Eric Bennett’s La Ratonera FXR Super Glide II

Bennett’s Performance’s idea of what a rat trap should look like

La Ratonera FXR Super Glide II

That sleek little tailsection isn’t standard issue H-D either.

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La Ratonera translates to “the rat trap” in Spanish, which is the moniker Eric Bennett of Bennett’s Performance in Signal Hill, California, gave to this bike. I think we can all agree that when Harley-Davidson introduced the FXR Super Glide II in 1982, it did not look like this at all. Turning this particular ’82 FXR into a hot street ripper fell to Eric and his shop. In 16 months, not only did they change out stock parts for their higher-performing aftermarket counterparts, they upgraded the powerplant big time.

Think of it as hybrid Twevo; the love child of a Twin Cam and an Evo, just like it sounds. Punched out to 106ci of hard-charging American muscle, its bottom-end is pure S&S Cycle magic topped by Branch-O’Keefe Evo heads.

Eric Bennett managed to shoehorn that mill into the original ’82 FXR frame (thanks to a late-model front head and motor mount), and while he didn’t change the neck, the suspension joined to it (and the shocks out back) are a different story. Most of us acknowledge that the FXR was the finest engineered H-D Big Twin frame of all time (at least until recently, according to some others) but the same doesn’t hold true for the fork and boingers it came with. If you really want to push the FXR, you need to upgrade those. This is why Bennett tapped a set of Rebuffini trees, KTM WP fork tubes, and Öhlins shock absorbers for this build.

Renthal handlebar

The Renthal handlebar passes through two very tall risers over the front end.

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Bennett’s Performance

Bennett’s Performance and Nate Alexander fabricated the winding 2-into-1 exhaust that leads to a muffler just under the seat.

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FXR Super Glide II

Here you see what a close, perfect fit it was along the barrels before the header travels to the rear.

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Eric Bennett

Eric Bennett got his mitts on a better swingarm from Brock’s Performance for this bike.

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T-Rods Speed Shop

You didn’t have to do a wheelie to show us the cool splash guard from T-Rods Speed Shop but any excuse to wheelie is a good excuse, am I right?

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FXR Super Glide II

Renthal controls bracket the bar at either end.

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Michelin Commander II tread

Thin is in, as you can see from the rear view of the bike. Both BST wheels are shod in Michelin Commander II tread.

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