When the Legendary Buffalo Chip contacted us about building the Legends Ride charity auction bike I was stoked because basically, any time I get to modify a stock motorcycle, I'm interested. The pallet was a  Milwaukee-Eight powered Harley-Davidson Road King and of course we wanted the bike to be flashy, but I also wanted there to be at least an underlying performance element.

I started with the internals first by going to the source of American-made horsepower, S&S Cycle. One of their cam chest kits is a double whammy. It not only adds big horsepower, but upgrades the entire cam chest and oiling system, too. The M8 motors respond extremely well to cams and the 475 S&S cam is good for about 100 rear wheel horsepower when combined with the right intake, exhaust and tuning. For those exact duties we stayed with the folks from Viola and used a Sidewinder 2 into 1 and a classic teardrop intake, but for extra hot rod points they outfitted us with the carbon fiber edition. To keep the air/fuel balanced we used a Powervision to tackle the tuning.

Now that we had the engine sorted out I wanted to make sure we got our newfound horsepower to the ground. Instead of just slapping in a new clutch I went full hot rod status and opted to go with a BDL belt drive. It may seem like overkill (and it probably is) but I couldn't resist the open primary set up, not to mention their ball bearing clutch set up. The narrow belt drive fits snugly inside the stock floorboards and gets rid of the large stock wet primary drive.

Wheel selection is key when building a bagger. You want to get some attention but I wasn't really feeling the typical "big wheel" bagger theme. So the dudes at Ness had another version of "big wheel" bagger that I was totally into. Ness provided me with a wide front tire conversion featuring a mega-wide 180/18 front wheel set-up, and we matched another 180/18 wheel in the rear to complete our Ness wheel steamroller look . I was in a bit of a time crunch so I didn't want to get into a bunch of fab work on the front end set-up, but turns out Ness has this front-end set-up dialed. Everything is a complete bolt-on. We used the Ness cut-out "cowbells" and a billet set of their legs and capped it of with a wrap-around style fender, then slid in some Ness 4 piston calipers gripping a set of oversized rotors to stop the big bagger and its new horsepower. We continued the Ness theme with a set of their modular ape hangers and then capped them with some Kuryakyn Thresher grips.

One specific about doing one of these big front end kits. To my knowledge there is only one tire made specifically for using a 180 on the front. We used Pirelli's 180 Night Dragon. The incorrect tire selection for a wide front could result in handling issues or odd and accelerated wear patterns.

For lighting duties we threw a super-bright Custom Dynamics Pro Beam headlight out front and used a set of Alloy Art turns signals that are hidden in plain sight on each side of the nacelle. To keep us from getting rear ended we used a LED Pro Beam taillight and Custom Dynamics Fillerz for maximum visibility. The Road Kings still come standard with the super-wide lollipop rear turns and Kuryakyn makes a really slick solution that we opted to use to narrow up the light bar with some classic looking bullet lights.

For foot controls I've had my eye on some RSD boards for awhile but never had a project to use them on until now. The RSD Traction floorboards are both parts form and function. They rock a rad look and are also uber grippy to keep your feet firmly in place. We stayed with RSD stuff throughout our foot controls using their shifter, brake arms and shift rod, all in contrast cut to keep with our chrome and black theme on the bike. And just to show off our work we slapped an RSD Clarity cam cover on the beast to see the S&S blue cam plate (the blue adds 2hp).

For the details we turned to the folks at Performance Machine for some jewelry-like bits to finish out some of the parts that often get overlooked on custom baggers. The gas caps are from PM's Array line and finished in a Black Ops coating, the horn cover is from the same line but in a contrast cut finish. Bag latches are also contrast cut and really make a big difference over the rather mundane stock units. I used one of my favorite mirrors, the PM Vision Arrow XL. It's extremely functional and adjustable. Aesthetically they work with a ton of bike styles without ruining the look of your bike like some aftermarket mirrors have a tendency to do. And keeping us comfortable while still looking sleek is Mustang's Tripper Fastback seat.

To finish things off we sent the sheet metal and bags up to Gilby's Street Department who laid down a black and yellow paint job with a slick carbon style graphic underneath to remind us this bike has plenty of go to go with all that show.