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The influences that guide a custom motorcycle owner to build their motorcycle in a certain style usually comes from an individual that is close to the owner or a period of time in the owner's life. It is always interesting to hear or read the story and relive the events with the owner. It makes you appreciate the hard work and the details that went in to the build that much more. Peter Rodriguez built this incredible 2002 Harley Davidson Road King called "Shades of Time," as a tribute to his deceased father. "The motorcycle originally belonged to my dad," he explains. "I can remember the day he brought it home in 2002. He loved to ride, especially with my mom Linda on the back of the motorcycle." Unfortunately, in early 2010, his father was diagnosed with stage 4 kidney cancer. "I knew how much he wanted me to have the bike, but I also knew how hard it was for him to begin to let it go. After a long year and a half battle, he passed away in May 2011 at the young age of 50," says a solemn Peter.

As an accomplished painter, his father requested that he paint his urn before he passed, something he did with a Lowrider style of flake and candy blues. His father was a member of the Majestics car club's Orange County chapter back in the 1970's before the chapter folded. Remembering his dad's memories and love for Lowriding and motorcycle riding, he decided to change the black paint he had given the bike into a dazzling display fit for a Lowrider. With the help of his tio, Chris, who was his dad's compa and riding partner, and Chris' son, Gary, the transformation began. Candies and flakes were laid out and wire wheels with white walls added the Lowrider touch. There were a lot of modifications to be done to the bike, but there were a few that had special meaning for Peter. "The air cleaner was made up of a Tru Ray wire wheel cap that my dad held onto for years," he explains. "Also, my custom Nu Image speedometer has an image of my dad's smiling face; it makes me smile every time I look at it. Last but not least, I mounted a dummy light on my crash bar with the lens blacked out. Inside of the dummy light I placed some of my dad's ashes." Unable to live out his promise to buy a bike of his own and ride with his father while he was alive, this was Peter's way to finally take that first ride with his dad. "I decided to name the bike, "Shades of Time," because the paint scheme resembles my dad's times in the Lowrider culture, as well as the times we shared."

"I would like to thank Chris and Gary Salgado for all their help. I would also like to extend my gratitude to Mynor Martinez for wiring up the sounds, and Marco from Sew Cal for taking care of the upholstery work. I would also love to thank my mother, Linda, and my wife, Summer, for their love and support. I'd like to dedicate this feature to my dad. Ride in Peace."

Tech Specs

"Shades of Time"

Owner: Peter Rodriguez

Builder: Peter Rodriguez & Chris Salgado

Motorcycle: 2002 Harley Davidson Road King

City/State: Ontario, California

Paint: House of Kolor Candy Cobalt & Oriental Blue, paint and bodywork by owner. Quadzilla front faring by Hoppe, stretched and smoothed front/rear fenders by Klock Werks, shaved front fork to convert to single rotor, extended hard bags, 17" evil ape hanger bars by Carlini, custom stainless speedometer with mural by Nu Image.

Engine: Stock HD 88ci with custom air cleaner made from a Tru Ray wire wheel hubcap.

Interior: Gray leather with blue stitch Harley Davidson Brawler seat, blue crushed velvet inner lining hard bags by Marco from Sew Cal Upholstery in Ontario, California.

ICE: Sony HD head unit, four 5.25 Kicker speakers in front faring, two 6x9 Kenwood five way speakers in hard bags, and one Alpine amplifier. Audio installation was done by Mynor Martinez.

Wheels: DNA 52 spoke Diamond Cut, 21x3.5 in front, 16x3.5 in rear.

Tires: Metzler Whitewall tires, 120/70/21 on the front, 130/90/16 on the rear. Custom made by Whitewall Candy Store in Orange, California.

Brands: Carlini, Hoppe, Klock Werks, Metzler, Sony, Kicker, Kenwood, Alpine, Tru Ray, Harley Davidson, DNA.