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  • Your complete guide to Harley cafe racer motorcycles, from classic Ironheads to modern-day Sportster specials.

    While a Harley-Davidson may not sound like the most ideal platform for a cafe racer, these American V-twins make surprisingly solid cafe bikes — both in style.

    Examples of Sportsters converted into Cafe Racers. | See more ideas about Sportster cafe racer, Harley davidson sportster and Cafe racer bikes.

    Harley cafe racer

    Harley cafe racer

    Helping to centralise the mass of the engine, it was decided that a belly pan would suit the look of the build. As always, I hope that this serves as a useful tool to people unsure as to how to approach the looks of their project. Fairing with mounting hardware. The paint is easily damaged in shipping.

    Harley cafe racer

    Harley cafe racer

    Harley cafe racer

    Harley cafe racer

    Harley cafe racer

    Power Trip: XTR Pepo tackles the Harley Sportster | Bike EXIF

    It can take years. Each second feels like an eternity. But their creative side soon got the best of them and now rather than performing simple oil changes they build complete one-off creations. But the actual design process is a team effort with everyone at the shop involved. The process is very organic; we kind of start in one direction and one good idea will lead to another. Of course no punches were actually thrown but many of the stock Harley parts were, straight onto the floor where they belong.

    With that cathartic experience out of the way, the styling of the machine could begin and this Sportster is all about the oil tank. Minimising its visual impact was the goal, a clean middle from which the rest of the bike could flow.

    Harley cafe racer

    The stock unit is scrapped and a neat new item was hand fabricated that follows the frames lines rather than bulging out.

    With a thin waist, this girl then needed bigger proportions up front and the stock tank has been beautifully re-sculpted: Still talking about the bike, the front end is a total re-design of what you are ever likely to see from a Harley and is a signature of Beautiful Machines.

    Harley cafe racer

    This is further accentuated by the way it hangs far forward over the front tyre with a set of eyes, twin headlights, recessed back into the piece for an aggressive feel. It might look all for show, but with a gentle up kick to the design, a lucky Malaysian journalist who got to ride the Sporty reported far better wind protection than he could have ever imagined. Back to the rear end, and with the subframe now all but removed the seat base and tail-piece hover over the frame to provide more negative space around the custom oil tank.

    This is achieved by bending and welding thin round bar and mounts normally used when fitting up a rear fender. But whereas the front end is all about exaggerated proportions, the rear is short and purposeful with a big round cafe racer styled hump that would fit perfectly into the hands. The seat itself is not designed for those who like a lot of padding but the quality of the leather work and stitching is simply first class. With the fists down and mouth guards out, work turned to the engine and again the oil tank dictated so much of what would happen next.

    So the fuel injected cc V-Twin has had the squirters removed and an old school solution put in its place. Helping to centralise the mass of the engine, it was decided that a belly pan would suit the look of the build. So the skilled metal workers at Beautiful Machines were back out with the hammers and sand bag, sculpting and smoothing until the alloy was a perfect fit. But having covered up some of the mechanicals, they then wanted to create more of that raw and aggressive feel.

    Harley cafe racer

    A similar trick was used when piecing the tail light into the aluminium cafe hump and finally Puting Beliung was ready to wreak havoc. She looks so good, but man can she cause some trouble. Written by Martin Hodgson.

    Leather work is top shelf. Harley Davidson Malaysia Sportster. Subscribe Get the latest custom bikes sent to you via email as soon as we post them. Like us on Facebook.

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