During these last years I have seen many American V-Twin Custom Builders crossing over to show their skills using foreign bikes as their platforms, mainly English and sometimes Japanese. More rarely the opposite. Robert Fisher comes from the Japanese Custom Scene where, at a young age, he has already established his name, owning the distinction of being the one of the 1st Builders to create truly radical Kawasakis commissioned by the factory, but also applying his skills to turn Yamaha and Suzuki sport bikes into very fast rolling pieces of art. And now for the 1st time, under the banner of Roaring Twinz, Robert just created this 2011 Harley Davidson Street Glide, an interesting exercise because his objective was to build a custom bagger with lots of style but without sacrificing any of the function of the original bike. Exactly the kind of strict requirement that all oem manufacturer would make to any Custom Builder.
This high end bolt-on work takes advantage of the alliances Robert Fisher established in the past with after-market metric part manufacturers and the new ones he made with American V-Twin suppliers. First task was to replace the stock Harley Street Glide wheels with larger diameter ones, and opting for a set of premium Element model from leader Performance Machine in black anodizing Contrast Cut, in sizes 23″ for the front and 18 x 8.5″ for the rear. They are matched by 13″ rotors and brakes from the same brand, front end being now setup in single 6-piston caliper. As you all know now, installing large diameter donuts implied a re=engineering of the Street Glide geometry to keep a good trail and consequently not compromise good handling. Mission accomplished by making room for the larger 23″ front wheel using a raked triple tree set from Tricky and a drop-in fork lowering kit from Progressive Suspension. The rear of the bike was lowered using an Air Dragger air ride rear suspension kit also from Progressive Suspension. A proven winning formula if you want to tour in style and safely on big rollers.
For a simple bodywork modification with the maximum impact Roaring Twinz chose a set of Milwaukee Bagger 4″ extended bags installed along a matching rear fender with integrated L.E.D. taillight and turn signals, then bolted-on a stretched out Paul Yaffee gas tank reshaped at the bottom to accept the stock seat. Robert Fisher having shown us the best of what can be done today using only some of the best catalog bagger parts, his next objective is now, strong of this experience, to create his own line of after-market touring parts. Robert Fisher already owns CNC machines on which he turned some cool metric parts. Let’s see what he can bring to you for your American bike. Roaring Twinz.