“It had to be something we could beat on but still look good enough to take to shows.” That’s Walt Sipp’s 2009 Road King in a nutshell. You won’t find wild paint, apes reaching the heavens, or stereo system that can wake the dead on it. What you will find is a ProCharger supercharger, run on a bike that’s set up like most of us would have at home. That’s the whole point. Walt’s the V-twin product manager at ProCharger and wanted his daily rider/tester/parts model to show that the company’s supercharger can help not just big-bore mega-motors but also baggers sporting Stage 1 or 2 mods.
Having done a lot of bikes and motors from mild to extremely wild, ProCharger has its game dialed in no matter what someone’s building in a motor. The problem the team faced was that a lot of the guys calling them about superchargers either didn’t want the honkin’ big powerplants or couldn’t afford them. This bagger was a chance to get the word out that even a nearly stock motorcycle could benefit from the use for forced induction—you didn’t need a Stage 4 setup.
Walt found the bike where many of us look for a good deal: online. It sat at a dealership, waiting for a new home. Like any good stray pet, the hog was clean but ugly, hence the good deal. “I wanted to build a cool yet understated Road King to show off and test our products,” he says. “Something that I could ride long distances comfortably and that would handle mountain road trips with ease.” That’s a bit of a catchall for building a rolling calling card, but with a decade under his belt as a car and motorcycle racer, Walt could handle it.
The key is the approach, of course. Walt didn’t want this to be an elitist machine oozing one-offs and a super-flashy paint job. The point was more of what someone with a stocker with a little money would do. His Road King had to look the part. A lot of this bike is pure Harley-Davidson, either stock or straight out of the P&A catalog. It ain’t all stock or else you wouldn’t be seeing it in this magazine. “There is a lot going on under the covers,” Walt elaborates. “The bike at first glance looks stock until you get into the details. It’s got a stock 96-inch engine with only small cams and exhaust, but it makes nearly 140 hp using our standard B-1 supercharger and intercooler.”
The big thing on this project was the exhaust because that’s step one for most guys looking to gain more power on a stock bike. Walt’s go-to pipe was a Vance & Hines Competition exhaust. His other priority was selecting a camshaft that works well with a blower kit. “On the 96-inch bike, the Screamin’ Eagle cams are a cheap and easy way to go and still get a really good power gain,” Walt says. “The duration numbers work really well with a charger application.”
None of this is to say that Walt ignored the whole beautification side of making this Road King shine. Earlier we said it was butt ugly when he found it. Looking at it now, that’s obviously not true. Walt swapped over to RC Components wheels, a set of mini apes, and an FBI front fender to pretty it up. Then he had FBI lay down Liquid Silver paint to finish off his Silver Ghost.
|Shop Phone||(913) 338-2886|
|Build Time||1 month|
|Type/size||96ci with SE-211 cams|
|Efi/Carb||Daytona Twin Tec|
|Exhaust||V&H Competition Series|
|Special Features||ProCharger Supercharger|
|Clutch||AIM VP ProCharger|
|Manufacturer Front||Öhlins Cartridge|
|Length||1 in. under|
|Special Features||Arlen Ness 1-in. drop|
|Wheels, Tires, and Brakes|
|Manufacturer Front-Type||RC Components|
|Wheel Height/Width||21 in.|
|Manufacturer Rear||RC Components|
|Tire Height/Width||200mm Avon|
|Painter||Fat Baggers Inc.|
|Front Fender||Fat Baggers Inc.|
|Handlebars||H-D Mini Apes|