With many lowrider builds under his belt, Jim Brown felt it was time to enter the world of customized motorcycles. For Jim, only a Harley-Davidson would do, so, after finding a 2008 Harley-Davidson Road Glide at a local police auction, it was time to put his engineering skills to good use. Through rigorous research nationwide, he fell in love with the look of a 26-inch wheel and a traditional Harley stock rake, “but not the chopper rake look everyone settles with,” Jim says.
After a few disappointing visits to a few CNC machine shops, he decided to fabricate his own “triple tree” to deliver that OG look. The result was creating a one-of-a-kind sports 26-inch rim at stock rake, which is currently patent pending. The bike was broken down with the frame and engine parts going to Snail Motorsports, where a durable Purple powdercoat was applied. Jim was then tasked with customizing the bags by stretching them and adding speaker ports. Jim created this unique tank and wrapped fenders, giving the bike a new-school/old-school look.
The bike received a coat of Candy Purple by club brother Lil Greg at TKO Customz with accenting diamond cut designs by Kutting Edge. Josh “Harley Josh” Barber rebuilt the 103cc motor and added a chrome screw kit and new seals throughout. Longtime friend Adolfo created the numerous murals and graphics. Gene’s Custom Beats put the finishing touches on this build, installing two 6×9 Infinity blue marine speakers in addition to four more found within the bags, giving Jim enough power to blast Chaka Khan’s “Stay,” which always brings back memories of growing up as a States Playboy.
2008 Harley-Davidson Road Glide
Las Vegas, NV
The original 2008 Harley 103 was upgraded with custom straight pipes, actuator stretch bags, and then powdercoated and diamond cut by Josh.
Don Jackson of Backyard Boogie stitched the custom diamond patterns onto a Midnight Blue leather
TKO Customz of Las Vegas sprayed the Candy Blue with Aldolfo laying down some pinstripe leafing designs
Primo 26-inch wire wheels mounted onto 120/50-26 Pirelli tires