Let’s Ride Challenge Announced by Harley-Davidson for Summer 2021

It’s summer 2021 all across North America, and you know what that means? Harley-Davidson just announced that the Let’s Ride Challenge is officially open for the season! There are many ways to win a slew of prizes, but the way you can win the biggest prizes is by riding. AMERiders has the information below for you.

From July 23 through September 30, 2021, riders throughout the U.S. and Canada who enter by either registering on the Let’s Ride Challenge official website or through the Harley-Davidson smartphone app will be eligible to win several different prizes. The biggest prizes are only unlocked through reaching mileage milestones, as monitored by the H-D app on your phone.  

A bevy of activities can earn you varying numbers of sweepstakes entries as well. Each entrant may play one time a day throughout the promotion period, and multiple entrants may not share the same e-mail address, per the official rules. Additionally, if you try to play more than the number of times allowed by using multiple e-mail addresses, all your entries will be disqualified. 

Simply signing up for the challenge gets you a single sweepstakes entry, as well as one Instant Win entry for the day. There are eleven other ways to earn additional sweepstakes entries, which include things like watching videos, checking in at Harley dealers via the Harley-Davidson app, purchasing general merchandise or scheduling service appointments at your local Harley dealer, and of course, riding and tracking miles via the H-D app. Test rides and social media sharing also earn entries. Each of these activities earns you different numbers of additional sweepstakes entries per day.  

To win one of the grand prizes, you must meet certain mileage thresholds to be considered, as tracked in the Harley-Davidson app. Ride between 0 and 999,999 miles, and you can win a $2,500 Harley-Davidson gift card. Riding over a million miles gets you the chance to win $5,000 U.S. dollars in cash, as well as a $2,500 Harley-Davidson gift card. Over 3 million miles could win you a riding trip with three of your buddies, and riding over 5 million miles could win you a custom Harley-Davidson motorcycle (details unspecified). 

Every day also brings the chance to win new Instant Win prizes, including Harley-Davidson sunglasses, LEGO Fat Boy sets, a one-year H.O.G. membership, gift cards (U.S. entrants only), oil can glass sets, and Riding Academy New Rider Courses (U.S. entrants only). If you’re interested, live in the U.S. or Canada, and are over the age of 18, you have through September 30, 2021, to enter. 

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New Motocross And Enduro Lines to be Launched by Triumph Motorcycles

On July 20, 2021, Triumph Motorcycles announced some important news for the company’s future. For one, development is apparently already well underway for “a comprehensive range of all-new competition Motocross and Enduro motorcycles.”  AMERiders has the story.

That’s not all, though. Along with that new range of bikes, Triumph also says that it’s simultaneously developing an all-new Triumph factory race program—and “a commitment to top-tier championship racing in both Motocross and Enduro series.” Further proving that it’s coming to win, Triumph recruited none other than MX legend Ricky Carmichael and five-time Enduro World Champion Iván Cervantes on-bike testing and racing prep.  

Triumph’s announcement stopped short of offering further details, and is more of a broad overview of its intentions to expand in this arena in the coming months. Detailed reveals of bikes, the racing program, and everything else are all things Triumph wants us to look forward to in the months ahead. 

“I have loved Triumph motorcycles right from being a small kid, seeing them in films and on television. So, to be working with Triumph from the beginning of this project is an amazing opportunity for me, not just because it is working with one of the world’s greatest motorcycle brands, but also for being part of building something from zero. It is a dream come true for any racer,” Iván Cervantes said in a statement.  

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“Like me, everyone I am working with at Triumph is focused to make the bikes the best they can be. I cannot wait to see the bikes competing at a world level, but I also look forward to when I can stand in a Triumph dealer and know I was part of this very special project,” he concluded. 

“I am thrilled to announce that I am joining the Triumph family and even more excited to be a part of their new endeavor into the off-road product category. This is an incredible opportunity for me to join this historic brand, and I am honored and humbled to be a part of the development and release of their off-road motorcycles,” Ricky Carmichael said in a statement. 

“Building something from the ground up is something that is really intriguing to me at this stage of my career. What is impressive to me is Triumph’s dedication and passion to develop a top-of-the-class product. Everyone that I have been involved with this project, from the engineers, design groups, R&D department, etc. have shown an extreme passion for what they are doing and that is a recipe for success and something that I love being a part of. We all share that same passion, and that’s to be the best,” he continued. 

