Click here for an CycleVIN Motorcycle History Report on this 2009 Harley-Davidson Rocker Custom. Additional photos are available here for your perusal.
In 2008, Harley-Davidson released a factory chopper called the Rocker (with a chromed-out sibling called the Rocker C). Think of it as a Softail that’s been chopped as much as the NHTSA will allow. Motorcyclist magazine summed up the stock bike by saying “if you want hard-core chopper style without hard-core chopper headaches (or backaches), the Rocker is your ride.”
Per the Hot Bike article, the designer (Lonny Spiva at Heartland) came up with the idea when he saw the debut of the new Rocker at Sturgis. “I spoke to Mike at Kiwi Indian over dinner and told him that I wanted to use one of his Leaf Spring frontends on a the new Harley Rocker and he liked the idea. So the concept moved forward from there. Once home and back at work I told my teammates at Heartland about the Rocker and what I thought we could offer the new model as an aftermarket parts supplier.”
The idea was for a “Board Rocker”, a board-track inspired take on the production Rocker. Heartland took one of their existing Softail kits designed to accept wider rear rubber and adapted it to create the “Rock-N Bobber” conversion. It’s currently equipped with an Avon AV72 Cobra 250/40VR18 rear tire.
More from Hot Bike: “I knew I wanted to use a patina finish on the chrome which would give the bike a semi used look, not too shiny. For the sheetmetal I wanted satin black paint with a pin-up girl on the tank like the bombers of WWII. As you can see from the side of the tanks, she’s called, The Heartbreaker. You have to love that nose art. I wanted to use enough of the stock bike so that the Rocker didn’t get lost in the build, but still have it all work in harmony with the newer parts. I wanted to give the bike a look as if you were racing a boardtracker in 2009, and in my opinion this is what it would look like.” Heartbreaker debuted at the 2009 V-Twin Expo in Cincinnati.
The seller purchased it a year ago from a friend, and has covered approximately 200 miles during that time (including riding it up from Orange County to us in Santa Monica. The odometer now shows 1,151 miles.