It was just about the time John was done with painting the building that the paint for his bike was showing up. As Dan and his team were getting John’s bike back together they all started to think that the bike needed some different wheels and handlebars. And the stock seat had to go. John liked the look of spoke wheels and big white walls, so he called Sam at Ride Wright Wheels and ordered a set of 18-inch 50- spoke Fat Daddy wheels. John had them build the wheels with pure white hoops with chrome hubs, spokes, and spoke nipples just to give the illusion of a white wall. Of course matching rotors were attached and the factory calipers were replaced with Performance Machine 4-piston pieces front and rear. The bike was then lowered 1-inch for a more proper stance.
The next thing was the seat. John liked the feel and comfort of the H-D seat just not the look: it was plain, black, smooth, and looked like every other H-D Road King seat. So he wanted something exotic. John stopped by the shop one day holding an envelope full of material samples from LePera. There was talk of using crocodile, ostrich, or snake, even the skin of a dead Oompa Loompa, whatever else they could find to fit the look of the bike. The kind folks at LePera sent out an unwrapped seat blank to be measured up and sent back so they could cover it in whatever John picked. They all came to an agreement that orange crocodile inlay would be the best choice to flow with the fresh paint scam.
Once Dan had all the paint back at the shop, the bike was put back together in just a few days. At the start of this project John was looking to just change out the paint but before he knew it like so many before him, once he get started on that one little thing it can become a new bike if not a new looking bike in no time at all. The work that went into the new fairing, wheels, bars, and seat, were no little task, but to John it was not too much, enough to feel like a new bike with new toys, but still the 105th Anniversary Road King Classic he fell in love with. Now it looks and sounds better too. B