2013 Street Glide
Love it or hate it; that's the idea
With a shop name like Hatred Customs, people are bound to have some preconceived notions about the business. It only makes sense that Hatred Customs would churn out wicked-looking and wicked-performing bikes. The latest in the string of jaw-dropping bikes assembled to make you see red is this 2013 Street Glide owned by Brian Jenkins.
For decades, a bagger was your grandfather’s bike; floor boards, room for luggage and a big sissy windshield were the calling card for the touring models; a far cry from the high-horsepower, stripped down choppers that embodied the outlaw motorcycle culture. Less was more in those days; less clutter on the bike gave it a streamlined look while simultaneously dropping pounds to up performance. As technology advanced and tastes changed, baggers came into their own once the chopper scene died back. Custom builders flocked to the new, larger canvas that baggers offered, and advances in speed parts gave the heavy bikes the power-to-weight ratios of the outgoing choppers.
Take Jenkins’ bike for example, starting with a stock 103” Twin Cam, the evil geniuses at Trask Performance added their own pistons, air cleaner and exhaust and Screamin’ Eagle cams and heads. With the foundation set, the Trask boys topped it off with their very own turbo setup, boosting (literally) the power over 150hp. The stock trans has been deemed up for the challenge of harnessing the power.
Cradling this monster is a stock Harley frame that has been blessed with Platinum Air suspension in the rear, and 53-degrees of rake up front. Compounding the aggressive angle of the 3-over forks is a set of SMT Machining raked-trees boasting 12 more degrees. You’ve likely noticed that the bodywork on this bike is not your standard-issue old man stuff. Hatred whipped up their own custom fairing, based on a Suzuki GSX-R750 headlight. The inner fairing is also one-off, holding a sextet of blue Dakota Digital gauges and a Sony head unit. The sound system on this ‘Glide is better than most cars; there are six, yes Virginia, SIX, Rockford Fosgate 6.5” round speakers and a pair of Rockford 6x9s coupled to both a 650-watt and 250-watt JL Audio amp.
The stretched bags are a focal point of the bike, giving it a long, swept look of speed while sitting still. Hatred takes credit for the bags, using Trask Performance lids, as well as the rear fender they hug. Taking a page from the custom-car playbook, a pair of Cadillac taillights are masterfully frenched into the bags. Up front, a Fat Katz fender puts the squeeze on the front wheel, while another Hatred Custom original chin spoiler skims just above the ground. Guy’s Upholstery whipped up an elegant white seat that sets off the blue paint by Lucky Luciano’s.
Let’s talk about that front wheel, shall we? It’s been like the elephant in the room. If this whole thing looks a little off to you, because you grew up thinking the bigger tires go in back, we’ll briefly look at motorcycle style. For decades, custom bikes have run a bigger wheel up front, starting out with a 19”/16” combo. When rear wheels grew to 18”, the fronts went to 21”. From there, it’s been a landslide of ever-growing front-wheel diameters, and we’re seeing a lot of baggers built with 30” front wheels. In this case Jenkins’ bike rolls on a pair of Metalsport Roxxy wheels. The front brake is all from Glenndyne Design, while the rear is from H-D.
The big-wheel look is polarizing; it makes everyone look, but everyone looks away with a different opinion. Love or hate.