It almost didn’t come to pass. Cooney, a big fan of rubber-mounted motors, had ordered a new FXDX and was waiting for it to arrive. “I was all set to customize the FXDX,” he recalls, “but I’d been hearing lots of good things about the new Softails. Everyone who had ridden one just raved about it. Still, I wasn’t convinced; I needed to ride one for myself before making up my mind. Well, I just happened to be down at San Diego Harley-Davidson one day, and they had a 2000 Night Train sitting there. I looked at it and said, ‘Wow, that’s a pretty cool bike for a stocker.’ And I have to tell you, I’m not a big fan of stock bikes.