Full Service for a Harley Street Glide

When Ed Hennessey brought his 2008 Harley-Davidson Street Glide to Roaring Toyz all he wanted was a 26-inch front wheel conversion.

What Hennessey got was a fully customized bagger to match his stable of custom black vehicles.

Roaring Toyz boss Robert Fisher and well known v-twin builder Kory Souza –the resident Harley-Davidson expert at Roaring Toyz  – began with a Performance Machine 26-inch Paramount Platinum Finish front wheel. The installation process involved cutting the neck of the frame and welding on a new one that had more rake. The neck was also stretched and raised two inches to make room for the wheel.

The triple clamps were replaced with a set of billet raked trees with calculated offset to ensure proper rake and trail on the Street Glide. Even the upper fairing was raked to aim the headlight properly. Finally, the fork internals on the 08 Harley-Davidson were changed to improve suspension with the new wheel.

With the wheel in place Fisher and Souza went to work on brakes. A single-disc Performance Machine Paramount rotor was complemented by a six-piston caliper for stopping power. Other improvements up front included a set of Black Anodized Billet Hidden Axle Single Disc Lower Fork Tubes topped with a set of Contrast Cut Billet Cow Bells. The new 26-inch wrap-style front fender, Vee Rubber tire and custom stainless steel braided brake line—coated in white with red ends—completed the massive front-end conversion on Hennessey’s Street Glide.

With a completely customized front it was impossible to leave the rest of the Harley-Davidson stock. The 08 Street Glide got a set of Milwaukee Bagger stretched saddlebags and a stretched rear fender with a countersunk license plate bracket. Thanks to the integrated taillight and turn signals in the bracket, the rear end looks a lot more clean and sleek.

Hennessey wanted his Street Glide to match his other vehicles, so it got a flat black paint job highlighted with white, red and black pinstripes. Subtle, but a head-turner nonetheless.

Anyone who knows Roaring Toyz also knows that cosmetic changes aren’t enough to qualify as a full custom. The Street Glide’s horsepower got a boost with a Performance Machine Super Gas Air Intake with a matching Paramount faceplate and a Rhinehart full exhaust. The fuel injection was also remapped with a Power Commander.

And what’s a custom bagger without ape hangers? The flat black Todd’s Cycles 14-inch strip handlebars on this build were customized with gloss black pinstripes to match the body. Handlebar switch wires were run inside the bars for a clean look, and the grips are custom contrast-cut billet and rubber beauties.

Other Roaring Toyz touches include powdercoating, gloss black pieces for contrast, a custom seat pan in suede with red stitching, and rear air ride. Performance Machine upgrades include the floorboards, a heel/toe shifter, and a rear brake pedal.

Anyone who sees this Roaring Toyz Harley-Davidson Street Glide on the road is going to take notice. But just in case, the custom Alpine deck with MB Quart component speakers  and amplifiers will be happy to announce the bike’s arrival. For Roaring Toyz and this Street Glide, it’s all about looking good, riding hard, and letting everyone know it.

Harley Davidson Street Glide with 26″ Front Wheel

Street Glide Style

After getting three sportbikes customized by Roaring Toyz, one customer is ready for a different kind of ride.

Mark Sollitto knew exactly what he was getting himself into when he took his 2010 Harley-Davidson Street Glide FLHX to Robert Fisher at Roaring Toyz. Sollitto has been a Roaring Toyz customer for over a decade, and he’s got three custom Yamaha R1s to prove it.

After getting his sportbikes transformed by Roaring Toyz, Sollitto knew it was time to give his Street Glide the same treatment. “I’ve always had Harleys, and I wanted to customize one. They’re a lot more comfortable to ride than sportbikes,” explains Sollitto.

The frame of the Street Glide has been cut and raked to make way for the 26-inch front wheel, which is an RC Components Drifter. The front end also has a single brake disc so more of that chrome wheel shows.

All that flash doesn’t sacrifice performance, though. The six-piston Performance Machine front brake caliper and the Progressive Suspension fork internals ensure quick stopping and smooth riding. Rear air ride adds to the smooth factor.

