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Big Al Raposo’s 30-Day FXR Cleanse

Cleaning up a 1993 FXR in time for the 2018 Hot Bike Tour

Lifelong rider and shop owner Al Raposo’s take on cleansing doesn’t involve juice; it’s all about oil, rubber, and metal. None of which aids in repairing the damage from years of smoking cigars, guzzling booze, and munching burgers, but all of which are pretty good at fixing a broken bike. You could even say they’re necessary, in fact. Al’s Hot Bike Tour custom came into the world in 1993 as a Harley-Davidson FXR. It would later suffer a tragic wreck that left the bike a mess with a jacked frame—and Al with an opportunity.


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Al Raposo with his custom Harley-Davidson FXR.

“I think about riding it.” Al Raposo’s first consideration on approaching a build.

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Raposo got the wounded hog from a friend and gave himself the high challenge of not only fixing it in a month but also making it a full-on custom in the process. That’s not such a big deal if you have a ready supply of Red Bull (or stronger, less legal stimulants) and all kinds of free time. Doing it while running a custom shop and actually wanting to sleep is a tad more difficult. Having an understanding family and a great crew made the build possible though, and the shop got the job done.

Custom Harley-Davidson FXR with an S&S engine.

If you’re going to use parts lying around the shop, having an S&S engine in the corner isn’t a bad setup. That FXR has a lot more pep than it did in its stock Evo days.

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Repairing the frame was the first task, but once that was done, Al still needed parts and to make the time crunch, he used as many bits and pieces he already had on hand as possible. The bike was a serious team effort completed under the gun, with Jordan De Souza hand polishing much of it in-shop. To top off all that hard work, Taylor Schultz really did the build justice with a sweet melding of blue, silver, and white paint.

Dual four-piston Performance Machine Vintage calipers with floating rotors up front.

Dual four-piston Performance Machine Vintage calipers with floating rotors up front slow that S&S mill down in a hurry if needed.

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Custom Harley-Davidson FXR with t-sport fairing

The T-sport fairing was a nice touch to keep the bugs out of Al’s teeth.

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Custom blue Harley-Davidson FXR.

Sometimes inspiration hits as you go along on a project. The blue paint on the frame is a color Al saw on cars around town.

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Harley-Davidson FXR with saddlebags.

Those saddlebags are a variation of the kit it has been making for a couple of years for Dynas. The bags are now available for the FXR and the prototype is on this bike.

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Custom Harley-Davidson FXR with radar detector and GPS.

Short time didn’t stop Al Raposo from personalizing the FXR. It packs a radar detector with GPS since he’s not one to shy away from breaking the speed limit. This vintage car cigarette lighter on the primary-side handlebar end was another personal touch.

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Custom Harley-Davidson FXR with old aluminum Chopper Guys FXR side panels and oil tank.

Collect parts long enough and you’ll land some pretty hard-to-find pieces for a project. In this case, it’s the old aluminum Chopper Guys FXR side panels and oil tank.

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