We’re looking forward to seeing their progress on this project—and especially those new bikes! Stay tuned for all the updates, which we’ll share as and when we learn more.

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Triumph Thruxton RS Cafe Racer Offers an Engaging Ride & Killer Looks

The Thruxton RS is arguably the crown jewel of Triumph’s Modern Classic lineup of motorcycles. It’s an interesting mashup of modern, high-end components and technology, with a decidedly old-school powertrain. It’s a bike that shouldn’t make sense, but after spending time with it, it’s a bike I can’t get out of my head.

The 2021 Triumph Thruxton RS is powered by a 1,200-cc liquid-cooled 270-degree parallel-twin engine, which produces 103 horsepower at 7,500 rpm and 83 pound-feet of torque at just 4,250 rpm. It’s an engine that, thanks to its large displacement and firing order, makes a noise that will get your heart pumping, even if its performance pales in comparison to more conventional naked and sportbikes.

The engine delivers its power smoothly, thanks to Triumph’s excellent fueling. The bike routes its power through a smooth six-speed sequential transmission and out a chain final drive. The gearbox offers light, crisp shifts and an easy-to-find neutral. The age of the engine’s design shows, but that’s a good thing, given Triumph’s continued development.

The formerly-range-topping RS is now the only Thruxton model you can get, and so Triumph seems to have spared no expense in kitting it out with the best-possible chassis components. While the Thruxton’s frame is a conventional and old-timey tubular steel affair, the suspension is modern and well-considered. The front fork comes from Showa and uses that company’s “Big Piston” design as found on high-end sportbikes. It’s fully adjustable and makes for a controlled and plush ride, even over bumpy pavement.

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The rear shocks (that’s right, two — this is a heritage bike, after all) come from Ohlins and are also fully adjustable. Typically, in my experience, twin-shock bikes don’t necessarily offer the best control over broken pavement or on fast roads, but these Ohlins units toss all that out the window. The back end of the Thruxton feels as comfortable and confident as I could hope for. It uses some fairly trick wheels to help with its handling, too. It has 17-inch, 32-spoke wire wheels, but unlike most wire wheels with steel spokes, the Thruxton uses weight-saving aluminum spokes. The wheels are wrapped in sticky Metzeler Racetec tires.

The brakes come from Brembo, and as such, they’re excellent. Having big Brembo brakes on a motorcycle isn’t unlike stopping at a Starbucks on a long road trip. Sure, there are other options, but this way you know exactly what you’re in for. In the case of the Brembos, what you’re in for is an excellent feel from the lever, huge stopping power, and almost jewel-like build quality. The twin front rotors on the RS are sized at 310 millimeters and gripped by Brembo M50 four-piston radial-mount calipers. The single rear rotor comes in at 220 millimeters and is clamped by a single, twin-piston Nissin caliper.

The Thruxton has anti-lock brakes, but they’re not lean-sensitive since the bike lacks an inertial measurement unit. On a bike like the Thruxton — one that’s more about looking good and having fun than outright speed — this is totally acceptable. The Thruxton also packs user-selectable ride modes, which include Road, Rain, and Sport. I generally find myself leaving the bike in Sport mode all the time because I like the extra responsive throttle. The Thruxton RS features a very handsome analog speedometer and tachometer. Each also packs an LCD display that provides all the pertinent rider information that I want to see — fuel level, gear indicator, trip odometer, etc. It’s a bit old school, but so is the bike.

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The Harley Livewire One Details and Leaked Their Sportster S Information

Harley-Davidson released information on its first LiveWire-branded model the LiveWire One earlier this month, but as important as that was, we all know it’s not the most significant model the Motor Company will announce this month. No, that distinction belongs to the Revolution Max-powered “High Powered Custom” model which we can now confirm will be called the Sportster S. Certified as a 2021 model, the Harley-Davidson Sportster S will be powered by a modified version of the Pan America’s liquid-cooled DOHC 1252cc engine, with a claimed 121 hp. AMERiders has the LiveWire One’s details and the Sportster S’s information for you.

Sportster Leaked information.

So what information was leaked and how did it get out? Well, we will tell you…. The information came via a Vehicle Identification Number deciphering guide Harley-Davidson submitted to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Association. The VIN decoder confirms the Sportster S name along with the model code RH1250S (which reflects its connection to the Pan America which has the model code RA1250).

