May 2011 Readers’ Rides Winner

//May 2011 Readers’ Rides Winner

May 2011 Readers’ Rides Winner

Editor’s Note: We know it was tough waiting another full month to see our latest Readers’ Ride of the Month, but life is full of such annoying anticipations. Time’s up and herewith is our latest offering — a bike so fine it was chosen as this month’s winner by our judges, all of whom are J&P staffers. If you’ve got a particularly swell ride, send us a few photographs (in focus and at least 300 dpi is preferred). If your bike is deemed worthy enough, we’ll post it right here.

This month’s ride is a 1997 Harley-Davidson FLHR-I belonging to Joel Staruck of Schenevus, N.Y.  Nice Electra Glide, right? Psych! Popping a quick-detach fairing on a Road King affords a rider the best of both worlds. Whether you want added protection and tunes on the long haul or wind in your face while cruising around town, what you’ve got here is two bikes in one. Gobs of chrome goodies and a slick Mystique Green paint job make this King of the Road one pretty tight ride. Here’s what Joel had to say about his bike:

“The bike was purchased at a salvage auction in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina by a friend of mine. He rode it for two years in stock form and then sold it to me for only $4,000. I have done all the work on the bike myself and it now has over 75,000 miles on it. Thanks J&P for supplying my parts and featuring my ride.”


SPECIFICATIONS – Joel Staruck’s Winning Entry


Year: 1997
Make: Harley-Davidson
Model: FLHR-I


Year: 1997
Make: H-D
Model/Size: 80 ci. Evo
Cases: H-D
Flywheels: H-D
Cam/s: H-D
Cylinders: H-D
Pistons: H-D
Heads: H-D
Throttle Body: H-D
Air Cleaner: Forcewinder
Exhaust: Cobra True Duals and Mufflers
Ignition: H-D
EFI Controller: Cobra


Year: 1997
Make: H-D
Type: 5-speed


Make: H-D
Model: H-D
Clutch: Hydraulic


Year: 1997
Make: H-D
Type: Swingarm
Neck Covers: Kuryakyn
Mid-Frame Covers: Kuryakyn



Triple Trees: H-D
Fork Tubes: H-D
Lower Legs: H-D


Swingarm: H-D
Shocks: Arnott Air Ride



Wheel Make/Size: (Make Unknown) Polished, 16- by 3.5-inch
Tire Make/Size: Dunlop MT90B-16
Rotors: Wyatt Gatling, Polished
Calipers: H-D
Caliper Covers: Kuryakyn


Wheel Make/Size: (Make Unknown) Polished, 16- by 3.5-inch
Tire Make/Size: Metzeler MU85B-16
Master Cylinder: Chrome
Rotor: H-D
Caliper: H-D


Handlebars: H-D
Handlebar Top Cover: Chrome
Fork Lock Cover: Chrome
Hand Controls: Kuryakyn
Grips: Kuryakyn
Mirrors: Oval
Mirror Adapter: Chrome
Driver Floorboards: Kuryakyn
Passenger Floorboards: Kuryakyn
Shift Linkage: Landmark
Starter Solenoid Cover: Kuryakyn
Fairing: Tsukayu
Front Fender: H-D
Rear Fender: Bad Dad
Saddlebag Extensions: Bad Dad
Gas Tank Shroud: Bad Dad
Gas Cap: Kuryakyn
Fuel Gauge: Kuryakyn
Dash Panel Insert: Kuryakyn
Headlight: Diamond Cut
Taillight 1: Russ Wernimont
Taillight 2: Russ Wernimont
Horn: Mini Beast 2
Windshield: Windvest
Bolt Covers: Hot Toppers
Seat: H-D

If you’re interested in submitting your bike for consideration as our June Readers’ Ride of the Month competition, the only requirement to enter is that you own a darn good-looking ride. For more information, ‘like’ J&P Cycles on Facebook because that’s where we announce that we’re accepting photos for the following month’s contest.

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  1. Joel Staruck April 19, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    UPDATE: The bike was wrecked in an accident and has been completely rebuilt. It is now pearl yellow with lots of new parts and more radical than ever!! I love this bike!!

  2. Motorcycle Parts May 25, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Very cool post, great looking bike.

  3. Joel Staruck May 9, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    I wish they had published the before pictures. It is a huge transformation from when I bought it.

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