Since Alfred Acosta of Riverside, California, was 17 years old, he’s been building lowriders. “My pops got me into it, he’s had a lot of lowriders and this would be my second feature in LOWRIDER Magazine,” explained Alfred whose first feature was in 2003 with a 1952 Chevy pickup.
“When I got into the Harley scene, I wanted to bring in the lowrider style to my Harleys. When I first built this one, it was black and I thought it looked too plain. I wanted it to pop.” That’s when he decided to take it to Marcos Mendieta of Inland Empire Baggers. “I told him that I wanted to go with a big wheel and to do something crazy with it. Everyone is doing Deluxe on 21-inch wheels and I wanted it to be different.” Marcos knew exactly what to do as he started off by stretching the hard bags, raking the faring, customizing the fenders, and plenty of other modifications.
When it was ready for paint, Alfred knew that he was going to paint it blue since he had never painted any of his rides blue. He had his cousin at Leo’s Auto Body in Lake Elsinore, California, paint the bike with an oriental blue. He then took it to Mike Lamberson of Draggin Lines. “He asked what I wanted to do with it and I told him that I wanted patterns on it, but I would let him have creative freedom over it. He said that no one has ever let him do that before.”
This was going to take Mike longer than usual, as he had never fully patterned out a Harley with his own ideas. One month later, Alfred was curious on how the paint was going and had planned on calling Mike after work, but to his surprise when he got off work, Mike had sent him a few photos of the tank and front ferrying. “I didn’t think he was going to do all the work he did and it looked even better when I got to see it in person. After that, the other items fell into place from the 30-inch whitewalls to everything else.” All together the build took under six months.
“Some people say they like the bike, other’s say they hate it, and a few say that I don’t ride it with the 30-inch wheel. The way I see it, if they are talking about it, then the bike is doing its thing.” He would like to thank Marcos Mendieta, Lexani Wheels, his cousin Leo Martinez, and Mike Lamberson.
Vehicle Year/Make/Model: 2012 Harley-Davidson Street Glide
Vehicle Nickname: Gangster Glide
Owner: Alfred Acosta
City/State: Riverside, CA
Engine: 103 cubic-inch with six-speed and CFR true dual exhaust. AB Polishing in Ontario, CA, handled the chroming
Body/Paint: Inland Empire Baggers customized the tank, stretched hard bags, custom raked out faring, custom side covers, and custom fenders. Leo’s Auto Body in Lake Elsinore, CA, painted the bike oriental blue before Mike Lamberson patterned and striped it.
Wheels/Tires: One-of-a-kind 30-inch Lexani with 30-inch whitewall Vee Rubber with matching rear tire
Interior: Nu Image digital gauges were installed before Evan’s Auto Care stitched the seat
Sound System: Inland Empire Baggers in San Bernardino, CA, installed the Alpine head unit and four Alpine 6×9-inch speakers