According to the VIN decoder, the Sportster S’ engine code is “4”, whereas the Pan America uses the “S” engine, indicating some differences between the two powerplants. At a claimed 121 hp, the Sportster S produces less power than the Pan America, which claims 150 hp. This is likely due to the Sportster S being tuned for more mid-range torque. It’s unclear if the Sportster S engine will also have variable valve timing.

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Even down 29 hp from the Pan America, the Sportster S would still be the second most powerful model in Harley-Davidson’s lineup, with a sizeable gap over the 1920cc CVO Tri Glide’s 107 hp – at just under two-thirds the displacement.

The VIN document doesn’t provide any details about the chassis, but from the photos Harley-Davidson has released, we can expect a single disc front brake, a high exhaust system with two stacked mufflers on the right, and a tubular swingarm.

The Sportster S name is pretty telling, however. We previously posited that Harley-Davidson would call it the Nightster, but the actual name is an even clearer indication that it will be replacing the existing air-cooled Sportster models which we do not expect to return for 2022. The “S” in the name also implies the existence of a non-S model.

Traditionally, Harley-Davidson uses S or Special to denote a higher-power version of a model. In this case, we expect a future Harley-Davidson Sportster to either have a less powerful state of tune or, more likely, a smaller displacement. The Revolution Max was originally conceived as a modular platform, with four displacements ranging from 500cc to 1250cc. A 975cc version (the displacement originally planned for the shelved Bronx streetfighter) is a likely candidate for the next Sportster model.

LiveWire ONE

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s latest VIN filings also gave us information on the LiveWire ONE. Would it be more of the same, or could we expect much to change when LiveWire ONE finally makes its debut? 

On July 8, 2021, Harley-Davidson put those questions to rest with the official introduction of the 2021 LiveWire ONE. Although as Dustin pointed out, the NHTSA documents from June, 2021 list a 101 horsepower figure out of the Revelation electric motor, the Motor Company claims the same 105 horsepower for LiveWire ONE as it did at the LiveWire’s 2020 introduction. Incidentally, that’s also paired with a claimed 86 ft-lbs of torque, as well.  

Other important figures to note: LiveWire ONE has a claimed top speed of 110 mph, with a zero to 60 time of 3.0 seconds. The battery is a 15.4 kWh unit. With a DC fast charger, Harley says it can charge from zero to 80 percent in 40 minutes, or up to 100 percent in one hour. City range is a claimed 146 miles, and combined stop-and-go traffic range is 95 miles. Real-world findings may be different, but if all those figures are in the general ballpark, it certainly sounds promising. 

Suspension on the LiveWire ONE consists of a Showa Big Piston separate function fork up front, as well as a Showa balance-free rear cushion-lite monoshock in the rear. Wheels are 17-inch, black, cast-aluminum, split five-spoke units wrapped in Michelin Scorcher Sport rubber. Brake setup consists of dual four-piston radial Brembo monoblock up front, with a two-piston single disc setup in the rear. Seat height is 30 inches, ground clearance is 5.1 inches, and the whole shebang weighs 562 pounds at the curb. 

The thing that might get most people talking about LiveWire ONE is the price, which has dropped significantly. For 2021, the new LiveWire ONE’s MSRP in the U.S. is $21,999, before any tax credits. That means you could buy one of these and a little electric scooter for a friend for the $30,000 price of the previous LiveWire. Or you could spend that extra $8K you’ll save on sweet accessories and gear for your new LiveWire ONE, which of course is what the MoCo is hoping you’ll do.  

The LiveWire ONE will make its in-person debut at the IMS Outdoors North California show on July 18, 2021. If you’re going to an IMS Outdoors event, you should be able to take it for a demo ride. Also, if you’re interested in purchasing one, it’s available at the dedicated LiveWire.com website. For those who prefer to do their bike browsing in person, it will be available at 12 dedicated LiveWire dealers across the U.S. Currently, LiveWire dealers exist in California, New York, and Texas, but the company plans to open additional locations in fall of 2021.  

That brings us to international availability. If you’re interested in the LiveWire ONE and you live outside the U.S., the good news is that the Motor Company didn’t forget you. While LiveWire ONE is currently only available in America, the MoCo’s plan is to roll it out in international markets sometime in 2022. There’s a signup form at LiveWire.com to get on a mailing list for updates, and we’ll of course keep you updated as we learn more. 

