When one of my club brothers first told me that he wanted me to write a article on my bike for this site I really didn’t know what to say about that. My bike is not original in any way and it’s style wasn’t created by cops by any means. What was unique is that there is not a lot of cops willing to overlook the BS stereotypes around the bike and see it for what it really is. An awesome ride.
I do remember first seeing the ridiculously high T-bars on similar bikes as I chased them around town wondering, WTF? I would see why the bars were made so high when I saw the stunts the riders did from behind a surveillance lens in a unmarked car.
I even said they looked stupid at one point or another and called them some stupid name I cant currently remember. That all changed when I had a spinal injury (work related) and after recovery, jumped back on that saddle of my spine breaking softail night train. That ride felt like someone was chucking razor blades at my back. I contemplated getting another bike with a spring suspension because this shit wasn’t fun anymore. It seriously took a toll on my positive outlook as far as my future continued club membership.
Anyone who knows me knows I cannot stand a full bagger bike. When I see one I compare them to the Goldwing bikes our grandparents rode. That is not for me. I am a firm believer that a bike should look like a bike.
I am also a selfish rider. We all like to have the old lady ride around on the back in 90 degree weather with a babydoll T on but honestly, it really sucks.
How much fun is riding and trying to relax when you have another life to worry about. You have to steer wide in turns, hope she aint day dreaming, and if your lucky, she doesn’t bang her helmet into yours every time you brake. So every woman I I have taken for a ride likes the little bar jaunts but leaves the club runs for me alone. This is strategic. If they are persistent enough to go on a run with me, I make it a adventure so they won’t do another. I guess this is why my friends buy those motorhome bikes. Of course their is always the argument that the comfort level of a bagger is there and look at all the extras. That’s fine. The day I need hand warmers and a more space than a leather saddlebag, I’ll drive.
I’m sure that bike is a good fit for most, it just ain’t for me. So when I finally decided to make the decision to overlook the negative stereotypes surrounding the Dyna with T-bars (bad guys and SOA) I bought a 2005 Dyna Super-glide.
I bought it from a kid who just had it impounded for doing wheelies in another city. I guess that city had such a problem with stunt riding they imposed a 30 day holding period on any exhibitions on bikes in public. The kid realized it is expensive to do stupid stuff and decided to handicap himself and wanted a bagger. I paid a decent price and took whatever chrome was left and had it powder coated. I dumped the 10″ scary custom riser and Dyna bars and had a friend named “Bruce” create some solid and reliable 14″s. I took off that vibrating Thunder-header and put some sweet crackin shotguns on it.
I am incredibly lazy when it comes to making my bike pretty. I will do what it takes to look cool, wipe off bug shit, but I hate chrome and I hate polishing it even more. I feel a bike should be basic (all black) and be used for riding. I am open for some variation of color as I age. I now like flat black as well.
I knew I would receive so much shit talking from my friends and co-workers over this gangster looking bike but when I first sat on it my whole outlook on riding was reinvigorated. Their shit talking fell on deaf ears. When I sit on the bike i am in the most comfortable position I have ever sat on a bike. My spine is in perfect alignment and when I ride it is complete and total enjoyment, I can literally ride for days on end. I am not a dumb ass who does wheelies or burn-outs. I don’t think changing tires makes you look cool. I now can’t wait to jump on my bike and ride in the rain or cold. I am not going to say I don’t like the reactions I get when I roll up on this bad ass bike. It shows that I am a serious rider.
So I hope I have opened the eyes of at least a few LEO riders who have the balls to go against the norm and cookie cutter boringness that is the current status of the LEMC World. Man up, jump on a Dyna. You know for dam sure it’s a cool looking bike and now you know it rides like a dream.