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One Man’s Dream Harley-Davidson FXR

A cop bike any outlaw would have to love too

In the bajillion years I’ve been writing bike features for Hot Bike, I’ve come across some pretty funny names given to custom bikes by their owners, but this old FXR’s “Jailbait” moniker is now one of my favorites. Unlike the common usage of that term, this one gets its tag from the urge to pin the throttle and win yourself a speeding ticket. The personal ride of Daniel Dolan (who owns Freakshow Tattoo in Colorado), it’s the prize hog of a passel of Harley-Davidsons that he hoards away on a regular basis. Daniel tells us: “I own two tattoo shops in Fort Collins and have a Harley-Davidson hoarding problem. At any given point I have 15 to 20 Harleys. I buy, sell, and trade bikes.” However, his real passion lies with H-D’s best-handling Big Twin of all time, the FXR. At any given time he has four to nine of them in his possession.

What makes Jailbait Daniel’s dream FXR is its blend of styles. “Harleys are an expression of their owners, and I tend to be a little larger than life and like to think Jailbait is the same,” Daniel says. “The prevailing theme was a club-style FXR whose primary focus was performance and reliability. I wanted to hang with any bagger on the highway and crush them in the corners.”

It also had to draw stares. The last response you want from onlookers for a bike is, “Meh.” As Daniel puts it, “It's my opinion that if a bike, car, piece of art isn't polarizing, it isn't good. It should cause a reaction in the viewer. So far Jailbait gets a lot of thumbs-up and a ton of smiles at shows. Either way, we didn't build it for your approval! I'm happy if you like it, but could care less if you don't. In this day of big-wheel baggers and cholo Softails, this bike bridges the gap. The comfort and convenience of a midsize bagger with the performance of a mild sportbike. It is my dream bike and thank you for letting me share it with you!”

jailbait custom gas tank

Daniel’s two best friends, Nate Cleaver (Front Range Cycle) and Adam Lucier (Newstalgia Custom Paint), keep him running and looking good.

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corbin solo seat

I’m pretty sure that Corbin solo seat isn’t cop issue.

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Kicker stereo system

Out went the police radio, in went the Kicker stereo system.

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jailbait custom harley-davidson fxrp

Lots of upgrades are sprinkled throughout this FXRP, like the Öhlins shocks under the saddlebags and the Race Tech front suspension upgrade.

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white gold leaf designs on blue motorcycle body

Adam zapped Daniel’s bodywork with a sweet combo of Birch White and Metal Flake Blue with White Gold Leaf.

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daniel on jailbait harley-davidson fxr

Daniel seems pretty proud of his FXR, and why shouldn’t he be?

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subtle graphics in blue motorcycle fairing

As you can see, Adam didn’t just lay down the colors and call it a day. Here we see the subtler graphics in the blue on the fairing.

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jailbait daniels harley-davidson fxr

When Daniel purchased six FXRP (police) bikes from a funeral escort service in Denver, it was the score of a lifetime. “I sold five bikes to afford to keep this bike,” Daniel explains. “I have the most understanding wife (Brooke) in the whole world, who is also a rider (2005 Softail). She tolerates my eccentricities, and encourages my passion for unusual Harleys.”

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