Classic Clean | Custom 2009 Harley-Davidson Road Glide

Martin Bros Customs’ simply stated Road Glide

Custom 2009 Harley-Davidson Road Glide

Custom 2009 Harley-Davidson Road Glide

Photo: John Jackson

You can never go wrong when it comes to the classics. There is something about a black bike mixed with flames and a splash of chrome that stands the test of time longer than the array of oversize wheels, trendy colors, and overly used graphics.

Paul Tracy/Black Label Baggers Bags

Paul Tracy/Black Label Baggers Bags

Photo: John Jackson

Joe Martin of Martin Bros Custom out of Johnson City, Texas, is a builder of all things motor both on two and four wheels. When asked about this classic stance stallion, Joe explained how it came about: “I bought this bike with my buddy Gary Hopper at an auction. He owns a car dealership called Hopper Cycle Center in McKinney, Texas, and decided to open a small bike dealership as well. The goal was to have a few custom bikes to display in his new bike shop.” The team could have built anything to put in the show room but together decided on a building a bagger. “The Road Glide has always been a favorite bike for people looking for a custom bagger. This one ended up being built as if it was one I would keep for myself.” Too often when someone is trying to build a window dresser, the route tends to go more toward outrageous and less toward timeless style. Luckily this bike leaned more on the side of classy and less on the trashy side. “I decided to stick with the 26-inch front wheel, instead of the more popular goofy-looking 30,” Joe explained. “I wanted the bike to have clean lines, such as the tank flowing into the side covers with a smooth transition.”

Roland Sands	Air Cleaner

Roland Sands Air Cleaner

Photo: John Jackson

Joe could have easily ordered a set of pre-molded plastics and stamped out the bike quickly. Instead he let ingenuity and skill take the place of credit cards and shopping carts. “The rear fender was made from steel to complement the black label bags, Joe said. “I wanted the bike to appear like it’s sanitary and less like it has a bunch of bolt-on parts or covers. A lot of the baggers look like Sea-Doos with giant front wheels and a wedding dress dragging behind it.”

Custom 2009 Harley-Davidson Road Glide

Custom 2009 Harley-Davidson Road Glide

Photo: John Jackson

With the bones done and in order, it was time to move onto the mechanics and looks. “I wanted the customer to be able to jump on this bike and ride it hard with the focus being on dependability,” Joe said. “Black bikes are always a top choice of color for any riders. I decided to accent it with Candy Green flames layered on top of an old-school panel-style graphic. A one-off 2-into-1 exhaust system gives the bike the perfect sound to complement the rest of the package.”

House of Kolor Paint

House of Kolor Paint

Photo: John Jackson

Pickard USA 26 in. Wheel

Pickard USA 26 in. Wheel

Photo: John Jackson

Paint by Joe Martin

Paint by Joe Martin

Photo: John Jackson

Paint by Joe Martin

Paint by Joe Martin

Photo: John Jackson

Custom 2009 Harley-Davidson Road Glide

Custom 2009 Harley-Davidson Road Glide

Photo: John Jackson

Custom 2009 Harley-Davidson Road Glide

Custom 2009 Harley-Davidson Road Glide

Photo: John Jackson

Specifications
General
Owner Joe Martin
Shop Martin Bros Customs/Hopper Cycle Center
Shop Phone (512) 766-0128
Website martinbroscustoms.com
Year/Make/Model 2009/Harley-Davidson/Road Glide
Fabrication Joe Martin
Build Time 2 months
Engine
Year/Type/Size 96 in.
Builder H-D
Cases H-D
Cylinders H-D
Heads H-D
Rocker Boxes H-D
Cams H-D
Throttle Body H-D
Air Cleaner Roland Sands
EFI Controller H-D
Exhaust Joe Martin
Transmission
Year/Type H-D
Gears 6-speed
Clutch H-D
Primary Drive H-D
Frame
Year/Type 2009/Joe Martin
Rake/Stretch Joe Martin
Suspension
Length 2 over
Triple Trees Pickard USA
Swingarm Modified H-D by Joe Martin
Rear Shocks Monroe Air Shocks/Air ride
Wheels, Tires, and Brakes
Front
Builder/Size Pickard USA/26 in.
Tire/Size Vee Rubber/26 in.
Calipers H-D
Rotors Pickard USA
Rear
Builder/Size Pickard USA/18
Tire/Size Metzler 200|
Caliper H-D
Rotor Pickard USA
Pulley H-D
Finish/Paint
Manufacturer House of Kolor
Colors Candy Green/black
Paint/Graphics Joe Martin
Plating/Polishing Victor’s Chrome Plating|
Powdercoating High Point
Accessories
Front Fender RC Comp
Rear Fender Steel Joe Martin
Gas Tank H-D stretched by Joe Martin|
Dash Klock Werks
Gauges H-D
Handlebars Paul Yaffe
Grips Arlen Ness
Mirrors Arlen Ness
Hand Controls H-D
Foot Controls Performance Machine
Floorboards Eddie Trotta
Headlight H-D
Taillight Alloy Art
Turn Signals Alloy Art
License Mount Arlen Ness
Seat Drag Specialties
Stereo H-D
Amplifier JL Audio
Speakers JL Audio
Bags Paul Tracy/Black Label Baggers

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