Bringing A Bike Concept from Sketch to Reality

Words & Photos: John Gunnell

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Ronert Wayne had his orange Harley-Davidson Road Glide on display in the Vintage Flatz booth at SEMA 2015. Vintage Flatz sells paint and Wayne uses their paint to decorate motorcycles and hot rods. His Colorado-based business is called Wayne’s Flames (

Established way back in 1971, Wayne’s Flames advertises that it is into “Art, Design and Fine Lines.” The fine black lines that culminated in the shape of flames on the Road Glide evolved through a couple of design sketches that Wayne did last summer and fall.

In August, he posted a sketch on the Internet showing a black bike with traditional red/orange tipped yellow fames in a bold pattern.  The flames covered the cowl, fenders, tank and saddle bags of the Road Glide. The bike in the sketch also had dark gray sabre-blade spoke wheels.

By Sept. 22, after several renderings and lots of different opinions on what he should and should not do, Wayne came up with a sketch of an orange bike with black flames. “This is the paint job I am putting on the Road Glide I am building for SEMA 2015,” he said. “Come see it at the Vintage Flatz booth.”

By Oct. 27, the dash for the SEMA bike was done.  Wayne described the motorcycle as a “muscle bagger.” He said that his to-do list for SEMA was getting shorter and thanked Mike at Cycleworks for hooking him up with some killer shocks and miscellaneous parts. He mentioned a new seat. Wayne also thanked Eliefe at FXR Div. for some killer bars and Tony at Ram Jet Racing for help and support. “The Wilwood rotors look badass,” he noted. At this point Wayne’s sketch depicted multi-spoke wheels finished in black like the actual bike would have.

Sometime between the Oct. 27 sketch and the SEMA Show in early November, the black flame shapes from the later sketch became black outline flames instead. But, the black multi-spoke wheels stayed pretty much the way that they looked in Wayne’s drawing. The accompanying images show both design sketches and the real world bike on display in the Vintage Flatz stand. The Road Glide certainly brought a lot of people in to look at it.



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