Speed Glide Limited Edition, 1 Of 16. What’s Your Number?

trask1trask2trask3trask4trask5trask8Most recent built Harley-Davidson custom baggers feature intensive body work, radical parts and high tech electronics, but usually keep intact the factory engine. Nothing wrong with this, custom builders knowing very well that most of their customers are satisfied with the performance and reliability of the stock high output Twin Cam 103”, 1690 cc powerplant. But when the builder is an expert in turbo systems, always looking for smooth, predictable and reliable ways to add extra power to use on the boulevard or highway, you can expect a touring machine with an added level of “speed fun”.

Trask Performance has launched a limited edition of 16 “Speed Glide” with the objective of combining superb aesthetics with a much higher level of touring performance. It starts with a 131” high output motor/turbo (259 hp, 240 torque) with Trask Speed Series 4.5” bore piston/cylinder kit, a welded S&S 4 5/8” stroke crank, a Timken crank bearing conversion, a Fueling oil pump & cam plate, a Horsepower Inc. throttle body and Thundermax closed loop ECM. To this monster engine, the Trask duo Nick Trask and Butch Hartman coupled a 6-speed Baker tranny, a Baker Attitude primary chain adjuster, A Baker +1.5 quart oil pan designed to lower engine oil temperature and carry heat away from the hot engine, and a Barnett Scorpion lock-up clutch.

trask9trask77trask10Regarding frame setup, to accommodate a 26” Metalsport front wheel neck was raked to 45-degree and received a 9-degree rake triple tree. Both wheels are fitted with composite rotors (dual 13” front, 11.5” single rear) slowed by Performance Machine calipers (dual 6-piston front, 4-piston rear.) For body, Trask added its own proprietary parts: their own stretched fuel tank, their “hidden” fairing support, their chin spoiler, extended rear fender (26” steel front fender was sourced at Fat Katz) and extended saddlebags. Control parts belong to Trask V-Line of handlebars, floorboards, pegs and grips. Trask Performance

30 Responses to “Speed Glide Limited Edition, 1 Of 16. What’s Your Number?”

  1. 1 Will Dowty Jan 20th, 2014 at 9:12 am

    Not a massive big wheel fan, but they do seem to work well with the Glide fairing. Love to test ride that motor!

  2. 2 HD Rider Jan 20th, 2014 at 10:23 am

    An interesting creation. I would have liked to seen a few more closeups of both sides and front of the engine, although with all the plumbing and air inter-cooler I’m not sure how aesthetically pleasing that would be. It’s nice to see they’re using a Thundermax Autotuner to keep the engine under control and well behaved.

    I’m surprised they didn’t mention an oil cooler as part of the build — looks like maybe they ran out of room in the front due that chin spoiler. Certainly would be a fun bar hopper or display piece to impress the friends, but I’m sure the suggested price is way North of $50,000 which is more than I’d care to invest in a non-daily driver show piece.

  3. 3 Jose Jan 20th, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Like it. Must be a blast.

  4. 4 Blackmax Jan 20th, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Nick Trask is a master of the V-Twin Motor
    Now he displays an aptitude for body work
    I Like His Stuff !!!!!
    If I was inclined to this type of big wheel bike
    this would definitively be on the short list

  5. 5 .357 Magnum Jan 20th, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    Ugh… I can see what the next “how-extreme-and-cartoony-can-you-make-it-look” fad is going to be: saddlebags that extend rearward beyond the parallelogram. I’ll expect to see ones that stick so far backward that they look like wheelie bars on a drag racer.

    So, for those of you who lack creativity, subtlety, and skill, and have to make everything as extreme as possible to garner attention, there’s your heads-up on what to do next. Go!

  6. 6 BCinSoCal Jan 20th, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    Nice looking bike for one of those big wheel things, most look like a juke box or a circus
    wagon. This one has good liines and a subtle paint job. If it does in fact have 260 HP , I see trouble for a bunch of moneyed middle aged rookie riders , or any rookie for that matter! Kinda the Ultimate bagger if you like baggers. Well done Trask. To Each his own!

  7. 7 GD Jan 20th, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    yea thats about as big as the front wheel should be
    any bigger and it is def circus time cycles

  8. 8 Yank Jan 20th, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    What’s their number (price-wise)?

  9. 9 BobS Jan 20th, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    Now we’re talking my kind of custom, Bobby Likey!

  10. 10 James just another crazy Kiwi Jan 20th, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    Wonder what it would be like in sleet and driving rain on an oil stained hill with s bends and semi’s all over the place ?

    Just asking ?

  11. 11 1550tc Jan 20th, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    HD rider

    A Baker +1.5 quart oil pan designed to lower engine oil temperature and carry heat away – and i am sure they can add a Jagg oil cooler 🙂

    Nice line of custom baggers NIck……..you guys build the ultimate in go fast powerful baggers……. and you guys know how to make them stop too!!!!!!!!! (dual 13” front, 11.5” single rear) Performance Machine calipers (dual 6-piston front, 4-piston rear.)

