Maidstone Harley-Davidson® Special
This custom Sportster started life as a SuperLow and has undergone a complete re-build by our Master technician at the time, Dave, calling upon his experience as a head technician for the Suzuki Race team and years of working with Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Dave was determined to get as much out of this Sportster as possible and pulled no punches during the transformation of the machine you see before you.
Some of the main alterations include a custom blueprint for the cylinder heads, as well as upgraded cams, plugs and plug leads. The bike has also been given a 1200cc conversion, including modifications to the gearing, as opposed to leaving the standard 883 setup, as this would result in the rider going through the gears too quickly. To accommodate the new gearing setup and increased height of the bike we’ve had to create a belt roller similar to that seen on the XR1200.
The front fork internals have been upgraded to progressive suspension springs with RSD pre load adjusters. The rear shocks are also progressive suspension and have been extended to reposition the bike into a more forward/downward position for an enhanced racing edge.
The brushed aluminium and racing green paint on the tank, side panels and seat cowl is the handywork of the very talented chaps at Image Design Custom.
The bespoke rear section of the bike was designed and forged from scratch and a custom leather seat commissioned to fit perfectly in the space.
Of course, a Café Racer wouldn't be complete without a set of clip-on bars and rearsets (with billet aluminium mounting block) to put the rider in a tucked-in position, reducing the wind-resistance and giving better control as a result.
The finishing touches we're achieved by fitting a number of parts from Roland Sands Design (RSD), including the exhaust system, a velocity stack air filter, belt guard, fork brace and speedo bracket.
We then added a set of grey Biltwell grips, Gilles levers, braided brake lines and micro LED indicators on the front and back.
We're delighted to be able to present this bike and couldn't be more proud of the fantastic work Dave has done over the past few months. We named the bike "Junior" as this was Dave's nickname during his racing days.
If you'd like to know more about the bike or have any questions about the accessories shown above, please call 01622 711680 during opening hours, or drop us a line here.