With the popularity of motorcycles rising almost as fast as the gas that fuels them, it’s not hard to find an awesome custom bike. But how many of those customs actually have a perfect combination of proven dependability and jaw-dropping curb appeal that’ll provide years of happy ownership? I mean, you can always go out and find some pieced together beater that was built by the president of the local Jesse James fan club. Or you can walk into our showroom and fire up this slick 2005 P.B. Choppers Hardlife, which features a proven S&S V-twin, a modern 6-speed, stunning House of Kolor paint and a roster of accessories that were planned, placed and assembled by a credible, professional builder. With its exceptional attention to detail and great fit and finish, this super clean two wheeler provides the kind of comfort and ease of ownership that’s only available from one of America’s premier motorcycle artists. And if you’re one of the many riders who likes to spend more time enjoying your bike than working on it, it’s the fully-sorted custom of your dreams!
With so many motorcycle shops to choose from, finding the right one can be a real challenge. But if the quality of this hard tail is any indicator, P.B. Choppers out of Moravia, Iowa is an all-star amongst home run hitters. Their clientele includes names like Roger Penske, Rusty Wallace and Bruton Smith – guys who know good fabrication work when they see it. And, with that in mind, the crew’s clean welds certainly aren’t the only thing that catches your eye. This Hardlife’s sculpted PBC tank and fenders showcase a slick coat of House of Kolor Black Cherry two-stage that demands serious attention. That timeless pigment is executed across clean, modern lines which provide a sophisticated, world class appearance. And that sophisticated appearance lends perfect credence to the saying ‘custom choppers are the street rods of the motorcycle world’.
Chock full of carefully spec’d components that promote higher levels of performance and significantly increase its all-important ‘WOW’ factor, this gnarly two wheeler is built with the same no-expense-spared, best-of-everything approach that’s the cornerstone of all great ‘custom Harley’ projects. At the front of the bike, a Perse Performance fork hangs a fantastic Arlen Ness headlight above a polished, 21-inch Xtreme Machine wheel and MH90-21 Avon Venom-X tire. At the side of that wheel, a high quality Hawg Halters brake system squeezes a polished, dual-piston caliper around a giant, drilled rotor. Above that caliper, chrome PBC handle bars hang stylish Paul Yaffe Originals mirrors in front of slick Arlen Ness hand controls. Behind those controls, the bike’s smooth, hard tail frame cradles a highly detailed S&S V-twin that mixes a polished casing with a classic, instantly recognizable sound. At the back of that engine, an Independent outer primary hangs a full set of Independent pegs in front of a ProFab Metal Werks tail light. Above that tail light, a sinuous fuel tank anchors a wide PBC seat in front of a bobbed rear fender. And below that fender, a second Hawg Halter disc hovers next to a 300/35R18 Avon Venom R that spins around a second Xtreme Machine wheel.
The heart of this awesome creation is a 96 cubic inch S&S V-twin that utilizes Crane Hi-4 ignition, CNC-ported heads, forged rocker arms, a full set of stainless valves and forged flat top pistons to create gobs of reliable power. Founded in 1958, S&S Cycles is one of the biggest and most trusted motorcycle motivators in the world, and this chopper’s fully sorted mill performs every bit as good as it looks! At the top of the highly polished block, a stylish PBC coil cover splits the difference between traditional chrome rocker boxes. On the right side of the frame, a familiar S&S Shorty slurps wind through a custom Arlen Ness air cleaner. Below that carb, chrome rod covers lead the eye to polished Grumpy’s Customs pipes, a compact Independent oil tank and a standard S&S cam cover. That top notch hardware rolls on a rigid PBC hard tail frame, which mixes a 6-inch stretch with a 40 degree rake. And the V-twin’s power flows through a show-polished Baker 6-speed that provides solid shifts and reliable cruising.
Eventually dubbed “Black Cherry” because of its stunning paint, this striking chopper has big fans in all the right places. Not only did the bike place 2nd at the 2005 World Class Legends Top 50 Invitational, it also scored a record 8-page cover spread in the December, 2006 edition of In The Wind Magazine. Naturally, our sale includes a small backstory and an official specs page.
There’s a definite difference between even the nicest homemade two-wheelers and a well-planned custom like this sublime Hardlife. There’s simply NO WAY to build a bike like this for anywhere near our asking price, and every piece of this chopper fuels awesome curb appeal and amazing street prowess. If you’re looking for a killer steed that’s fully sorted and ready to enjoy, saddle up at RK Motors Charlotte!