There’s no denying that the return of the FXR is in full swing. Love it or hate it, what was once the bike of choice for a select few riders in the know has now hit the mainstream and is becoming one of the most sought after used bikes today. As the garage finds and backyard bargains begin to disappear, it wasn’t going to be long until someone in the aftermarket stepped in to fill the supply where the demand has left short.
Big Bear Choppers was once at the height of the chopper craze before the market for billet and raked-out bikes dried up like a puddle in the desert. As a result, they have spent the past few years using their knowledge of manufacturing and making parts to build what some would say is the ultimate FXR.
At first glance, the BBC Titanium appears to be just another well-dressed-up Harley-Davison FXRT. In reality, the bike is almost completely aftermarket using nothing but the best of the best of materials
the bike is almost completely aftermarket using nothing but the best of the best of materials
. Starting with the drivetrain, there’s no name more respected in the industry for powerful powertrains than S&S. It was only common sense then to use an S&S 111 motor to provide big numbers with bulletproof reliability. BBC manufactured its own stainless-steel 2-into-1 exhausts for maximum exhale abilities. A Baker six-speed is the tranny of choice and slips the power through a BDL clutch. Sticky Avon Cobra tires provide the contact patch to complete the power to the pavement.
Power is nothing without control is how the saying goes. So for starters, BBC dissected the stock FXR frame and revamped it from the ground up without reducing any of the benefits of the original design
the stock FXR frame was revamped it from the ground up without reducing any of the benefits of the original design
. Several variations of shocks were used before finally settling on the Öhlins gold standard both front and back. Brembo calipers and Brake Tech rotors bring the beast to a halt as well as any racebike coming into a corner. Finally, a GPR stabilizer helps keep things from getting squirrely should a tank slapper want to come out.
Nothing was left to chance, and the even the bodywork was revamped using a combination of steel, fiberglass, and carbon fiber all modified to work with the updated componentry. Buckwild Design Studio has become one of the elite painters in the custom bike world, and the paint alone on the Titanium is almost worth the price admission.
All the accessories from the headlight, signals, gauges, bars, and controls were each carefully selected with an the emphasis being put on function. Finally, to keep up with modern demands for tunes, a simple Bluetooth audio stereo was used to provide just enough entertainment for the long hauls without taking away from the purpose of being on the road.
A pile of fancy parts does not make a good bike if it can’t be ridden with reliability. Bike owner Jason Deyoung proved the Titanium was road worthy with the price of a one-way plane ticket to California from Texas and then took delivery immediately setting out on a 6,000-mile road trip all without incident.
took delivery immediately setting out on a 6,000-mile road trip all without incident.
What BBC has proven with the Titanium that there is a market for high-end componentry for FXRs. Even if most people won’t be able to drop the full price on a complete build, the catalog of tested parts can be picked and chosen as budget and needs arise. Either way, it’s safe to say the FXR revolution will be broadcast, and companies like BBC will be leading the charge.
|Shop||Big Bear Choppers (BBC)|
|Shop Phone||(909) 478-7788|
|Fabrication||BBC Kevin Alsop|
|Build Time||8 weeks|
|Rake/Stretch||29.5º zero stretch||
|Wheels, Tires, and Brakes|
|Builder/Size||RC Components/19 in.|
|Builder/Size||RC Components/18 in.|
|Pulley||48 tooth Sprocket|
|Manufacturer||House of Kolor|
|Front Fender||Carbon fiber|
|Rear Fender||BBC steel|
|Gas Tank||BBC steel||