Custom Chrome 40th Anniversary Harley-Davidson Bagger By Kirk Taylor

KirkTaylorBaggerAs you already know by my post on December 7th, 2009, Kirk Taylor is with Cole Foster one of the 2 builders chosen by Custom Chrome Inc. to design and build a show-stopping custom in celebration of the distributor 40th anniversary.

Kirk’s crew at Custom Design Studios started from a Harley-Davidson Bagger, modifying the engine and of course using the wide range of CCI parts catalog to turn the bike into a full blown custom.

“I like these kinds of projects because they allow me to take what I am given and create a motorcycle that anyone could recreate just by ordering parts from their local CCI dealer. I enjoy doing ground up customs but this type of project gives customers the opportunity to see what they can get done to their bikes by adding custom parts and paint,” explains Kirk Taylor. Kurt Peterson, Media and Events manager at Custom Chrome states that ” CCI got a truly unique motorcycle that was well thought out and is a rider”. The custom parts list is too long to listed here but is being featured in the 2010 Custom Chrome Print/CD/Online Catalogs. (picture Michael Lichter)

42 Responses to “Custom Chrome 40th Anniversary Harley-Davidson Bagger By Kirk Taylor”

  1. 1 johnny Dec 22nd, 2009 at 9:23 am

    i thought it was follow the yellow brick road ……………..

  2. 2 Lyle Dec 22nd, 2009 at 10:51 am

    Where it never rains and you don’t need a good front fender.

  3. 3 Wikked Steel Dec 22nd, 2009 at 11:14 am


  4. 4 1550tc Dec 22nd, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    Where it never rains and you don’t need a good front fender.

    or no dmv laws typical cci bike no wonder their bankrupt

  5. 5 choppaman Dec 22nd, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    what’s your problem 1550tc??? every time you comment on cci you talk about bankruptcy or some other bs. feels like you are one of their ex employees causing the mess in early 2000…. glad they brought smarter people in to fix it!

    don’t you read? are you stuck in 2007? cci is life and kicking…. they are celebrating their 40th anniversary next year. leave them alone and give them some credit for what they have rebuilt. cyril got a great blog but he should implement a iq test to prevent guys like 1550tc to make comments…… get a life!

    fender? you are right – that bikes needs a fender – but it’s a cool scooter i think. kirk is one of my favorite builders – good job kirk!

  6. 6 Shifter Dec 22nd, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    Great Bagger Job and thanks to CCI for financing it!

  7. 7 Lyle Dec 22nd, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Yeah, I like the overall lines but in my opinion, baggers should have fenders. And if it were mine, I’d put floorboards on it. That 19 inch wheel looks good on the front.

  8. 8 uncle Dec 22nd, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    wow, neat. another bagger, cool. what, no affliction or ed hardy

  9. 9 VenomSC Dec 22nd, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    haha… people like 1550tc (what does “tc” stand for anyway, tiny c*ck?) anywho, in general, people who talk sh*t are the ones who have NOTHING to show for it, why? becuase they have NO LIFE and feed off the negetive energy in hopes of making themselves feel better. Physology 101 my friend.
    It’s obvious this dealer (if he is EVEN a dealer) has NO idea what CCI has done in and for the industry, not too mention coming OUT of a chapter 11 NOT a bankruptcy you retard, and surving the economy AND… putting on a freakin dealer show next year?? Holy sh*t balls batman! We’ve got a winner!

    Do us all a favor 1550, sit there on your backwoods porch sippin on your prune juice wondering we’re you went wrong in your life. Go ahead and order your parts from the Drag queens or MID life crisis USA, I dont see them putting anything new out. *rolling eyes*

    Kudos to CCI and their team. Looking forward to coming out for the dealer show guys, =)

  10. 10 VenomSC Dec 22nd, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    Are you serious WICKED STEEL?? “yawn”?

    just so you know, That’s exactly what I was doing looking at your “customs” with the outdated 300+ tires, long and low stretched to the moon rake on your bikes.. Boy, that’s never been done before.. wow..

