2004 Custom Harley-Davidson Fat Boy

Riding this custom Harley Fat Boy until the wheels come off

2004 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy

2004 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy

Photo: John Zamora Model: Kira Christina

It all started back in 2009 when my dad and I went to the local Harley dealer to buy parts for his bike. On the way out we spotted a Pearl White 2004 Fat Boy. The bike had only 1,200 miles on it and was basically new. We began talking to the sales manager, and my dad already knew him, so we immediately started talking numbers. Next thing you know I was riding a custom Harley Fat Boy home.

Landmark diamond-cut spokes 21 in Wheel

Landmark diamond-cut spokes 21 in Wheel

Photo: John Zamora

The whole way home I was making plans in my head to customize it, but I knew this wouldn’t happen overnight. I already knew I wanted to build a straight gangster-style Vicla with loud pipes and apes. I also knew it wouldn't be easy either, so little by little I did things to it. I had some bad misfortunes along the way, including the back wheel coming off on the freeway and then getting rear-ended.

Paint/Graphics By El Jefe De Los Angeles De Pintura Don Danny D.

Paint/Graphics By El Jefe De Los Angeles De Pintura Don Danny D.

Photo: John Zamora

It was after that incident I decided to change the color, but before I got her painted I had my club president Jorge Maldonado stretch my rear fender, shave the taillight and seat holes, and add a badass stereo system. Although people tried to talk me out of painting it and I liked the Pearl White, it was just played out and wasn't doing it for me. I looked around for painters, but I wasn't really finding anybody out there who had any good ideas. In my head I knew I wanted an out-of-the-box paint job, and if I wanted to take it to the next level, I had to take it to the one and only Danny D. in order to achieve that. So one day I went to a car show and ran into my homie Jose Beltran, and I saw his beautiful badass drop-top ’65 Impala known as Love Street. We started talking, and I told him about wanting a Danny D. paint job, and he said he would take me to him. So one day we took a drive to his shop, and we talked to Danny about a possible paint job. He asked me flat out on a level from one to 10 what kind of paint job I wanted. I laughed and said a 15! I told him I want a paint job that once people look at my bike they won't forget about it. I told him he was free to do whatever he wanted, but I did tell him no pink.

2004 H-D 88 in motor

2004 H-D 88 in motor

Photo: John Zamora

While the bike was at paint I had Pat at Militia Cycles do all wiring and throttle internally and added a hydraulic clutch. A few months went by, and the parts were ready to be picked up. All I can say is it was way more than I expected. I was like a little kid on Christmas morning! I couldn't wait to put her together to take her to the Santa Barbara car show. That’s where my club brothers Jorge Maldonado, Jose Rodriguez, and I pulled an all-nighter to get her ready. I ended up taking home first place. When I finally got home I took her out for the first ride, and wouldn't you know the bad luck continued. As I was coming down the freeway a truck in front of me ran over a two-by-four, and it flew back and hit my saddlebag and chipped the left bag.

Paint/Graphics By El Jefe De Los Angeles De Pintura Don Danny D.

Paint/Graphics By El Jefe De Los Angeles De Pintura Don Danny D.

Photo: John Zamora

I called Danny D. to let him know what had happen and told him to add the pink—and still to this day I regret not letting him do it the first time. I must say the pink really makes it pop. I would like to give a special thanks to my dad, Leonel Gonzalez, for all the support and helping me get my first bike and getting me into bikes. My club brothers Jorge Maldonado and Jose Rodriguez for all the late nights and hard work throughout this adventure. Finally, Jose Beltran for introducing me to the one-and-only Danny D., Pat at Militia Cycles, and most importantly the man upstairs.

Eddie Trotta Floorboards

Eddie Trotta Floorboards

Photo: John Zamora

Seat by The Seat Guy

Seat by The Seat Guy

Photo: John Zamora

Axalta Paint

Axalta Paint

Photo: John Zamora

Paint/Graphics By El Jefe De Los Angeles De Pintura Don Danny D.

Paint/Graphics By El Jefe De Los Angeles De Pintura Don Danny D.

Photo: John Zamora

2004 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy

2004 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy

Photo: John Zamora Model: Kira Christina

Samson headers with custom-made mufflers

Samson headers with custom-made mufflers

Photo: John Zamora

Specifications
General
Owner Mike Gonzalez
Shop Militia Cycles
Shop Phone (949) 348-2732
Year/Make/Model 2004/Harley-Davidson/Fat Boy
Fabrication Jorge Maldonado/Jose Rodriguez
Build Time 7 months
Engine
Year/Type/Size 2004/H-D/88 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 Arlen Ness
EFI Controller H-D
Exhaust Samson headers w/ custom-made mufflers
Transmission
Year/Type 2004/H-D
Gears 5-speed
Clutch Performance Machine hydraulic clutch
Primary Drive H-D
Frame
Year/Type 2004/H-D
Rake/Stretch Stock
Suspension
Front End Progressive w/ Arlen Ness lowers
Length 2 in. lowered
Triple Trees H-D
Swingarm H-D
Rear Shocks Shotgun Shock air ride
Wheels, Tires, and Brakes
Front
Builder/Size Landmark diamond-cut spokes/21 in.
Tire/Size Avon whitewall/21 x 3.5 in.
Calipers Performance Machine
Rotors H-D
Rear
Builder/Size Landmark diamond-cut spokes/16 in.
Tire/Size Avon whitewall/16 in.
Caliper Performance Machine
Rotor H-D
Pulley H-D
Finish/Paint
Manufacturer Axalta Paint
Colors Danny D. Select Custom Mix
Paint/Graphics By El Jefe De Los Angeles De Pintura Don Danny D.
Plating/Polishing Peter Tapai Anaheim Plating
Accessories
Front Fender H-D
Rear Fender H-D Extended 4 in.
Gas Tank H-D
Dash H-D
Gauges H-D
Handlebars 18-in. Carlini Gangster apes w/ 2-in. Player risers
Grips Performance Machine
Mirrors H-D Teardrop
Hand Controls Performance Machine
Foot Controls H-D
Floorboards Eddie Trotta
Headlight H-D LED
Taillight Custom
Turn Signals Custom
License Mount H-D
Seat The Seat Guy
Stereo Jorge Maldonado
Amplifier JL Audio w/ iPod hookup
Speakers 4 Alpine 6 x 9 and 2 6 in|.

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