'02 Ultra Cool H-D Road King
Hey man, nice Ultra." There's a statement that Jerry Langerman has heard more than a few times regarding his flamed Road King. Trust us, it even fooled a few of us here at Baggers magazine until we took a second look. With its perfect fitting fairing, killer paint job and matching Tour Pak, the bike looks nothing like when Jerry bought it new in April of 2002. This machine's transition didn't happen overnight, it took five years of gradual progress by an unrelenting owner who knew just what he wanted and did not skimp one bit.
The bike started out just like all stock Road Kings do, and after Jerry rode the bike in its stock config-uration for a few months, he started in on the FLHR's makeover. At first glance the subtle changes to the bodywork don't really show, but gazing further at the bike it is apparent that a ton of metalwork was done at the hands of Paul at New Metal Customs. The side covers, tank extensions and dash were all hand pounded from sheetmetal. Paul also stretched the front and rear fenders by adding custom made fillers and added lighting from Hi-Tech LED. To match the look of the stretched rear fender, a set of Simms long bags were used with factory H-D tops.
The first rendition of the custom paint was competed by Jason Lloyd at Reality Customs in the spring of 2005. It was originally black and silver with red flames, but after returning from the Black Hills Jerry felt something was missing, so he went back and had Jason add a bit of real fire flames to the background of the black. Both men agreed to add the orange flames over the top to make the paint really pop, but Jerry was not satisfied with having just the paint looking good, so a wheel upgrade was imminent. After searching far and wide, Jerry found just what he was looking for in a set of Performance Machine Seville wheels. Furthering the upgrade of the bike, Jerry wrapped the wheels in Metzeler rubber and bolted up a set of polished Performance Machine rotors and calipers.
Wanting a set of handlebars that would be both comfortable and hide behind the Wide Open fairing, Jerry went with a set of Carlini Design drag bars with chrome H-D controls, grips, and Kuryakyn mirrors. The final piece of the puzzle in the looks department was the Corbin Seat that was custom stitched to match the bike.
Once the looks of the bike were cemented, Jerry moved on to the motor and upgraded the 88ci stock engine to 95ci with help from his friend Doran Benson. The engine is now stuffed full of stellar parts such as Branch heads, pistons, and cams, Screamin' Eagle pushrods, and Kuryakyn Hyper Charger air cleaner. Banging through the gears was made easier with the addition of a Roadmax six-speed transmission and a Screamin' Eagle clutch.
The bike has seen many miles since the massive transformation and Jerry still has no regrets about taking this once stock Road King to the highest level. Many people ask the question, "What drives a man to take a bike to this level of customizing?" We are glad that we have a Rolodex full of guys like Jerry Langerman to pull from.