Encouraged by the success of the Pro-Tour X Bagger he built a couple of years ago for the S&S Cycle 50th Anniversary, Doug Wozney obsessed with the idea of turning a factory Harley Sportster, the lightest American made platform, into a strong performance bagger with a low center-of-gravity and superior cornering ability and wrapped in an aggressive Pro-Street/Touring cloak. The XL chassis dressed by Doug with its new touring chassis kit makes the final bike a cool 250 pounds less than a heavyweight factory touring model. Must be of interest to a lot of bikers from both sexes. The only modification is a change to the stock drivetrain, using a longer V-Rod® drive belt eliminating hassles at OEM dealerships with service/repairs.
Named The Pro-Tour S Kit, this chassis kit seems to be to me the world’s 1st drop-seat, lightweight bagger based on a Genuine XL platform, featuring a 22 inch seat height while maintaining 5.5 inches of ground clearance, identical wheelbase as the heavyweight touring models for excellent ride quality. Doug told me that this touring version of the Sportster keeps the nimble handling characteristics of the original factory XL. Lean angle left or right is 45 degrees and the pegs are the first components to sense the road, not the clamshell storage or exhaust.
The rear clamshell and mid-frame compartments have similar storage capacity as a pair of OEM hardbags, with the widest part of the clamshell remaining 6.5 inches narrower than the OEM hardbag models. With part of the storage in the mid-frame covers it is easier to separate (and therefore FIND) items. In addition, this moves that weight more forward in the chassis, which enhances the bike’s high speed handling characteristics. A Passenger seat/pegs are soon to follow, along with a luggage rack option.
Some of my readers will notice that the featured Pro-Tour ‘S’ pictures in this article show an earlier earlier frame-mount configuration with an S&S Cycle 100 cubic inch engine. This was done purposely by Doug to test the strength of the fiberglass components used in this transformation. If they held up on this platform, they certainly would be durable on the rubber mount models. Doug was happy to report to me that, to date, no stress cracks or weak points in the design have surfaced on his bike.
Currently, Doug Wozney is selling and doing the installation of this kit at his facility and plans are underway to offer it as a weld-in kit to qualified shops. The current pricing – not including the cost of a donor bike – is MSRP $14,500.00. This would be a turn-key bike, ready to ride in Black Epoxy primer on all sheetmetal/fiberglass components and the frame modification painted gloss black. The only additional cost beyond that would be for painting the sheet metal/bodywork – which is hard to estimate based on everyone’s personal taste. Doug doesn’t foresee this becoming a bolt-on. It will likely remain a weld-on kit.
This Pro-Tour S Bagger will be exhibited in Sturgis at Lazelle & 6th Street on the display of FrameLock, another Wisconsin company marketing a very clever bike transportation system without the need to use wheel chocks that can scratch your high-end wheels, or tie downs that tend to loosen with the catastrophic results you know. Pay them a visit. I will. Dougz Custom Paint And Fabrication.