\\ HD EVO SPORTY-CAFE 57
This bike was the one that started it all! This was the very first build that came into my old shop back in 2012 in Spain. The bike started life as 2 bikes. A 2003 883 Harley Davidson Sportster The bike also came with a second bike a battered and ragged 2006 GSXR600 track bike in toe. The plan originally was just to take the wheels and the front end and put them on the Sporty and clean it up a lil. Well that as you can see was NOT the case!
When we stripped it down it became apparent that this bike needed some proper TLC just to get it to a point where it was even reliably rideable. So I immediately started thinking of al sorts of great things to do to improve this bike. So I went back to the owner with a new plan and he agreed.
The build took over a year as the project kept evolving and changing and had to be fit in around many other builds.
What exactly did this build include? Well for starters we upgraded the Sporty's 883cc v-twin to a 1200cc capacity with an Andrews cam, S&S Super E carb and a Crane Ignition system. The standard loom was replaced by a Motogadget M Unit system and front to back hand made loom and a matching Motogadget Speedo was mounted to the V-rod headlight mount up front. The triple trees were designed inhouse and then machined by my good mate Sergio from SBAY motor co. and then the fun job of mirror polishing the freshly machined trees came down to yours truly! If any of you out there have had the pleasure of polishing aluminium or stainless then you know how much fun that is!
Anyways after that was done I came up with a design for the swingarm to take the rear wheel of the GSXR and the 200 series tire and asked my master fabricator/blacksmith Pow and his amazing welder of a wife Katie who worked for me at the time to fab it up. It caused many arguments to get the swing done and dusted but in the end we got it finished all agreed it was one of our favourite parts on the bike.
Next I fabbed up a custom set of headers and mated them to a MIVV Ghibli race muffler.
The stock GSXR forks had their internals upgraded by Maxtons in the UK and the WR26 rear shocks are also Maxton made. LSL clipon bars with Puig levers sit high on the fork uppers and all of the wiring has been run internally wherever possible. The wheels are stock GSXR items that have been treated to an overhaul and a fresh set of Pirelli Supercorsa SC street legal track tires. The tank started out as a glass fibre Norton Manx replica unit then was modified to sit on the Harley frame and the tail section was hand made in glass fibre as a one off and seat plate was sent to Denmark to be covered.
The final touch was kickass paint work done by Ray Hill (Spray Hill), who has made a name for himself as one of the best in the industry, painting for Chip Foose and many other world class car and bike builders around the globe.
NAME OF THE BIKE: 57 Café Racer
MODEL: 2003 Harley Sportster
ENGINE: 883cc upgraded to 1200cc HD Sportster
CARB: S&S Super E
EXHAUST: Custom headers, MIVV silencer
AIR FILTER: Modified S&S
CAM COVER: Modified Stock
ROCKER COVERS: RSD
FRONT SUSPENSION: OEM Suzuki rebuilt with Maxton Cartridges
TRIPLE TREES: Custom made
FRONT BRAKE CALIPERS: Nissin
FRONT BRAKE DISCS: Galfer
REAR SUSPENSION: Maxton WR26
WHEELS: Stock GSXR600
TIRES: Pirelli SuperCorsa SC
REAR BRAKE CALIPERS: Nissin
REAR BRAKE DISC: Galfer
REARSETS: LSL modified and powdercoated
HAND CONTROLS: Brembo
CLIP-ONS: LSL Aluminium
HEADLIGHT: HD Vrod modified
LICENSE PLATE HOLDER: Handmade
TANK: Modified Norton Manx Replica
SEAT: Danish unknown dude?
WIRING: Kurt (Mr Socially Unacceptable) Lohse
PAINT: Ray Hill - Spray Hill