Bud Dennis of Crown Custom Cycle Fabrications has a long-standing reputation for building high-performance Harley-Davidsons for the dragstrip. So it seems only natural he would eventually put his extraordinary knowledge to work on a street machine like Checkers.
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Though a Harley Softail model was the starting point, most major components have been replaced with more performance-oriented hardware. That includes the frame, purchased from Bourget Bike Works, needed to house the enlarged engine. Progressive supplied the rear suspension, but the original forks-shortened by two inches-hold up the front.
The heart of the beast is a hand-built 140-cubic-inch monster V-twin fed by twin S&S carburetors. And as if that weren't enough, there's also a nitrous oxide system onboard for added punch. Assigned to rein in all that power are dual Harley disc brakes in front and a single Performance Machine anchor in back.
Though "go" is certainly the name of the game here, "show" has not been ignored. An elaborate, brightly colored paint scheme combines with plenty of polished parts to turn heads as the bike goes by-most likely, very quickly.
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