This article was originally featured in the August-September 1998 issue of Cycle World’s Big Twin magazine.

Ron Simms, owner of Bay Area Customs in Hayward, California, makes no bones about his customs: You either like them or you don’t; it’s all the same to him. These two new bikes from Simms show what can come of him following his personal vision.

For example, the long, low chopper of this duo looks like a bar-hopper deluxe, which it probably is, except that the gas tank holds a whopping six gallons of fuel! The tank is a new style from Simms, and its enormous capacity would seem to qualify it as a touring bike capable of running nearly 300 miles between fill-ups.

But if this is a touring bike, it’s one kick-ass, monster-motored one, what with its heavily breathed-on, 113-inch S&S engine, complemented by race-bred Performance Machine brakes. But the short, sporty fenders, laid-back riding position and lack of over-the-road amenities are evidence that this actually is a performance custom and not some new kind of high-speed touring rig.

There is no doubt, however as to the mission of Simms’ luxurious Black Bagger: To tour—and to do it in style. Like music on your trek? Just click on the Alpine six-disc CD changer. Need to lug along a lot of gear? Stuff it in the bags or the genuine Harley-Davidson low-rise Tour-Pak. Absolutely, positively have to be there overnight? No sweat: The Black Bagger’s highly polished and chromed 103-inch motor will thunder you there as quickly as you dare ride.

“We simply incorporated what we were doing with our long-fendered radical customs into this machine,” says Simms of the Bagger. “It’s one of the first dressers we’ve ever done. We stretched the front and rear fenders, as well as the saddlebags we make. We also cut off the entire top of the gas tank, stretched it, then smoothed it over. We did a lot of other things, too, like installing LED lights flush in the fairing and the saddlebags so that nothing protrudes above the surface.”

Do we like these customs? We certainly do. And like Simms, we don’t make any bones about it, either.

Specifications:

BIKE
Simms Chopper
Owner
Dominick Colasunno
Bedford, NY

BASE MACHINE

Year 1988
Model Simms Fat Tire
Designer/Fabricator Ron Simms’ Bay Area Custom Cycles 25224 Mission Blvd. Hayward, CA 94544 510- 537-3338
Paint and Chrome
Molding Horst
Paint Horst
Graphics Horst
Chroming Valley Plating
Engine
Year 1998
Make S&S Evo
Builder Simms
Displacement 113 cu. in.
Cases S&S
Lower end S&S
Rods S&S
Pistons S&S
Heads STD
Cam Leineweber
Valves Black Diamond
Lifters S&S
Ignition Dyna
Coils/wires CCI
Carb S&S
Air cleaner Simms
Pipes Thunder Header
Transmission
Year 1998
Type JAG
Clutch Barnett
Primary drive H-D
Frame
Year 1998
Make Simms Paughco
Type Softail
Modifications 4-in. stretch
Front Fork
Year 1998
Make Ceriani
Type Inverted
Rear Suspension
Type Softail
Make H-D
Swingarm Simms
Front Wheel/Tire
Wheel PM
Tire make Metzeler
Tire size 120/70-18
Rim width 3”
Brake PM 6-piston
Rear Wheel/Tire
Wheel PM
Tire make Metzeler
Tire size 180/60-16
Rim width 5.5”
Brake PM 6-piston
Accessories
Handlebar Flanders
Risers Simms
Grips Simms
Mirrors Simms
Gas tank Simms 6-gallon
Oil tank Simms
Front fender Simms
Rear fender Simms
Headlight Headwinds
Taillight Simms
Turnsignals Twin Sports
Speedo Simms
Seat Corbin
Foot controls Simms

BIKE NAME
Black Bagger
Owner
Ron Simms’ Bay Area Custom Cycles
25224 Mission Blvd.
Hayward, CA 94544
510-537-3338

BASE MACHINE

Year 1998
Make H-D
Model FLH
Designer/Fabricator Ron Simms
Paint and Chrome
Molding Horst
Paint Horst
Graphics Horst
Chroming Valley Plating
Engine
Year 1998
Make S&S Evo
Builder Simms
Displacement 103 cu. in.
Cases S&S
Lower end S&S
Rods S&S
Pistons S&S
Heads S&S
Cam S&S
Valves S&S
Lifters S&S
Ignition Dyna
Coils/wires CCI
Carb S&S
Air cleaner Simms
Pipes Custom-made
Thunder Header
Transmission
Year 1998
Make JAG
Type 5-speed
Primary drive H-D
Clutch Barnett
Frame
Year 1998
Make H-D
Type FLH
Front Fork
Year 1998
Make H-D
Type FLH
Modifications Powder-coated black
Rear Suspension
Year 1998
Make H-D
Type FLH
Swingarm H-D
Front Wheel/Tire
Wheel PM
Tire make Metzeler
Tire size 120/70-18
Rim width 3”
Brake PM
Rear Wheel/Tire
Wheel PM
Tire make Metzeler
Tire size 140/70-18
Rim width 4.25”
Brake PM
Accessories
Handlebar Flanders
Risers H-D
Grips Simms
Mirrors Simms
Gas tank Simms
Oil tank Simms
Front fender Simms
Rear fender Simms
Headlight H-D
Taillight Simms
Speedo H-D
Tach H-D
Instruments H-D
Seat Corbin
Foot controls H-D
Rider pegs Simms
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