Roger Cancio wanted to go all out after he purchased a new ’09 Street Glide. Although this wasn’t Roger’s first bike or bagger, he made the decision that he really wanted to see this bike grace the pages of Baggers magazine. Building a custom bagger was a first both for Roger and Kustom Kreations (KK), who had built up a good reputation for auto and truck customization, fabrication, and paintwork.
The build process was well thought out with ideas thrown back and forth, what looked good and what didn’t. As the creative juices started to boil Roger decided to build a one-off bagger and as he put it, “Murder this thing and get it done right once, not twice.” Many of the initial parts were ordered from John Shope at Sinister Industries. Fabrication started with Sinister stretched saddlebags and side covers, along with a set of Loud Lids. Roger wanted to mate the three, molding the parts together into a seamless unit. At the time the bags were made of fiberglass while the lids were comprised of ABS plastic. The dissimilar materials don’t bond well together and as time goes on there is a tendency for the fiberglass to swell and leave a visible line where the molding was. Roger’s solution was to make a fiberglass mold of the lids. Once the fiberglass hardened Roger made a reverse mold to maintain the original size of the lids. Then the saddlebags, lids, and side covers were all molded together. To gain access into the bags two openings were cut into the bags.
The original idea was to flush-mount the taillights but again they wanted to avoid any future swelling so the doors were made from Lexan and the lights were mounted inside. Custom hinges were fabricated to operate the saddlebag doors. Next up was the rear fender, and there were a couple of reasons why the team decided to modify it. One was just to be different and the other because the bags, fender, and exhaust didn’t look right to Roger. So the sides of the fender were built out to meet the edge of the bags. Flow was an important design component throughout the build. The saddlebags received some custom molding as well to add texture and a more custom look. Using fiberglass a ridge was built into the side of the bags that added even more flow to the design. An added bonus is that the paint would flip-flop in appearance due to the complex shape.
A Sinister stretched gas tank and dash were next on the list. I’m sure you’re starting to see a theme here, and again Roger and KK massaged these parts as well. The ends of the tank were extended out further and the bottoms flattened to perfectly meet the front of the side covers. Streamlined was what they were going for. The dash was supposed to be attached to the tank with a bolt going to a metal tab under the seat along with a rubber gasket. That wasn’t custom enough for Roger so he built up the tank and essentially frenched in the dash right into the top of the tank. The dash sits cleanly in the tank crevice without any gasket or bolt.