The performance mods don’t stop there. Roaring Toyz treated the motor to an RC Components air cleaner, a Power Commander, and Vance & Hines headers with custom large O.D. canisters. And, of course, the motor is impossible to miss since it’s flawlessly chromed.

The real eye-catching part of this Street Glide is the bodywork. The electric blue custom paint, laid down by Ryan Hathaway, makes this bike stand out in a sea of lookalike stock rides. For the full effect, take a closer look at the hand-painted pinstripes, skull and the Harley-Davidson script, which graces the tank.

Before getting its custom paint, the bodywork underwent a lot of work. The front fender is designed to wrap over the 26-inch front wheel. The gas tank, side covers and saddle bags were all stretched. The rear fender was stretched, too, and cleaned up with a Frenched-in license plate bracket and flush-mount turn signals and lights.

This Street Glide is loud without even turning over the motor, but it gets an extra boost in the sound department with a custom stereo system. The Clarion Deck feeds music to two 6.5-inch speakers and four six-by-nine inch speakers. Those four big speakers are hiding in the saddle bag lids and the leg warmer fairings.

If you had any doubt that Roaring Twins are the hottest baggers out there, then one look at Sollitto’s Street Glide proves their prowess. Even Sollitto, who has seen three of his other bikes turned into customs at Roaring Toyz, was impressed.

“I told Robert basically what I wanted, and he went above and beyond on the paint,” Sollitto says. “I love it! It rides good and looks good.”

Sounds good, too.

Read more about the bike in American Bagger Magazine (opens as a PDF file)

Parts List:

  • 26″ Front Wheel Conversion with single disc conversion
  • R.C. Components Drifter 30×3.75 Chrome Front Wheel
  • R.C. Components Drifter Matching 13″ Front Brake Rotor
  • Performance Machine 6 Piston Chrome Front Brake Caliper
  • Billet Raked Triple Trees
  • Cut and raked frame lifting and extending neck for wheel clearance and proper suspension travel
  • Chrome Billet hidden axle lower fork legs
  • Progressive Suspension Fork Internals
  • 26″ Wrap front fender
  • Stretched Gas Tank
  • Stretched side covers
  • Stretched Saddle Bags & Rear Fender with Frenched in License Plate Bracket and flush mount tail light & turn signals
  • Saddle Bags Lids with 6×9 Speakers
  • Air ride rear suspension
  • Leg Warmer Fairings with 6×9″ Speakers
  • Chopped Low Profile Tour Pack with quick release
  • R.C. Components Air Cleaner with Wheel Matching Drifter Pattern
  • Power Commander
  • Vance & Hines Headers with Custom Large O.D. Canisters
  • Custom Stereo System with Clarion Deck, 4000 Watt J.L. Digital Amp, 2 6.5 speakers and 4 6×9″ Speakers
  • Chrome 14″ Ape Hanger Custom Handle Bars with Internal Wiring
  • Custom Billet/ Rubber Grips
  • Performance Machine Custom Mirrors
  • Performance Machine Open Primary
  • Custom Low Profile Windsheild
  • Custom Seat to match Stretched tank


Bradenton Motorsports Park Sunday Run Day

This weekend (Oct. 30, 2011) we took a handfull of our custom Kawasakis out to the drag strip at Bradenton Motorsports Park to put all the Roaring Toyz custom motorcycle components to the test. We rode out to the track on our Kawasaki Vulcan Vaquero, ZX-10, Ninja 1000, and brand new 2012 ZX-14 custom from the Roaring Toyz shop in Sarasota, FL.

It was a great day for riding. Check out some photos from the Sunday Run Day:

See Roaring Toyz at Biketoberfest 2011

We’re everywhere at once again & this time we’re all over Biketoberfest in Daytona Beach, FL.

Come see our bikes & parts at three different locations Thursday – Sunday, October 13-16. Here’s where we’re at:

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See our new custom 2012 Kawasaki ZX-14 & our famous Vulcan Vaquero custom bagger at the Hard Rock display at the Dog House on Main Street

Daytona Dog House‎
601 Main Street
Daytona Beach, FL 32118-4219

(386) 492-5949


Our semi with our custom motorcycles & parts display is set up at The Car Shop just up the road on Ridgewood Ave. Stop by and check out all the custom bikes and talk to the team about customizing your ride.

