stitch thing he does, so we decided to do a thick silver stitch to match the paint.” Dave also worked his magic on the upholstery in the bags to completely hide the stereo. Even when the bags are open, you still can’t see the sound system.
Speaking of not seeing, Daniel didn’t get to see the finished Glide until Daytona Bike Week—once he navigated the massive crowd around it snapping photos of it and the other DA bikes on builder’s row on Beach Street. He stood in the same spot for a good 10 minutes just taking it in while smiling and knowing that this sweet thing was going home with him to Memphis.
|Bike Owner:||Daniel Booker|
|Shop Name:||DA Performance|
|Shop Phone:||(815) 210-6963|
|Build Time:||1 year|
|Efi/Carb:||EFI controlled by Power Commander|
|Air Cleaner:||Roland Sands “Blunt”|
|Exhaust:||Sik Pipes stainless “X” pipe|
|Rake:||Custom by DA Performance|
|Stretch:||Custom by DA Performance|
|Manufacturer Front:||Air ride by DA Performance|
|Triple Trees:||Manufacturer Rear Dirty Air|
|Manufacturer Front:||Glenndyne Design|
|Wheel Height/Width:||30 in.|
|Tire Height/Width:||Vee Rubber Monster|
|Rotor:||Glenndyne Design 18 in.|
|Manufacturer Rear:||Glenndyne Design|
|Wheel Height/Width:||18 in.|
|Caliper:||Glenndyne Design G7|
|Rotor:||Glenndyne Design G7|
|Color:||Suede & Gloss Black with Brushed Metal Graphic|
|Painter:||Paul Boeckman, Chicago, IL|
|Graphics:||Paul Boeckman, Chicago, IL|
|Front Fender:||B’Cool full-wrap|
|Rear Fender:||Custom TOL|
|Fairing/Windscreen:||Custom fairing with Dirty Bird windshield|
|Gauges:||Dakota Digital MVX|
|Oil Tank:||H-D Handlebars HHI Hellrazor|
|Turn Signals:||Plasma Rods|
|LIcense Mount:||Alloy Art Removable Seat Customs by Vos|
|Saddlebags Latches:||PM Speakers Hertz|
|Head Unit:||Aquatic AV Amp Hertz|
|Misc.:||Ballistic Strut system|