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Road King Meets FXRT

Dave Dupor blends custom parts and FXR pieces into this Road King

Everything has been done. Every big-wheel bike, I’ve done, whether it was a Street Glide, Road Glide, what have you. But no one’s done an FXR front end on a touring bike.” That’s how Dave Dupor of DD Custom Cycles decided this meaty Road King had to happen. “It’s a cool-looking front end that’s something different and will appeal to guys on the West Coast,” Dave says. “Here in the Midwest, the FXR thing hasn’t taken real well, and I’m the guy who always does something a little different. I also heavily modified the fairing to my liking.” Converting an FXR fork to it was just the opening salvo in the creativity barrage that followed, as you can probably tell.

DDCC Road King FXR Harley-Davidson hybrid

An FXRT fairing, among other FXR parts, looks right at home on this former Road King.

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It’s also nobody’s big wheel. “I really wanted to build something totally different from the current stretched bags, 30-inch wheels, etc. Those bikes are starting to look the same,” Dave continues. “The wide tire handles well and rides awesome. The 180 tire, you feel really in control. With the MX bars, mids, that front end, and 180, it’s a full combo that’s easy and fun to control.”

Dave scrounged up this 2014 Road King, a donor bike, in Ohio. It was in great condition, and could have been a great bike left as is (OK, maybe not so much; it was torn down in less than a week). He then faced the task of making it all flow from front to back. “I tried to make every part of the bike, the steel fenders, steel tank, steel side covers, bags with my vents, and so on,” he says, “and just make it my own and not just another bolt-on bagger.”

DDCC Road King FXR Harley-Davidson hybrid

A wide front tire and low front stance let people know this bike means business.

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For the tugboat up front, Dave took a modified TOL Designs FXR fairing and put it on this Road King. “Even the smartest people here thought this bike was an FXR,” he recalls. There are plenty of other details throughout the bike, and while it looks like a tank, it rides like a streetfighter (for a bagger). Dave tells us you can throw it anywhere you want. Plus, the wide-tire front and the short and stubby stance just demand respect. The outcome was awesome and people love it.

Dave made 90 percent of the custom parts on this bike, including the all-steel bodywork. He molded the windshield, made the speaker enclosures, and built the big 107-inch motor.

Not that the project started out with fans. There were skeptics. When the fairing came in, people came into the shop thinking it was ugly. “Wait till it’s done,” he’d say. “Then you can judge it.”

DDCC Road King FXR Harley-Davidson hybrid

Dave Dupor riding the beast he created.

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Specifications

General
Bike Owner Dave Dupor/DD Custom
Shop Name DD Custom (DDCC)
Shop Phone (847) 356-8053
Shop website ddcustomcycle.com
Year/Make/Model 2014/Harley-Davidson/Road King
Fabrication DD Custom
Assembly DD Custom
Build Time Three months (should have been six)
Engine
Year/Manufacturer 2014/H-D
Type/size 107ci
Builder DD Custom
Cases H-D
Cylinders H-D/Dragos 107
Heads Dragos Stage 2
Rocker Boxes EMD
EFI/Carb Thundermax
Air Cleaner Vity’s
Exhaust Graffeo
Transmission
Year/Manufacturer 2014/H-D
Case H-D
Clutch BDL
Primary Drive H-D
Frame
Year/Manufacturer 2014/H-D
Rake 30°
Suspension
Manufacturer Front American Suspension/DD Air
Length Stock
Triple Trees Stock
Manufacturer Rear Dirty Air
Swingarm Stock
Wheels, Tires, and Brakes
Manufacturer Front/Type Roland Sands Design/Slam Black Ops
Size-Height/Width 18 x 5.5-in.
Tire/Size 180/55R-18
Caliper Performance Machine six-piston
Rotor Lyndall
Manufacturer Rear Roland Sands Design Slam Black Ops
Size-Height/Width 16 x 5.5-in.
Tire/Size 180/65R-16
Caliper Performance Machine four-piston
Rotor Lyndall
Finish/Paint
Color Audi/Lamborghini Nardo Gray
Painter Custom Painted Vehicles (CPV)
Accessories
Front Fender Native/DDCC
Rear Fender DD Custom (steel)
Fender Struts H-D
Gas Tank and Cap DD Custom (steel) w/ Crazy Beaver cap
Oil Tank H-D
Handlebars DD Custom Ghost Bars
Hand Controls Berringer
Foot Controls Boosted Brad
Footpegs Boosted Brad
Headlight DD Custom/HD
Taillight DD Custom
License Mount DD Custom (hidden style)
Seat Dave Vos/DD Custom pan
Saddlebags Top Shop/DD Custom vents
Saddlebag Latches Performance Machine
Audio PRV/JL