Recently, there has been a backlash toward all the all-show-and-no-go bikes that have become popular over the past few years. But don’t judge a book bike by its cover just because it might be covered with tons of chrome and fancy paint. Look past the super-sexy model Lana draped over the neon paint job, stereo system, and extended bags because quietly dressed in all black sits the heart of beast. That’s no parking lot powerplant sitting between those frame rails. No, sir.
Larry Vaughn’s 2012 Harley-Davidson Road Glide isn’t your typical bagger custom. We asked Larry how this wolf in wolf’s clothing came to be and what the goal was when building it. “I started a bike shop in Stafford Springs, Connecticut, called LV’s House of Boost where I install turbo chargers on Harley-Davidson motorcycles,” Larry said. “I have a certified Harley-Davidson technician on staff, and we specialize in servicing and installing upgrades, such as handlebars, fender kits, wide tire kits, turbo chargers, and diesel repair. We are dealers for some of the best builders and manufacturers in the United States, and I am the Northeast connection to the motorcycle industry’s West Coast performance and trends.”
With an eye on the prize and ear to the ground, Larry got to work with a mean muscle motorcycle. “I built my 2012 Road Glide, that I call Bandit, from my passion for speed and performance,” Larry explained. But this bike has much more than a pipe and a tune. “It has a Trask Performance turbo system with an S&S 106 that produces 207 horsepower with 16 pounds of boost,” he said. That equals a ton of ponies available at the simple twist of a right wrist. Nothing says Hummer sitting on 30s like a big motor with no way of putting it to the pavement. When it comes to Larry’s Road Glide, there is no oversize front wheel limiting how fast he can go. Instead, keeping it classy is a set of stock chrome CVO wheels that give it the custom look without compromising performance and handling.
When it comes to looks, Larry could have easily painted the bike flat black and been accepted with the class of performance-based cool kids. But instead he chose to go the polar opposite way. “The paint scheme started out as an idea and with the help from Butch, from VonButch Creative, and eventually became a reality,” Larry said. “I wanted to make it look as fast as it is standing still, which I feel has been achieved by my painter Larry Pelletier who owns Spike’s Custom Paint out of Southwick, Massachusetts.”
Larry’s Road Glide is a testament that just because you can take first in a bike show doesn’t mean you’ll be at the back of the pack when leaving the lot. It’s this combination of style and performance that keeps everyone loving (or hating) at the same damn time.
|Shop||LV’s House of Boost|
|Shop Phone||(860) 851-8855|
|Fabrication||LV’s House of Boost|
|Build Time||8 months|
|Throttle Body||H-D ||
|EFI Controller||ThunderMax Programmer||
|Primary Drive||H-D ||
|Year/Type||2012/Road Glide ||
|Rear Shocks||Air Ride Legend|
|Wheels, Tires, and Brakes|
|Manufacturer||House of Kolor|
|Paint/Graphics||Spike’s Custom Paint||
|Front Fender||Klock Werks|
|Rear Fender||Trask Performance|
|Gas Tank||Dirty Bird Concepts||
|Dash||Dirty Bird Concepts|
|Mirrors||Drag Specialties Shooter Mirror|
|Headlight||Dirty Bird Concepts LED|
|License Mount||Dirty Bird Concepts||
|Seat||Dirty Bird Concepts|
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