Reader's Motorcycle Submissions - Hot Bike Magazine
Email your submissions to: Hot.Bike@sorc.com Or snail mail to: HB Reader's Showcase 1733 Alton Parkway, Suite 100, Irvine, CA 92606. Please include hi-res jpegs, your name, hometown, email, phone #, bike year/model, engine size, frame, wheels, sheetmetal, painter, custom accessories, and anything else interesting about your bike.
Danny's dynamite '02 Dyna FXDXT is one for the HOT BIKE record books. This T-Sport is a fully convertible machine that can go from jammin' the streets of his home in Arizona to loaded touring with his wife in a matter of minutes. Danny bought the bike with low mileage but with some disrepair, and as soon as he go it home, he tore into it with fervor. The engine was in good shape, but Danny wanted more power, so he punched it out to a 106ci with the help of S&S; and Short Block Charlie. The engine has 109 hp and 110 lb-ft of torque. It is a fast, but reliable, combination that has more than 95,000 hard-ridden miles on it. Other additions include a Baker DD6 transmission, 9-inch risers with drag bars, Thunderheader exhaust, tunable Showa forks, Progressive rear shocks, a killer set of Couture wheels, and flat-black paint complemented with blood-red pinstripes. This photo was taken on Mr. and Mrs. Wilson's anniversary. What better way to spend it than in the wind with the love of your life?
Allen R. Parker, Jr's bike is none other than the Victory Kingpin 8-ball that Zach Ness built for Victory a couple years ago. The bike is powered by a 100ci Victory engine with a Force Air ram air intake that Allen added. The original Victory frame was cut and raked out to 43 degrees and a completely new frontend was installed with the only Victory part left being the speedometer. The front tire is 23 inches and sits on an Arlen Ness Radial Bone wheel with the back tire being an 18. Controls, pegs, and covers are all Arlen Ness parts. The front and rear fenders have been extended from stock to fit the new front tire and provide a better look in the rear. Customization was topped off with a one-of-a-kind 2-into-1 exhaust and a custom paintjob, both courtesy of the boys at Ness. Allen also tells us that in total the bike runs at around 105 hp and puts out around 125 lb-ft of torque.
Mean And Green
Ryan Biddle from Ellensburg, Washington, bought this bike as a stock '89 883 Sporty. She is now a classic old-school Harley named Emerald. The engine has currently been increased to a 1,200cc with high-compression pistons. A larger intake and exhaust valves were also installed. A fresh coat of heavy metalflake dark-green paint was then added. Before it was painted, Ryan chopped the rear fender to be flush with the taillight and shortened the front fender about 4 inches. Overall the bike was lowered about 4 inches in the front and rear and now has a stiff ride to say the least! The handlebars are 1 1/2-inch thick, 8-inch pull-back drag bars with a handy mini speedo. A set of 2-inch-diameter drag pipes is what lets the engine exhale, and the sound is classic old school! Most of the accessories have been replaced with chrome ones including a set of classic chrome wire wheels.
The Blue Wolf
Georg Wolfe from Butler, Pennsylvania, has wanted to build a custom bike for years, and after all three of his kids graduated from college and got married, he finally had the time and money to do it. He started this 2010 custom pro-street bike by shopping through catalogs with Alex Erdos of West Penn Cycles in Butler in April 2010. They mocked it up in Alex's shop, then Georg took the tins and frame to Wizard Graphics near Youngstown, Ohio, for the gorgeous paint. Georg worked on it in his own garage with help from family and friends for most of the summer, and after a few modifications it went back in Alex's shop and was finished by August. Now that's some quick work.
Besting The Beast
After almost 50 years of street riding, L. Sowers of San Jose, California, was attacked last year by the beast known as cancer. He had started work on this little '96 Sporty when he became ill. During L's six months of treatment and recovery, the folks at Slabsides and Ken Armann's British Motorcycles in Campbell, California, never stopped helping him move it toward completion. For months, L was too weak to ride and could not speak due to his stage IV throat cancer, but focusing on the bike's design and customizing it took his mind off the horrific things going on inside his body while he fought the disease. We are glad to say that L beat the beast and is currently putting away on one sweet Sporty.
Randy Davis from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, emailed us a pic of his chopper that sports a 113ci Ultima engine. The frame is a DNA chopper 250 Softail with a 4-inch stretch on the backbone and a 6-inch stretched downtube with a 42-degree neck. The frontend is a wide glide with 6-degree offset trees, 10-inch-over fork tubes and a 21/3.25 60-spoke wheel out front. All of the sheetmetal fabrication was done by none other than Randy himself, with the painter being a pal by the name of Harold Ivey of Kernersville, North Carolina. This is the second ground-up custom chopper that Randy has ever built and we are dying to see his third!