    ….yawn. Oh, excuse me. πŸ˜‰


  11. 11 Jeff Nicklus Dec 22nd, 2009 at 4:58 pm


    ……. “coming OUT of a chapter 11 NOT a bankruptcy”……

    WRONG! Chapter 7 & Chapter 11 are BOTH parts of the US Bankruptcy Code. Chapter 11 is just the chapter of the code allowing the filer to squeeze their creditors for pennies on the dollar while staying in business while reorganizing the company whereas Chapter 7 folds the doors up and sells the assets of the company and the creditors “may” get pennies on the dollar if they are secured creditors …… you retard!

    Over & Out,


  12. 12 VenomSC Dec 22nd, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    Hey Jeffery,

    …Chapter 7 & Chapter 11 are BOTH parts of the US Bankruptcy CodeI” Nooooo, you dont say??! lol

    In case you missed the “title” of this post, it’s talking about a bike that Kirk Taylor and CCI put together (By the way, AWESOME job Kirk, love your work!), something that 1550tc COMPLETELY missed, yet it seems your following in his foot steps. You guys should get together sometime. :d

    Correct, Chapter11 is a reorganization while staying in business (that’s what CCI did)… Duh! But but how in the world does “typical cci bike” have anything to do with “no wonder their bankrupt”? Exactly, NOTHING!

    Sooooooo, the way I see it is they did file for chapter 11 because they stayed in business and now are thriving… yet again, they are not bankrupt, if they were – None of us would be able to buy parts! right??? right.

    For the love of Pete, choppaman nailed it right on the head “get over it!” Right on choppaman.

    Over and Out! πŸ˜‰

  13. 13 Ray Dec 22nd, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    It’s not the time to bitch about anyone or anything. Support all shops, custom builders, parts manufacturers and distributors. They all contribute to the sport.

  14. 14 Jeff Nicklus Dec 22nd, 2009 at 6:01 pm


    You are straying off coarse here …… I directed my statements to your comment pertained to “coming OUT of a chapter 11 NOT a bankruptcy” …… I simply corrected that statement by stating the obvious …. Chapter 11 IS A FORM OF BANKRUPTCY, nothing more.

    The bike Kirk did looks good and while I have not dealt with CCI in many years I do wish them and their new owners well. Hell, I even wish you well, now that I think of it ….. I must be in the Christmas spirit????

    Now stop picking on 1550tc before you hurt his feelings!

    Over & Out,


  15. 15 In the Industry Dec 22nd, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    Hey CCI, good job. Hey Kirk, atta boy.

    To the negative boneheads,

    Stop with all the negative vibes “Your Bringing Me Down”

  16. 16 JJ Dec 22nd, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    Support CCI, in my opinion much better than Drag, Mid USA and the others.

  17. 17 VenomSC Dec 22nd, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    Well said. I think its good to have SOME sort of friction, but the same to you, Merry Christmas! It’s all this dam Christmas spirit! LOL πŸ™‚

    Now Jeff, you should reconsider buying from CCI. I’ve noticed a huge increase on parts availability and a decrease on pricing on some of the parts as well. Give them a shot! I did and iot’s working out great so far! lol

    Again, GREAT job Kirk and CCI for the awesome work.

  18. 18 Wikked Steel Dec 22nd, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    Yes I’m serious Venom SC, let’s see WTF you’ve built! Maybe I should hop on the bobber train? THAT’S never been done before! Maybe tall skinny tires? That would be unique!
    I build what I like and still continue to take “Best in Show” or “First Place Radical” wherever I go. And even managed to sell a 60K bike in this economy. So, bring it on. What have you done lately?

  19. 19 choppaman Dec 22nd, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    Congratulations Wiked Steel….. You are truly ahead of the times…… setting the trends….. πŸ™‚

  20. 20 1550BD Dec 22nd, 2009 at 10:19 pm


    okok so CCI is alive. and Cole Foster does nice work/bikes……… at the drag queens crack

    no prune juice just sipping on a red bull cola &J D,

    chill out dude iam just watching “BROKE BLACK GOLFER”
    staring tiger woods and Elgin Nordgrun-woods and 11 other skanks……….

    Tiger is just jumping into his escalade, go figure dude wins 10 benz and drives a some blonde is chasing him with a iron and he just hit a tree….. what a movie!

