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Panama | Custom 2004 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide

The TPJ Customs Official Hot Bike Tour Bike Build

2004 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide - Debagged

2004 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide - Debagged

Photo: Ed Subias

Every year we partner with a builder and fabricate a custom bike in the essence of what Hot Bike magazine is about coupled with the builder’s personal style. We then ride it on the 1,000-plus miles of the Hot Bike Tour and let all of our magazine readers and online friends, fans, and followers see it in person.
This year we partnered with Bryan Schimke of TPJ Customs. We love Bryan’s garage-build-meets-superbike styling, and every one of the bikes he fabricates are engineered to have the holy hell ridden out of them. How could we go wrong?

2004 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide - Debagged

2004 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide - Debagged

Photo: Ed Subias

Harley-Davidson was kind enough to donate one of its fire-breathing 120R engines and a bombproof six-speed transmission as a basis for the build.
Bryan then decided that a clapped-out 2004 Electra Glide frame he had to the side of his shop was going to be the foundation of the chassis. Before the fabrication started Bryan and I called on Paul at Lyndall Racing to mill up a set of wheels to mimic a set of old Dale Enterprises/Webco “Tulip” MX-60 BMX mag wheels. The 21/18-inch wheels are wrapped in Avon rubber and also have a set of Lyndall’s metal matrix wonder rotors bolted to them.

BDL Primary

BDL Primary

Photo: Ed Subias

Race Tech also was called on to supply a set of its remarkable G3-S fully adjustable piggyback shocks and a set of its all-new G6 custom-valved fully adjustable superbike fork legs. While the bike was getting mocked up and the front end reworked, a set of Kraus Motor Co. triple trees were employed to make the machine a roller, and then the real fabrication of this road ripper began.

Race Tech Rear Shocks

Race Tech Rear Shocks

Photo: Ed Subias

The motor and trans were slid into the frame, and a BDL belt drive was used to connect the two. To get that big 124 inches of power to the rear wheel an RK 530 Chain and Supersprox sprocket were employed. With all that in place Bryan then started making the custom mid-controls he’s now famous for.
After those were done, Bryan got to work forming the rear fender from scratch and reworking a Sportster tank to his liking. Bryan then fabbed up one of his seats, and—believe it or not—it is rather comfortable for its diminutive size. Up front Bryan milled up a set of TPJ risers and bent up a set of 1-inch handlebars. Bryan also welded up the custom pipes, and as with all of TPJ’s builds a full set of badass Beringer radial brakes from France were used to make sure this bike will stop under any and all conditions or circumstances.

Harley-Davidson 124 CI Motor

Harley-Davidson 124 CI Motor

Photo: Ed Subias

The painting of this bike was actually a rather extraordinary part of the story as well. I always wanted a bike done similarly to the famed guitarist Eddie Van Halen’s infamous “Frankenstrat” guitar. When I discussed this with Bryan of TPJ the both of us thought of having Buck Wild paint it. When I was discussing the theme with Buck he immediately interrupted me and told me about his own Frankenstrat experience. It seems that when Buck was a preteen boy he first saw Eddie’s red, white, and black guitar and knew that he wanted to paint his own guitar just like it. Well, Buck’s father showed him how to do it, and Buck told me that this very paint job done so long ago is what made him become a painter. And with that the planets aligned and the bike became known as Panama, which was, as all three of us could agree, Van Halen’s last good song.

Buck Wild Designs Paint

Buck Wild Designs Paint

Photo: Ed Subias

Lyndall Racing "Webco “Tulip” MX-60 BMX" inspired wheels

Lyndall Racing "Webco “Tulip” MX-60 BMX" inspired wheels

Photo: Ed Subias

Clearwater Lights Headlight

Clearwater Lights Headlight

Photo: Ed Subias

Beringer Hand controls, Speed Merchant Grips

Beringer Hand controls, Speed Merchant Grips

Photo: Ed Subias

Kraus Triple Trees, TPJ Customs Bars

Kraus Triple Trees, TPJ Customs Bars

Photo: Ed Subias

Buck Wild Designs Paint

Buck Wild Designs Paint

Photo: Ed Subias

Buck Wild Designs Paint

Buck Wild Designs Paint

Photo: Ed Subias

2004 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide

2004 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide

Photo: Ed Subias

2004 De-raked and de-stretched Harley-Davidson Frame.

2004 De-raked and de-stretched Harley-Davidson Frame.

Photo: Ed Subias

Race Tech Forks

Race Tech Forks

Photo: Ed Subias

Buck Wild Designs Paint

Buck Wild Designs Paint

Photo: Ed Subias

2004 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide

2004 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide

Photo: Ed Subias

Harley-Davidson 124 R Motor

Harley-Davidson 124 R Motor

Photo: Ed Subias

Lyndall Racing "Webco “Tulip” MX-60 BMX" inspired wheels

Lyndall Racing "Webco “Tulip” MX-60 BMX" inspired wheels

Photo: Ed Subias

TPJ Customs Exhaust

TPJ Customs Exhaust

Photo: Ed Subias

Lyndall Racing composite Rotor

Lyndall Racing composite Rotor

Photo: Ed Subias

Burly Brand Pegs

Burly Brand Pegs

Photo: Ed Subias

Ken’s Factory Air Cleaner

Ken’s Factory Air Cleaner

Photo: Ed Subias

Built by TPJ Customs

Built by TPJ Customs

Photo: Ed Subias

Specifications
General
Owner Feck The Welder
Shop TPJ Customs
Website tpjcustoms.com
Year/Make/Model 2004/H-D/Electra Glide
Fabrication TPJ Customs
Build Time 3 months
Engine
Year/Type/Size 2015/Twin Cam/124ci
Builder H-D
Cases H-D
Cylinders H-D
Heads H-D
Rocker Boxes H-D
Cam(s) H-D
Carburetor Mikuni|
Air Cleaner Ken’s Factory
Exhaust TPJ Customs
Transmission
Year/Type 2015/6-speed
Gears H-D
Clutch BDL
Primary Drive BDL
Frame
Year/Type 2004/H-D
Rake/Stretch De-raked/de-stretched
Suspension
Front end Race Tech
Length 28.5 in.
Triple Trees Kraus
Swingarm TPJ Customs
Rear Shocks Race Tech
Wheels, Tires, and Brakes
Front
Builder/Size Lyndall Racing/21 x 3.5
Tire/Size Avon/21 x 3.5
Calipers Dual Beringer Radial
Rotors Lyndall Racing Composite
Rear
Builder/Size Lyndall Racing/18 x 5.5
Tire/Size Avon/18 x 200
Caliper Beringer Radial
Rotor Lyndall Racing composite
Sprocket Lyndall Racing
Finish/Paint
Manufacturer Buck Wild by Paint Huffer
Colors Frankenstrat Red, White, and Black
Paint/Graphics Buck Wild Designs
Powdercoating Precision Stripping & Coating
Accessories
Rear Fender TPJ Customs
Gas Tank TPJ Customs
Side Panels TPJ Customs
Handlebars TPJ Customs
Grips The Speed Merchant
Hand Controls Beringer
Foot Controls TPJ Customs
Pegs Burly Brand
Headlight Clearwater Lights
Taillight TPJ Customs
Turn Signals No way
License Mount TPJ Customs
Seat TPJ Customs
Exhaust TPJ Customs

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