Tanks & Tails

FIGHT­ING FOR YOUR FREE­DOM WAS THIS LOWRIDER’S FIRST PRI­OR­ITY

Low Rider - - CONTENTS - STORY & PHO­TOS BY HEC­TOR LEYVA

Grow­ing up, Jesse Her­nan­dez was sur­rounded by a family with an affin­ity for church and lowriding.

It’s a sit­u­a­tion that many of us are all too fa­mil­iar with; it was his dad and un­cles who would al­ways be wrench­ing on the lat­est and great­est of that time. From '63s to '74s, G-bod­ies to bikes, be­ing sur­rounded by the lowrider life­style let him know early on that he was go­ing to build one for him­self.

But fresh out of high school his pas­sion for lowriding took a back seat to his de­sire to serve his coun­try, so he wound up en­list­ing in the Ma­rine Corps. Soon, those days spent in the garage were re­placed with in­fantry train­ing—some 16 years and four com­bat tours later, things have changed. Now in re­tire­ment, he’s not sit­ting back to watch life pass him by. He’s tak­ing the bull by the horns and fi­nally build­ing the cruiser he had al­ways wanted, which came by way of an '06 Har­ley-David­son.

Months af­ter pur­chas­ing his

OWNER

Jesse P. Her­nan­dez

NICK­NAME

Suavecito

CITY/STATE

Litch­field Park, AZ

EN­GINE

'06 88ci with big-bore kit and twin cam

BODY/PAINT

Flaked silver base with mul­ti­ple pat­terns of candy and pearl blues along with fades and web­bing ef­fects

SUS­PEN­SION

Front low­ered 2 inches and rear equipped with air-ride sus­pen­sion

WHEELS/TIRES

23-inch front and 16-inch rear di­a­mond-cut wire wheels

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