Jim Nasi’s Denim White Custom Harley Road Glide

Jim-Nasi11When introduced by Harley-Davidson, the company described the Road Glide® model as the “tourer’s touring bike.” It introduced the world to the unique “shark nose” frame-mounted/wind-splitting fairing giving the bike its slammed appearance while at the same improving the tourer’s “in the wind” handling properties. But can the Road Glide be improved? Of course it can. Just call a custom builder like Jum Nasi who, since a few years, has focused his attention almost exclusively on creating bagger custom chassis and parts.

Jim-Nasi2The “White Denim” Road Glide job is a rolling display of modifications and custom parts that any long distance rider (and saddle companion) may want for comfort and style. Jim & crew didn’t hesitate to strip down a 2012 model to bare frame. Objectives were: to rake the neck to be able to accept later a still reasonable for riding 26″ tall front wheel; to incorporate a drop seat into the frame ; removing unususeful factory brackets and installing a smooth panel behind the transmission to clean up this area.

Jim-Nasi3Jim-Nasi4Then, Harley engine, transmission and primary drive all went on the bench for a full disassembly to the last bolt, the necessary step for a full beauty treatment of ultra smooth plating and black powder coating. Other custom features include front and rear air suspension, electric center stand, LED taillight, and a brand new product from the Nasi shop, a custom Road Glide Inner Fairing. It relocates the factory speedometer and tachometer to the fairing, which provides an easy line of sight to a 2-DIN head unit of the customer’s choice.  Additionally, the inner fairing is made to house the incredible sound of the JL Audio 7.7 marine speakers.  Not only does everything look great mounted into the new fairing, but it really accomplishes a dramatic improvement in function and sound.

Jim-Nasi5Some other proprietary Nasi parts belonging to the”White Denim” include::

Rear bagger package with steel rear fender and triple shot exhaust
Steel stretched tank
Stretched dash assembly
Steel front fender for 26 inch whee
Steel chin spoiler
Road Glide handlebars
Front floorboards
EFI throttle body cover and Horn replacement cover.

Or how to keep the demands of long-haul touring riders while riding with a lot of class. During Sturgis “White Denim” will be displayed at the vendors area of Rapid City Harley-Davidson on I-90.  Jim Nasi Customs (photography copyright Ken Howie for Cyril Huze)

33 Responses to “Jim Nasi’s Denim White Custom Harley Road Glide”

  1. 1 Josh Parker Aug 1st, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Jim Nasi always built kind of bulky/fat bikes. Baggers trend is good for his style.

  2. 2 Shifter Aug 1st, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Whatever the merit of this bike, you have seen one radical big front wheel bagger and you have seen them all. Except the paint job and parts origin.

  3. 3 Kirk Perry Aug 1st, 2013 at 10:34 am

    Spooky front fender.
    Surely the fender is attached so that when bottoming-out the front wheel the top of the front wheel never touches the bottom of the fender.
    A guy had a set-up like that once. Bottomed-out the front wheel going across a concrete stream culvert… and the bike pitch-poled, end over teacup.
    Flight for life saved the couple, maybe.

  4. 4 takehikes Aug 1st, 2013 at 11:01 am

    its not white enough, I can still see it.

  5. 5 Rick Fairless Aug 1st, 2013 at 11:19 am

    This bike looks fantastic & I would expect nothing less from Jim! Jim Nasi has been turning out bikes that look great & run great for many years & I am very proud to call him my friend!
    Cya soon Jim.

  6. 6 Woody's Aug 1st, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    The front fender travels with the tire, so the gap never changes, right?

  7. 7 Mr.Defo Aug 1st, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    You can see on the first pic where the front fender is attached to the lower half of the forks. Shouldn’t be a problem.

  8. 8 Heavy Metal Aug 1st, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Nasi always has good workmanship and nice designs. I consider baggers like pick up trucks and a fancy custom one is just the same as any custom bar hopper except you have a place to put jackets. I tend to treat my bagger like a rental. Good choice if you want a bagger and you already have one you travel on. That one probably gets to where it’s going on a trailer.

