The Snowball Effect - A Custom 2008 Harley-Davidson Road King

IMZZ builds a Road King that keeps on giving

Trying to build a custom bike is a lot like finding the perfect mate. Sometimes you have to date around a bit to see what you like and don’t like. Often what you want is what you least expected. Sure, dating a celebrity sounds like a great idea—that is until you realize there’s a crazy lady behind all the glitz and glamour. In the same fashion, how do you know you want gigantic apehangers or a wide-open exhaust until you try them on for size and set off cruising down the road?
Mike Ninowski first brought his 2008 Road King to IMZZ Elite with a short but sweet list of to-dos.

IMZZ has been in business since 1996 and has been creating some of the most-talked-about, published, and craziest custom cars, trucks, and bikes since its opening. Whether it’s two wheels or four, there isn’t much this shop hasn’t cut, molded, painted, or built over the past 18 years.
What started off a simple project included a set of bars, bags, and stereo. IMZZ added its own unique bag lids that encompass four speakers total all controlled by a single Bluetooth-connected knob to Rockford Fosgate amps. After returning the bike back to Mike for inspection, the list of things he wanted grew a little bit longer.
Next on the list of mods was a clean and classy paint job. Nothing speaks style like a tuxedo, so the black-and-white scheme was dropped in a traditional fashion. Again the bike was returned to Mike for final inspection. After a few hems and haws, it was sent back this time for the addition of some graphics. By this time a trust had been developed, and IMZZ was given free rein on the graphics. This back and forth continued a few more times resulting in a slew of Arlen Ness goodies like grips, mirrors, floorboards, foot controls, and more.
At the time of the shoot, the bike was finally completed and ready for final pickup. After a long, hard look, Mike gave the final thumbs-up.

Following a quick rip around the corner, he returned with an ear-to-ear grin and then asked to add some more motor mods. Ha! Sometimes enough is never enough. Looks like Mike found the looks of the supermodel he was after; now he just needs to find the soul to back her up. HB

Owner Mike Ninowski, Anaheim, CA
Shop IMZZ Elite
Shop Phone (714) 871-9038
Year/Make/Model 2008/H-D/Road King
Fabrication IMZZ
Build Time 3 months
Year/Type/Size 2008/H-D/96
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 10 Gauge
EFI Controller Power Commander
Exhaust Samson Cholos
Year/Type 2008/H-D
Gears H-D
Clutch Barnett
Primary Drive H-D
Year/Type 2008/H-D
Suspension |
Front End |
Length Stock
Triple Trees HHI x23
Wheels, Tires, and Brakes
Builder/Size Ride Wright Fat 50/23 in.
Tire/Size Avon/130/60R23
Calipers H-D
Rotors Ride Wright
Builder/Size Ride Wright Fat 50/16 in.
Tire/Size Dunlop American Elite/150/80R16
Caliper H-D
Rotor Ride Wright
Pulley Ride Wright
Manufacturer BASF
Colors Black and White
Paint/Graphics IMZZ Elite
Front Fender Bagger Nation
Rear Fender IMZZ Smooth Ass
Bag Lids IMZZ Double Down
Gauges Nu Image
Handlebars IMZZ Custom
Grips Arlen Ness
Mirrors Arlen Ness
Foot Controls Arlen Ness
Floorboards Arlen Ness
Taillight RWD
License Mount RWD
Seat Le Pera Villain
Stereo IMZZ Elite
Amplifier Rockford Fosgate
Speakers Rockford Fosgate