How come there’s no Antiques Road Show for gear heads? Why do all the blue-haired garage-sale bandits get to have all the fun? “Well, Agnes, what you have here is an official Herbert Hoover commemorative back scratcher in mint condition. It’s worth more than a large house. What? You bought it from a blind toenail farmer who was going out of business? Lucky you.”
Mechanophiles like things in mint condition with fine veneers too. Ours are just more fun. What unites them, though, is the term “mint condition.”
If you’re a collector of, oh…anything, it means unblemished. Perfect. It does not mean older than death. That’s the mindset Brian Klock brought to his close friend Jeff Jolliff’s 2010 Road King when Brian picked the bike up during Biketoberfest from Shelly Rossmeyer of Daytona H-D. The idea was to build a custom paying tribute to mid-’60s classic cars, with their timeless tradition of perfect stance, paint, and style. Hence the King’s name, Mint Condition. It’s a tailored fit to Jeff’s personal style of function, efficiency, and detail. His cars and management style at Graphic Packaging in Mitchell, South Dakota, reflect those tenets. So when it came time to define this bike, the two friends chose a set of Colorado Custom’s Segundo wheels that mimic a 1953 Cadillac hubcap. They were the obvious choice to fill those wide whites and give it a mid-’60s custom car stance. In a world of 26-inch wheels, it takes a certain will to go against the trend and build a timeless classic, which is what Jeff and Brian chose to do.
Within minutes of ordering wheels, Jeff grabbed a drop seat kit from Bagger Werx and proceeded to bolt on the new rear section to give Mint Condition a slammed attitude. While the back of the frame was being swapped out, the Klock Werks team was busy performing some heavy modifications on the stock gas tank, giving it a completely new shape and stretching the tail section so it would gracefully flow around the dropped seat pocket and right into the Bagger Werx side covers. Resting on top of the tank is a custom stretched dash housing a solo speedo/tach gauge. If the dash looks a little too clean, it’s because the stock ignition switch was relocated to the left side, under the tank. Even though the tank is radically different from its stock form, it still features the OE internal fuel pump assembly so that it can be serviced at any H-D dealership. It’s just one of the precision touches the shop added to Jeff’s ride.
“Even though the tank is radically different from its stock form, it still features the OE internal fuel pump assembly so that it can be serviced at any H-D dealership.”
Trailer queen isn’t in Jeff’s vocabulary, he has a need for horsepower and found it in spades by teaming up with Chris Degen and John “Quigley” Patton of Klock Werks alongside the magic of Mike Roland of Küryakyn to create a subtle monster mill. Key components included Küryakyn Wild Things 103 pistons and cylinder heads, Küryakyn’s Wild Things TC-46D cams, and bored-out cylinders. A PM Air Cleaner helps feed air into the motor while Klock Werks’ Double Back headers and slash-cut Revolver mufflers handle the fumes.
Jeff and Brian’s next stop was a GoodGuys car show in Scottsdale, Arizona, and some time with JC Mason of AJ’s Custom paint. It was there the pearl green colored mixed by JC’s cousin, Doug Jerger, was chosen to give it the glamorous and controversial shade of mint green pearl. “It’s been fun to stand on the sideline and listen to people. The majority love it, some of course hate it, but all get out their cell phones and snap a quick photo,” Jeff commented.
The chrome accents like the Ness headlight nacelle, Küryakyn frame cover, Covingtons brake pedal and grille, as well as the extra mesh in the Performance Machine air cleaner, are all details Jeff hand-selected for Mint Condition to make it stand out. The chrome H-D hand controls and PM grips on the Klock Werks Rizzoto bars provide a low profile and comfortable ride for this timeless custom. Even the seat received a diamond-stitch pattern in ’60s-fashionable suede by Little Slim’s Trim Shop of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
The bike has about 5,000 miles on it since the build and still looks new because of Jeff’s attention to cleanliness. He put it like this: “Sometimes knowing when to quit is most important. Being friends with the Klock Werks team means you have access to most anything in the industry and that can be as dangerous as beneficial,” Jeff laughed. “Most people think it’s a show bike, yet it gets ridden regularly, travels to all the major events with Brian, and is super fast, you just have to clean it a bit more often.”
Similar to those found on an old Caddy, Colorado Custom’s Segundo wheels were the inspirat
By utilizing one of its Ignition Switch relocation kits, Klock Werks was able to keep the