  21. 21 1550tc Dec 22nd, 2009 at 10:25 pm


    here if you like these bikes here click away dude and merry xmas

    BTW………great sweet tea at the Beacon Hill in Spartanburg SC

  22. 22 ROCKSTAR Dec 22nd, 2009 at 11:57 pm

    the Yamaha speed block paint job looks good.

  23. 23 raycwheeler Dec 23rd, 2009 at 12:30 am

    Hey Kirk,

    Your lookin good dude.

    Keep on Keepin on.

    ray USA

    Let’s take one to Bonneville 2010.

  24. 24 VenomSC Dec 23rd, 2009 at 3:29 am

    Wikked, you might be on to something with the tall skinnies… Hmmmmm. Set a new trend!

    BTW, I never said I was a builder. I’ve modified all MY bikes to certain degrees, for my liking, but I dont feel the need to gloat and surely never put down a bike that has ever been posted here from a well respected company and builder such as Kirk. I’m sure you’ve sold A 60k chopper, but what are YOU doing to help the industry like CCI is?

    Inquiring minds wanna know.. πŸ™‚
    btw, Merry Christmas.


  25. 25 Wikked Steel Dec 23rd, 2009 at 6:38 am

    Look, I wasn’t meaning to put down anyone. My reaction was based on the idea that given the full resources of the CCI catalog (hopefully including the really cool stuff only available to their European customers) and I am assuming them picking up the tab for paint and incidentals that the envelope could have been pushed further. And as I am sure that “one-off” parts were not allowed for the build, the golden opportunity would have been to perhaps design some NEW parts (to be featured in the upcoming catalog and thus providing a future revenue stream for the builder) if that would have been allowed.

    Again, no disrespect to the builder at ALL. I don’t know the parameters he was given and budget to work with from CCI. I think it’s great that CCI is commissioning builders to create their feature bikes instead of doing them “in house.”

    What am I doing you ask? Well, I am working on a line of parts that hopefully I can be fortunate enough for CCI to sell! I spend many hours buried in SolidWorks refining some unique replacement parts that anyone can install. I have a new build coming out next month featuring some of those parts. I love this industry and can’t imagine NOT building bikes. It pains me each day I read this blog only to read about another builder or manufacturer’s demise or more bad news and stats. I read it every day and RARELY post except to praise something that appeals to me.

    I apologize if my one word reaction was out of line.

    Merry Christmas to ALL!

  26. 26 FHP Scott Dec 23rd, 2009 at 7:34 am

    Rock on Kirk! Nice job…

  27. 27 VenomSC Dec 23rd, 2009 at 11:23 am

    Thanks for the update Wikked. I look forward to seeing some of your designs soon! I love Kirk’s work and his paint is phenominal, been there up close and personal at some of the shows he’s benn at and his paint and custom parts are some of the best in the business. As far as CCI? I love some of their parts too, but you cant please everyone all the time, hence why they have multipled styles of each item (usually) and for their Europen division? I really like their parts too. Hope that one day CCI-USA can carry a full line of the CCI European parts and vise versa. πŸ™‚

    Only time will tell. Congrats to CCI and Kirk and Cole Foster for making some really nice looking scoots.
    Wikked, you might wanna take a look at their dealer show coming up. Who knows, they might be real interested in carrying your parts for their summer update catalog or for 2011.

    Have a Merry Christmas ya’ll. πŸ™‚

  28. 28 WT Dec 23rd, 2009 at 11:32 am

    There are several people who are talking about “builders”. To me this bike received a paint job and that’s it. It’s a “bolt on custom” and that’s it. It’s a great way for a distributor to showcase parts they sell, but it’s not a custom built bike by any means. Maybe riders need to understand the difference between a custom and a “bolt on custom”……it would definitely help them understand why a true one off custom bike cost so much more.

  29. 29 aft customs Dec 23rd, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Why does a positive post have to turn into something negative? Kirk is a friend of mine.He is a talented builder & a good business man.How many of you would have turned down the offer he got? He could have built a bagger that looks like every other bagger out there, but because his work is always ahead of the curve he had the guts to experiment with “bagger design”.No floor boards or front fender & the 23″ front wheel makes it cool & edgy.You really don’t need a front fender with the fairing anyway. The brushed metel finishes were a nice touch also.As far as CCI goes – Holger & crew are really making an effort to turn the company around & that won’t happen over night.I saw the bike right after completion & even though I’m not really into baggers I dug the bike & so will guys that haven’t been into baggers previously. True custom builders are visionaries & are constantly evolving. job well done Kirk.

