Jon McDevitt bought an almost-stock ’09 Road King, but the purchase was bittersweet. The chromed-out bling machine didn’t necessarily fit Jon’s tastes, so the bike would need to undergo a transformation to get it up to speed with a little more edge, so to speak. Jon’s a young buck (22) and really digs the “murdered-out” look of a Harley.
Since the Road King was dripping with chrome, Jon’s first priority was to blacking out the entire bike, starting first in the handlebar department. Utilizing all H-D components, Jon went with a set of black Fat Ape handlebars with risers ($319) along with a black Handlebar Cover kit ($49.95) because Jon likes that “in the wind” feeling while riding. Because the 16-inch apes are that much taller than stock, Jon also ordered a longer two-piece Black Diamond brake line ($69.95 upper, $139.95 lower), clutch cable ($109.95), switch wiring with cruise ($109.95), and Twist Grip sensor kit ($99.95) to fit the new application. To keep a view on those behind him when riding, a brand-new set of Tapered black mirrors ($69.95) were also chosen. Lastly, to roll on the throttle better, Jon liked the look of the Get-A-Grip hand grips ($79.95) to give the all-black handlebar setup a subtle chrome contrast.
We headed over to Jon’s place of business; the Harley-Davidson Fleet Center in Carson, California, to document the installation and see how the swap would better fit Jon’s needs. Overall, the installation was relatively easy and performed in just a few hours. HB
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