2002 Harley-Davidson FLHTC - Who Is Pete Meier?
The pride of Perryville
By: Rick Schemel, Toph Bocchiaro, Photography by John LaRose, Jr
Pete's first bike was a 1977 Sportster (payments of $80.00/month). Since 1980 he has owned at least 11 Harleys, most of them dressers and all but a few were purchased new. Pete created his first "bagger" in 1987, although no one called them that back then. He really did lead the trend. Pete told me, "I was building baggers before baggers were cool". What really set these bikes apart, however, were his paint jobs. Although he will paint any scheme the customer wants, Pete's specialty is hand painted flames. He will often include painting the inside of the fairing, filler panels, and covers. His use of color, metal flake, flames, clear coat and graphics are outstanding
Pete stated that his intention in being published in Baggers is to "put Perry County back on the map". He's invited all of the readers to Perryville for a few beers and some bar-b-que. By the way, he also provides catering for large parties (smoked, grilled or deep fried meats). His motto, of course: "You can't beat Pete's meat".
Pete's bike you see here is a modified '02 Electra Glide that began life as a brand new Ultra Classic. After getting it back to his shop the bike was disassembled and rebuilt. Within the first six months the project was 80% complete and the remaining modifications were phased in over a few years. Since then the bike has been ridden to Sturgis seven times (eight as of this year) and now has 23,500 miles. On the dyno the motor produced 112hp and an arm stretching 136 lb-ft of torque. Last year Pete switched the tank and bag lids, repainted the bike and added a custom built sissy bar.
By Rick Schemel, Toph Bocchiaro
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