At first glance, Louie Villa Jr.’s 2014 Road King looks like any other Vicla-style bagger. It has the typical engraving, beach bars, lowrider paint, and chrome for days. The true magic of this bike doesn’t come until light until Louie walks up to it, climbs aboard, and starts it. Within that split second, the bike miraculously reveals its true size as he looks like a 5-foot-6 sized person when perched atop the seat. This supersized effect is only possible because the bike, even despite hosting a 30-inch Sinister front wheel, has been proportionally upsized as well.
The trend of 30-inch wheels on lowrider-style bikes is a controversial one. The traditional crowd says wheels should be no larger than 21 inches, much like a traditional lowrider car should only be running on the 13s. But as the big-wheel fad has reached all facets of bagger world, it was only a matter of time before the vicla front rollers hit into the 3s.
One the biggest problems faced when adding a large wheel is the rest of the bike appears to be out grossly out of proportion. But what would happen if the rest of the bike were also upsized to match?
Louie started and the front and worked his way back in order to keep the bike looking semi-proportional. A 44-degree rake was needed to get keep the front end looking tucked and as close as possible underneath the bike. Then a large extended wrap-around front fender also helped mask the size. Extra-long and wide beach bars extend outward and away from the reshaped and oversize nacelle. The tank was also stretched and matched to oversize stretched bags. Finally, super-long traditional cholo pipes extended even further to finish the elongated look.
The paint is second to none on this Road King. Efrain “Bugs” Gonzales is a living legend in the lower scene, and the attention to detail on the patterns, striping, droplets, and leafing shows exactly why he’s earned such a legendary status in the paint world. Next, a mixture of covers and hard parts were engraved to the fullest ensuring Louie will receive the maximum points in that category should it come show time.
What is a first that I’ve seen on a motorcycle isn’t actually visible at all. Mounted beneath two covers on both sizes of the motor are mini movie projects that cast dual screens from the built in iPod and hidden stereo system.
Louie summed up this oversize custom best: “When I bought the bike off the showroom floor I had a vision of what I wanted the bike to look like. I took it home and tore it down and mocked it up to fit a 30-inch spoke rim. The only obstacle I had was that all the parts had to be custom made for the bike, as it was a 2014 and no one had the parts. I am very pleased with the way the bike turned out.” It truly is a one-of-a-kind, larger-than-life lowrider.
|Owner||Louie Villa Jr.|
|Shop||Bagger Kings Inc.|
|Shop Phone||(623) 824-4148|
|Fabrication||Bagger Kings Inc.|
|Rocker Boxes||H-D Engraved|
|Air Cleaner||Custom Engraved|
|Primary Drive||H-D ||
|Rear Shocks||Air ride|
|Wheels, Tires, and Brakes|
|Tire/Size||180 x 65 x 16|
|Colors||Candy Blues, green and purple with water drops and lace patterns|
|Paint/Graphics||Chris Harwood and Bugs||
|Front Fender||Bagger Kings|
|Rear Fender||Bagger Kings|
|Gas Tank||Bagger Kings|
|Mirrors||H-D Round Mirrors|
|Foot Controls||SMT Engraved|
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