Box39’s Custom Family of Bikes Named Giotto From the 2014 V-Rod

Having arrived onto the market as the first modern-day Harley street model with double overhead camshafts and liquid cooling, the VRSC was made in several variants, starting with the widely-praised V-Rod and ending with the Night Rod and non-street legal Destroyer. AMERiders has more on Box39’s Family of bikes for you.

The bike created for the task of taking on the competition was called VRSC (V-twin racing street custom). In the 16 or so years on the market, it came in many forms, but people generally know it as the V-Rod. Powered by a mighty Revolution Engine, the bike quickly climbed the ladder to success and even ended up on the drag strip as the Destroyer. But as with all things in life, success didn’t last forever, and Harley discontinued the line in 2017.

Many of the remaining V-Rods have since taken to the custom scene and have been modified heavily by shops across the world. Europe, in particular, seems to have a soft spot for V-Rods, with Russia’s Box39 even coming up with an 18-example strong family of custom bikes called Giotto.

All the way over in Russia, a shop by the name Box39 has created an entire family of custom V-Rods using nothing more than in-house-made wheels, special paints, and other relatively minor changes to the stock bikes.

The family is called Giotto, and we think they are just beautiful. The bike shown below is the Giotto 5, a project based on a 2014 V-Rod and completed last year. For the 5 the shop went for 21-inch front and 18-inch rear wire wheels. Their copper-matte color (we’re not told if it wears a funky name like other colors used to) is a perfect match for the hue used on the plastic body kit that wraps around the fuel tank, airbox, and radiator, and a perfect contrast for the black on the seat, fork, engine, and custom exhaust system.

Like all other Box39 projects we talked about, the cost of this 2020 build is not known, and the ultimate fate of the finished project is equally as mysterious.

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Bad Land’s Holly Lotus Isn’t as Pure as a Real Lotus Flower

The Japanese have a real thing for the lotus flower. In fact, its importance is not limited to Japan alone but is a pillar of Buddhism, which considers it the purity of the body, speech, and mind, born out of Gautama Buddha’s own steps. It’s not that often though that the lotus is associated with a material object, especially a motorcycle. AMERiders has the story about the Holly Lotus.

A Japanese custom shop that goes by the name Bad Land sees however no issue with associating purity with a two-wheeler, and a menacing-looking one at that.

Holly Lotus is how one of the shop’s builds is called, originally a 2010 Harley-Davidson Dyna that received a host of custom upgrades, black paint, and body tattoos that make it look anything but pure.

Just like in the case of the Zoso Blood No. 2, the Holly Lotus goes for a darkened look in the purest Japanese style, with the entire build wrapped in black.

There are a lot of custom parts featured on the build, many of them made by Bad Land itself. The list includes the front and rear wheels, sized 21- and 18-inch, respectively, a unique, pointy headlight that really stands out in the crowd, and a custom handlebar.

The shop is also responsible for the one-off fuel tank, front fender, and exhaust system. All these are paired with a motogadget speedometer, a single Arlen Ness mirror, Arlen Ness grips and covers for the air cleaner and rocker, and a Progressive shock.

The motorcycle was first shown back in May this year, but the Japanese garage did not specify how much the bike cost to put together. We also don’t know what happened to it after completion, but we’ll keep our eyes open in the hopes of catching this Holly Lotus out in the open, in a more natural environment than the studio it was pictured in when revealed.

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White Motorcycle Concepts WMC250EV electric motorcycle may possibly reach 250mph? AMERiders has the story for you.

After two years of development, a British company White Motorcycle Concepts (WMC), has unveiled a 2WD, hydraulically hub-steered electric motorcycle, the WMC250EV, with which it wants to break the world record in 2022. According to the company, the WMC250EV should be able to reach more than 250 mph (402 km/h) thanks to a massive 69% reduction in drag.

The appearance of this super-fast motorcycle, strange at first glance, is very accurately calculated from the point of view of aerodynamics. The bike features a hole that runs from the front to the back. According to its maker, this duct system, called “V-Air,” makes it the most “aerodynamically efficient motorcycle in the world,” according to its maker. In tests, V-Air caused the WMC250EV to register 70% less aerodynamic drag than most of the market-leading high-performance motorcycles that currently ride today.

