Bagger: Urban Gold

Covington Cycles strikes it rich after hours

2009 Harley Road King

2009 Harley Road King

If builders were pioneers, Covington Cycles would be the ’49ers of the bunch, breaking ground with each new build.

Photography: John Jackson

2009 Harley Road King

2009 Harley Road King

If builders were pioneers, Covington Cycles would be the ’49ers of the bunch, breaking ground with each new build.

Photography: John Jackson

2009 Harley Road King

2009 Harley Road King

If builders were pioneers, Covington Cycles would be the ’49ers of the bunch, breaking ground with each new build.

Photography: John Jackson

2009 Harley Road King

2009 Harley Road King

If builders were pioneers, Covington Cycles would be the ’49ers of the bunch, breaking ground with each new build.

Photography: John Jackson

2009 Harley Road King

2009 Harley Road King

If builders were pioneers, Covington Cycles would be the ’49ers of the bunch, breaking ground with each new build.

Photography: John Jackson

2009 Harley Road King

2009 Harley Road King

If builders were pioneers, Covington Cycles would be the ’49ers of the bunch, breaking ground with each new build.

Photography: John Jackson

2009 Harley Road King

2009 Harley Road King

If builders were pioneers, Covington Cycles would be the ’49ers of the bunch, breaking ground with each new build.

Photography: John Jackson

2009 Harley Road King

2009 Harley Road King

If builders were pioneers, Covington Cycles would be the ’49ers of the bunch, breaking ground with each new build.

Photography: John Jackson

2009 Harley Road King

2009 Harley Road King

If builders were pioneers, Covington Cycles would be the ’49ers of the bunch, breaking ground with each new build.

Photography: John Jackson

Back in the old Wild West, thousands of pioneers crossed the country in order to reach the promises of wealth and gold. The hunt for who can spend the most on a 30-inch bagger is in many ways similar. Companies are spending more and more money to show what can be done to these rollin’ ground pounders. If builders were pioneers, Covington Cycles would be the ’49ers of the bunch, breaking ground with each new build.

Their latest creation is called the “Destroyer” and looks much like an urban street fighter ready for battle. When David Covington was asked why he built this bike, he explained, “The bike started as a well-maintained police bike that I bought, along with a few others, to sell at our shop. Basically, I built this bike for myself after hours for fun and to ride and test the handling of a 30-inch wheel.” Turns out that adding a 30 to Road King took a bit of metal beating to make it fit. “The biggest challenge was figuring out the frame layout for looks and handling. Then we had to build a tank and nacelle to make it look correct. The whole front half of the frame is custom built to make the 30-inch wheel work correctly.”

After the bike was ready to roll down the road, the C-Team got busy on fabricating some accessories to turn the green machine into gold. “We custom made a steel gas tank and headlight nacelle,” Covington said. “Then we gold anodized Covingtons billet accessories.”

Brian Loker was responsible for laying down the synergy green with candy camouflage paint. The combination of colors seems like an unlikely match, but the contrast gives the bike a classy camo look with gold popping against the green. But nothing stands out more than the 30-inch gold anodized Covington “DC” wheel pushing out front.

As another bike from the crew at Covington goes in the history books and takes its turn at the front of the train, the search for bagger gold continues. But rest assured, it won’t be long before gold is turned to diamonds.

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