Justin George

Big Al's Cycles' Modified Dyna

Cleaning up a Harley-Davidson Dyna

There’s nothing better about working for Hot Bike than when I run into someone and they say, “Hey, did you see that really cool [insert model of bike]?” To which I say, “Which one?” Then they say, “The black one.”

Having a solid black bike while wearing a black leather vest, jeans, and a half-helmet is the perfect combination for those who want to disappear in the crowd at any Harley event or rally. Not that there’s anything wrong with black bikes or clothing, but it doesn’t give much help to showcase one’s individuality.

2013 Dyna

When building a budget-conscious custom bike, a little bit of paint, with a few key choice parts, can go a long way to making a bike stand out. Tim McCreedy’s 2013 Harley-Davidson Dyna is just such an example.

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We’ve praised the workmanship that comes out of Big Al’s Cycles in Petaluma, California, on several past features. Al Raposo is one of those guys who continues to pump out some amazing machines, each worthy of its own feature.

2013 Dyna

We asked Al how this particular Dyna came to be and he had this to say: “Tim came to the shop and said he was tired of having an all-black Dyna. He stopped by our shop and dropped it off to let us do what we do. Fortunately for him he also left a pile of cash along with a picture of a Chevy truck that he liked.”

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From there Al took over. First thing first, the 103-inch motor was sent over to Engine Dynamics (EDCO) to get freshened up with the good stuff from top to bottom. Then the 58mm S&S Throttle Body was mated with a Big Al’s air cleaner finally huffing out into a 2-into-1 Thunderheader exhaust. A Rivera Pro Clutch helps push the power to the pavement via a Big Al’s chain drive turning powdercoated H-D wheels. Power is nothing without control, and this elephant was made into an antelope thanks to the help of Works Performance.

2013 Dyna

Big Al’s and painter Taylor Schultz go together like Lenny and Squiggy. With one of the top painters in the country just a few miles away, why wouldn’t this build be given the Schultz touch?

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With the old-school patterned paint jobs nearing the end of the lifecycle, Schultz came up with this retro surfer, 1980s OP clothing type of look based on a Chevy truck that Tim had seen. The result is clean, simple, and classy, and my guess is you’ll be seeing copies of this appearing on the next generation of custom Dynas.

2013 Dyna

Tim’s custom bike is the perfect example of taking just the right amount of parts without going overboard, adding a clean but classy paint job and ending up with an absolute street stomper that’s ready to hit the run. Well done, team Petaluma.

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Specifications
General
Owner: Tim McCreedy
Shop: Big Al’s Cycles
Shop Phone: (707) 586-2700
Website: bigalscycles.com
Year/Make/Model: 2013/Harley-Davidson/Dyna
Fabrication: Big Al’s Cycles
Build Time: 90 days
Engine
Year/Type/Size: 2013/H-D/103 in.
Builder: Big Al’s Cycles
Cases: H-D
Cylinders: EDCO Petaluma
Heads: EDCO Petaluma
Rocker Boxes: EDCO Petaluma
Cams: Sharktooth grind
Throttle Body: 58mm S&S
Air Cleaner: Big Al’s Cycles
EFI Controller: TTS
Exhaust: Thunderheader
Transmission
Year/Type: 6-speed
Gears: H-D
Clutch: Rivera Pro Clutch
Primary Drive: Wet
Frame
Year/Type: 2013/H-D
Rake/Stretch: Stock
Suspension
Front End: H-D
Length: OEM
Triple Trees: H-D
Swingarm: H-D
Rear Shocks: Works Performance
Wheels, Tires, and Brakes
Front
Builder/Size: H-D/19 in.
Tire/Size: Dunlop/19 in.
Calipers: H-D
Rotors: H-D
Rear
Builder/Size: H-D/16 in.
Tire/Size: Dunlop/16 in.
Caliper: H-D
Rotor H-D
Chain Driven: Big Al’s Cycles
Finish/Paint
Manufacturer: House of Kolor
Colors: Butternut Cream/Chevy truck style
Paint/Graphics: Schultz Designs
Plating/Polishing: Meclac
Powdercoating: RS Performance
Accessories
Front Fender: H-D
Rear Fender: H-D
Gas Tank: H-D
Dash: H-D
Gauges: H-D
Handlebars: Big Al’s Cycles Buddy Low Bar
Grips: PM
Mirrors: H-D
Hand Controls: H-D
Foot Controls: H-D
Headlight: H-D
Taillight: Smoked
Seat: Big Al’s Gripper
Stereo: iPhone