OVRLANDR. Harley-Davidson Sportster by Combustion Industries.

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Written by Ian Lee.

As time goes on, the variety of area of interest customized motorbike classes will increase. Flat tracker, turns into a road tracker, with a contact of café racer, and so forth advert infinitum. One space that encapsulates a number of areas, whereas sustaining its personal distinctive id is the post-apocalyptic type of construct. From Icon 1000’s Dromedarri to El Solitario’s Petardo, these bikes have a flavour all of their very own. They’re visible sledgehammers, constructed to create dialog, and most of all to be practical. Combustion Industries has simply rolled out their newest construct, a 2008 Harley Sportster 1200R. Picked for perform, in addition to type, Michael Bates of Combustion Industries has utilised his expertise and contacts within the bike business to create one rugged bike that appears prefer it may survive the tip of the world.

Michael has at all times been into bikes, proper from when he dropped his first motorbike on the driveway throughout his maiden experience. Beginning off as a designer in ‘high-end plumbing gear’, he moved onto product design at Kuryakyn, an American aftermarket components provider for bikes. Michael has an excellent philosophy on constructing a customized bike; “A rule that I’ve when I’m constructing or customizing a motorcycle is that I wish to create one thing that I or another person goes to have the ability to recognize and wish to preserve operating actually endlessly. That signifies that the design must be timeless, and the engine can’t be so loopy that nobody will be capable to service or restore it if it wants it. Elements for the Sportster are plentiful (and pretty low-cost), and you may actually take the straightforward tube body design in any design route.” With this in thoughts, he undertook the construct with a view to combine hooligan, scrambler, journey touring, trackers and enduro design cues all into the one machine.

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Combustion Industries was pleased with the Sporty’s EFI, for “each response and reliability.” Utilising a tank that had been sitting for a decade ready for simply the appropriate construct, the EFI setup was a bit tight becoming into such a low slung tank, with some slight machining required on the sender to suit it into the tank. The electrics have been reworked as nicely, the manufacturing unit battery is changed by a lithium battery, with the bike’s ECU sitting within the battery field because of the additional house. A classic tacho and swap cluster sits behind the body neck, the remainder of the gauges relocated to the forks in a aspect mount.

Most of the components used within the construct have been created in Michael’s personal storage/workshop. With a small press brake, welder, and bandsaw, Michael was in a position to attract on his expertise to get the end he was in search of. Creating cardboard templates, folding them into the proper form and ‘as soon as dialed in’ was in a position to create physique work just like the fairing, fork brace, and exhaust protect. The seat is an in-house creation, the froth minimize and formed within the Combustion Industries workshop, and trimmed by Mustang.

A variety of the bolt on components discovered on the construct are from Kuryakyn’s personal Dillinger product line. The rugged futuristic design of the vary matches in completely with the construct, from the levers to the skid plate, the bike is peppered with Dillinger componentry. Floorboards on the bike are Riot mini boards, and the air cleaner is the Velociraptor, additionally accessed by way of Michael’s components connections. Ingredient Ironworks contributed ‘all the great welds’ on the construct, and the customized paint job was completed by Gilby’s Road Dept – who took Michael’s paint concepts and introduced the mission dwelling.

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With entry to so many aftermarket elements and the abilities to make components, Combustion Industries was already onto a winner earlier than the construct even began. From freeway cruiser to post-apocalyptic street warrior, Mike put it finest when he mentioned “Driving is freedom, having a automobile that may tear ass and cross by way of the hinterlands takes the liberty of driving to the following stage” – simply be careful for zombies.

    


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