My rebuild of a 2001 FLHT into a "Army Themed Bagger"

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In 2003 I fabbed a bunch of stuff and built my bike the way I wanted it. This was pre-FLHX and back then 18" wheels were badass! Here is what I built then. It was in one of the first issues of American Bagger.



I nicked and scratched over the years and decided to do it again, this time incorporating the US Army, since I served 12+ years and it gave me the career I have now...

So I kept the Old Ness bag extensions that I had molded Nissan Maxima bumper lights into (liked the cat-eye look), and proceeded to give it a facelift.

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Bill

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That was a damn good looking bike! Even for todays standards!!!

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You could have attatched the pics directly to the site.

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Then it was paint time... I am a graphic artist, not a painter, but I do do friends bikes just to try new things. I layed out the whole graphic, sprayed the yellow outline, shaded the yellow, coverd it up and started doing the digital camo. I bought stencils from Airsick Stencils to do the ACU. Finished it all up and took it to a buddy that could spray the clear for me in a dust free environment. Bought it all home, sanded/denibbed it and started installation. Here is some of the process...


CB2 by lickmstickmman, on Flickr


CB3 by lickmstickmman, on Flickr


CB4 by lickmstickmman, on Flickr


CB5 by lickmstickmman, on Flickr


CB6 by lickmstickmman, on Flickr


CB7 by lickmstickmman, on Flickr
 
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Some of the other things I was able to do myself since I am limited on knowledge was:

Make my own passenger pegs from $12 ebay pineapple dummy grenades. Just pulled the stock pegs off, drilled the grenades to size and recessed the bolt under the poptop!

CB11 by lickmstickmman, on Flickr

Made my own shift linkage from a ebay linkage that holes in it for $75, then opened the holes to 3/8", just the right size for some 9mm casings I had aying around... Purchased one of those eastwood powdercoating kits fro $100 and viola!

CB9 by lickmstickmman, on Flickr

Also made some one off speaker grills and stickers for the DNA 5star wheels... little details!

CB10 by lickmstickmman, on Flickr

CB12 by lickmstickmman, on Flickr

Got this kool cam cover from a company called MotorDog69. If ur prior military, you would know that drinking/bars and coins go hand and hand. I created quite a few in my military career, so I am rotating them as designs on my bike.

amry coin insert by lickmstickmman, on Flickr
 
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And this is where I am now.
21" DNA front wheel w/KlockWerks front and rear fenders
15" F. Kodlin ZApe handlebars
Ness stretched bags with Nissan Maxima tail lights
Tailgunnerz Rotary cannon exhaust
Cyclesmiths 21" jumbo floorboards (kind of 40's HD look)
Custm covered tan leather seat with Army logo and wording sticked in it
S&S 106" motor (forgot to mention the complete change from silver motor/trans to black)

PLEASE IGNORE MY STUPID PILE OF TRASH IN THE BACKGROUND

CB8 by lickmstickmman, on Flickr


All done in a 12x24 shed...

AND SOME REAL EYE CANDY - Miss 2012 Timonium Cycle Show Hannah

CB1000 by lickmstickmman, on Flickr
 
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Then it was paint time... I am a graphic artist, not a painter, but I do do friends bikes just to try new things. I layed out the whole graphic, sprayed the yellow outline, shaded the yellow, coverd it up and started doing the digital camo. I bought stencils from Airsick Stencils to do the ACU. Finished it all up and took it to a buddy that could spray the clear for me in a dust free environment. Bought it all home, sanded/denibbed it and started installation. Here is some of the process...


CB2 by lickmstickmman, on Flickr


CB3 by lickmstickmman, on Flickr


CB4 by lickmstickmman, on Flickr


CB5 by lickmstickmman, on Flickr


CB6 by lickmstickmman, on Flickr


CB7 by lickmstickmman, on Flickr
That is sick what program do u use that has bike other to do lay outs? if u mine sharing
 
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Im a graphic designer, so me it's easy. I use Photoshop/Illustrator to do my layout. I even have it now where i have a side and front profile of a batwing bagger that I can sit with the customer and sketch out with color pencil. I think I have the files if anyone is interested. Just a side/front photo of a FLHX that I turned into a b/w drawing. You can see it taped to my cabinet while I was painting.


Here is my drawing, changed a little as I went, but ended up close to shat I envisioned.


army bike by lickmstickmman, on Flickr
 

Bill

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Great looking bike! Maybe you'll get bored and design something nice for the ChoppedBaggers.com Bagger!
 
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Great looking bike! Maybe you'll get bored and design something nice for the ChoppedBaggers.com Bagger!
Get bored, that a good one... Between my wife and I we own 3 businesses and I am a fulltime govt GSer at the Pentagon. Time is moments like this when I am waiting for something to print and can check kool websites... Already collecting info for my next build, a boardtracker built with the same theme!
 

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Saw the bike in timonium. Looked great. Had seen the rendering on here prior to he show and was excited to see it in person. Looked great. I loved the one off pieces. Great job!
 

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