WEL­COME TO THE DARK SIDE

WE HAVE COOK­IES (AND HORSE­POWER)

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We Have Cook­ies (and Horse­power) ...

Yoda once told Luke Sky­walker that the Dark Side was “quicker, eas­ier, more se­duc­tive” than its light coun­ter­part. I don’t think Pop’s Garage Fabri­ca­tion would de­scribe this dark horse right here as eas­ier to build than some of its other bikes, but this bike was built for speed, and it’s prob­a­bly damn fun to ride.

It’s a 2016 Har­ley-david­son Dyna op­ti­mized to do what Dy­nas were meant to do: per­form. Un­like its Sof­tail con­tem­po­raries that were born to look like some­thing they weren’t (hard­tails), the FXD se­ries was the rub­ber-mount re­place­ment for the in­fa­mous FXR, ar­guably the best chas­sis Har­ley ever produced. Pop’s Garage Fabri­ca­tion is cen­tered on the idea of fam­ily and the craft in­volved in cre­at­ing rolling, func­tion­ing works of art. They strive to build highly func­tional, per­for­mance-driven mo­tor­cy­cles that will han­dle what­ever you throw at them, as well as stand the test of time. That’s a Dyna’s mis­sion in life, so the choice was nat­u­ral.

The bike was pur­chased new from Sa­van­nah Har­ley-david­son. Owner Colin Mcdon­ald traded a 2014 FLHXS, all blacked out with a badass 107 kit in it, for the FXDB. Although his trade-in was worth more than the stock Dyna, Colin put the ex­tra money into the FXDB and did the 110-inch mo­tor kit along with some other mi­nor up­grades, such as the bars, ex­haust, and air cleaner.

“I am from North Georgia, and we tend to ride long dis­tance in the moun­tains,” Colin tells us. “I wanted some­thing that could han­dle the roads here with lit­tle ef­fort, and to have a Har­ley that de­fied the stereo­type of be­ing slow and han­dling poorly.”

Later, North Ridge Cy­cles punched the mill out from 110 to 124 inches. Colin’s need for speed out­weighed what he was get­ting from the orig­i­nal up­grade. Swap­ping over to Oh­lins forks and shocks made for much bet­ter cor­ner­ing, let­ting Colin take full ad­van­tage of all that new­found mus­cle in his mo­tor.

Not ev­ery change was of the sim­ple bolt-on per­sua­sion though. In­stalling the Ki­neo wheels and Roar­ing Toyz swingarm gave Colin a nice chal­lenge. Fabri­cat­ing the 2-into-1 stain­less ex­haust sys­tem took a week of the efforts of both Pop’s Garage Fabri­ca­tion and Franken­werks Fabri­ca­tion to ham­mer out. So much for eas­ier!

Within a year, the bike was trans­formed three dif­fer­ent times, laid down twice, and has been in the hands of two in­de­pen­dent shops and the deal­er­ship. But it was the hand of Pop’s Garage Fabri­ca­tion that made it what it is to­day.

Quicker, more fun, and more se­duc­tive. HB

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