There are two questions we repeatedly get asked. The first is, “How can I get my bike featured in the magazine?” Which is usually then followed by “How can I get my bike on the cover?” While we wish there was an easy answer to both these questions, it really comes down to what we are looking for at the time, what style of bike is popular, or what kind of bikes we are in need of. As for the cover well, since we only have 12 main cover bikes a year, we have to be very discerning and select a bike that we think will appeal to a large audience. Building a sharp-looking bike that is equal parts performance and custom with a mix of off-the-shelf and unique one-off components, and doing it all out of your garage for less than the cost of a slightly used Harley on Craigslist, is definitely one way to get our attention and make the cover. Which is exactly what Greg Sefcik, owner of Overkill Inc. outside of Madison, Wisconsin, did.
Several years back Greg spotted an FXR that Jesse James had built, and fell in love with it. “It was so cool looking. It had pipes that went through the side cover and was a killer orange-ish-gold color. Overall it was just a nice-looking, rideable bike,” Greg tells us. “The downfall was the price tag, it was $40,000. I don’t have that Hollywood money.” So with the image of that bike engrained in his mind, Greg set his sights on getting himself an FXR, and after three years of searching, the perfect project pretty much fell into his lap.
Greg started with a stock bagger tank but highly modified it with side plate accents, a custom-molded center section and a Detroit Bros. gas cap.
Greg started with a stock bagger tank but highly modified it with side plate accents, a cu
The golden shimmer of the twisted stainless steel exhaust fits well with the yellow hue of the bike’s basecoat.
The golden shimmer of the twisted stainless steel exhaust fits well with the yellow hue of
While hanging out at his friend, Ryan Fielding’s shop, Paragon Customs, Greg spotted a brand-new Chopper Guys FXR frame and billet swingarm hanging on the wall. After inspecting the frame a little further, he discovered that it was set up to house a late-model FLH drivetrain, which meant he could outfit his FXR project with one of the Moco’s modern and reliable Twin Cam engines. “Ryan had taken the frame on trade along with a new trans setup with Andrews close ratio gears,” Greg comments. After a quick trip to the bank, Greg loaded up his new frame and trans and headed to his house where his garage would become the headquarters for the build.
Working on a tight budget, Greg spent the next year utilizing his contacts, resources, and fabricating/mechanical skills building his dream FXR. “Almost everything on this bike that I didn’t make was made by or purchased from some of my buddies that own shops or from a guy who knows a guy,” Greg states. “Yet other parts came off other bikes I had built in the past. I would call myself a bike recycler. For example, the wheels were purchased for $400 a piece but they weren’t set up for a narrow glide, so I sent the hubs out to Dave at Detroit Bros. to machine them for me.” Greg scored an FLH engine off of eBay for only $1,500. But once he got a hold of the mill and tore into it, he realized why he got it so cheap. “When my buddy from Hiley Modified and I took the engine apart, we found out it was complete trash. Our thought was it must have been sitting somewhere wet for a long time or it came out of a lake. The only usable parts were the cases, which makes those cases damn expensive. We rebuilt the engine to 95 ci with all new parts such as H-D flywheels, cylinders, and heads, Screamin’ Eagle high-compression pistons and cams, and Custom Chrome rocker boxes.”