Simply Complicated | 2008 Harley Davidson Electra Glide Police Model
Jefferson's Understated Glide
By Mark Masker, Photography by Christopher Hubble
Baggers: Talk to us about modifying the fairing. How'd the idea for it come about?
JT: I like the Road Glide fairing so I started with that. Everyone's seen 100,000 painted inner fairings. I wanted to see how many speakers I could fit in for the hell of it. I used fiberglass for seamlessness. Rewiring it was a nightmare. I had two 41/2-inch holes to work with to wiring a TV, speakers, hard drive, and GPS. They're all wired in through that fairing. Oh, and Bluetooth. All told it has eight speakers in it.
Baggers: What was the hardest part of creating the bike?
JT: None of it's hard, I don't think. It's extremely time consuming. That fairing took me 60-plus hours for the fiberglass work alone. The biggest thing that made me want to drink was wiring it up after I cut half the harness out of the bike. The rest? I metal fabricate for a living so it's pretty easy for me.
Baggers: What do you like most about this Glide?
JT: That it's actually comfortable and you can ride it all day. I was putting all this stuff into it but wanted it to feel functional and comfortable. It's probably the most comfortable motorcycle I've ever built. Those longer floorboards are great because they let you change foot position.
Baggers: Anything special you want mentioned?
JT: The blue paint. [Laughs] I usually run a flat paintjob on my motorcycles. I hate a $12k paintjob on a shitty bike or a giant paintjob that takes away from the technical aspect of a bike. I don't like paint. It pulls away from any talent that may have gone into the other aspects of a motorcycle, usually.
By Mark Masker
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