The 2012 Victory Hard-Ball
barely broke wraps but Brian Klock has already worked his customizing magic on Victory’s new bagger. "Klock Roads" is the name of the Hard-Ball customized by Klock Werks Kustom Cycles which was unveiled at the 2011 International Motorcycle Show in Long Beach
, California. Brian and Victory spokesman, Gunnery Sergeant R. Lee Ermey (Full Metal Jacket’s
Gunny), got the honor of pulling the sheets off the bold gold and chrome bagger.
Klock Roads brought about a lot of firsts. Performance Machine debuted its new contrast cut, gold-anodized Icon wheels on the motorcycle; Klock Werks debuted its Klip-Hanger Handlebars on it, too, and building its front fender inspired Klock Werks to begin making fender kits for all Victorys.
For its version of the bike, Klock Werks
took the opposite approach to the flat black factory Hard-Ball, adding a cavalcade of colors and chrome. The motorcycle features the debut of a couple of innovative new products as Performance Machine chose “Klock Roads” to be the first cruiser to roll out on its 2012 gold-anodized, contrast cut Icon wheels. Klock Werks bumped up the size of the front hoop to 21 inches while running 18 inches out back and got matching gold-anodized Icon rotors to boot.
The crew fobbed up a fender in-house for the front end and the project actually inspired the Klocks to begin making fender kits for all Victory
models. KW had the factory fork tubes gold-anodized along with other tidbits like the foot brake shift lever and put on overlay on the front chin spoiler.
The factory apes of the Hard-Ball were swapped out for Klock Werks new Klip-Hangers Handlebars. Brian calls the new design “clip-ons for bagger lovers” because they can be adjusted for height to dial them in to a rider’s preference and come with different bar end caps and finishes. Klock Werks Klip-Hangers will make their production debut in 2012.
“Klock Roads” stock Freedom 106 got some love from Chris Degen who was responsible for installing the 116-inch Lloydz Motor Kit from the crew over at Lloydz Motor Werkz. Klock Werks installed performance cams while the heads and cylinders were off at Diamond Cuts getting dolled up. Derby and points covers from Zach Ness completed its overhaul, but not before Quigley Motor Werks did a few tuning tweaks to make sure the Dynojet Powercommander V was dialed in properly. A Barnett Scorpion Clutch was added to help channel the newfound power. Victory provided a set of its Stage 1 exhausts while Klock Werks fashioned up its own set of exhaust tips for it.
Kicker backed the project by providing a Kicker PXI 50.2 iPod controller and a 1000 watt amp to power the motorcycle’s four 5 1/4-inch speaker and 8-inch subwoofer sound system. Klock Werks used the Hard-Ball’s new bags to house the speakers which are integrated into the tops of the saddlebags while the amp is stashed inside. The revised tail section includes a custom rear fender and new fillers. Klock Werks used a host of factory Victory accessories on the build, from chrome master cylinder and cam adjuster covers to dipsticks. A cool little gimmick KW installed is an electric license plate that rolls out from underneath the rear fender at the push of a button and according to Brian is completely street legal.
The paint job on “Klock Roads” is dizzying, the killer gold paint job Brian says was “inspired by 70s vans, choppers and low rider cars.” Incorporating Klock Werks trademark spades into the design is a sweet touch. The House of Kolor metallic and candy paint was artistically applied by Tex McDorman of TexEfx.
On this latest project, Klock Werks set out to demonstrate what can be done to customize Victory’s Cross Roads platform, the motorcycle upon which the Hard-Ball is based. After debuting “Klock Roads,” they can consider their mission accomplished.