SEEK & DESTROY
Another Killer Bagger From Aftercycles
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.