  9. 9 smithncustom Aug 1st, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    seeing this bike makes me wonder why I even read this blog

  10. 10 Romano Aug 1st, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    It may travel in a trailer from shows to shows, but the average bagger guy pick ideas from bikes like that and buy parts from Nasi. Everybody’s happy.

  11. 11 Brescia Aug 1st, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    Romano. Ok, but the sad part is that a couple of magazines have been created to talk only about these baggers. A little bagger from time to time is ok. But a magazine only to look at these boats? Rdiculous and probably not too last a long time.

  12. 12 Brandon Aug 1st, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    Sorry, guys. I like it, except I prefer them in deep wet black.

  13. 13 Woody's Aug 1st, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    @Brescia – of course not, and magazines always pop up and then disappear according to fads from Beanie Babies to bikes with stupid front wheels. If the next big fad is unicycles it won’t take much to throw the entire staff of Barnum & Baily Bagger Magazine into working on Unicycle World Revue Monthly. In this case, the bike makes a lot more sense than others of it’s ilk. I’ve always been a fan of Mr Nasi’s work and from the description of the new fairing inner it sounds like a great product. There’s the key-he’s got something to sell the average Joe, stuck on a bike following a current fad. It’s advertising. Two guys can be 50 feet away at a show and one jabs the other and says, “Look how some clown fucked up a perfectly good bike like your FLT!”. So they both go over to make fun of it and the next thing you know, the one who owns a Road Glide is going, “Dude, I gotta get me one of those inner fairing setups for my bike, I won’t even have to change my front paint!”.
    Jim could paint that bike pink with a purple fringed seat and still be doing the right thing. $$Ka-Chinnnnng$$ 🙂

  14. 14 Woody's Aug 1st, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    I loved almost everything George Barris ever did but seriously, how many Munstermobiles could GM have sold if they’d bought the rights? It’s advertising 😉

  15. 15 Max Frisson Aug 1st, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    It looks like a cartoon or CGI bike

  16. 16 Joshua Aug 1st, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    All extreme baggers are cartoonish.

  17. 17 Terence Tory Aug 1st, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    The big wheel bagger is a dumb trend leading phat credit cards down a dry gulch to a weight loss boot camp.I pity the poor rube who buys one and thinks he’s going to ride the thing on the highway at high speed to undiluted joy.”that any long distance rider (and saddle companion) may want for comfort and style” ? Anyone who imagines this bike would offer long distance comfort is dreaming.Guys like Rick Fairless used to build real world custom baggers that could jump state borders for days with ease.This bike will only jump on and off the trailer and down to Taco Bell.”Or how to keep the demands of long-haul touring riders while riding with a lot of class” : in a U-Haul followed by a school bus? This kind of excess is what is driving young guys to want to build CB350 café racers by themselves and not buy from pro builders.This bike only appeals to old guys over fifty with cash to splash.I want to see a YouTube clip of this bike hitting a big dip on a country road at 85mph:Bucking Hell Buffalo Bills!

  18. 18 fxrocket Aug 2nd, 2013 at 12:36 am

    Still in the Game. Riding the trend till it ends is good. Keeps people talking about motorcycles whether you like it or not. Same goes with the Cali Style Dyna

  19. 19 Jezza Aug 2nd, 2013 at 2:18 am

    I know I’m gonna hate myself for this but I actually agree with Terence Tory. I appreciate the skill and workmanship that goes into building a bike like this one, and no disrespect intended towards Jim Nasi, but I’ll really be glad when the fad for huge front wheels and yards and yards of bodywork has gone the same way as ridiculously fat 300 section rear tires. Huge front wheels maybe had some wow factor 3 years ago, but all they have now is yawn factor. Just tasteless and unimaginative in my humble opinion.

  20. 20 RUB Aug 2nd, 2013 at 6:59 am

    some follow the trend , some start a trend . which is easier too do ?

