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ONCE YOU START BLACK, YOU’LL KEEP GO­ING BACK

Hot Bike - - Contents - WORDS: CHRIS HARD­WICK PHO­TOS: ED SUBIAS

Once you start black, you’ll keep go­ing back ........................................................ 46

In the year 2000 my jour­ney be­gan. I put all my eggs in one bas­ket, got mar­ried, had a kid, and started my new job here at Te­mec­ula Mo­tor­cy­cle Ser­vice. Three years later I had a dear friend of mine, Adam Crow who has re­cently passed to can­cer (bless his soul), ask me to build a cus­tom chop­per for him. I did just that—built him a badass chop­per that showed me there was more than just fix­ing Har­ley-david­son motorcycles. There was a whole cus­tomiza­tion world out there that I was hun­gry to get my hands into.

This is ac­tu­ally my ninth per­sonal bike that I have ei­ther built or com­pletely cus­tom­ized.

By far this one has to be my fa­vorite. I have al­ways wanted to do a Dyna com­pletely blacked out, so, against my wife’s wishes, I sold my lat­est chop­per to start this build. I was sup­posed to buy her shut­ters for the house, but I had other ideas—sorry about that!

Biltwell got me started with the Mur­dock ris­ers, Tracker han­dle­bars, Torker grips, Con­ti­nen­tal Di­a­mond seat, and Rocker pegs. Then I did some sus­pen­sion work just in case, and the in­ner kid in me came out and felt the need to jump some curbs like my BMX and dirt bike days.

Fi­nally, I started in on pow­der­coat­ing ev­ery­thing that I could. To be hon­est, that part was kind of the worst be­cause ev­ery­one here at Te­mec­ula Mo­tor­cy­cle Ser­vice (em­ploy­ees and cus­tomers) would point out every sin­gle piece that was not black, and they thought it should be. In fact, there was even a pool on how many dif­fer­ent times I was go­ing to have to go to the pow­der­coater. I owed one of our guys a hun­dred bucks be­cause I went over 15 times! Any­way, with the RWD FXRT fair­ing on there it cuts the wind like a Road Glide, so you don’t re­al­ize quite how fast you are rid­ing. Don’t worry—chp pulled me over to let me know and to get my au­to­graph! HB

“I HAVE AL­WAYS WANTED TO DO A DYNA COM­PLETELY BLACKED OUT, SO, AGAINST MY WIFE’S WISHES, I SOLD MY LAT­EST CHOP­PER TO START THIS BUILD. I WAS SUP­POSED TO BUY HER SHUT­TERS FOR THE HOUSE, BUT I HAD OTHER IDEAS—SORRY ABOUT THAT!”

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