Ever heard of the bike model Hartford? Neither had we, till simply now. It’s a small producer based mostly in Taiwan, however they’ve been working underneath the radar for 20 years. They usually now export bikes to the UK, Spain and Italy, in addition to the extra native markets of Thailand and Nepal.
This elegant, pared-down customized relies on the Hartford HD200, a small commuter bike—which in flip was based mostly on the Honda CD200/CM200.
If something concerning the high-end Taiwanese customized scene, you’ll acknowledge the signature of ‘Max’ Yicheng proper right here.
2LOUD have taken the gawky and certainly totally nondescript Hartford and turned it right into a compact little café racer-style bike, superb for buzzing round tight metropolis streets.
The modifications are typical of these you’d see from a mid-range customized store, however the result’s something however common.
Each millimeter is completely judged and the little Hartford appears 1,000,000 . Not dangerous for a motorcycle that offered for simply £1,999 (US$2,500) within the UK.
Central to the brand new look is the modified classic Benelli gas tank. After a part once they had been caught on each customized Yamaha Virago going, we’d thought we’d seen the final of them—however Max has made it work brilliantly on the Hartford.
The brand new tank is matched to a customized fiberglass seat and tail unit, which sits on a truncated customized subframe.
Max upholstered the brand new seat himself with cowhide, and he’s expertly mirrored the curves of the Benelli tank within the tail unit.
The tail additionally hides a tiny battery now, and Max re-routed among the wiring contained in the body tubes to wash up the general look. He then had the bodywork completed in black with easy silver pinstriping—“to emphasise the proportions of the bike,” he says.
And it really works: coupled with the brand new hand-made exhaust system, there are shades of Auto Fabrica’s modern design model right here.
The spindly inventory rims are gone, changed with 18-inch aluminum spoked wheels entrance and rear, protected with high-temp paint. They’re fitted with Adlert Basic tires, a contemporary compound from the Taiwanese maker Duro that replicates an early Goodyear Eagle sawtooth tread sample.
The rear wheel is connected to a brand new swingarm made by Mark Motorbike, plus OEM Harley-Davidson shocks initially designed for the outdated Sportster XL883R.
The get the stance proper, Max has shortened the forks slightly, and fitted them with new internals. He’s additionally fitted new triple clamps, clip-ons and rearsets, all manufactured domestically, and polished them as much as a sheen.
It’s a traditional case of creating slightly go a good distance. Which may have been quite underwhelming, had been it not for Max Yicheng’s unbelievable eye for a line and meticulous element work.