A person might be able to hike, dance, and attend a formal occasion wearing the same pair of shoes, but that doesn't mean that he or she dressed appropriate nor was the footwear effective for each task. Just ask almost any woman how many shoes she owns and she'll be quick to give you a list and some solid reasons why each pair is necessary to her heeled repertoire. But it's not just women's shoes; the same can be said of tools, clothes, and of course, bikes. As the saying goes, "jack of all trades, master of none," and this colloquialism holds true of bikes that are built to do everything, and when that happens, they're usually not great at anything because there's always a compromise. Now, when a bike is specifically purpose-built, it tends to do a fantastic job when called on to do that particular job.
Grips, switch housings, the brake reservoir, and even the levers were sent out to Henderso
Hard work and persistence leads to success, and Brig, an Orange County, California, man would be the first to tell you how lucky he is to be accomplished. The time and effort he's put into his work brought him the means to own multiple bikes, and because he loves bikes, each one he owns is built for a specific purpose. Meaning each bike does an exceptional job doing what it was intended to do. "I already had a cruiser, dirt bike, and sportbike-what I needed was a touring bike to complete my collection," Brig said. It wasn't long before he picked up the perfect bike for touring, a 2009 Street Glide. Brig liked the bike but it didn't quite have the personal appeal he wanted so he brought it to a local shop for some comfort and cosmetic changes.
The bike was brought to Freedom Cycles in Orange, California, where Brig discussed with shop owner Devin Wainwright how he wanted his bike modified and what he hoped the bike would be when they were finished working on it. Devin knew that the bike already had a 6-gallon tank and the stock, Twin Cam 96ci fuel-injected motor was able to achieve some 45-plus miles to the gallon on the open highway, plus Brig wanted to maintain the bike's more than 250-mile range. Therefore, Devin recognized that the last thing Brig's bike would need was an outrageous increase in cubic inches and horsepower (and he already had another bike that accelerated at an incredible rate of speed). Although, he did decide to change out the stock exhaust for a Freedom Exhaust system and swapped out the stock intake system for a D&M unit to change the bike's sound and add a few ponies without sacrificing any efficiency. "We do a lot of exhaust pipe and intake changes on bikes, but Brig wanted to make a cosmetic change that would make an even bigger aesthetic impact on anyone who saw the bike. Brig wanted to make sure that no one ever thought his driveline was stock, so instead of a wild color application, we chose to add Diamond Cut details," Devin said. To achieve that goal the motor's top end was torn down to add Diamond Cut facets to the cooling fin edges of the heads and cylinders. "When I showed Brig the heads and cylinders' new Diamond Cut edges, he knew it was the right choice-and promptly declared that the rest of the bike's details should match."
While Brig decided on what aftermarket parts would be best for the coming Diamond Cut storm, Devin worked on some of the bike's other mods. Shoulder height, 14-inch, blacked-out Carlini Gangster Ape handlebars were bolted to the top triple trees. The stock wheels were replaced with a pair of radial-laced fat-spoke Ride Wright wheels, a 21 front and 16-inch rear to maintain the bike's already excellent touring characteristics. Improvements were made to the suspension that took the form of internal Progressive Suspension parts for the H-D frontend and Progressive replacement shocks for the rear.
"Subtle without looking stock," was Brig's idea for the planned custom paintjob. "I'm not the type of person to scream, 'look at me!' at the top of my lungs, and I didn't want the bike's paintjob to appear to say that either," Brig said. There was little discussion regarding the basecoat of matte black, but it took a little time to come up with the silver and chunky metalflake flourishes ensconced within a bright orange pinstripe.
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Once the order was given to execute the paintjob, Devin had a pile of parts to deal with that Brig had chosen for Diamond Cut details. Almost every part on the bike that is made from aluminum was cut; from the edges of the hand grips, levers, switch housings, fluid reservoir covers, to the motor, trans and primary covers, to the dashboard and billet exhaust pipe tips, plus a bunch of parts in between. Like other aspects of the bike, it's not until it's seen up close that these types of details become apparent to the casual observer.
Freedom Cycles' ingenuity continued throughout the rest of the bike, with a host of additional hidden custom features. An Alpine head unit was stashed inside the fairing with a pop-out monitor that is conveniently concealed when not in use. A pair of huge (by motorcycle standards) 6x9-inch speakers was buried in each of the saddlebags, with signal strength increased by a high-powered Alpine amplifier stashed in the right saddlebag. Beautiful, vertically mounted LED turnsignal/brakelights were frenched into the spaces between the saddlebags and the rear fender and framed the license plate inset squarely in the middle.
"My other bikes are fun to ride, but this bike is easily my favorite," Brig said. There's no doubt about Freedom Cycles' abilities when it comes to customizing a person's bike to their personal preferences. And when a compliment such as that is spoken from someone of the means and enthusiasm for motorcycling like Brig, it is certainly praise to be remembered.