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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Off Road Harley-Davidson

  I understand from one of our viewers that John Ogden, Jr. built and rode this great motorcycle at the Big Dog Ride based out of a motel in Frisco, Colorado in 2011.  John is an Officer with the Christian Motorcyclist Association.  John is from Mena, Arkansas.  We would like to hear some details about this special H-D build if he would care to share details with us.  We have had great interest from viewers on both John's Harley and on the Big Dog ride. We would really like to have John give us detail on his build.  How he came up with the idea, bike concepts, parts used in the build, etc.  Also we would like his riding history and photos he might like to contribute to our blog.  John, send me your email address! 
  As an aside, you may want to check out the “Big Dog Ride” at http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/bigdog/.
  Anyway, the builder/rider acquired a Harley Davidson Sportster with the thought that a few changes would transform the HD into a hill climbing, mountain climbing, trail riding work of art.  By means of his imagination, his motorcycle mechanical handiwork combined with his great riding skill, he achieved his goal.  I did not see it, but I heard about his ascent of Red Cone and other tough Colorado high altitude mountain climbs.  If you look closely, you will notice front and rear wheels are not Sportster fare.  The front forks look more Kawasaki than Harley. 
  The auxiliary fuel tank mounted where a rear top case mightreside give a workman like approach to this piece of work.  Maybe another story to follow?  Stay tuned.  Again, I suggest you look at the Big Dog website.

  Note the front end, the tire size, front and rear.  A custom fairing, kickstand and gas tank bags add to the unique flavor of this off road machine.

  This view displays the custom sheepskin saddle cover, auxiliary tail gas tank and Vance & Hines exhaust.

  The rider of this interesting custom machine is a first class rider, mechanic and all around great guy.


  1. His name is John Ogden Jr. He is an Officer of the Christian Motorcyclist Association. Lives in Mena, Arkansas.

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