Harley-Davidson finally won me over in 2001, as my 4th motorcycle after owning a succession of Yamaha’s, Honda’s and Suzuki’s. I ordered a H-D Dyna Wide Glide on Father’s Day. When the dealership called me to pick up the bike after it was uncrated, cleaned up and adorned with extra chrome parts, four months had elapsed. I got a ride to the Frederick Harley-Davidson dealership on a day with clear blue skies and tragedy in the air. It was September 11, 2001. I remember how patriotic I felt driving the American-made, red, black and chrome 1450 cc cruiser home that day. It would morph into the Beatles Bike five years and 10,000 miles later. Despite the transformation, the bike has always been a driver–racking up more than 41,000 miles, and winning best-in-show at numerous top-notch motorcycle events.
What began as a chroming competition between a buddy and me, changed drastically when I encountered some custom-painted, air brushed bikes at a show in Gettysburg, Pa. I thought, why not turn my Dyna Wide Glide into a themed bike
as a tribute to my favorite band of all time, The Beatles.
I picked up a book called Born to Be Wild – The History of American Motorcycles, and found a chapter about famous bike builders and painters. It featured an artist named Chris Cruz, noted for his “photo realism” style.
Chris Cruz is by far the finest artist painting motorcycles today, as evidenced by the photo quality of the faces and detail of every graphic. Each original album Beatles released by the Beatles in Britain is represented on the bike. Cruz was able to complete the painting and airbrushing of the bike, gas tank and both fenders in approximately three weeks.
Other unique features manufactured specifically for the bike include Beatles themed leather seat, backrest, diamond cut engine, Anderson cams, Vance & Hines shorty pipes, sound system, horn, shift linkage, mirrors, kick-stand and specialty chrome pieces.
In keeping with the theme is the license plate…..TKT2RD
Right side of front headlight – image from the “blue” 1967 – 1970 greatest hits LP