FBI Motor Co motorcycles are 50-state and Canada compliant and are listed in the N.A.D.A.
There was a time, not long ago, when you could type “custom production motorcycle” into Google and a plethora of manufacturers would populate the top of the list—names such as Titan, Big Bear Choppers, American Iron Horse, Big Dog, and Swift, just to name a few. Well those days are long gone and for the most part, so are those companies. And while those manufacturers were fixated on catering to the bobber, chopper, and pro-street crowds, another company was slowly noticing a trend amongst its customers and began making moves to capitalize on that trend.
In the early 2000s Gary Chipp was getting requests from the customers at his family’s Harley dealership for a way to get more meat under their H-D touring bikes. Looking to fit in with the wide tire trend that was sweeping the industry, the bagger guys wanted to burn more rubber as well. In 2004 after creating a bolt-on kit that would allow FLH owners to stuff (at the time) a massive 200mm tire under their rear fender, Gary started Fat Baggers Inc. to serve a neglected niche. Then in 2007, while the custom production manufacturers were all competing against one another with their wide-tire choppers, bobbers, and pro-street models, Gary decided to fill another niche and dipped his toe into the production motorcycle pool building turnkey wide-tire baggers through a new venture, FBI Motor Co.
Since its inception, FBI Motor Co. has developed a line of bikes over the years which include the Razor, Razorback, Razor King, Razorback Ultra, and Razorback Trike. Obviously, the bikes are similar to a few Harley models not only in their basic overall looks but nomenclature as well. But even when compared to H-D’s CVO models, it doesn’t take long to realize that the FBI bikes feature a more refined style, high-end components, and all the custom styling cues that are popular amongst enthusiasts today.
In late 2009 Randy Scism, owner of Marine Technologies Inc. in Wentzville, Missouri, traded what had been his dream bike, a 2006 Harley-Davidson Street Glide loaded with a fat tire kit and other parts from Fat Baggers Inc., for a new FBI Motor Co. Razorback. While he loved the upgrade, it actually did no more than fuel his creative fire for what more he could do to customize his ride. After several months of riding the Razorback, Randy started creating sketches and making notes of what he really wanted. And when he finally called Gary to discuss his ideas, Randy began describing a new custom rearend with long bags and fender, integrated lighting, and remotely operated bag lids. As Randy continued to rattle off his other ideas, such as a 240mm rearend, 26-inch front wheel, and a way to incorporate his iPad into the fairing, he more than had Gary’s attention. For the next six months Randy would call up Gary and throw the “what about this” and “what about that” scenarios at him. As it turned out, they were totally on the same page with the overall design of the bike. So much so, that Gary decided to turn it into a new Razorback Limited model. Once they had the final concept in place, Randy decided to push the envelope even further and laid the final “what about” on Gary. “What about getting this one and two more for my buddies done in time to take to Sturgis in just over three months?” And with that final request, the challenge was on!
With the initial direction and creative juices from Randy and Wes at MTI, the end result of the project was the newest, top-of-the-line model from FBI Motor Co.—the 2012 Razorback Limited. On May 1, 2011, Gary began designing the first custom parts for the bike and after 8,000-plus man-hours of design, engineering, machining, manufacturing, and assembly, the new model was born and delivered to Sturgis on August 5.
The Limited is based around FBI Motor Co.’s proprietary frame which features a 3-inch drop seat design and 36 degrees of rake in the neck. While a 120ci engine is available, Randy opted for the 131ci engine upgrade. The 120 and 131 are proprietary engines made for FBI by JIMS USA. The bike rolls on a 26-inch front and 18-inch rear wrapped in a 240mm tire. Skin for the Limited is completely unique to the other FBI models and is an all-new FBI design comprised of hand-laid composite fiberglass components (gas tank is wrapped in fiberglass covers). From the stretched-out fairing and tightly wrapped front fender to the contoured body lines and exhaust outlets incorporated into the rear fender, the Limited smoothly flows from tip to tail.
While the bike immediately garner’s attention with its sleek bodywork, it’s the electronics that really make the Razorback Limited stand out. We’ve seen plenty of double-din head units with pop-out screens and bikes with iPads incorporated into them, but none seem to look as clean as FBI’s iPad inner fairing. Music, videos, GPS, or an intense game of Angry Birds while parked at bike night—having an iPad flush mounted into your fairing is pretty damn cool. Out back you can hit the switches and drop the ass via the Legend Air Ride shocks. Then you can watch with a smile on your face as bystanders point with their mouths agape as the lids automatically open and close. Flush-mounted lighting in the fairing, saddlebags, and rear fender help keep things spic-and-span clean.
As they say, nothing in life is free, and the Razorback Limited is far from it with a base price tag of $68,500 with the 120ci powerplant. However, unlike that OE Street Glide or that CVO Road Glide you’ve been thinking about purchasing only to dump another $15Gs into to rake, stretch, and audio-electrify (only to see another 20 just like it at the next big bike show), with the Limited you’ll be hard pressed to run across another like it as production is being limited to only 12 per year. Plus with this bike you can just plop your money down, grab the keys, and go. Well, at least we can dream it’s just that easy, right? •