SEEK & DE­STROY

An­other Killer Bag­ger From After­cy­cles

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An­other Killer Bag­ger From After­cy­cles

All killer, no filler—these four words cap­ture the work ethic put forth from the After­cy­cles crew build af­ter in­cred­i­ble build. They’re hot off cap­tur­ing grand cham­pi­onship hon­ors at the 2016 Hot

Bike Tour Baggers Build-Off and show all signs that they will be de­fend­ing that ti­tle tooth and nail in these up­com­ing years. In­no­va­tion and cre­ativ­ity lev­els run high at the After­cy­cles camp, and they have no in­ten­tions of shoot­ing for se­cond best. After­cy­cles is a rather young or­ga­ni­za­tion, as it started in Quere­taro, Mex­ico, just over four years ago. Os­car Per­alta, the man be­hind the brand, cre­ated the shop as an out­let to ex­er­cise his pas­sion of mo­tor­cy­cles and fill the huge void of the lack of true, full-cus­tom shops in his par­tic­u­lar re­gion in Mex­ico. After­cy­cles has not only thrived in Mex­ico (as it is a sub­di­vi­sion of the largest Har­ley-David­son deal­er­ship in Latin Amer­ica), but the shop has gained world­wide no­to­ri­ety and for good rea­son. Even though Os­car and com­pany have taken their vi­sion and crafts­man­ship to a glob­ally rec­og­nized level, they still serve the re­peat cus­tomers who al­lowed them the op­por­tu­nity to cut their teeth in the de­sign and fab­ri­ca­tion game with their per­sonal projects.

Javier Cuevas had reached out to After­cy­cles to build his 2015 H-D Street Glide in the past. Of course, the pos­i­tive

at­ten­tion he re­ceived from that build was enough to have him re­turn­ing with yet an­other bike he wanted Os­car and the guys to take to a higher level of ex­is­tence. What Javier brought to the table this time around was a ’17 Road Glide Spe­cial. He wanted an ag­gres­sive look, as well as the in­cor­po­ra­tion of the new Mil­wau­kee-Eight en­gine to give it an edge over many other bikes out there.

Even though Os­car also over­sees an H-D deal­er­ship, he couldn’t help but get­ting stuck wait­ing for ac­ces­sories and parts to make that Mil­wau­kee-Eight con­ver­sion pos­si­ble, which was most def­i­nitely one of the toughest parts of this project. “Fac­ing the new en­gine and plan­ning the in­crease in dis­place­ment and horse­power was ex­cit­ing,” Os­car says. “Be­ing on the wait­ing list for some of the parts to be avail­able for the en­gine, like the ex­haust sys­tem, tested our pa­tience be­cause we couldn’t move along as quickly as we wanted, but be­ing able to work on the con­ver­sion at all was worth the wait.”

The ideas of how to styl­ize the Road Glide had weighed heavy on Javier’s mind long be­fore he ap­proached the guys at After­cy­cles about work­ing on the project. Paint and color scheme is al­ways one of those make-or-break de­ci­sions that have the po­ten­tial to date the bike, which isn’t nec­es­sar­ily a good thing given your own per­sonal taste in graphics, style, and sub­ject mat­ter. Javier is a guy who can ap­pre­ci­ate the im­por­tance of clas­sic aes­thet­ics, which is part of the rea­son he opted to go with a cam­ou­flage mo­tif. The ex­act pat­tern and color of camo he had in mind wasn’t all too com­monly found on mil­i­tary fa­tigues, how­ever. He wanted a slightly updated take that would lend an in­ter­est­ing look to his mo­tor­cy­cle yet still com­ple­ment the rest of the bike in a way that wasn’t too ob­struc­tive.

“We took the ideas that Javier shared with us and looked at how we could max­i­mize ex­e­cu­tion,” Os­car says. “The Road Glide’s shark nose al­lows for more show­ing area, so we saw that us­ing a pat­tern like the one he had in mind could work all the way from fair­ing to bags. We took in­spi­ra­tion of World War II and Ger­man ships that uti­lized a dis­rup­tive cam­ou­flage to help con­fuse the en­emy of the ac­tual size of the ship and scram­ble the op­ti­cal il­lu­sion of ac­tual dis­tance, al­low­ing them to bet­ter hide and lessen at­ten­tion.”

What the paint scheme did for Javier’s bike was cat­a­pult its ag­gres­sion, and con­trary to its wartime ob­jec­tive and pur­pose, the tri-color cam­ou­flage scheme seems to at­tract noth­ing but at­ten­tion with ac­com­pa­ny­ing long, gaz­ing stares. Lucky for him, he isn’t run­ning from many, if any, en­e­mies (that we know of).

The pri­mary ob­jec­tive of this build was to cre­ate a “badass-look­ing mo­tor­cy­cle,” as Os­car tells it. In the end, that is ex­actly what this whole thing is about. What sets After­cyl­ces apart from the tro­phy hun­ters out there is the fact that they aim to get

“the look” but also en­sure that per­for­mance gains are ranked right up there with curb ap­peal. Öh­lins sus­pen­sion prod­ucts were uti­lized to in­crease han­dling and ride qual­ity, and the Mil­wau­kee-Eight has been prop­erly planted and decked out with Screamin’ Ea­gle heads, a Free­dom Per­for­mance ex­haust sys­tem, and a cus­tom After­cy­cles air cleaner. Ac­ces­sories were kept at a min­i­mum, as to keep the clut­ter down, while the owner’s per­sonal tastes were turned up to the max.

“Javier took a risk with the paint, as it could’ve been tough to achieve equi­lib­rium with the three dif­fer­ent col­ors,” Os­car ad­mits. “He is also a huge Me­tal­lica fan, so we got with our painter Yeyo to in­cor­po­rate their logo into the Har­leyDavid­son tank graphic.”

Build­ing well-rounded, cus­tom baggers is what After­cy­cles is all about. They build them to not only stand up to the stan­dards of their cus­tomers but to also stand against any other bike built to take on the road. Han­dling, per­for­mance, com­fort, re­li­a­bil­ity, and an at­trac­tively styl­ized fa­cade all come stan­dard in ev­ery cus­tom bike they de­liver. From Mex­ico and into the great be­yond, the After­cy­cles brand is sure to be­come a house­hold name much sooner than later.

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