When Brian Klock of South Dakota’s Klock Werks Kustom Cycles (www.kustombaggers.com) was let loose to create a customized version of Victory’s Hard-Ball, his first question was, “What do we do with it?” The bike had to be completed by the Long Beach International Motorcycle Show, which gave Klock some inspiration. And he would need it, as he had just over a month to complete the build.
“When I thought of Southern California, I thought of the whole low-rider movement and the van craze,” said Klock. “Victory already had the ‘flat’ look all figured out, so I wanted to go in a totally opposite direction.”
Step One was upgrading the wheels to gold-anodized Performance Machine Icons in 21-inch front and 18-in. rear sizes, which then required formation of a new front fender. A Vegas rear fender and taillight were used because the fender’s center crease complemented the one on the Hard-Ball’s tank. Next up was Klock’s own Klip-Hangers handlebar, which is a combination of an ape-hanger and clip-ons and is adjustable for height and angle.
“The hardest part of the build was to put Tex at TexEfx under the gun to get the paint done, because it’s pretty complicated,” said Klock. “There are water-beading spots, brush spots, fade spots and all the hand pinstriping with lace underneath. It looks like a ’70s van ran into a low rider.”
Leaving the engine stock didn’t seem right, so the Freedom 106 was stuffed with a Lloyd’z Motor Workz 116-in. kit and high-performance cams, a Barnett Scorpion clutch and managed by a Dynojet Power Commander V with Autotune.
Klock Kustoms had one last trick up its sleeve: the Kicker PXI 50.2 iPod/iPhone controller and amp kit. The controller is installed on a custom billet triple-clamp, while a pair of 5 1/4-in. speakers is mounted on the saddlebag lids. Inside the right bag is a Kicker IX 1000.5 amp and 8-in. subwoofer.
“I figured people would say that the paint is way over the top and way too gaudy,” Klock said, “but I hoped they would see what is possible with the Hard-Ball or Cross Roads by looking at the Klock Roads.”
We’d say that Klock not only figured out what to do with the Hard-Ball but executed the build beautifully.