Ben Jordan of Jordan Designs tells us that almost everything on this 1929 Harley-Davidson JD is custom, which is good, because we’re a custom motorcycle magazine, just like it implies in our very simple title. Modified iron is our status quo; his is apparently a heavily tweaked machine with lots of one-off parts built for it because “Status Quo” is what he named this bike. And we’re okay with that.
In fact, the only thing even remotely stock here is the Harley JD engine Jordan set into the chassis. The rest of Status Quo—from the stainless frame, custom sheet metal, and controls all the way to the wheels—didn’t roll out of a Harley factory somewhere.
“This bike is a true chopper with a race-inspired feel that is my version of a 1930-’40s racebike,” Jordan says. Trying to finish the bike in the raw form was a completely different animal because, as Jordan said, “There isn’t any room for mistakes! Everything is right out in the open for the world to see!” This bike build also took a bit longer than Jordan expected, so just enjoy what you see!