Twin City Cycle Works Satin Matte Street Glide
Baggers, baggers, baggers – there almost wouldn’t be a custom motorcycle scene worth keeping tabs on if it weren’t for the proliferation of custom baggers. Yeah, there’s always other stuff showing up to fill out any of the motorcycle food groups we need to live like choppers and bobbbers, but it’s baggers, baggers, baggers that seem to draw the interest of show-goers with not an end in sight. Hey, I’m not saying it’s a good or a bad thing, but with all the high quality custom baggers being built it’s beginning to feel a bit OCC all over again. The biggest surprise of all of this interest is that it’s still growing and growing and growing.
Normally you expect things to run their course before some new trend takes its place as the new hip thing, but that’s not the case from what I can gather. Maybe it is because they are high quality builds using good solutions to problems instead of stop-gap measures and brain adjustments so that they can be ridden. Maybe not cross country like their original intention, but definitely out for a good day’s ride at the very least and possibly even with a passenger. Try that with your average radical rigid chopper and see how many miles you get on in comparison.
Could it be that custom builds like the lovely yet radical Harley-Davidson Street Glide feature bike built by Rodney Landreth of Twin City Cycle Works in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, just hit a lot of people’s hearts smack dab in the motorcycle lust section? Something this quietly slick and smooth can do that like a lightning bolt if this rideably radical bagger has the chops you’ve been looking for in your perfect Street Glide that’s still stuck in your head. It doesn’t scream for attention like a bad two-year-old, but is quietly confident to let its smooth uninterrupted flow of lines from the chop nose fairing to the coordinated upsweep of the tips of the rear fender and bags. It’s a quiet drama like the opening scenes of any lushly filmed BBC Top Gear travel story. Everything exists in harmony even when it doesn’t.
Take one look at this bike and there’s no doubt that Rodney knows what makes a rad bagger a good looking rad bagger. A chop nose is one of those styles that people either love or hate or maybe just don’t understand. At one show, I overheard people talking about a bike like this and saying (over and over), «It doesn’t have a headlight» before walking on. There’s nothing like astute observers reciting «facts» which are far from facts or good observations. I’ll admit I was a bit shocked by the first one I saw with its fairing lying on the front fender, but my «shock» was more about how actually they did it and not why. They obviously did it because they liked it and so do a lot of others. Plus if you’re really into dropping the bike down on the ground, it showcases the affects of effective front and rear air ride even more so.
I have to give Twin City Cycle Works a lot of credit for keeping it clean and by that I mean letting the beautifully-applied satin matte titanium with a wee touch of gold paintjob stand on its own. Yeah there’s just the slightest, extremely tasteful pinstriping by a guy known only as Nacho, but that’s it. No murals, no panels, no flames, no skulls, no nothing other than Nacho’s fine work and that’s what makes it attractive to me. I don’t know if there’s such a thing as an introvert riding a big wheel bagger because that goes against everything owning an outrageously styled bike is suppose to bring ─ attention and maybe a bit of envy with a tinge of jealousy, but this would be the perfect bike for them. It’s a quiet bit of class in a totally over-the-top custom world. Oh, if a paint job like this gets too quiet for you, remember you could always crank up the killer JBL audio system onboard and wipe out any ear drum within a 20-yard radius including your own. Actually, that might come in handy so you didn’t have to hear passersby comment about the headlight being AWOL.
Story By Emile Berube Photos By Jack «High Gloss» Cofano