From Harley Rocker To Harley Chopper By An Official Harley-Davidson Dealer

Most of you will not build a bike from the ground up, just customize their stock Harley (although some projects need you to strip down the bike to bare frame…). And me I love to be aware of a nice custom Harley built by an official Harley-Davidson dealer. Less and less frequent in the US. Maybe foreign dealers have or feel that they have more freedom in experimenting beyond the factory limitations.

So, I feature a simple but very nice looking 2009 FCW Rocker whose powertrain (TC96B, 1585 cc) and frame geometry were kept untouched. Yes, there are limits to what a Harley Dealer will accept to do… Still, by the addition of a series of well chosen bot-on custom parts with a bobber or chopper feel and a simple flat black paint job, you can go from today to yesterday for a reasonable budget without worrying about your title and your insurance agent turning you down.

The main parts  for this make over are: BSL Exhaust (ceramic coated), TB Aircleaner, TB Apehanger Handlebar, Motogadget Mini Speedometer, “Bobber Style” Tank with smaller Fuel Pump Unit, Custom Fender front and rear, H-D Hanau Spring Seat, Hydraulic Clutch Conversion, Arlen Ness Grips and Footpegs, Side Mount License Plate Holder. Built by Harley-Davidson Hanau Germany. (photography H. Roesler, Frank Sander)

19 Responses to “From Harley Rocker To Harley Chopper By An Official Harley-Davidson Dealer”

  1. 1 Shifter Jul 13th, 2010 at 10:15 am

    Very, very nice.

  2. 2 Twin2 Jul 13th, 2010 at 10:20 am

    The seat is overdone. Except this I could ride this one.

  3. 3 Gerald Jul 13th, 2010 at 10:43 am

    Difficult to be more street legal and custom at the same time. I like it too.

  4. 4 Darin Maltsberger- Instructor@MTI Jul 13th, 2010 at 10:45 am

    I like it. Your statement is correct about many people wanting to just modify a bike they already own. This bike is very tastefully done with a lot of unique changes that add interest to the project without overwhelming it. The hydraulic clutch conversion is a nice touch.

  5. 5 Patrick Semey Jul 13th, 2010 at 10:45 am

    Why the factory is not able to produce them looking this way?

  6. 6 Eric Maurer Jul 13th, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    I like the tank…. as a matter of fact, I am running this tank. It seems to be the new “custom” tank that lots are running. Why not…. everyone runs Sportster tanks, why not this one? It;s a CCI tank designed by Cole Foster. Awesome tank, great price….
    nice job on this bike… very west coast (US) vibe!!!!

  7. 7 1550tc Jul 13th, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Nice bike should help some dealers move those fuggly rockers off their showroom floors

  8. 8 Sheridan Jul 13th, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    What is it with sprung seats on bikes with a swingarm!! Make a choice one or the other…

  9. 9 Free Rider Jul 14th, 2010 at 3:43 am

    I googled TB handlebars and couldnt find the maker, any body can direct me ??

  10. 10 Boss Hawg Jul 14th, 2010 at 7:12 am

    Sweet looking Bobber look if I may say so.

    Boss Hawg

  11. 11 Donnie Jul 14th, 2010 at 8:45 am

    The article mentioned a smaller fuel pump …any idea as to the manufacture of that as well was the CCI tank modifed to accept the fuel pump or available as a bolt in ..checked their website but did’nt see the rocker

  12. 12 Mark Shubin Jul 14th, 2010 at 9:02 am

    The oil bag design was “borrowed” from Cole Foster. Look the bike Special “K”, should be able to see it at

  13. 13 Loony Jul 14th, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Nice ride,, Turning a Rocker to a Bobber was done by Heartland USA last year.
    They did a Board Tracker thing. The Rocker is a great canvas for building nice custom bike. The stock fat tired bike that handles great.

  14. 14 Armad Jul 14th, 2010 at 9:53 am

    Very ugly! Never did like the Rocker. I am a Widw Glide fan. Heartland USA makes some nice after-market kits that make the Rocker look much better.

  15. 15 MDK Jul 14th, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    Cha-ching for HD dealerships! The Rocker is the first IMO break away from the 50 plus year old styling for HD cruisers and this just makes it that much better.

  16. 16 martin Jul 14th, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    Now that’s a great job!

  17. 17 tim hanlon Jul 15th, 2010 at 11:13 am

    Yes…That works.

  18. 18 Grey Beard Jul 17th, 2010 at 1:11 am

    Nice looking saddle.
    Kinda would be ashame to fart on it.

  19. 19 Axel Jul 20th, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    The dealer in Munich makes some super nice customs, too, except that he’s way into the whole fat tire thing.

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