Ed­i­tor’s Note

Hot Bike - - Contents - JOHN ZAMORA ED­I­TOR

The FXR/DYNA rev­o­lu­tion will be pub­li­cized. An­other month, and an­other show, this time we headed up to the Great White North of Cal­gary, Al­berta, in Canada. Once again, I couldn’t be more amazed at the pas­sion, de­vo­tion, and en­thu­si­asm that per­me­ates from the own­ers of these bikes. The FXR/DYNA day was held this time by long­time friends of the magazine Mad Jap Kus­toms. And once again, the bikes out­side the shop could have been trans­planted straight from South­ern Cal­i­for­nia.

The show had more than 30 en­trants from the sev­eral thou­sands who at­tended the event. The Best OG FXR award went to Dell West. His mostly stock FXR was orig­i­nally com­mis­sioned to be used for the Pope in his cav­al­cade. It was never used, but it show­cases one of my fa­vorite el­e­ments of these shows. While the young guns have grav­i­tated to the FXRS as the mod­ern-day must-have cool-guy bike, the good por­tion of the own­ers are long-time rid­ers who have stashed away these bikes or been rid­ing them all along.

It’s pretty cool to see some­one who has held on to their bike for more than 20-plus years and has the new “hot” bike once again. Can you imag­ine what trends have since come and gone dur­ing that time, from the big-fat-tire phase to the long-and-lean chop­per craze? To meet these own­ers who just ap­pre­ci­ated the han­dling and per­for­mance of these bikes that they de­cided against bas­tardiz­ing them de­spite what every­one else was do­ing is just cool.

Aside from the shows, the fine folks at Mad Jap couldn’t have been more ac­com­mo­dat­ing. They are a mad ge­nius of sorts, and it was cool to spend some time with them in their home­town. They make some awe­some qual­ity parts and have a slew of up­com­ing bits and pieces that are cur­rently mak­ing their way from the brain to the lathe. The best is yet to come, and there isn’t any sign that this per­for­mance trend is go­ing away any­time soon.

Thanks to the in­ter­net and publi­ca­tions like Hot Bike, the world has be­come a very small space. This per­for­mance kick that has taken over the Har­ley world is good for every­one. Young rid­ers now see the used Dyna mar­ket as a great en­try-level ma­chine that they can up­grade as their time and bud­get al­lows. The more af­flu­ent rid­ers (I hope to be one…one day) have a new plat­form to seek out the best of the best com­po­nents and end up with a truly awe­some piece of art that they can thrash on as hard as they want. It’s that com­bi­na­tion of the two that make work­ing at Hot Bike ex­cit­ing. We have a few more FXR/DYNA shows com­ing up, and I can’t wait to see how every­one else is putting their spin on this lit­tle thing we do. Beauty, ’eh. HB


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