Jose Zendejas of Escondido, California, has always had a love for lowrider cars and Harley-Davidson bikes. In particular, when it comes to bikes, his favorites are the ones that sport the lowriding stance with that unmistakable Chicano style. Jose says he is not alone when he feels that lowriders and bikes go hand in hand, just like beer and barbecue.
Last summer, Jose received a call from his friend Miguel Martinez, Jr. He told Jose about a deal he had come across on a 2006 Harley bagger. Jose said that he needed to hear no more — he picked up the bike that evening!
The well-known custom bike builder, Marcos Mendieta, of Inland Empire (IE) Baggers, was soon contacted by Jose and his bike started to undergo the transformation. Over the next eight months, the bike came to life with the help of Sal Manzano and his custom paint talents. The Aztec gold color with multi-colored patterns popped like no other paintjob.
With this bike build, Jose wanted to keep a true old-school lowrider look and he feels he achieved it with overwhelming success. Its debut showing was at the 2014 Easy Rider bike show where it grabbed the First Place spot for the radical bagger class. Jose sends big thanks to Marcos and Sal for their contributions and to his wife and daughters for their support.
Vehicle Year/Make/Model: 2006 Harley-Davidson Street Glide
Vehicle Nickname: Chicano Style
Owner: Jose Zendejas
City/State: Escondido, CA
Engine: ’88 Harley-Davidson with Screaming Eagle intake filter kit and plenty of chrome accessory upgrades
Body/Paint: IE Baggers of San Bernardino, CA, did up a custom body kit with extended saddlebags and rear fender. The frame was stretched and raked. Sal Manzano of Gaels Customs in Tijuas, Mexico, laid down a PPG candy Aztec gold finish with custom flake patterns. Jaime of Casteneda Engraving added their elegant touches of engraving on selected chrome parts throughout the bike.
Suspension: Front and rear Tricky Air kit
Wheels/Tires: Ride Wright 26-inch (front) and 18-inch (rear) wheels / Vee Rubber whitewall tires
Interior: Marcos of IE Baggers
Sound System: Marcos also installed the Alpine head unit, a 600-watt Alpine amplifier, four 6×9-inch mid-range speakers, and two 6.25-inch speakers