Ric Greene and the boys at Southeast Custom Cycles in Concord, North Carolina have been wrenching on and building up some killer baggers for customers for a few years now and a byproduct of selling such cool bikes is that people want to trade in their old dogs to shave off some duckets in order to get the bike of their dreams. Ric has taken some real jewels in on trade over the years, but in the case of this '02 Road King, it was not the best score. As Ric better explained, "the paint and chrome were a bit rough, so we just let the bike sit in the back of our shop tucked away safely in case someone needed a fixer-upper." And so the bike sat with nary an interest until a local bike show was fast approaching. Ric decided that would be a great excuse to take the FLHR out of storage and get busy showcasing his crew's talents.
Wanting to build a Road King with more of a "dark retro" feel, Ric and his head fabricator Patrick Kelley replaced most of the chrome on the bike with black powdercoated pieces and left just enough chrome to accent the bike. The blacked-out bodywork consists of Milwaukee Baggers stretched bags and rear fender extension, and a custom stretched and smoothed H-D front fender fabricated by Patrick.
The bike rolls on a set of 21 and 18-inch two-toned Hogpro Primitive wheels with Dunlop Elite rubber and stops via a single Hawg Halters six-piston caliper out front and the stock H-D caliper and rotor in the rear.
Ric wanted the Night King to have plenty get up and go, so the 88ci motor was punched out to 95 ci with a Wiseco forged piston kit in a set of bored H-D cylinders. To make the engine look the part of a retro bagger, a set of Xzotic Panhead-style covers were bolted to the top of the engine. A Screamin' Eagle intake gets massive amounts of fresh air into the motor, while a set of Hooker Headers Troublemaker Darksides Softail pipes were modified to fit the FL frame. Controlling the bike is a set of Wild 1 Chubby Beach Bars with black anodized Hawg Halters hand and foot controls. The dash was the original equipment that came with the bike, but Ric replaced the gauge with an Auto Meter unit that fits the style of the build much better than its OE counterpart. In the lighting sector, the front headlight remained the same while the rear was swapped-out for a blacked-out CycleVisions Eliminator run-brake-turn unit.
The bike looks mean with it's all black retro redo and with the 2 1/2-inch Progressive Suspension drop in the front and rear. But What really sets this bike off is the 1930's era art deco replica tank graphics and pinstriping that mimic the look of pre-war Harley-Davidsons.
To the surprise of many naysayers who loaf around the shop, Ric and his Southeast Custom Cycles crew jammed out this build in just shy of two-months time. The Dark King was infact ready for the show where it stunned the masses and killed the classes. Not bad for a hunk of crap that nobody wanted.