The Car Shop Trailer Sales
950 Ridgewood Avenue
Holly Hill, FL 32117

(877) 258-1445


Come talk with Kevin about all your parts needs at the Küryakyn display at the Speedway.

Daytona‎ International Speeday
1801 West International Speedway Boulevard
Daytona Beach, FL 32114

(386) 254-2700


2001 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Custom with 26 inch Front Wheel

The latest from Roaring Twinz, this 2001 Harley Road Glide is ready to hit Daytona for Biketoberfest!

We just finished converting to a 26″ Drifter Front Wheel, Single Matching 13″ Front Brake Rotor, Hidden Axle Fork Legs, 26″ Wrap front fender, Performance Machine 6 Piston Chrome Brake Caliper, flip out stereo with 250 watt amp, and a set of 12″ Ape Handlebars with internal wiring!

Festivals of Speed in Orlando, FL

Roaring Toyz custom motorcycles will be featured alongside Lamborghinis, Bugattis, Bentleys, and more when the Roaring Toyz rig pulls into the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Gand Lakes on Sunday October 9. The event is open to the public so come out and see the latest from Roaring Toyz while enjoying on-site cafes serving the finest culinary offerings, music in the gardens, wine tastings, cigar smokes, luxury lifestyle displays, fashion shows and more.

The field is diverse, showcasing both vintage and contemporary vehicles of all makes and models. On display will be custom motorcycles, race boats, and countless other exciting vehicles.

The Festivals of Speed event will take place Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at:
The Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes
4012 Central Florida Pkwy
Orlando, FL 32837


Buy Tickets

Read more about the event and other weekend activities at: http://festivalsofspeed.com/orlando/


Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally in Panama City

Roaring Toyz Hits Thunder Beach Rally, Sept. 30 – Oct. 1, 2011

It’s not easy hitting up two major events in back to back weekends, but we told you Roaring Toyz would be taking our amazing big rig display trailer on the road this year and we don’t disappoint! If you are heading to Thunder Beach Rally in Panama City, Florida this week, be sure to stop by and visit the incredible Roaring Toyz big rig display.

We’ll be set up at:
Frank Brown Park
16200 Panama City Beach Pkwy
Panama City Beach, FL 32413

(click map for directions)

The new Roaring Toyz rig is packed full of beautiful custom motorcycles — both sportbikes and V-Twin creations from the new Roaring Twinz division. Plus, you’ll be able to see & buy premium motorcycle parts & accessories direct from Roaring Toyz.

To get daily updates on our Thunder Beach trip, check out  www.facebook.com/RoaringToyz

What are we up to next weekend? Roaring Toyz will surrounded by Gulfstreams, Bentleys, and elegance at the Festival of Speed in Orlando.

Designed With A Little Help From Our Fans

Robert Fisher and his crew from Roaring Toyz will be rolling into Indianapolis for the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix this coming weekend in his brand new Semi Trailer rig featuring incredible graphics designed…with the help of his Facebook fans?!

That’s right, when Robert wanted a design for his new 40 ft stacker and Volvo hauler, he turned to his Facebook fans asking for their advice and input. “My Facebook fans are really into my work” Robert commented enthusiastically. “Lately whenever I have a new design, or a new concept, I turn to them, posting different photos and ideas and looking for their input. It never ceases to amaze and thrill me how quick they are to respond with their input.”

Fisher’s Facebook fans wasted no time letting him know what they thought of his new rig designs, with Fisher receiving hundreds of comments within minutes of posting the first trailer designs. The result? “The design on the trailer is kind of a hybrid of what my fans liked, and what I envisioned” laughed Fisher, “I think we will all be really excited to see the new rig in Indy!”

