Our good friend and Pro-Leisure Tour Champion Rob “Rouser” Galan likes to zig when everyone else zags. With the current rage of lifted, club-style FXR’s ripping around our HQ in Southern California, there was no way he was gonna build a bike that blended in. Starting with an S&S V111, a hand-me-down frame, a pair of 16” tires and some old yellow tins, the shape of "Gordo" started to become apparent. Rob wanted it low, fat and mostly black. At first glance it seems like an all-black bike. Little bits of Pete “Hot Dog” Finlan’s candy orange paint on the oil tank, inside the fairing and on the tank strap reveal themselves oncee you give it a second look.
Well, while I was in Panama during my non-work months I see a new video on Biltwell’s Insta feed. It’s Otto talking about my ugly FXR and telling the world that my EVO was tired and clapped, then all of a sudden he knifes open a box and there is a new S&S V111 longblock in there, and he says,”Here you go Rob.”
I was so stoked, I watch the video clip a dozen times, my legs were shaking with excitement, all sorts of ideas were racing thru my head on how to make the “ugly” FXR nicer to compliment the new engine that was just gifted to me from Biltwell and S&S. -Rouser
Rob can build anything to a high standard, whether it’s his off-road Toyota Troopy or his street-only XR400 and while they might start out at a show-quality level, they all get used and abused on the regular. This thick FXR will be no different. He’s planning on riding this to the Arctic Circle with us next year, so it’ll be well shaken down before he beats it up on the Dalton Highway for hundreds of miles of wet gravel.
We made sure to get lots of photos before the bike gets hammered, and you can click below to watch Rob talk about the build process and show you around the bike.
S&S V111 S&S Shorty E carb w/mini teardrop air cleaner(now has a Tribute air cleaner) Metzler Cruisetec 16" tires Kinetic front motor mount CCE swingarm bearing kit Cycle Electrics charging kit Dyna 2000i ignition w/twin fire coil HD 5spd trans w/ Baker shift drum, forks, and shifter paw Alloy Art shift linkage Barnett extra plate clutch pack Rouserworks 2 into 2 w/Cone Engineering mufflers Jagg oil cooler Speed-Kings Hoop crash bar AMF 16 spoke mags front&rear FLT front end Klock Werks Thickster front fender Drag Specialties steering stabilizer Memphis Shades Road Warrior faring Biltwell Apes w/Thunder risers Biltwell Kung Fu grips Biltwell prototype Punisher Pegs
Motion Pro cables Pangea Speed mirrors Trail Tech Striker speedo PIAA horn Badlands turn signal harness Hugh’s Handbuilt sprocket lock Hugh’s Handbuilt swingarm saver Bare Knuckle Choppers rear axle blocks Saddlemen custom seat Custom Dynamics headlight Drag Specialties Taillight Drag Specialties mini front turn signals Alloy Art rear strut turn signals Powerplant rear brake arm Hot Dog paint
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