Welcome to our 2017 Baggers Build-Off mascot build. This 2012 Road King will be our mule for the 2017 Hot Bike Tour this year, and we were super stoked to make a scrambler of sorts out of this Road King. We started thinking about the idea the middle of last year, and the timing worked out perfectly for our idea to come to fruition (hopefully!) for this year’s Hot Bike Tour. We have a million other things to do on the bike before it is finished, so this is just the first step of many.
We hit up our good friends at Ride Wright to get a 17 x 3-inch front and 17 x 6-inch rear set of 40-spoke wheels (basic 40-spoke wheel starts at $650). We went with black rim and hub and polished spokes to give them some contrast. I prefer spoked wheels over mags, and building an ADV scrambler, how could we not get spoked wheels?
To improve stopping power and aesthetics, we went to Galfer USA in Ventura, California, and picked up new Wave rotors for the front (floating dual disc) and rear (fixed single). Up front we got the Galfer Wave rotors in black (part #DF835CW-B; $306 per rotor), and in the rear we got a Galfer fixed rotor ($202). To go with the new rotors, Galfer’s pads were of course installed for the front and rear (part #FD369G1370; $40 a set). Galfer also outfitted our bike with new brake lines, so stay tuned for the full article on that next month. Last but not least, we had to get a chunky set of knobbies for this bike, so we looked to Continental and found the beefy TKC80 front and rear. Up front we got a 120/70-17 ($235), and in the rear we ordered the 180/55-17 ($235). These wheels, tires, and rotors already make this Road King look like a capable trailbike, but we have just scratched the surface. Follow along as we install our new wheels, tires, and brake components, and then stay tuned for more on our Frankenstein Road King.
Step 1: Our story starts by taking our Ride Wright wheels to Wheel Works in Garden Grove, California. Anthony Rizzo dived right in and started with the rear wheel. He installed the rim onto the tire machine and installed the rear tire. These are tubeless, so the job was much easier and faster.
Step 2: With the rear tire mounted and balanced on the new Ride Wright wheel, Anthony started installing the Galfer fixed Wave rotor using new chrome hardware and a drop of Loctite.
Step 3: With the rear all dialed, Anthony moved to the front wheel and quickly mounted the tire and balanced the wheel after.
Step 4: Anthony went ahead and installed the new front Galfer Wave rotors using another set of chrome hardware as well as Loctite. And with that, our time at Wheel Works came to a close and we hustled back to the office to get the set on our Road King.
Step 5: We started off by breaking the axle nut loose.
Step 6: We then went ahead and removed the two bolts holding the caliper to the fork slider; we repeated this on the other side.
Step 7: With the calipers loose we then loosened the two pinch bolts so we could slide out the axle.
Step 8: With everything loosened or removed we slid out the axle.
Step 9: We are not running a front fender on this build, so we removed the four bolts holding the front fender to the fork sliders and discarded.
Step 10: We then rolled the old wheel out of the way.
Step 11: Moving our attention to the new brake pads from Galfer, we started by removing the retaining pin holding the old pads in place in the caliper.
Step 12: With the pin out we then pulled out the old worn-down brake pads and discarded.
Step 13: With the old pads out we slid in the new ones from Galfer, reinstalled the pin, and repeated on the opposite side’s caliper.
Step 14: With the new pads in our calipers, we rolled in the new Ride Wright wheel sporting its new Galfer Wave rotors all wrapped in that chunky TKC 80 Continental tire. We then reversed our previous steps and installed the axle, calipers, and tightened back down the pinch bolts.
Step 15: With the front all wrapped up, we moved to the back of the bike and started by removing the two bolts holding the rear caliper to the brace and set aside.
Step 16: We broke loose the axle nut and set it aside.
Step 17: We then slid out the rear axle and rolled out the old wheel.
Step 18: Wasting no time, we rolled in the new wheel and tire and
Step 19: Just like the front we removed the caliper pin to remove the old brake pads. We removed and discarded the old pads and installed the new set from Galfer and reinstalled the pin.
Step 20: With the new pads in place we reinstalled the caliper over the new rotor and tightened down the two mounting bolts.
And just like that we drastically changed the look of the bike. Man, we can’t wait to get this beast finished! See ya next time!