  21. 21 SIGFREED Aug 2nd, 2013 at 9:29 am

    What is the bet – five years from now, it will relegated to flat tires under a pile of dust, in a forgotten corner of some storage building, next to some 10 ft long incongruity that looks like a christmas-tree full of absurd decorations (with an OCC insignia on), with a 360mm wide rear tire (just as flat), from some preceding fad, both with less than 2000 miles on the clock – while outside in the driveway is parked a perfectly polished Paul Cox creation, next to a Keino- and Indian Larry timeless classic, all twice as old in build vintage as the weirdos piled in the forgotten corner, yet the classics are ridden on every opportunity available…

    To me, the perfect ‘bagger’ is/was, a bog standard 2006 Road King Custom.

  22. 22 takehikes Aug 2nd, 2013 at 10:22 am

    been saying it for a while, wont be long now there will be a whole lot of this big assed tired/bagger abortions gathering dust and we will be able to buy them for a song….and take out the engines and throw away the rest and build something wroth a damn.

  23. 23 Olive Oil Aug 2nd, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Love the bike Jim. Where is your helmet ?? One little bang of the noggon and your done !!!!

  24. 24 Blackmax Aug 2nd, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    Wow cxan’t beileve some of the comments on here
    Ok, not a fan of the huge 28 – 30+ inch wheels,
    (21 – 23 inch should be enough for anybody & no compromise in handling [so much]) …..
    But if you want that kind of thing, more power to ya !!!!
    Goodness knows there are enough of them out there
    to be featured in every “Bagger” magazine,every month
    But you can’t put down Talent & that what Jim Nasi has in spades !!!!
    I’m not the biggest H-D fan in the world but Mr. Nasi is one of the FEW builders
    that if I had serious $$$ would be building me a bike like right now !!!!

  25. 25 izadore007 Aug 2nd, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    Nice Bike and it definitely Flows. The Color and Blackout go well with this look .I wonder how much?

  26. 26 randy Aug 3rd, 2013 at 6:36 am

    Nasi is one of the best builders in the industry for quality and details. He can build just about anything you’re willing to pay for unlike many bolt together.

    For all you haters of big wheels Mad Wheels just introduced their 32″ front wheel.

  27. 27 Lena Fairless Aug 3rd, 2013 at 7:26 am

    Way to go, Jim. You did an outstanding job on creating this stunning bike! – LF

  28. 28 burnout Aug 3rd, 2013 at 8:01 am

    I like the road glides. Jim builds cool shit. This is nice, Not his first rodeo either…. peace

  29. 29 rebel Aug 3rd, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Always MR CLEAN, nice as always.

  30. 30 Speed Metal Built Aug 9th, 2013 at 6:52 am

    As always from Nasi, clean, cutting edge…far below the radar. The guy is class, never puts himself out in front of his work…he lets his work speak for itself.

  31. 31 Peter Sep 2nd, 2013 at 12:43 am

    Reading the comments … My guess is the haters haven’t had the pleasure of riding a big wheel bagger …. I have to ask how they can judge without riding one … I think the word is Shallow !!!

  32. 32 Terence Tory Sep 2nd, 2013 at 3:48 am

    Peter,After undiluted pleasure,try reading “Motorcycle Engineering, by Phil Irving” ,as he knew a thing or two about the design of a great bike.Oh………..I almost forgot:

    He designed the Vincent.

    It’s not that hard to judge the handling and overall performance of a motorcycle by looking at it and studying it’s specs.That is what the motorcycle magazine empire relied on worldwide for decades.That’s until Easyriders decided to use Dave Mann cartoon images and soft porn to create a “Kulture”.

    Experienced analysis is not “haters”,a stupid hipster word to avoid discerning the crucial factors in the world if there ever was one.

    Like one,buy one.

  33. 33 peter Sep 2nd, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Each to his own…I’ll base my opinion on application, as opposed to a spec sheet…
    stupid hipster….Seriously !

    Like one…I bought one 3 years ago …it’s perfect

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