The bike uses a hydraulic steering system to control the front wheel. The rear wheel is chain-driven by a pair of 30kW electric motors, while two 20kW power the front wheel. Together, they deliver a total of 100kW or 134 hp. The battery pack sits below the tunnel and has a capacity of 15kWh.

Despite the fact that the curb weight of the WMC250EV is more than 300 kg, its creators intend to accelerate the electric motorcycle to speeds of over 250 mph (402 km/h) – a feat that would surpass the Voxan Wattmann mark of 366.94 km/h.

Not only because of the drastic increase in the speed and acceleration but because its design also increases energy efficiency, increasing autonomy. In addition, says WMC, it improves the stability of the bike because it sticks more to the road, which allows other technological improvements that in traditional motorcycles are not possible.

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The benefits obtained by the extreme reduction of air resistance, they say, are so great that it can be “a definitive step towards the widespread acceptance of electric motorcycles” on the road.

The technology will now be put to the test with an attempt at the British electric semi-streamlined motorcycle record later this year, followed by the world record in 2022. The motorcycle designer Robert White has patented this technology globally and aims to make the concept mainstream in the future.

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Top Ten Harley Davidson Cafe Racers That Haters Be Hating On

Let’s not beat around the bush. Harley Davidson Motorcycles have never been hot favorites in the cafe racer scene. Not one to be put off by other people’s opinions, I’ve persisted with featuring all types of Harley Davidson motorcycles including their cafe racers. And now, to prove a hog can make a decent cafe racer AMERiders brings you our very own selection of the Top 10 Harley Davidson cafe racers, yeah those haters are gonna be hatin’ they shouldn’t lie.

Don’t Hate…

All the negative feedback I’ve seen about Harley Davidson Cafe racers boils down to 2 somewhat ignorant opinions.

The first is that some so-called cafe racer aficionados seem to have an aversion to the bar and shield. Perhaps that’s because of Harley’s ties to the chopper scene? After all that style of bike is very far removed from the cafe racer ethos. Or maybe it’s more basic than that and simply comes down to a difference in opinions or tastes.

The other point often made is that Harley’s are slow, heavy machines. This supposedly makes them unsuitable for the cafe treatment. It is indeed true that Harleys tend to be heavy. They are after all built for cruising as opposed to canyon carving or track days. But there are many ways to shave weight from any bike and Harley’s are no different.

As for slow. That’s an opinion I can only put down to a lack of knowledge. Sure a stock Sportster 1200 isn’t going to give the latest 1200cc Thruxton RS a run for its money down the ¼ mile – but with a bit of work that v-twin can really sing. It isn’t uncommon to see a 60 hp Sportsters affordably hopped up to over 100 hp. With that much power on tap, the Thruxton RS would definitely be feeling nervous.

Regardless of which side of the Harley Davidson fence you sit on. We’re sure you’ll agree these 10 Harley Davidson cafe racers lay those opinions to rest.

Blacktrack Motors Fat Bob

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Luxembourg luxury custom automotive builder Blacktrack Motors knows a thing or two about building cafe racers. Blacktrack frontman Sascha Lakic wowed the cafe scene with his incredible Honda CX500 GTS and Triumph Thruxton. So to follow up those impressive machines he released this unexpected beast of a bike.

The BT-03 is a heavily customised Harley Davidson Fat Bob. True to its name, the Fat Bob is no featherweight, yet Sascha and his team did the seemingly impossible. They transformed the behemoth hog into a svelte, streamlined cafe racer. Getting it there was no easy task though. Inspired by Harley’s own 1977 XLCR Sascha redesigned the bikes chassis, bodywork and geometry. He used 3D modelling and rapid prototyping to create bespoke components and fit it with top of the range performance equipment.

The bikes 115 Nm, 94 hp v-twin also underwent a slew of power upgrades, but it’s the weight savings that have made the biggest difference. The Blacktrack Motors BT03 weighs a whopping 38 kg less than a stock Fat Bob. Making things even more impressive is that 13 kg of that figure was unsprung weight.

DanMoto 2006 Sportster 1200

Every self respecting aftermarket parts producer should at some point build their own bike. When the time came for Wei Liya of Dan Moto to do just that, he opted to build a Harley Davidson cafe racer.

