Jacked - that's the word that came to mind when i got my first snootful of Brenna’s Dyna - put together by Nick @ PopsGarageFab.com. I looked at this relatively stock Dyna, resplendent in it's denim black paint and thought - “damn, that's a lot of suspension, that’s one jacked machine”.
Now when I use the word “jacked”, I give away influences, namely muscle cars and street rods of the 60’s and 70’s. Jacked usually meant, more often than not that the owner had installed air shocks and/ or leaf spring shackles. Accompanying these nonsensical and bad handling choices, a set of rims and tires were added to the mix, in my neighborhood the rims of choice were Cragars - regular rims up front and “trashcan” size out back.
A jacked car was cool. You could take a pussycat Nova, jack it up and have yourself one styling machine. Tractive force, notwithstanding, delivering tons of horsepower to the rear wheels was not the goal with jacking your car up, style was.
That was then, days gone by - whatever.
Jacked, in context of Brenna’s Dyna has a whole nother meaning. In this context jacked means that this machine is hot shit, and is raring and ready to go. Welcome to Jacked in the new millennium.
Nick took this Dyna in pretty much stock condition (except for the pipes which are on schedule to be replaced with something a little more efficient and custom) and applied a little Pop's Garage & Fabrication love to it.
The bike ran fine, but benefitted from an air cleaner makeover. Nick fabbed the unit on the bike and added a touch that has appeared on other creations rolling out of his shop - a glass air cleaner insert. The insert comes from a railroad crossing signal, a very cool touch demonstrating that some great ideas just need to happen. The wheels were relaced with Stainless spokes and aluminum Sun rims: the front rim wider, at 3.5”.
The open primary is a Primo unit, that Nick transformed to allow fitment of mid controls and finally the battery was replaced with a Lithium unit, both of these modifications hacked major poundage off the machine.
The suspension is KRAUS sourced and supplied: DYNAMOTO triple trees Ohlins fork legs, KRAUS bar risers, KRAUS GPR V4 steering dampener, KRAUS rear brake caliper mount and Ohlins rear suspension. The suspension turns this relatively stock bike into something more akin to a Supermoto. Now the engine has a place to put the horsepower it's making, and since the Twin Cam likes to rev, a bike like Brenna’s turns into a real blast to ride - super peppy and tight, with handling that inspires high speeds.
A suspension that's tuned makes all the difference and Brenna’s machine proves the point.
So Nick has some plans for this machine, but he’s in no rush (other than pipes) to get to it. The bike goes great, handles like a dream and looks striking. Brenna, who is Nick’s wife has enough inseam to drive it, and so she does.
I was lucky enough to get an invite to go on a ride with a small group of hardcore bikers from Kraus. Sadly, I am between bikes at the moment, so I declined. “Ride one of ours,” was the response.