There is a shop out in Harrison, Ohio, owned by Guy Schaible called Junk Yard Customs (JYC), and he loves to take on the challenge where a customer shows him a bike in a magazine and asks, “Can you do this to my bike?” Without any doubt the answer is, “Yes we can and do it even better.”
So one day a long-time shop friend, but first-time customer, stopped by the shop and started telling Guy that he wanted to take a stock Harley-Davidson Street Glide and turn it into a custom everyday rider. He wanted a custom paintjob, new wheels, exhaust, and tons of chrome. As Guy was talking with the customer about all the things he wanted to do to the bike, Guy wished he had a bike that was all done up to show off everything that the shop can do to a bike. A bike that wouldn’t be over the top, but a real everyday kind of bike; a bike that would be an easy seller and show some available options in real life. Before long, Guy placed a call to a friend at RPM Cycle Sale to find a great deal on a used Street Glide for his customer. He was looking for an ’09-or-newer FLHX with low miles and an even lower price. A few days later Guy got the call that RPM found a used ’09 Street Glide with very low miles. Guy told RPM, “Let’s make a deal.” Just as the paperwork was completed and money changed hands, Guy’s customer called and told him about the great deal he made on a Street Glide and would not need the bike Guy just got from RPM. The sale with RPM was already done and the bike was on its way to the shop, so Guy just figured he would keep the bike for himself and turn it into the shop bike he wanted. Once he was done with all the work on his customer’s “new” Street Glide, he got started on his new shop bike.
The first thing JYC did was strip the bike down to the bare frame, and installed one of its JYC 10-degree Get Raked neck kits. This put the rake at 10-over stock and allowed the use of the stock triple trees. The frame was then molded and smoothed of all welds. Once done, all the sheetmetal and the frame were sent out for paint. As they were waiting on the paint, the JYC team ordered a set of wheels from Renegade, a Vance & Hines exhaust, and a ton of chrome parts. As the painted parts arrived back at the shop, Guy was blown away at how well the guys at Armstrong Design made the sheetmetal look. To get that look in the paint, Armstrong’s started with a dark silver base followed by two shades of mini flake green. The frame along with the inner and outer fairing was then shot with the same colors. Over the next two days, JYC put the bike back together and rolled it out to the next bike-night to show just what can be done to a stock bike to give it a true custom look without breaking the bank.
Now it’s just a shop bike, according to Guy. It’s shows off what JYC is capable of, but deep down Guy loves it when he has to ride this “shop bike” around town—it’s good for business. He has to do it, at least that’s what he tells everyone. B