When last we left our hero, we had the heart of a new custom bagger: an S&S; 107T V-Twin for our Rolling Thunder frame. This go-'round, we're adding to the guts. We figured it'd be nice if this bike had a transmission, primary, and shocks, since we're wild and crazy like that.
Bringing this project to its fullest potential fell to Arlen and Cory Ness at Arlen Ness Motorcycles in Dublin, CA. You may have heard of them; Arlen's made a bit of a name for himself over the last 40-ish years building every style of American V-Twin imaginable. His son Cory was born and raised in the custom bike world; he's no stranger to building two-wheelers, either. Between them, they own and operate a custom motorcycle empire.
That said, it's not surprising we asked them to create this bagger. When we started this little building venture, we decided to use all high-end products from some of the top parts makers in the USA. Who better to bring the bagger to life than one of the top shops in the world?
The Ness boys got their hands on the motor and chassis. Now it's up to them to turn those parts into a badass bagger. In this issue, those two pieces are not only united, but joined by the transmission, clutch, primary, ignition, and shocks. They got us through most of the installation process, but there'll be more to come. We'd also like to extend our thanks to Rolling Thunder, S&S;, Baker Drivetrain, Compu-Fire, Progressive Suspension, Primo/Rivera, and Russ Wernimont Designs for donating their products and expertise to this project.