Taking 4 months to complete the Dan Moto Sportster café racer is a rolling showcase of the company’s abilities. Along with designing and fabricating the entire bike in house the 2006 Sportster wears a plethora of parts from the Dan Moto catalogue. This isn’t just an exercise in spruiking ones wares though. Wei wanted to create a capable machine that he could enjoy when it wasn’t parked in their showroom or on display at events.

The most notable change here is to the bike’s chassis. The new frame is a completely custom design and was styled after those built by famed frame builder Fritz Egli. It’s also made from aluminum making it extremely lightweight and uses a mix of tubular and solid machined sections for strength. Wei also used an oil-in-frame design to remove the need for a bulky oil tank and converted the rear end to a mono-shock setup.

Fully loaded, the Dan Moto Sportster cafe racer weighs a mere 200kg and also benefits from a performance suspension, wheel and brake package.

Ask Motorcycles Buell Lightning XB

One of my favorite Japanese builders often flies under the radar. But when Rad Yamamoto of Ask Motorcycles built this incredible Harley powered Buell XB everyone sat up and took notice.

Every motorcycle lover knows the tragic story of Buell and Harley Davidson. Despite the company’s unfavourable ending, during their time together they created some truly awesome machines. The Buell Lightning XB was no exception.

Taking advantage of Eric Buell’s impressive engineering, Rad’s goal here was to give the bike an entirely new look. To do this he painstakingly shaped the one off aluminium bodywork by hand. With the goal of creating an organic form Rad merged smooth curves with gill-like vents and fins. He built a subframe and fender support from hand-bent stainless tube and mounted everything tightly to the Buell chassis for a factory-like fit and finish.

To showcase his hard work Rad left all of the aluminum bare. He then added touches of anodized copper to complete this Buell’s truly unique appearance. His hard work paid off too. Rad entered the bike into the revered Mooneyes Hot Rod and Custom show in Yokohama. When the judging took place Mooneyes CEO Shige Suganuma was so impressed he created a special café racer category just so he could hand Rad a trophy for his efforts. I’d say that’s a job well done.

Hesketh S&S Sonnet

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If you’re looking to get more thrills out of a Harley – the go to experts on the topic are S&S cycles. When Hesketh Motorcycles owner Paul Sleeman set out to add a cafe racer to their range, his first port of call was the S&S catalogue. There he found a 2,100cc, 3 cam, 2 valve per cylinder, 145 bhp v-twin that became the starting point for the motorcycle he named ‘Sonnet’.

Similar to the other models in their range the Hesketh Sonnet was a limited edition item. Only 100 units were available to the public at $32,000 USD a piece. Along with the massive S&S power plant, the Sonnet featured glorious handmade bodywork that was polished to a mirror finish. The frame is a unique chrome-moly design and the oil is stored in one half of the fuel tank.

The Sonnet also came with plenty of performance focused components. The nitrogen filled suspension hails from British experts KTR, the brakes are by Brembo and Avon contributed the rubber. Rizoma, Domino and Kosso were also called in to supply the bikes high end accessories.

It’s been a few years since the Hesketh Sonnet’s release so the chances of buying or even seeing one now are pretty slim. Instead you’ll just have to enjoy the photos of this enviable v-twin café racer.

Zadig Motorworks Sportster 883

For a few years now Harley Davidson Europe has been running the Battle of the Kings build off series. The competition is an internal affair that invites Harley dealerships to build their own custom bike using whatever model the brand wants to promote at the time. In 2016 it was the Iron 883 Sportster.

This entry was built by Harley-Davidson Namur in Belgium and it certainly struck a chord with me. The reason this Harley café racer stood out above the rest, and why it made this list, came down to a few essential modifications.

Firstly, the bike was inspired by Tony Montana from Scarface. As someone who has quoted that film for a large portion of his life, how could I pass it up? Second they put in the hard yards getting the bike to sit right. A key component of a cafe racer is a balanced boneline. We’ve seen many failed attempts at smoothing out the Sportsters hunched frame, but these guys nailed it.

The icing on this cake though would have to be the addition of a handmade tank and cafe style tail unit. Best of all the tank has been designed to hug with the heads of the 883 engine. This leaves tolerances tight and works wonders for the final fit and finish.

Greaser Garage Buell XB12SS

A space framed sports bike seems an unlikely candidate for a café racer build. Despite this Greaser Garage built this Harley Davidson powered café racer using a Buell XB12SS platform.

