Editor’s Note: In January we introduced you to our most recent project of updating four bikes: a 2012 Sportster® XL1200V (72), a 2013 Softail® FLS (Slim), a 2012 FLHTCUTG Tri-Glide® and a 2012 Goldwing GL1800P, here. Well since then we’ve shared the work on the Sportster 72 and now we’re showcasing the Slim. Here is the low down on the work done.
Ok, ok, I’m sorry, ok? I offered Scout’s honor that my blog entries on the build projects would be more timely. Well, let that be no reflection on Scouts of any kind. The dishonor is mine. My humblest apologies – now – down to business.
With its sleek, yet muscular lines, the 2013 FLS Slim was the perfect canvas for a blackout theme featuring artistic flourishes and innovative performance components. The artistry was provided by tried and true masters such as Arlen Ness with Black Hot Legs (part number 534-865) and Fork Covers (part number 231-346) to set the tone on the leading edge of the bike. Incredible creative style is showcased in the Battistinis Wireframe series. Our Slim is sporting Battistinis Wireframe Floorboards (part number 544-584), Heel Toe Shifters (part number 544-597), Shift Rod (part number 544-609) and Brake Arm (part number 693-185).
Roland Sands Design left a huge thumbprint on this project and – wow – the results are extremely cool! The Slim features the RSD Black Ops Clarity line throughout. If you haven’t checked out the Clarity line yet, it’s really something to behold. As the name implies, they give you a glimpse of the guts of the machine in action. Literally, they have clear covers giving you performance you can see and feel with the Clarity Cam Cover (part number 505-015), Air Cleaner (part number 505-094), Derby Cover (part number 505-068) and Clutch Cable Cover (part number 633-343). The RSD line is also responsible for the rocker box covers, Tracker Grips and transmission cover. The bike is currently on tour and time didn’t allow for mounting of the wheels, which will be the RSD Morris series as well as the rotors and pully.
Performance and ride can never be an afterthought, and they certainly received due attention on this project. Getting down into the guts, we replaced the stock cams with a Fueling HP+ 525 Cam Chest Chain Drive Kit (part number 420-472). Watching just the oiling action through the Clarity cover is a thing of beauty. Hey, I’m easily amused. The improved torque and acceleration provided by Feuling is being delivered via an Evolution Diamond Terminator Clutch (part number 630-966). The growl is courtesy of a Vance and Hines Black Bigshot Staggered Exhaust (part number 533-779).
Impeccable control and ride were provided by our friends at Progressive Suspension with their 422 Series shocks with the Remote Adjustable Preload (RAP) system (part number 504-846) and Monotube Fork Cartridge Kit (part number 220-925). The Mayhem Satin Black handlebars by KST Kustoms topped off the bike’s killer lines.
Just like most of our customers, we wanted this bike to be a rider. We saw to the rider’s comfort with a Wide Tripper seat and Pillion by Mustang. We placed a Küryakyn Phase 7 LED headlamp (part number ZZ36773) up front and as an extra cool detail, replaced the stock turn signal lenses with Auto-Gem Smoked Glass lenses (part number 632-659).
That about covers the FLS Softail Slim. My final submission for this series will detail the Tri-Glide and Goldwing projects. I’ll get something out there as soon as I can. The promise of springtime is still out there (though it’s sleeting and 46 degrees as I write this here at the J&P Cycles headquarters in Anamosa, Iowa) and a freshly tuned bike rarin’ to go, I won’t be offering any promises as to how soon!