Steve West

Dyna On The Dark Side

Pop’s Garage Fabrication packs evil into a Harley-Davidson

Yoda once told Luke Skywalker that the Dark Side was “quicker, easier, more seductive” than its light counterpart. I don’t think Pop’s Garage Fabrication would describe this dark horse right here as easier to build than some of its other bikes, but this bike was built for speed, and it’s probably damn fun to ride.

It’s a 2016 Harley-Davidson Dyna optimized to do what Dynas were meant to do: perform. Unlike its Softail contemporaries that were born to look like something they weren’t (hardtails), the FXD series was the rubber-mount replacement for the infamous FXR, arguably the best chassis Harley ever produced. Pop’s Garage Fabrication is centered on the idea of family and the craft involved in creating rolling, functioning works of art. They strive to build highly functional, performance-driven motorcycles that will handle whatever you throw at them, as well as stand the test of time. That’s a Dyna’s mission in life, so the choice was natural.

Black Harley-Davidson Dyna

The dark side Dyna sitting in Pop’s Garage.

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The bike was purchased new from Savannah Harley-Davidson. Owner Colin McDonald traded a 2014 FLHXS, all blacked out with a badass 107 kit in it, for the FXDB. Although his trade-in was worth more than the stock Dyna, Colin put the extra money into the FXDB and did the 110-inch motor kit along with some other minor upgrades, such as the bars, exhaust, and air cleaner.

“I am from North Georgia, and we tend to ride long distance in the mountains,” Colin tells us. “I wanted something that could handle the roads here with little effort, and to have a Harley that defied the stereotype of being slow and handling poorly.”

dark side harley-davidson dyna details

It's all in the details. Black and red throughout, but never too much.

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Later, North Ridge Cycles punched the mill out from 110 to 124 inches. Colin’s need for speed outweighed what he was getting from the original upgrade. Swapping over to Ohlins forks and shocks made for much better cornering, letting Colin take full advantage of all that newfound muscle in his motor.

Not every change was of the simple bolt-on persuasion though. Installing the Kineo wheels and Roaring Toyz swingarm gave Colin a nice challenge. Fabricating the 2-into-1 stainless exhaust system took a week of the efforts of both Pop’s Garage Fabrication and Frankenwerks Fabrication to hammer out. So much for easier!

Within a year, the bike was transformed three different times, laid down twice, and has been in the hands of two independent shops and the dealership. But it was the hand of Pop’s Garage Fabrication that made it what it is today.

Quicker, more fun, and more seductive.

beringer brakes and dash tech

Beringer brakes and a GPR stabilizer are just a couple of the performance components tucked into this bad Dyna.

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Bike Owner Colin McDonald
Shop Name Pop’s Garage Fabrication
Shop Phone 770-905-5990
Shop website
Year/Make/Model 2016/Harley-Davidson/FXDB
Fabrication Pop’s Garage Fabrication
Assembly Pop’s Garage Fabrication
Build Time Four to five months
Year/Manufacturer 2016/S&S
Type/size Twin Cam/124ci
Builder North Ridge Cycles
Cases H-D
Cylinders H-D
Heads H-D
Rocker Boxes H-D
EFI/Carb 58 mm Screamin’ Eagle
Air Cleaner Performance Machine
Exhaust Pop’s Garage Fabrication/Frankenwerks Fab
Year/Manufacturer/Type 2016/H-D/six-speed
Case H-D
Clutch Barnett Scorpion Lock-Up
Primary Drive PBI sprockets/EK chain
Year/Manufacturer 2016/H-D
Rake Stock
Manufacturer Front Ohlins
Length 32 inches
Triple Trees Kraus Motor Co.
Manufacturer Rear Ohlins
Special Features Roaring Toyz aluminum swingarm
Wheels, Tires, and Brakes
Rim Kineo Wheels
Manufacturer Front Metzeler
Wheel Height/Width 19 x 3.5-inch
Tire Height/width 120/70-19
Caliper Beringer
Rotor Beringer
Manufacturer Rear Metzeler
Wheel Height/Width 17 x 5.5-inch
Tire Height/Width 170/60-17
Caliper Beringer
Rotor Revolution Speed Manufacturing
Color Black
Painter Chastin Brand
Graphics Red pinstriping and FLH badge by hand
Front Fender Kraus Motor Co.
Rear Fender H-D Low Rider
Fairing/Windscreen Conely’s T-sport fairing
Gauges H-D
Gas Tank/Cap H-D flush-mount
Dash H-D
Oil Tank H-D
Handlebars Big Al’s/LS1
Hand Controls/Grips Beringer and Motogadget
Foot Controls/Pegs H-D/Speed Merchant
Headlight Daymaker
Taillight Moon’s MC
Turn Signals Integrated in taillight
License Mount Custom Dynamics
Seat BMC/Corbin
Misc. Rizoma mirrors, GPR steering stabilizer, Bung King crash bar