I like very much the one-off 2 into 1 stainless steel exhaust system with industrial looking mesh heat shields in contrast of the shiny all blacked out engine and transmission. The necessary oxygen sensors were preserved to keep the mill in touch with the bike computer control module. The matte black & red paint job (the shop colors) is laid out such a way that the bike looks all black when seen from the rear. Empire Engineering. (photography H. Roesler)
Published by Cyril Huze September 13th, 2010 in Builders, Customs and Editorial.
Few builders would take a brand new 2010 Harley Road Glide to start a full custom project. Even less would touch the “old” 96″ stock engine with only 40 miles on it to transform it in a monster 131″ Screaming Eagle/Jim’s motor. Wait, there is more. Sean Belitsos of Empire Engineering has a very simple philosophy: “F…k Plastic and F…k Fiberglass”. So with partners Robert and Marcus he began an aggressive surgery job. Not just a little tummy tuck or liposuction, or lip injection, but a full blown super DD boob job and complete body lift.
The Harley came apart all the way to the bare frame with nothing left. The seat was dropped 3 inch with a removable sub-frame like the stock piece, all set to meet the custom airbag suspension and the handmade steel side covers. Next the boys slit her neck and raked it out 18 degrees more while maintaining the stock backbone. They cleaned up the engine mounts and welded in new radius down tubes, giving brand new lines to the frame. The custom gas tank built by Sean flows well with the angles of the stock outer fairing shell. This one-off fuel reservoir incorporates all the gauges via a Dakota digital cluster that is blacked out and illuminates in a red LED readout. The custom inner fairing houses a trick 1000 Watt Kenwood and Kicker audio system with DVD player performing like a competition car audio system. Of course none of you missed the fact that Frisco Glide got a one-off 26″ front wheel (designed and machined by Mark Susman and Wendel Smith of Rampage Wheels and Classic Customs) dressed in V-Rubber and looking very good so close to the fairing but with enough clearance to handle with no trouble the surprises of the road. Rear is a reasonable and wide enough 17 x 6.35″ wrapped with a 200 mm tire.
To make riding a big bagger a whole new kind of fun, the stock 96” Twin Cam motor was replaced by a Jims 131″ Performance engine developing over 145hp! I will pass on the complications of simplifying the “miles” of wires and layers of “black box” controls that are intended to electronically program everything on a new Harley. A big headache that they overcame. The traditional Harley Davidson hand controls were replaced with a set of Brembo RCS radial hand controls mounted on a set of 1″ Empire Engineering angled baby-ape bars with all wiring and hydraulic running internally. The bike is fitted with mid-controls for a more aggressive position while riding it.