12 Jurors, 1 judge and 1/2 a chance | Custom 1984 Harley-Davidson FXR

Northeast Chop Shop’s Brass Knuckles FXR

1984 Harley-Davidson FXR

1984 Harley-Davidson FXR

Photo: John Zamora

Hot Bike: How did this FXR get started?
Jason Grimes: It seems like someone in the late ’80s customized it. It had old PM wheels and all this cool stuff from the ’80s. It was purple and had flames and was in bad need of an update.

1984 Evolution Big Boy

1984 Evolution Big Boy

Photo: John Zamora

HB: What was your inspiration for the style?
JG: My inspiration originated from all the different types of metals I do. In this case it was brass and inspired by antique materials. I tried to give it a rough yet finished look. The Boston Bruins also inspired me when I started building this bike. They were in the playoffs, and I wanted to do something black and gold.
I’m a big fan of using brass, copper, or stainless against gloss black. All my bikes start out as gloss black. That’s my canvas. Then I use the different types of metals to create contrast. I think black and brass work really well together, particularly when things are split up and not too overwhelming.

Paint/Graphics	 Jillian Rossi

Paint/Graphics Jillian Rossi

Photo: John Zamora

HB: Tell us more about the period-correct parts.
JG: I didn’t try and go with all high-performance super-rad stuff. One, I couldn’t afford it, and, two, I wanted to keep it a period-correct bike. The wheels are Performance Machine from the ’80s. I thought they were great, and I didn’t want to take them off. They are a spun aluminum wheel that has been put together. I thought those were really cool. The only thing that needed to be done was to add a little bit more flair and contrast. I took the wheels and powdercoated them black then drilled all the way around it for a rim locker kind of look.
It also has a custom-built swingarm from the ’80s, GMA brakes and controls, and all that stuff that was made back then. If somebody had the imagination that I have they could have built that same exact bike back in 1984.

Northeast Chop Shop Headlight

Northeast Chop Shop Headlight

Photo: John Zamora

HB: Tell us more about the brass knuckles on the bike.
JG: I do a lot of the brass knuckles on a lot of my builds. I knew I was going to be doing brass, so I added the brass knuckles in. I dig the way they look. It signifies strength and power. I think that’s what an FXR is all about.

2 in. under Front End

2 in. under Front End

Photo: John Zamora

HB: How does this bike differ from the West Coast FXRs?
JG: I wanted to something different than what I see. A lot of the West Coast bikes are painted sparklingly colors and have a lot of parts on them. Back in the late ’80s/early ’90s, there wasn’t 14-inch Öhlins suspension, inverted legs, and all this killer stuff. I actually lowered the bike instead of making it taller because that’s what they did back then.
I don’t really see handmade parts on them either. The things I didn’t have I made—like the fenders, tanks, and fairings. I wanted to be in the shop making stuff rather than buying the best stuff on the market.

S&S Air Cleaner

S&S Air Cleaner

Photo: John Zamora

HB: What’s the name of the bike?
JG: It’s called High Noon because it’s at 12 o’clock quite a bit.

1984 Harley-Davidson FXR

1984 Harley-Davidson FXR

Photo: John Zamora

HB: What does the 13-1/2 mean?
The 13-1/2 signifies 12 jurors, one judge, and half a chance. One of my good friends used to wear that a lot. He wasn’t a club guy, but he passed away. He was one of my best friends.

SuperTrapp Exhaust

SuperTrapp Exhaust

Photo: John Zamora

HB: How does it ride?
JG: It rides great. I rode it over 1,000 miles on the tour at about 110 mph the whole way and sometimes upwards of 130 miles per hour. It rides perfect. I trust it 100 percent.

1984 Harley-Davidson FXR

1984 Harley-Davidson FXR

Photo: John Zamora

Northeast Chop Shop Pegs and Floorboards

Northeast Chop Shop Pegs and Floorboards

Photo: John Zamora

Leather Seat

Leather Seat

Photo: John Zamora

1984 Harley-Davidson FXR

1984 Harley-Davidson FXR

Photo: John Zamora

1984 Harley-Davidson FXR

1984 Harley-Davidson FXR

Photo: John Zamora

1984 Harley-Davidson FXR

1984 Harley-Davidson FXR

Photo: John Zamora

Progressive Rear Shocks

Progressive Rear Shocks

Photo: John Zamora

Northeast Chop Shop Pegs and Floorboards

Northeast Chop Shop Pegs and Floorboards

Photo: John Zamora

1984 Harley-Davidson FXR

1984 Harley-Davidson FXR

Photo: John Zamora

1984 Harley-Davidson FXR

1984 Harley-Davidson FXR

Photo: John Zamora

BDL Controls

BDL Controls

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1984 Harley-Davidson FXR

1984 Harley-Davidson FXR

Photo: John Zamora

Jason Grimes

Jason Grimes

Photo: John Zamora

Specifications
Owner Paul Ingledue
Shop Northeast Chop Shop (NCS)
Shop Phone (207) 239-7405
Website northeastchopshop.com
Year/Make/Model 1984/Harley-Davidson/FXR
Fabrication Jason Grimes
Build Time 1 year
Engine
Year/Type/Size 1984/Evolution/Big Boy
Builder Doug Rasmuson
Cases H-D
Cylinders H-D
Heads H-D
Rocker Boxes H-D
Cam(s) Screamin’ Eagle
Throttle Body S&S
Carburetor S&S|
Air Cleaner S&S
Exhaust SuperTrapp
Transmission
Year/Type 1985/JIMS 5-speed
Gears JIMS
Clutch BDL
Primary Drive BDL/NCS
Frame
Year/Type 1984/FXR
Rake/Stretch Stock
Suspension |
Front end XL
Length 2 in. under
Triple Trees H-D XL
Swingarm NCS
Rear Shocks Progressive
Wheels, Tires, and Brakes
Front
Builder/Size Performance Machine/19 in.
Size 19 in.
Calipers GMA
Rotors H-D
Rear
Builder/Size Performance Machine/16 in.|
Size 16 in.
Caliper GMA
Rotor H-D
Sprocket H-D
Finish/Paint
Colors Gloss Black
Paint/Graphics Jillian Rossi
Plating/Polishing NCS|
Powdercoating Mr. Chips
Accessories
Front Fender XL
Rear Fender Bobtail
Gas Tank NCS
Dash NCS
Handlebars NCS
Grips NCS
Hand Controls BDL
Floorboards NCS
Pegs NCS
Headlight NCS
Taillight 1950 Chevy
License Mount NCS
Seat Leather