If you haven’t heard by now, American Iron is once again getting the pleasure of putting together the puzzle that will be the 2017 Official Daytona Bike Week Motorcycle. This bike is being raffled off as a fund raiser conducted by the Daytona Beach Community Foundation “with proceeds going back into the management and betterment of each bike week event.”
The 2010 Harley Ultra that is serving as the 2017 Official Bike Week Motorcycle has been undergoing an incredible transformation thanks to the hard-working crew at Street Stuff Cycle. Last week, the family-owned shop out of Norwich, CT., even got some love on local TV station News 8 WTNH featuring the Ultra they’ve been working on for us. (Check out the Connecticut motorcycle shop building custom bike for Daytona video here). Couldn’t have happened to a more deserving bunch.
The project is a true group effort. The list of sponsors who have stepped up to make it happen is long. So far we’ve talked about the contributions of both Arlen Ness Enterprises and Cobra USA. Next on our list is Paul Yaffe’s Bagger Nation.
Bagger Nation has been at the forefront of customizing big bikes for a long-time running. In fact, Paul Yaffe is celebrating 25 years of building custom bikes this weekend with a big birthday bash at Morongo Casino Resort in Cabazon, CA. At the gathering Yaffe will have 15 of his most memorable creations on display including both of the bikes he did for Discovery Channel’s “Biker Build-Off” Phantom and Suzy-Q, the Copper Chopper, Prodigy, and the Sailor Jerry Chopper that’s going to be given away at the party.
“It all started with a love of motorcycles and a curiosity and desire to see what could be made of them,” said Yaffe in a press release promoting his 25th celebration. “I never would have guessed, when I first started experimenting in the mid-eighties, that it would lead to where we are today.”
For the 2017 Official Bike Week build, the stock Ultra front fender was swapped out for a 23” Wide Classic Stretched Fender from Bagger Nation. The rear looks dramatically different now. We mean that in a good way. It’s been totally revamped with a set of Yaffe’s Super Stretch Saddlebags, a Chupa Rear Fender, Stretched Smooth Swoop Side Covers and a Chop Chop Ultra Slim Tour Pack. The Chop Chop Ultra Slim Tour Pack is much slimmer and sportier than Harley’s Tour Pak, a big reason we’ve been seeing them at just about every bike show as they’ve been riding a wave of popularity. Seeing how Yaffe’s Slim Tour Pack switched up the lines of the Ultra, it only made sense to swap out the stock tank for one of Bagger Nation’s stretched steel Razorback Gas Tanks, too. Rounding out the sweet package is a Sorrento Seat made specifically to complement the stretched Razorback tank.
This year’s Official Daytona Bike Week Motorcycle is really taking shape. Somebody’s going to be stoked to win this bike. It could be you. Grab you a ticket before they’re all gone at OfficialBikeWeek.com.
2017 Official Daytona Bike Week Motorcycle: Paul Yaffe’s Bagger Nation Parts List
23″ Wide Classic Stretched Fender
Paul Yaffe Chop Chop Ultra Slim Tour Pack
Razorback Gas Tank
Swoop Side Covers Stretched Smooth
Super Stretch Saddlebags
Chupa Rear Fender