Bagger: The World’s Coolest Root Beer Float…

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Like any good root beer float, this awesome custom bagger is a full-package deal. Instead of the happy union of great ice cream and premium root beer, it took a lot more work to make this sweet thing happen.

It also changes colors like a schizophrenic chameleon.

That’s part of what makes this former Road Glide such a jewel. Its PPG Ruby Slippers and Galaxy Grey color scheme layers pearl paint flawlessly, and depending on what kind of light is hitting this Glide (and from what angle), it can be anything from green to copper to root beer in color. Builder Matt Risley of Matt Risley Innovation planned it that way: “It’s just a really cool color. It’s got a lot of colors in it. The bike goes green like you wouldn’t believe, and it also goes root beer or copper. Painters can embed these pearls to look a certain way, and that’s what does it. I can offer a customer a bike that looks seven different ways with one paint job. I’ve even had guys at shows ask, ‘Where’d this bike come from? It wasn’t here yesterday.’ And it actually was the same bike from yesterday.”

That sort of complexity is part of his builder’s fingerprint. His shop, MRI, has been in business for eight years, but Matt’s been around bikes most of his life. When he was in his 20s, he became the youngest certified Harley Master Mechanic on record. The customs he builds don’t have any one focal point. As he puts it, “I’m more into the whole bike being viewed in its entirety versus part by part. I concentrate on making the metal look good, and the rest is easy. If a bike just looks like you could wrinkle coat it and ride it, you’ve …read more

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