Editor’s Note: When we first laid eyes on Alan Anderson’s hot-rod Harley-Davidson Police Road King built by Mike Porumb of CMP Motorcycles, we immediately knew that we were going to have some fun with this cover shoot. We imagined a world in which an actual officer rode this beast as his daily rider during patrol hours, so, of course, we had to take it a few steps further by commissioning one of the best Harley stunt riders out there—Buddy Suttle from Unknown Industries—to pose as Officer Badass while doing the voodoo he does so well. Enjoy!
If you can believe it, this 2013 Road King Police Special started life as an auctioned police bike with about 75,000 miles on it. Alan got a sweet deal from a guy in Wisconsin to buy it, even though it was missing the front end. But that didn’t bother Alan since the front end would be completely replaced anyway. “I had it shipped that way to Mike, never seeing the bike myself other than some pictures,” Alan recalls.
Alan had big dreams for this Police King, and he knew Mike Porumb was the guy to help turn his vision into a reality. Alan’s always been a performance guy, and the big-wheeled baggers were just not his thing. “Don’t get me wrong—those bikes look great,” Alan says, “but I’ve been chasing the truly fast Harley-Davidson for years.” In fact, Alan’s always been an old Harley lover and has a few older bikes too. The Shovelheads and Panheads are the bikes that really tickle Alan’s pickle. I’ve bounced around from riding the newer baggers with motor upgrades and some fast sportbikes but never really took to any of those for very long. They just missed the soul that my older bikes seem to have.
Alan tore his first bike down to the frame, a 1979 FXE Shovelhead, when he first returned home from college. He had it painted corvette yellow, and the crew he rode around with during those days used to call it the “Peel Glide.” That old Shovelhead sealed the deal for Alan’s love affair with old Harley iron, and he grew to respect anything with two wheels no matter what the flavor.
But with this project, Alan wanted to go all out on a newer Harley chassis, something completely out of the box with an emphasis on performance that seemed missing from the big-wheeled bagger scene. Knowing he wouldn’t fit on an FXR or Dyna chassis (at 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds) he started searching for a late-model bagger to start on. “I had heard of Mike Porumb at CMP and was following his work for some time,” Alan says. “He seemed like a great fit for the build and I gave him a call.”
At some point during that first call Mike asked Alan how big of a front wheel he wanted, which is when Alan stopped Mike right there. “No, no, no, there’ll be none of that shit on this bike,” Alan recalls. In fact, Alan knew a 19-inch carbon-fiber wheel would be big enough. Then the conversation shifted to just how light they could make this bagger, how well they could make it handle, and how big of a motor they could build. From then on they were both pretty excited to see the direction this bike was taking.
Fitting some Dyna parts, like the front wheel so they could run the Beringer brake setup, was a bit of a challenge. The Trac Dynamics swingarm didn’t quite go with the caliper setup they had either. “Lucky for me Mike was up for just about anything and wasn’t afraid to take a CNC to them after all the nice new shiny parts I kept sending him,” Alan says. “In fact, if I’m not mistaken, he took a lot of joy in sending me pictures of those nice parts in his lathe or on the CNC with the filings flying. He was making new parts great again on a weekly basis.”
When asked what the most interesting aspect to this build, Alan says it’s hard to single anything out. “This bike is more than just the sum of its parts. The stainless subframe, the carbon fenders and FXRP fairing, all the stainless pieces Mike fabbed, while thinking about how we can make this bike lighter…” Alan says. One interesting thing Alan says of the bike is the paint scheme. They kept it pretty original with the tank and bags, retaining the original police Road King paint set. The longer the black-and-white tins were on the bike, and the closer the bike got to being fully mocked up, they just seemed to belong there.
“And with all the bullshit going on with our nation’s boys in blue at the time, it seemed fitting to just polish them up and leave them alone,” Mike says. Alan knows this bike’s aesthetics aren’t going to be for everyone, but they sure hit home with him. “This bike wasn’t built to satisfy the eye; it was built to satisfy my itch for performance and give the newer-style Harley some soul. In my mind, mission accomplished,” Mike continues.
After construction was complete, Alan flew down to meet with Mike and give the bike a shakedown ride in early December. The performance of this boosted 143ci S&S engine was hard to describe. In fact, just lifting it up off the kickstand was real hard for Alan to put into words. “Long story short, it’s light, it handles like a sportbike, and it’s the fastest thing I’ve ever had the pleasure of throwing a leg over,” Alan says. And he’s ridden boosted V-Rods and boosted Hayabusas. “The power is unreal, and this chassis takes it all without complaining one little bit,” Mike chimes in. “I’m amazed it doesn’t just light the tire up everywhere.”
Well, with Officer Badass on the King, that feat is pretty easily accomplished. Nice work, boys. You hit a real home run with this one!
|Bike Owner||Alan Anderson|
|Shop Name||CMP Motorcycles|
|Shop Phone||(623) 780-4976|
|Year/Make/Model||2013/Harley-Davidson/Road King Police Special|
|Build Time||8 months|
|Efi/Carb||S&S 70mm throttle hog/Thunder-Max EFI|
|Air cleaner||CMP Turbo|
|Special Features||CMP Race Turbo|
|Clutch||AIM CF2 Billet Clutch|
|Year/Manufacturer||2013/Modified H-D by CMP|
|Wheels, Tires, and Brakes|
|Manufacturer front||BST carbon-fiber wheels|
|Wheel Height/Width||19 x 3 in.|
|Caliper||Beringer dual radial calipers|
|Manufacturer Rear||BST carbon-fiber wheels|
|Wheel Height/Width||18 x 5.5 in.|
|Special Features||Zipper’s Cush Drive Chain Conversion|
|Color||Factory Police Special|
|Front Fender||Kraus carbon fiber|
|Rear Fender||TOL carbon fiber|
|Fairing/Windscreen||TOL carbon fiber/CMP|
|Gauges||Motogadget/Kraus/AEM Boost Gauge|
|Dash||TOL Carbon Fiber/CMP|
|Hand Controls/grips||Beringer/Joker Machine|
|Foot Controls/PEGS||Twisted Image floorboards|
|Headlight||JW Speaker Adaptive|
|Saddlebags||H-D Police Special|
|Saddlebags Latches||CMP Billet|
|Misc||CMP SS inner fairing support, CMP SS subframe, CMP Aluminum side covers|