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“Ask any non-motorcyclist to name a bike brand and ‘Harley’ will inevitably be the answer” Bennetts ‘BikeSocial’ website, 2017.
Harley-Davidson; arguably the most modified, improved, individualised and customised of any Motor Cycle brand, period. Perhaps accepting the inevitable, they even did it themselves with the FX(Factory Experimental)R which is pretty much universally tagged ‘the best Harley ever made’ and a high water mark for the company globally. The FXR had a lighter yet stronger version of the FLT Tour Glide frame and took the best bits from the range and blended them together to produce an iconic 1980s machine that gave the Japanese brands some serious competition. So if you are going to build a custom Harley, the FXR is the best stepping off point and if you go for a post 1984 machine you get the Evolution engine, up 29cc from the earlier 80 cubic inch unit to 1340cc to go with the five speed gear box.
Having said that, the point of a custom bike is not to mildly tweak the Factory offering, no matter how good that machine was. You are re-purposing the whole deal because you want the bike for a different, well, purpose and that essentially is what we have here. At its core is an FXR Evo engine, gear box and associated ancillaries from 1988 which have been built into one person’s view of the perfect bike. Reconfigured and registered in 2001 the virtually entirely black and chrome Harley is an arresting machine by most standards, bound to bring attention to the rider in any situation and hence not really one for the shrinking violets. That Evolution engine nestles in a ‘Hardtail’ frame which while beautifully executed has picked up one or two chips in its finish though for us, these actually compliment rather than detract from the bike. Inhaling via an S and S Super E carburettor and literally firing the spent gasses out via stubby, 2” stainless steel pipes, attention is well and truly grabbed by the classic V twin for a considerable distance (a good couple of counties) around the bike; overused we know but ‘epic’ seems to be the appropriate adjective here. An Accel Single Fire Super System ignition module and coil causes the mixture to go bang in a timely and efficient manner while an Arlen Ness points cover ensures that cosmetically things are spot on too. An S and S oil pump keeps the engine in good health and a Sifton 60 psi oil pressure gauge informs the rider that that is the case.
A custom made super-sleek Jessie James rear mudguard with Frenched-in LED running, brake and indicator lights envelopes a generous 200’ 60/16 rear wheel while 38” wide Custom Chrome ‘Dirty Bars’ set on 2” risers control a Wide Glide front end incorporating billet yolks, which hooks up to a 100’ 90/16 front rim. Things are bought to a halt by billet front and rear brake callipers, six pot and four pot respectively.
A Harley Fat Boy fuel tank is topped with an aluminium control panel and twin fuel filler caps set either side, all easily appreciated from atop the seat, handmade in leather by Jozef Custom Seats and suspended on a Biltwell frame by a T C Bros. airbag spring, though it almost seems a shame to sit on such a piece of art.
Up front a chromed bullet headlight will be invaluable for those midnight rides while LEDs indicate your intended direction changes. LEDs are also employed to illuminate the rear mounted number plate. The chrome handlebar switch sets are a nice touch and a Motogadget relay has been installed for improved safety and performance.
The “Dirty Boy” as the owner affectionately refers to it (Dirty Bars plus a Wide Boy fuel tank) has not seen all that much use in recent years and just over £730 was spent going through it mechanically and electrically prior to its most recent MOT test in June of this year.
A veritable detailer’s delight with plenty of chrome and aluminium castings to boost sales of Autosol (other polishes are available) the bike is more than presentable as it is though as with all these things, it could still keep you out of the pub for a few hours yet. The glossy, jet black paint is in good order with just a few light marks near the filler caps of the fuel tank though the oil tank and rear mudguard appear unblemished.
The current V5C and MOT certificate are on file along with a record of recent expenditure.
Not perhaps something you might want to cover 500 miles in a day on, this superbly executed customised Harley-Davidson is none the less a definite people-magnet and for the mildly extrovert showman (show-person?), a sure-fire hit at events or even that pub – polishing time allowing of course.