    James a few years back, coming out of the west back side of Spearfish the Trask guys and a few of us got caught on the interstate in conditions much like you describe plus golf size hail stones and we did what most sane riders do, we pulled over headed into town and at a gas station, under the canopy we took cover like sardines in can. These bikes are really fun to ride in nearly all conditions 🙂

  12. 12 Jezza Jan 20th, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    HD rider, with the Fueling high volume oil pump and cam support plate, which both flow a lot more oil than stock, and the Baker oil pan the builders probably found it didn’t need an oil cooler as well. I have the Fueling oil pump and support plate on my bike and it certainly runs a lot cooler. We all know you can never have your oil too cool, but like you say, with all that plumbing going on, leaving an oil cooler out of the equation was probably an acceptable solution, given the balance provided by the other parts.

  13. 13 tommyboy Jan 20th, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    Better hurry if you want a low number……….only 1 thru 16 are still available

  14. 14 Terence Tory Jan 21st, 2014 at 2:56 am

    It would be a good laugh watching somebody try to keep this evil handling beast in a straight line using more than half throttle on a road that is less flat and smooth than an 8-ball table.A flight at eighty MPH over rippled blacktop under throttle would be tank-slap and reality-check city.I can only think of one Harley rider that I’ve ever known who would ride this thing without turning white and wan at the mere thought of it;he was HA and he’s dead now.It’s a very limited market for mechanical comedy.

    If you want a bike with over 200 horsepower that you can actually ride:get a Vmax or a Hayabusa.This ain’t it guys.Not even in your dreams.

  15. 15 James just another crazy Kiwi Jan 21st, 2014 at 4:58 am

    It’s a nice bike but not really for tough conditions that tourers can get caught in. Sometimes there is no where to hide.
    In saying that your roads are far more well developed than ours and you do often have gas stations in the middle of nowhere.

    Different worlds in some ways

  16. 16 bobx Jan 21st, 2014 at 8:26 am

    amazing how so many people know everything about everything.

    nothing nice to say..then say nothing and move along.

    ive seen Trasks bikes. theyre very well done.

  17. 17 P. Martinez Jan 21st, 2014 at 8:30 am

    Like it.

  18. 18 Shifter Jan 21st, 2014 at 8:31 am

    I would go coast to coast on this one.

  19. 19 Chris Jan 21st, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Sure, a Harley chassis isn’t designed for 200 hp, however, there are plenty of 200 hp Harleys out there whose owners aren’t dead. I’d ride the hell out of that thing. Life is full of risk, it goes up exponentially when you beat on a machine like this, but yahoo!, plenty of dead Busa riders too.

  20. 20 Mike Jan 21st, 2014 at 11:13 am

    These are beautiful bikes, and Nick certainly knows what he’s doing. Done right, raked baggers ride and handle much, much better than stock, which is why we build and ride them.

    Most stock touring Harleys (certainly the fairing bikes) are plug-ugly. Road Glides used to be called “fugly’s” , and stock Ultra Classics are old man bikes. It was custom baggers that made Harley’s touring line cool and relevant. You’re welcome.

  21. 21 Doc Robinson Jan 21st, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    Ah once again we see little tony terence adding his no nothing opinion about something else he is pig ignorant about. If he ever left his mother’s basement and caught a flight to the US he’d see plenty of baggers like this ridden hard and fast. Trask know how to do baggers and engines that put out big numbers, but in a very rideable manner. To call this an ‘evil handling beast’ clearly shows tt’s never ridden a well sorted bagger. Probably never ridden a motorbike – judging by his stupid opinions that are all too frequently expressed . . .

  22. 22 ShempSanford Jan 21st, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    I dunno, Doc. I agree withTerence this time…
    Anything over 80mph WOULD be a tank slapping reality check ……as in the Yippee!!! Fist pumping, high five-ing myself, slapping both sides of the tank, and probably on the top as well, with my hands in total crap-eating grin giddyness..that is

  23. 23 badams Jan 21st, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    An actual road test review would help determine if its substance over form.

  24. 24 Steve Carr Jan 21st, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    I would compare this line if bikes from Trask to a Callaway Corvette….
    Not for everybody, but everybody wants one.

    Doc once again hit the ball end on the head.

    Thanks Doc!

    Steve Carr

  25. 25 BeenThere Jan 22nd, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    Great looking bike. But that knock on your door is the processor handing you the cease and desist papers for the name Speed Glide.

  26. 26 Butch Hartman Jan 23rd, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Our bikes are built to ride and ride hard. These limited edition Speed Glides are no exception. When we build any bike be it stock up to a 30″ wheel even with this amount of power you can ride it in confidence in any condition. Watching a big wheeled bagger pitched sideways in a controlled drift is a pretty spectacular sight to see trust me, not that we recommend anyone to do such a thing.

  27. 27 Will Jan 23rd, 2014 at 10:33 am

    It’s ugly. You can keep it…

  28. 28 Terence Tory Jan 23rd, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Butch Hartman,I can’t seem to find any of these controlled drifts you speak of on YouTube.I guess I’ll have to trust you.

  29. 29 1Fast HD Jan 23rd, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Terence, not sure if this satisfies what you are looking for but James can ride for a chubby kid, or any kid for that matter.


  30. 30 USAYGO Jan 23rd, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    TT, Butch has a website, photos or bikes built by Trask, etc.etc. We are still waiting for yours

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