Built Once. Built Right. | 2002 Harley-Davidson FXDX

Louis Bowlmang’s no-expense-spared Dyna

2002 Harley-Davidson FXDX

2002 Harley-Davidson FXDX

Photo: Mikey

Hot Bike: So what was your goal when you built this bike?
Louis Bowlmang: I bought my first FXDX in 1999. I ended up selling it and missed it so much. I found this bike in 2002. It sat for a long time while I thought about all the stuff I wanted to do to it. I had a list of a few builders I wanted to talk to. I wanted it to be fast and not something that comes off the shelf. When I walked into San Diego Customs I knew I had met my builder.

SDC Speedline wheel

SDC Speedline wheel

Photo: Mikey

HB: What was so special about San Diego Customs (SDC)?
LB: Here in St. Louis they like a different type of bike than the California style. I just wanted a Harley that handled great. Every time I talk to someone about working on the FXDX, they’d pull out a big catalog. I said, “No. You missed the point. I know how to open a catalog.” When I met Chip he talked a lot about how I wanted the bike and how I liked to ride. It was a great connection. He went at it from a completely different direction than any other builder I talked to.

HB: Did SDC do what they wanted or were you involved?
LB: We kind of did it together. He ran things past me and he made me feel as much a part of the process as a builder could. Chip is really into taking things to the next level. There were a lot of things that were newer or people in the Midwest don’t necessarily use. I didn’t want to do a build and then upgrade two years later. I wanted to do it once and do it right. That was the main thing.

Rifle Fairing

Rifle Fairing

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HB: Seems like you went all out on the motor?
LB: You can make a big motor, but it’s only going to perform as its weakest link is going to allow. It will eventually find the weak part of the entire build. We really wanted to avoid that. The motor work that Chip did was unbelievable. He was like a conductor leading an orchestra. He brought a lot of great parts together from a lot of great companies to work perfectly, and that’s saying a lot. The other thing I loved is as great as builders as they are, they are pretty low on ego. They have no problems calling another shop and asking how did that work for you. The best people know the best people. It was a tremendous collaboration. It makes 54 pound-feet of torque and somewhere in the 130s for horsepower. I never run out of throttle on it. Not once.

HB: There was no skimping on the suspension either, I see.
LB: I’ve been a huge fan of Kraus for a while. When he started that front end, I knew that was the way to go. I know a lot of people that ride metric and racebikes, and as far as forks go you’re not going to do any better than Öhlins. It’s really a dream come true. For having that much power, it’s very easy to ride. But if you twist on it you’re going to know about it. It’s a manageable bike to ride.

Paint Pete “ Hot Dog” Finlan

Paint Pete “ Hot Dog” Finlan

Photo: Mikey

2002 Harley-Davidson FXDX

2002 Harley-Davidson FXDX

Photo: Mikey

2002 Harley-Davidson FXDX

2002 Harley-Davidson FXDX

Photo: Mikey

HB: How is that SoCal style being accepted in St. Louis?
LB: It’s hard to take it to a bike night because Hot Dog’s paint attracts a crowd. I really can’t walk away from the bike. The more tech-savvy guy ends up looking a lot longer at the swingarm, brakes, suspension, motor, and details inside. What I always tell people is the paint job is a work of art, but it distracts most people from how badass the motor is and how well it runs.

HB: So what do you think now that it’s all said and done?
LB: I hear a lot of people always talk about bikes they had built and wish they would have done this or that. I look at my Dyna and say, “If I didn’t have a Dyna that’s the Dyna I want.” There’s no better feeling than ending up with what you really wanted.

Specifications
General
Owner Louis Bowlmang
Shop San Diego Customs
Shop Phone (619) 234-6666
Website sandiegocustoms.com
Year/Make/Model 2002/Harley-Davidson/FXDX|
Fabrication SDC/Tatro Machine
Build Time 6 months
Engine H-D 120R upgraded to 124 in.
Year/Type/Size 2013/H-D/120R crate motor
Builder Chip Kastelnik/SDC
Cases H-D 120R Darkhorse Crankworks modified
Cylinders T-Man Performance 124 in.|
Heads H-D 120R Mackie modified
Pistons T-Man Performance 124 in.
Rocker Boxes H-D Screamin’ Eagle
Cam Plate H-D Screamin’ Eagle/Baisley Performance
Oil Pump H-D Screamin’ Eagle
Cams Dave Mackie Engineering
Manifold S&S custom modified
Carb Mikuni (modified)/T-man race back
Air Cleaner Horsepower Inc. for SDC|
Ignition Twintec
Exhaust SDC x SPFabrication “High Pipe”|
Transmission
Year/Type 2013
Gears JIMS FAT5 gear set
Clutch H-D Screamin’ Eagle/AIM
Primary Drive H-D Screamin’ Eagle|
Frame
Year/Type 2002/H-D FXDX|
Rake/Stretch 28º
Suspension
Front End Öhlins/Kraus
Triple Trees Kraus
Swingarm Trac Dynamics
Rear Shocks Works Performance
Stabilizer GPR Stabilizer + Sputhe Positrac
Wheels, Tires, and Brakes
Front SDC Speedline wheel
Builder/Size SDC/19 in.
Tire/Size Michelin 19/110|
Calipers Performance Machine radial |
Rotors SDC Speedline by Lyndall Racing Brakes
Rear SDC Speedline wheel
Builder/Size SDC/18 in.
Tire/Size Michelin 18/150
Caliper Performance Machine
Rotor SDC Speedline by Lyndall Racing Brakes
Pulley SDC Speedline 51-tooth
Finish/Paint
Manufacturer House of Kolor
Colors Many
Paint/Graphics Pete “ Hot Dog” Finlan|
Plating/Polishing SDC|
Powdercoating SDC
Accessories
Front Fender Kraus carbon fiber|
Rear Fender Stock H-D
Gas Tank H-D modified
Dash H-D modified
Gauges H-D OEM
Handlebars West Coast T-bars
Grips Performance Machine
Mirrors Arlen Ness
Hand Controls Oberon levers / H-D OEM|
Foot Controls SDC Gnurlies footpegs |
Headlight H-D Daymaker
Taillight Küryakyn Panacea
License Mount Küryakyn
Seat Duane Ballard custom
Fairing Rifle
Oil Cooler Feuling
Chain RK
Saddlebags Leatherpros FXDXT replicas

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