The Evolution of My Evolution – Part II
February 20, 2013 | By: Rick Jessen
Editor’s Note: The following is the second in a series by J&P’s own Rick Jessen to show you what can be done to personalize your motorcycle with a little imagination and a J&P Cycles catalog. A plus, one doesn’t need to spend a fortune on custom, fabricated one-of-a-kind parts.
So now you have seen how this bike looked when I bought it (The Evolution of My Evolution – Part I), let’s continue with the first phase of changes. I have not been known as a person who uses a windshield, but since I turned 60 last year I thought I could use a small shield. I purchased a Memphis Shades Del Rio Gradient black windshield (part number 750-289) along with the hardware kit (part number 751-563). Now I could have just as easily installed a Fats or Slims windshield, but I wanted one that would not be as obtrusive. This is a more compact bike than a Heritage or a Road King and has a narrow front end.
Since I am setting the motorcycle up for long distance traveling I purchased the Easy Brackets Saddlebag Mounting System for FXR. When doing this, you need to make sure you purchase the model for your particular bike. I used part number 840-061 as the FXR has an offset fender support bracket and this kit came with two longer spacers to bring the mounting points out on an even line. The Easy Brackets make the bags quick release, also. Next I purchased Hardstreet Sixer bags. These are a medium sized fiberglass lockable bag. I purchased mine in gloss black, which is no longer available, but satin black are in stock (part number 831-903). I decided on a set of hard style bags for the simple fact I know at some point I will hit rain and the hard style will keep my stuff dryer than a set of leather bags. Plus they will maintain their shape.
The next item won’t do much good for the Twin Cams since the motor and transmission are connected by four bolts as opposed to the two on the FXR. What I added was the Carlini Torque Arm. This connected the motor and transmission together on the right side of the bike and considering the motor and tranny were all part of the rubber mounting system. It also hides the oil pump. It seems that if you were a hot rod the motor under load pulled one way while the power coming out of the transmission pulled the opposite way which could and would crack the inner primary, the torque arm held the two together so everything moved as one unit. Unfortunately this part is no longer available. But it looks good. Last, but not least, I added a set of black skull gas caps (part number 534-050).
The final stage of the transformation moves to the rear of the bike.