We took a completely standard Street Rod® 750 and made all the necessary modifications to turn this Harley® into a flat track ready motorcycle so that we could compete in the DTRA Hooligan Championship. After having some extensive custom changes, our race bike was officially titled, the ‘Hurricane’, a fitting name for a bike that was built for one sole purpose… go fast and turn left!
As with any Harley-Davidson® motorcycle, the Street Rod gave us the perfect canvas to transform it into exactly what we needed it to be, and on this occasion, it was a purpose-built high-performance 750cc V-Twin flat tracker. With a very tight deadline of just 36 days to transform this bike so that our rider, Grant Martin, could throttle it out around the track in the Hooligan Championship, there was no time to waste.
Keeping this project close to home, we teamed up with T&S Engineering, which is owned by Grant’s dad, Steve Martin, and our good friends over at Image Design Custom so that when this Harley® made its debut on track, it encompassed exactly what we’re all about here at Maidstone Harley-Davidson, cool custom builds.
In order to create this incredible racing machine, we first stripped back anything unnecessary to reduce the weight as best we could, including the original fuel tank! T&S Engineering created us a side-mounted fuel tank, alloy seat / tail unit, front number board and stainless exhaust system. The handlebars were changed to flat track bars, the rear suspension was upgraded to Öhlins adjustable shocks, spark plug wires & the air intake also got an upgrade and the belt drive was converted to a chain drive. The tyres were switched from the standard 17 inch to Dunlop dirt track tyres with 19 inch rims laced to some Sportster® hubs (which required some spacers to be machined) with the front forks getting a new Öhlins cartridge kit to make this Harley® even more responsive out on track.
Finally, our friends at Image Design Custom took our colour / design brief and finished this race ready Harley® off with one incredible racing design scheme to ensure this bike looked as cool as it performs!
The Bike Shed team were kind enough to invite us along to talk about our custom Harley-Davidson Street 750 for their epic YouTube channel! Watch the video to find out our story behind the race bike and all the custom changes we made to ensure this Harley-Davidson was flat track ready.
Watch the video to see our custom built race bike in action as we completed the transformation of a standard Harley-Davidson Street 750 into this custom flat tracker motorcycle, the Hurricane! In this video, you'll see Grant Martin take it to the dirt two days in a row with the 'Hurricane' for round 3 & 4 of the 2018 DTRA Hooligan Flat Track Championship at the Peterborough Showground / MCN Festival.
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