  30. 30 Lyle Dec 23rd, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    If the guy tore it completely down and put it back together using some old parts and some of CCI’s parts, then he “built” it. If he just replaced the tanks, wheels, paint, etc, then it’s a customized bike. I personally like it however as I said, I’d opt for a front fender (needed, fairing or not) and the floorboards. Baggers in my opinion are meant for long distance in adverse weather conditions and have a front fender is very necessary in the rain unless you ride in a swimsuit. I’m not trying to be negative. I dunno….What is the definition of “bagger?”

  31. 31 1550tc Dec 23rd, 2009 at 3:52 pm


    the Yamaha speed block paint job looks good.

    good eyes dude

    yeah their like on the Kenny R oberts replica r1’s, the only thing original is adam and eve, so copy on boys πŸ™‚

  32. 32 the champ Dec 23rd, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    Dudes….this is a great bike (for a bagger). You can only do so much to a Street Glide. This is nice and I would love to see more details of it!!!

    I was reading that the other bike CCI had built by Cole Forster is a Custom Bike built from the ground up representing the 70s. What a cool contrast. Somebody had a simple but good idea.

    That’s what these two 40th bikes were about I understand. One representing the 70’s – one the current trend and Baggers (like it or not) are the big deal right now.

    Ride on CCI and Kirk Taylor!

    Merry Christmas – The Champ

  33. 33 fuji Dec 23rd, 2009 at 4:10 pm


    A bagger is
    1 the kid at the grocery store
    2 someone’s ugly girl friend
    3 putting yourself in a position that you may regret. LOL

  34. 34 Lyle Dec 23rd, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    HA I can’t argue with you on that one!

  35. 35 1550tc Dec 24th, 2009 at 4:10 pm


    2 someone’s ugly girl friend

    or baggers is like your #2

    2 t………bagger, two bags so no one recognizes who she is with

  36. 36 sollis Dec 24th, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    Good job Kirk!

  37. 37 Todd8080 Dec 25th, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    I wish Kirk Taylor & CCI all the best but a touring bike with no front fender?

    Different β‰  Better

  38. 38 kirk @ C.D.S. Dec 26th, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    new set of handlebars, called fat trackers that will be in the spring update. of course i had to use our “cool unit v-stack. keep in mind we only had 6 weeks. the fender brace that was hand fabbed from aluminum sheet was a necessary move as their are’nt any 23” fenders available in c.c.i.’s book. I wanted to go towards the 70’s muscle car graphics look with the paint, bold, agressive & clean. I personally wanted to go in a different direction than whats currently going on. mind you, i had to paint cole’s bike as well. the marching orders were to do something that could be done with a little imagination & c.c.i.’s catalog. given more time, a bigger budget, & free reign, you might see something different. I’m proud of what we acomplished & honored to have been part of custom chromes 40th projects. best to all & happy new year!

  39. 39 Ridethebeast Dec 28th, 2009 at 11:36 am

    The Bagger I built for myself has a 23″ with no front fender on it either! Never any problems with DOT or water/rocks flippin me in the face. Kirk’s Bagger runs nice lines and good flow. Another nice product coming out of his shop! Well done Kirk!

  40. 40 TPJ Customs Dec 28th, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    Kirk don’t feel like you have to justify yourself. The bike looks great the way u did it. I see the same old bagger everywhere. Finally refreshing to see a cool bagger. It’s just Monday the people talking trash have had to hang out with there families all weekend that can make anyone crazy so don’t blame the stupid people. Cmon wicked steel. The bike was made to show what you could do with the Cci catalog and a boreing ass bagger. What shows are you winning with your bikes? obviously not nationwide shows. But hey I guess everyone can have an opinion. Great bike Kirk and don’t listen to these fools keep takeing as many good jobs as you can. Keep up the good work. People will always put down the people they cant compete with and anyone would be honored to build that bike for a huge company.

  41. 41 aft customs Dec 28th, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    TPJ just reninded me why we’re friends! See ya in Sacramento

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