You can catch Fisher in two places during Indianapolis – Fisher’s new rig will be part of the Manufacturer’s Row display at the Indianapolis Moto GP, August 26, 27th and 28th. Along with his incredible display of premium motorcycle components and custom sportbikes and cruisers, Fisher will have an exciting onsite contest where fans can fill out an entry form to win a $150 in store credit.

In the evenings, Fisher’s one of a kind selection of custom Kawasaki motorcycles will be featured as part of the Icon Limiter Live show going on from 8:30 pm – 11 pm on Friday and Saturday evening, downtown Indianapolis, 239 South Meridian Street Indianapolis, across from Blu Indy bar. Fans will be thrilled to see television superstar Jason Britton riding some of these incredible creations as part of the Icon show – you don’t want to miss this!

Roaring Toyz ZX-10R on the Cover of Super Streetbike Magazine

Our Kawasaki ZX-10R is featured on the cover of Super Streebike magazine’s September 2011 issue.

Here’s a sneak preview of what’s inside…

From the Desert to the Streets

John Bell rides his Roaring Toyz Kawasaki ZX-14 between deployments.

We could tell you what John Bell does for a living, but then we’d have to kill you. Okay, maybe it’s not quite that extreme, but John does have an extraordinary job. And now, thanks to Roaring Toyz, he has an extraordinary Kawasaki ZX-14 to come home to between deployments.

John lives in Atlanta, Georgia, but he spends a lot of his time hanging out in the deserts of the Middle East. He’s a contractor for the Army, and he handles logistics for Army property. That means he keeps track of where computers, machinery and vehicles go. (Those Hummers don’t just appear out of nowhere!)

Iraq and Kuwait have often been John’s destination, but right now he’s working in Afghanistan. Over the past five years, he’s completed five deployments. Each one lasts six or seven months, so that doesn’t leave a lot of time at home during the year.

When he is home, John loves to ride. He bought a 2010 ZX-14 last year, just before heading out to Iraq. He knew he wanted to customize it, and plans for the bike came together while John was halfway around the world.

John drew up his own designs for the bike, working with Ryan Hathaway, the go-to painter for Roaring Toyz, to finalize the look of the ZX-14. “I had looked at a 2006 ZX-14 that Roaring Toyz had done previously, and I got my inspiration from that bike,” John says. “Ryan Hathaway just blew it out of the water; it’s the best paint job I’ve ever seen. I had about five design ideas, and he worked with me until we came up with the design that’s on there now.”

That kind of meticulous planning also went into choosing which builder to use. “I did some research on bike customizers, and I’ve been keeping up with Roaring Toyz for years,” says John. “From customer reviews and the warranties that Roaring Toyz has, they’re the best in the business. I watch a lot of motorsports and I see a lot of professional riders with their products. I figured if it was good enough for them, it was good enough for me.”

John knew going into the project that he wanted a 300 rear tire attached to a six-over swingarm. He also requested minimal chrome accents because he didn’t want to draw attention away from the paint job. Otherwise, John worked with Roaring Toyz veteran Brad Sexton to design the ZX-14 of his dreams.

And John has had plenty of time to come up with ideas for a dream bike. He first rode motorcycles as a teenager, and was hooked early on. He took a hiatus from two wheels during his 20s, and finally returned to his passion in his mid-30s.

These days, John spends his time at home riding around Atlanta with his neighbors, or cruising Myrtle Beach with his cousins. (Family loyalties, John says, are split between Kawasaki and Suzuki.)

When he comes home from his current deployment, John will be able to do all of that riding on his Roaring Toyz ZX-14. He picked it up from the Roaring Toyz shop in Sarasota, Florida, just one week before leaving for Afghanistan.

John says, “Ryan had sent me pictures, but the pictures didn’t do it justice. When I saw the bike, I was awestruck. I didn’t even want to touch it for the first 30 minutes: I just wanted to look at it. It’s clean, classy looking, everything works perfectly, and it rides almost like it was stock.”

John had the opportunity to ride the Roaring Toyz creation a few times before his deployment, and he got a lot of compliments everywhere he went. He’s already planning to customize another ZX-14. He doesn’t want to do any further work on this Roaring Toyz ZX-14 because, John says, “The one I have now is perfect.”

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