January 15th, 2013
The Spanish customization company Cafe Racer Dreams (CRD) has produced some spectacular Triumph and Honda motorcycle conversions. The time came to attempt a cafe racer version of the Harley Davidson Sportster.
Most Harley Davidson customization in Spain is of the cruiser variety. Pedro Garcia of CRD wanted to try something completely different. The machine he built is called The Stroke.
Based on a 2008 XL1200, The Stroke has been fitted with 17-inch wheels for faster turning. Storz Performance provided the three-color custom fuel tank and megaphone-style exhaust pipes.
The rear frame has been shortened and modified and a custom-built flat seat has been attached to the motorcycle. An Ohlins suspension upgrades the shocks to world-class performance. The brakes were made by Performance Machine. A hand-painted K&N air filter finishes off the engine modification.
The headlight and handlebars have been lowered for the classic cafe racer profile. The bobbed front and rear fenders give the motorcycle a stripped-down look. Rear-sitting Tarozzi foot controls replace the more-forward stock ones.
The Stroke turned out to be a very unique Harley custom.
3 comments on "XL gets the Cafe racer treatment"
That's pretty hot. On the whole, I don't like it as much as I like the Deus Special...
But it's got some superior qualities to it. Particularly the 17-inch wheels. Only would like it better if they were mags or cast wheels instead of spokes. If I ever bought a Harley I'd probably do something similar - the smaller wheels (but different, maybe see if I could get five-spoke mags or something), exhaust like the Deus Special, smaller fenders, similar handlebars and foot controls. I wish they made something like that stock, but I guess that would take some of the fun out of making it yourself.
A Cafe Racer built for two?
I really like it.
Dods, you should do this with your bike.
Epic fail in my opinion.