In the world of custom wheels there are few that can compare to Performance Machine. The company has been banging out some of the nicest billet aluminum parts to ever be placed in a mill since 1970. Sure times and styles have changed, but Performance Machine's technique and technology have always stood the text of time.
When we ran into our pal Rosarito Joey during the Laughlin River Run, he was telling us that his dream was to slam a set of PM wheels on his '08 Road King Classic. After some prodding from us, and a trip to the Performance Machine's Southern California showroom, Joey was finally going to pull the trigger.
Joey had to figure out just which model wheel he wanted and with some proper guidance from the helpful Performance Machine staff, Joey opted for a set of forged Riviera wheels with PM's patented Contrast Cut finish. Wanting the bike to have a bit more blingedness, Joey opted to go with a bigger wheel size and moved up to a 21-inch front and 18-inch rear combo. The Riviera has an eight-spoke design, but the faceted spokes actually look like the wheel splits into 16 spokes before they join back into the rim. The styling is compounded with the Contrast Cut finish, which adds a mean blacked-out look to the bike, yet has machined accents. This process is carried all the way to the lip of the rim with custom grooves for a roulette wheel look.
Joey also bucked up and scored a matching set of Contrast Cut Rotors and pulley, because quite frankly, the old OEM H-D parts would look like doo doo on such a hot set of wheels. The rotors are true floating units and have aluminum carriers and stainless steel friction rings. The pulley is a machined work of art and fits the OE belt with nary and issue.
Now that Joey's wheels were ready to go, he had to decide on some skins, so a set of Metzeler tires were opted for. Luckily Performance Machine had the needed sizes in stock and was more than happy to mount them for us.
After Joey plunked down his loot and loaded up his new wheels, we followed him over to Wheel Works so Gary and the guys could properly install the wheels on the FLHRC. Once the Wheel Works technicians Mat and Adam were done wheelin' up the bike the Road King looked like a completely different bike.
Again, a new set of custom wheels has transformed yet another bike from a ho-hum bagger to a killer custom in one fail swoop.
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