Blue Steel | Custom 2003 Harley-Davidson Street Glide

Not your Standard bagger

2003 Harley-Davidson Street Glide

2003 Harley-Davidson Street Glide

Photo: Michael Wiene

I feel a little sorry for Rudy Alba’s poor Softail. I’ve never met the bike; I’m sure she’s a fine steed. Ever since Alba leapt laterally to a bagger, though, the Softy’s become a second filly in the herd: “Since I bought this bike I can honestly say I neglect my Softail.” You can almost hear pride in the way he says it. There’s nothing wrong with his other bike. His bagger is just that much cooler to him.
This project came into the world a stock Electra Glide Standard. Rudy wasn’t happy to leave it that way, obviously. “Standard” isn’t part of the custom-bike vocabulary. What he really wanted was something more Street Glide-y, only with a Tour-Pak and fairing lowers.

Paint by James Dean of Rebel Design

Paint by James Dean of Rebel Design

Photo: Michael Wiene

Alba’s battle plan called for keeping the motor and frame mostly as is and recreating the bike around them as a foundation. He wasn’t interested in a mammoth front wheel; cutting into the frame neck wasn’t necessary for adding the 21-inch DNA 60-spoker that now resides between the bagger forks. This bike being groomed as a daily commuter, reliability trumped extreme changes like huge wheels and drag motors. “Also, I installed Monroe Corvette shocks in the rear with an onboard compressor. It’s an affordable and reliable air ride that I thoroughly enjoy,” he told us.

DNA 60-spoke 21 x 3.5 in.

DNA 60-spoke 21 x 3.5 in.

Photo: Michael Wiene

Looks counted a lot though. Even when it came to the powerplant. Rudy chromed it out, keeping the stock guts mostly intact. Although he didn’t want a full-on drag motor, more midrange grunt was what he really wanted out of his Twin Cam. To that end, he went with an S&S gear drive, a K&N airbox, and Samson pipes.
Loud pipes might save lives, but it’s the loud music that makes those lives worth living. Rudy took care of the audio part of his happiness equation with six Rockford Fosgate and Pioneer speakers on his bagger. This sweet beauty being his daily commute bike, why shouldn’t he enjoy it as thoroughly as possible? “I call it my family mobile,” Rudy Alba said. “Occasionally though I like to ride my Softail to bike nights and local events, but as far as riding goes, nothing beats a bagger.”

2003 Harley-Davidson Street Glide

2003 Harley-Davidson Street Glide

Photo: Michael Wiene

Sorry, Softy. But, hey, don’t stop believing. Maybe he’ll come around. Or not.

Exhaust Samson True Dual 36-in. Cholos

Exhaust Samson True Dual 36-in. Cholos

Photo: Michael Wiene

Paint by James Dean of Rebel Design

Paint by James Dean of Rebel Design

Photo: Michael Wiene

6 Rockford Fosgate and Pioneer Speakers

6 Rockford Fosgate and Pioneer Speakers

Photo: Michael Wiene

Fat Katz Rear Fender

Fat Katz Rear Fender

Photo: Michael Wiene

Specifications
General
Owner Rudy Alba
Shop Chicano Yank
Shop Website facebook.com/chicanoyank
Year/Make/Model 2003/Harley-Davidson/FLHT Standard
Fabrication Air suspension, rear fender stretched
Build Time 6 months
Engine
Year/Type/Size ’03/H-D Twin Cam motor
Builder WestSide Motorcycles
Cases H-D
Cylinders H-D
Heads H-D
Rocker Boxes H-D
Cams S&S 510 Gear Drive
Carb Mikuni
Air Cleaner K&N
Exhaust Samson True Dual 36-in. Cholos
Transmission
Year/Type ’03/H-D
Gears 5-speed
Clutch H-D
Primary Drive H-D
Frame
Year/Type ’03/H-D FLH
Rake/Stretch Stock
Suspension
Front End H-D
Length Stock
Triple Trees H-D
Swingarm H-D
Rear Shocks Monroe MA 785
Wheels, Tires, and Brakes
Front
Builder/Size DNA 60-spoke 21 x 3.5 in.
Tire/Size Avon WWW MH-90
Calipers H-D
Rotors Drag Specialties
Rear
Builder/Size DNA 60-spoke 18 x 4.5 in.
Tire/Size Avon WWW 140/18
Caliper H-D
Rotor H-D
Pulley H-D
Finish/Paint
Manufacturer James Dean of Rebel Designs
Colors House of Kolor Candy Oriental Blue w/ Silver Base
Paint/Graphics James Dean
Plating/Polishing Sherms Plating
Accessories
Front Fender Fat Katz
Rear Fender H-D w/ Street Glide ground force kit
Gas Tank H-D
Dash H-D
Gauges H-D
Handlebars H-D
Grips Arlen Ness
Mirrors H-D
Hand Controls H-D
Foot Controls H-D
Floorboards H-D
Headlight H-D
Taillight H-D
Turn Signals H-D
License Mount Drag Specialties
Seat Le Pera
Stereo Alpine
Amplifier Rockford Fosgate front and back
Speakers 6 Rockford Fosgate and Pioneer

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