015Editor’s Note: Rick Jessen joined the Daytona J&P Cycles staff in May of 2005 as a phone technician (prior to the opening of the Destination Daytona SuperStore). In mid-2008, he transferred to the then-new Destination Daytona SuperStore showroom to hold a showroom sales/tech position. A below the knee amputee, Rick loves giving back and does so by assisting the disabled with their disability applications. When not working or helping others, Rick and his wife, love riding their Shovelhead.

This first blog in a series from Rick is 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.

I guess the easiest way to start this is with a little background. I am a rider. I have been riding since about 1967 and my motorcycle is built to ride. I like to mess with people who talk about a bike not being pretty. The only part of my Shovelhead that is pretty is the taillight because that’s all others will see. I built my motor to do one thing – go when I twist the throttle – so that’s why the rear of the bike is about all anyone sees.  The motor is a 86” stroker and it is still a day-in day-out ride.

Anyway, on with my main story, back in September I received a call from my sister about some money we were about to receive after the closing of our late father’s estate. When I finished the call I turned to my wife and half way through the sentence she finished it with “buy a new motorcycle.”  Now we both have been riding for over 40 years and she loves the shovel too, but understands that if I get a “new” bike it would be a FXR.  Needless to say one fell in my lap while talking to a friend I knew. Rick JessenHe made me a deal on a 1992 FXR and 1986 FLHTU that I couldn’t pass up. I bought both and owned the dresser for all of 15 minutes then sold it. The reasoning behind the FXR is that it happens to have probably the best horsepower to weight ratio that H-D made.  Even by today’s standards they don’t make a bike as light weight or with the kind of horsepower that the FXR has.  It handles like a dream – rolls in and out of corners with ease and has quick response when you grab a handful of throttle. This one was actually an FXRS-CON, but the leather bags have long been taken off and lost or sold, and the air system on the front tubes removed and now has a dual disc front. The bike has been customized some with a chrome dual tube style for the rear swingarm, the stock oil bag has been replaced with a chrome one, the CV carb was replaced with a S&S E with a hypercharger. The handlebars were replaced with 6” T bars, chrome controls and the rear fender was changed to a bobbed style. As you will see the bike will be transformed over the next couple of blogs and I will include pictures along with an explanation as to why I chose the parts I used along with part numbers.