Where it all began
Hello, I'm Jared, and this is my story.
There comes a time in every man’s man, where he experiences true and undying love for the first time. This is my story:
Bought my first Harley back in 2014. A bone stock (with the exception of pipes) 2006 FXDC. I rode the piss out of it, and one day decided it was time to do some upgrades. I ripped that bad boy apart, with absolutely no knowledge of what I was doing, and when it was time to go back together, well, I rapidly realized I had screwed up in a major way.
The old girl lived in the garage in multiple bins, and I set out with a new goal of an even better bike….a 2008 Fatboy. Got things going with her, and fell in love. Customized her slightly to my liking, and let me tell ya, we did everything together.
With my newfound love for the Fatty, soon any and all progress on the Dyna got kicked to the curb, and she found her a new home for the low price of $1,000. I know….I still kick my ass over it, but hey, rent was due.
The blossoming love affair with the Fatty continued to flourish, but I realized I was becoming increasingly bored with my career choice. I decided to pack up my belongings…..all 2 suitcases worth, and move to Phoenix to attend MMI.
With a starting point of San Antonio, TX, I had a buddy follow me, and 2 days later I would be in Phoenix. A true biker, having ridden the entirety of the trip on a slammed Fatty rocking a La Pera Bare Bones seat, 18” apes, and no windshield…..ya know…because you ain’t a real biker if you keep the wind off of you!
Imagine this, if you will….a 26 year old was wrong! When I rolled into Phoenix, I couldn’t stand the thought of putting another mile on that raggedy old Softail! Well, when you are as poor as I was at that point, you don’t really have an option to just upgrade your scoot or buy a cage, so the miles added up on the Fatty.
As it happens so often, the day came where things wore down enough, and the bike went down for repairs. Have no fear though! The friend with a Shark is here! A good buddy of mine let me borrow his 2008 RG, and ladies and gentlemen…..this is where it all began. I knew that one day; I too, would be the owner of a RG.
Fast-forward a year or so, money burning a hole in my pocket, boredom sets in, and into the dealership I go. There she sat….a 2016 FLTRXS. Sunglow Red. A massive 103” V-Twin. Mini-apes. A decent price tag, and 1,100 miles. Oh, she will be mine!
Got the price down to where I thought was acceptable, gave them their money, and away I went. Finally had my own Shark.
Sooner rather than later, I realized that the 103” wasn’t quite what I was expected, and decided I would do a few minor engine upgrades, and leave it alone. After all, I only bough this for long distance rides. Well, my trigger finger got a little excited, and before I knew it, I had a rebuilt RGS, custom to my liking, for much more than I planned on investing. All work was completed by a few friends and myself in the garage, with the exceptions I will note and credit the shops below.
Ladies and gentlemen, it is my pleasure to introduce to you…..pause for dramatic effect….LOLA!
What was done to her? Thought you’d never ask!
-S&S 106” Cylinders/Pistons
-Headwork (port/semi-polish/valves) – Machined by Ralph DaMatteo w/ OneWay Cycle Restorations, New River AZ
-Feuling adjustable push rods
-Feuling high flow cam plate/oil pump
-Woods 777 cams
-K&N heavy breather
-D&D Boarzilla 2/1 exhaust
-Energy One heavy duty performance clutch
-Heavy duty compensator eliminator (cannot remember brand off the top of my head)
-Paint – Painted by Troy Buck w/ FX Auto Body, Phoenix AZ
-Powder coat/cerakote – Performed by Affordable Powder Coating, Phoenix AZ
-Costal Moto wheels (21F/18R)
-Race Tech heavy duty front suspension
-Klockwerks 9” Sportflare windscreen
-BRs Customs 16” Sweeping Beater bars
-Lucky Daves diamond stitch seat
-Roland Sands Design: Floorboards (R/P), rear brake lever, shifter, clutch/brake lever
-Sinister Sound fairing speakers/amp/line leveler
I am beyond happy with the end result of everything, and embarrassing M8’s has yet to get old!
There are plenty of faster/bigger bikes out there, plenty of nice and shiny show bikes, big wheels, and countless other builds. I love them all and appreciate a build no matter if it’s my style or not.
My goal was to build a fast, but reliable bike, that looks and sounds good going down the road!
Safe riding, y’all!