The Chief - Custom Harley Davidson Road Glide by Roaring Toyz

Roaring Toyz and The Chief: A Custom Harley Road Glide with Style and Performance

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Roaring Toyz and The Chief: A Custom Harley Road Glide with Style and Performance

The Roaring Toyz philosophy is simple: build bikes you can ride hard, and ride what you love. Robert Fisher had both of those things in mind when he built The Chief, a 2009 Harley-Davidson Road Glide ABS. When Roaring Toyz first launched a division for developing and distributing high-quality components for V-twin motorcycles, The Chief served as a development platform. Now, Fisher is ready to part with it so he can begin development with other touring bikes.

“We were getting into building some custom Harley touring bikes, and I wanted to build one for myself so we could develop our components,” Fisher says. “I prefer the Road Glide because it offers more space in the fairing for upgrades, accessories and more speakers. Also, coming from sportbikes, I’m used to the front of the bike being attached to the frame so only the handlebars turn. Since the fairing isn’t attached to the bars, you don’t have to turn extra weight.”

The clutch and brake levers as well as the floorboards on The Chief are all Roaring Toyz components that were developed with the bike. Fisher had noticed that a lot of highly-customized baggers still had the stock clutch and brake levers. The challenge for aftermarket replacements is that they have to match the comfort and function of the stock levers while upping the style factor. Not only does Roaring Toyz deliver, but they offer one of the few brake and clutch lever options that bolt right into the stock controls.

When it comes to The Chief, size matters. Leading the way is a massive 26-inch front wheel, a Performance Machine Shock Contrast Cut beauty that didn’t just bolt on. The frame has 1.5 inches of stretch horizontally, 1 inch vertically, and it’s raked 9 degrees to accommodate the big front wheel. Billet CNC 9 degree raked triple trees were also added to get the trail numbers correct for proper handling.

While some custom builders care only about cosmetics, Fisher is meticulous about maintaining a bagger’s comfort and handling. Fisher became an expert in geometry and suspension during his career as a roadracer, and he applies that knowledge to all of his custom builds. A big wheel on a V-Twin is more than just a showpiece; it’s also the result of precise engineering.

The gas tank, side covers, custom dash piece, saddlebags, and rear fender are all stretched. In addition, The Chief also has a custom Sinister molded-in windshield and a custom molded inner fairing, all fronted by a Yaffe Scowl headlight. The taillight is custom molded into the fender. The taillight and brake light illuminate the Roaring Toyz shield painted on the back, while the turn signals are molded into the graphic. Gabby at Lit’Em Up Kustomz in New York handled all of the illuminated molding at his shop in Chicago.

There was a lot of real estate on the back end of this custom bagger, just waiting for a custom paint job. Fisher and longtime collaborator Paul Wong decided to use the Roaring Toyz tee-shirt design as the inspiration. The Roaring Toyz badge went on the back, and the wings on the shirt were enlarged so they spread across the bike. The gold, yellow, lime and green pearl flake paint sets off the custom design. There are 48 different pieces painted in multiple layers spread throughout this Roadglide creating a huge layout in the paint booth, not to mention countless hours of prep, spray and detailing. Its hard to explain how much time goes into a paint job like this!

“This bike has an incredible amount of work done to it. The amount of labor and love that goes into a build like this isn’t apparent at first glance,” Fisher says. In order to build a custom Road Glide that was both stylish and functional, a lot of work went into the details, some of which aren’t even visible.

The painted hidden axle fork legs are amped up with custom internals to get the ride height perfect, while rear air ride provides a barrier between bumps and the 3” drop seat kit subframe.

The only thing on The Chief that’s louder than the Yaffe Phantom pipe is the custom sound system. Roaring Toyz partnered with Underground Audio for the build, and the result is a Double Din TV navigation unit molded into the dash, four Phoenix Gold speakers in the front fairing and a ported sub molded into the rear saddlebag.

Fisher says The Chief is a perfect example of what Roaring Toyz brings to the custom V-twin industry. “When we build a custom motorcycle, we build them to ride. When we plan a motorcycle, the fit and function is crucial because it still has to be a good ride. We put on good quality components that can withstand long, aggressive riding.”

Check out all of the details that went into making The Chief one of the hottest custom V-Twins on the road, and call us if you want a custom bagger to ride!

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Parts List:

Assembly by Kory Souz

Paint and graphics by Paul Wong of Aruba

Roaring Toyz Pin Stripe Series Floorboards

Sinister molded-in windshield

Yaffe Scowl headlight

Custom taillight molded into fender

Rear turn signals molded into Roaring Toyz graphic

Frenched-in license plate mount

Performance Machine Torque mirrors

Custom seat designed to fit drop seat frame

Camtech Dropseat Body Kit for gas tank and flared side covers

Roaring Toyz custom molded low-profile and pop-up flush-mount gas cap

B-Cool 26” steel front fender

Milwaukee Bagger rear fender

Yaffe Phantom Pipe

Black/chrome finish

Custom painted and powder coated engine parts

Performance Machine air cleaner

Custom painted lifter blocks

Stretched 1.5 inches horizontally and 1 inch vertically

35-degree neck rake

Cut frame with new neck

Custom painted frame

FBI Drop Seat Kit Subframe

Rear air ride

American Suspension hidden axle billet single disc fork legs

1-inch fork extensions

Custom fork internals to adjust ride height

Triple clamps raked 9 degrees

Custom painted cow bells

26×3.5” front Performance Machine Shock Contrast Cut wheel

Single disc custom front rotor

Roaring Toyz billet Pin Stripe Series contrast cut clutch and brake levers

Roaring Toyz billet Pin Stripe Series constrast cut ignition cap

Camtech Low Life handlebars

Performance Machine billet grips

Performance Machine billet horn cover

Performance Machine rear footpegs and front foot control levers

Milwaukee Bagger 4” saddlebags

Performance Machine Contrast Cut saddlebag latches

Custom sound system through partnership with Underground Audio

Double Din TV Navigation Unit molded in dash

Two 6×5 and two 6×9 Pheonix Gold speakers in front fairing

One 10” sub in sealed, ported enclosure in rear saddlebag

800-watt Pheonix Gold amp

Phoenix Gold speakers

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