There are more than a hundred custom motorcycles shown in the bikes section on Shaw Speed and Custom's website and to be honest, very few of them are not to my taste - all the others I would love to own. The guys at SS&C do truly awesome job - each bike captures your attention more than the other. There are bobbers, choppers, sport bikes, mixed style bikes, with and without sidecars. Long story short - if you'd like to spend some time admiring great builds, chek out SS&C work. In fact, I've already featured a few bikes: HD "Grey" and HD Nascafe Racer.
This XL1200 is an excellent example of the past and modern embodied in one biuld. The SS&C guys say that the build was inspired by McQueen's 1964 Triumph TR6 ISDT and his 1971 Husqvarna 400 Cross bike. Also the customer wanted that classic style to be complemented with some late HD mechanics, fuel injection and ECU.
First of all, the guys completely disassembled the XL1200 in order to modify the frame and forks, as well as relocate some elements. Thereby ECU went underneath the engine and the wires were skillfully routed through the frame pipes, what saved the bike unnecessary external visual overload. Also everything was cleaned from no longer needed brackets and mounts.
The front end is completed with the reversed forks, drum brakes, motorcross 7/8th handlebars with Magura levers and vintage style grips. The original Harley-Davidson's fuel tank makes a great contrast with the black custom made seat. Red, black and grey color scheme is an important ingredient in the design the SS&C team was aiming to create.
To give the bike 60's motocross feel the guys had to rework every little detail, fabricating the wheels and the whole sprocket-chain system from scratch. The front and side number plates were made with the "English wheel" and, as well as the 180mm Continental Twinduro rear tire, have given XL1200 nice vintage appeal.
As SS&C team said, they wanted "...to keep the bike minimalistic and competition like". I'm sure the mission has been accomplished, and with the painting work done by Image Design Custom, the bike looks amazingly cool.
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