We’ve received a Harley-heavy choice this week, with a restaurant racer from Italy, a scrambler from Japan and a tracker from the UK. Rounding out the choice are a rally-style Royal Enfield, and a jaw-dropping cafe/streetfighter Ducati Panigale.
Harley-Davidson Sportster by Pace and Customized Followers of the V-Twin scene in Britain will know Steve Willis’ title: as the person behind Pace and Customized, he runs one in every of Europe’s high in-house Harley-Davidson customized retailers.
Steve simply dropped us a line about this new Sportster 883 construct. It was commissioned by a buyer who was very taken with S&C’s Dust Quake-winning Mert Lawill duplicate flat tracker, and needed one thing in an identical vein. The thought was to construct a Sportster with a rugged, shed constructed vibe, somewhat than one thing clear and showy.
On went a uncooked aluminum gasoline tank from Omega Racer in Thailand, and a ribbed rear fender. The fender assist was constructed from an outdated sissy bar, and the rider’s seat is a re-shaped Forty-Eight unit, upholstered by SM Trimming. The fashionable emulsion shocks had been swapped for a set of extra traditional wanting gadgets from a Nightster, and a set of off-the-shelf quantity boards had been modified to suit the perimeters.
This road tracker additionally includes a Paughco exhaust system and a Bison Motorsports velocity stack, with a one-off aluminum cowl over the gasoline injection module, full with the Pace and Customized brand. As for the ’44’ on the quantity boards, these are a nod to 1944—the 12 months the shopper’s father participated within the D-Day Landings. [Speed and Custom Instagram]
Ducati Panigale by Thornton Hundred Bikes With 205 hp and 145 Nm of torque on faucet, the 2017 Ducati Panigale 1299 is psychological sufficient in inventory type. Now think about stripping off the fairings and making it extra compact. Jody Millhouse at Thornton Hundred Bikes did—and this ballistic cafe-slash-streetfighter is the end result.
Jody did extra than simply bin the Panigale fairings although. Out again is a CNC-milled subframe and seat assist, with a seat that’s not too far off the inventory perch’s ergonomics. Up entrance, Jody designed and 3D printed a headlight nacelle that packs two LEDS—and lets air by means of to the Ducati’s intakes. New clip-ons from Renthal went on, together with Motogadget bar-end blinkers.
Exposing the Panigale’s guts meant that a number of ugly electronics had been now on show. So Jody fabricated a set of aspect ‘winglets’ to spherical out the bodywork, and to cover away these parts. He additionally fitted a brand new oil cooler in a brand new place, which meant he might clear up the plumbing considerably.
There’s about 70 hours of labor within the exhaust alone. Jody 3D printed prototypes of the flanges, then constructed a pie-cut titanium system. He tweaked the bike additional with an adjustable Ducabike shock linkage and AM rearsets. And between that exhaust, and a contemporary engine tune, this Panigale now packs an additional 15 horses. [Thornton Hundred Motorcycles]
Harley-Davidson Fats Boy by Mr Martini A 1998-model Fats Boy is the final bike we’d decide for a restaurant racer. However in some way, Mr Nicola Martini has pulled it off. Sure, this Harley remains to be low, lengthy and planted—nevertheless it’s additionally extraordinarily elegant, and an acceptable addition to Mr Martini’s fashionable portfolio.
The largest visible hit comes from the brand new bodywork. There’s a slimmer tank up high, and a brand new set of decrease aspect fairings that give the Fats Boy an nearly classic racer really feel. Mr Martini constructed two quick-release seat items too—one with a tail hump, and one with a bench seat to convey a pal alongside.
The Harley’s stance has been considerably tweaked. The Fats Boy’s chunky wheels are nonetheless in play, however they’re now hooked as much as a refined JMC swing arm, a totally adjustable rear shock, and a set of upside-down entrance forks.
On the efficiency aspect, this Fats Boy’s full of Edelbrock heads, an S&S carb and an open chain main. The exhaust system is from Zard, nevertheless it’s no off-the-shelf half—the Italian firm constructed it particularly for this bike. That alone ought to make this cruiser-cafe hybrid one helluva site visitors mild burner too. [Mr Martini]
Royal Enfield Himalayan by Wrench Kings The Himalayan’s greatest promoting factors are that it’s easy and reasonably priced. However as a variety of customized builders have already confirmed, it’s enjoyable to customise too. This newest instance comes from Wrench Kings, who’ve given the Royal Enfield twin sport a sturdy, rally raid vibe.
The underlying bike has gone largely unchanged, save for a brand new exhaust that ought to add an additional pony or two (and enhance the soundtrack). So a lot of the adjustments are round cosmetics, safety and usefulness.
Wrench Kings ditched the Himalayan’s OEM headlight and display screen combo, and fabricated a rally-style entrance fairing. It options mesh panels up high with two LEDs, and mesh inserts on the perimeters to decorate up the Enfield’s goofy front-end framework. There’s additionally a set of fog lights decrease down, a brand new bash plate, and a GPS lurking behind the brand new fairing.
Wrench Kings additionally recovered the seat, constructed a neat little built-in taillight, and fitted Motogadget flip alerts. There’s a set of aspect panels to visually beef up the gasoline tank, and a shorter fender to abbreviate the tail. A repurposed jerry can on a customized mount provides some cargo carrying functionality. Just like the bike? You too can enter a lottery competitors to win it.
Harley-Davidson Sportster by Chikara Ueyama Most Sportster-based scramblers are constructed to look the half, and deal with a modicum of precise off-roading. However this 1998 Harley-Davidson XLH883 was put collectively for correct off-road shenanigans. It belongs to Chikara Ueyama—CEO of Japanese components producer Ok&H—who constructed it over three years in his spare time.
Although this scrambler’s nonetheless recognizable as a Sportster, Ueyama-san has made a ton of adjustments. He constructed the brand new gasoline tank, rear fender, skid plate and seat pan himself, utilizing carbon fiber bolstered polymer. However he saved the headlight, speedo, air cleaner cowl, oil tank and rear struts, as a nod to the unique.
There’s some trick framework happening too. Chikara fabricated little ‘subframes’ to decrease the foot pegs, constructed a brand new exhaust mount, and moved the swing arm pivot. The swing arm itself is customized too—all design to accommodate a set of lengthy Öhlins shocks. They’re matched as much as a pair of upside-down forks, and a set of massive hoops.
Ending equipment consists of MX bars, knobby tires and a beefy Akrapovič exhaust. Chikara now treats it as a legit dual-sport bike, utilizing it for all the pieces from commuting, to journey touring and rally occasions. [More]