There’s no hiding the frame on this bike, and to be honest, why would you? Eric Buell’s design was genius. He saved weight by using aluminium, and space by storing both the fuel and oil within it. And let’s face it, when it comes to space frames, the XB unit is actually quite good looking. So the trick here was to build a cafe racer that blended modern and classic styling in a congruous way.

The customer’s request was to give his Buell the look of a classic British race bike without adversely affecting its rideability. To create the bikes new look Greaser Garage teamed up with Metal Bike to construct the all new bodywork from aluminium, including the wide mouthed air scoops that flank the front end. The new tail unit sits atop a leveled out subframe and the swingarm has been polished to tie everything together.

Greaser Garage then went to town on the performance upgrades. The 1203cc Harley v-twin was completely rebuilt and they added Kawasaki ZX10R suspension to hop up its handling. To finish things off the bike wears custom paintwork and racing style sponsor decals to let everyone know this beast means business.

Thunderbike PainTTless Sportster

One place where you’re guaranteed to see 1 or 2 Harley Davidson café racers under one roof is at the annual AMD World Championship of Bike Building. Back in 2021 the stand out entry and outright winner of the show was the Thunderbike Harley Sportster based PainTTless. Although this bike is by no means a traditional café racer it appealed to me on so many levels.

When we talk about a custom build nothing compares to the level of work that went into this bike. There’s not a single ‘bolt on’ item in sight. Everything from the levers to the speedometer and wheels was either built from scratch or heavily modified. And to demonstrate just how well everything has been made the bike isn’t painted. Instead Thunderbike nickel plated the lot.

Sitting amongst all that custom work is an early model 1000cc Harley Davidson Sportster v-twin. It too has been modified and diligently rebuilt to match the level of detail found across the rest of the bike. Sure this one isn’t going to appeal to everyone, and it’s probably horrible to ride, but I doubt anyone could resist a closer look at this rolling work of art.

Motofree Garage Buell M2

Completing the trifecta of Buell appearances in our Top 10 Harley Davidson café racer list is this v-twin powered brute. It was built by dentist/custom motorcycle builder Vincent Allard. This is Vincent’s fourth custom Buell and he appropriately named it ‘IncrediBuell’.

IncrediBuell started out as an Buell M2 Cyclone – Vincent’s go to donor for his custom projects. The M2 sports a classically styled tubular frame which he prefers over the later model perimeter design. Here he has exposed the unorthodox bends in the frame by dispensing with the original M2 plastic bodywork. The new bodywork is constructed entirely from carbon fibre which he built from scratch. One of the key elements of the design is that the front fairing can be easily removed to convert the bike into a naked; a feature which gets top marks from us.

The rest of the modifications are mild in comparison to the bodywork. There’s a Yamaha R1 brake package in the front, a ram air filter and a belt to chain conversion to name a few. This bike may be the least modified of this bunch, but that doesn’t make it any less impressive.

South Garage Kimera Sportster 1200

The last entry on our Top 10 Harley Davidson Café Racers list is this beauty from Italy’s South Garage. Nicknamed Kimera, this 2006 Sportster 1200 café racer led the South Garage team into unfamiliar waters. In the past their projects involved European or British made donors so to see an American made v-twin roll out of their shop was rather unexpected. Regardless of that, South Garage created a Harley café racer that is both timeless and ultra modern.

Unlike some of the other Harley Davidson cafe racers on this list, South Garage have embraced the Harley’s hunched frame. They still made changes to the suspension and wheel diameters to level things out. But the bike’s custom alloy tank curves with the frame to leave the cylinder heads in full view. It’s a unique look that will get mixed opinions, and that’s partly why we love it.

From above things look very different. The fuel tanks sides are flat, the handlebars are narrow and the seat and tail are slender. From this angle the bike means business. Especially with that ram air filter and pie cut exhaust protruding from the engine.

As for the rest of the build the entire package is finished to the premium level we’ve come to expect from the South Garage crew.

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More Information on the Revolution Max-Powered “Sports Segment” Bike

Earlier this week, Harley-Davidson teased a new Revolution Max-powered model that will be revealed on July 13. The announcement called it a new model for the “sports segment,” and included a glimpse of the bike, which bears a striking resemblance to the Custom 1250 concept first shown in 2018.

Here’s the original concept:

Revolution Max
Revolution Max

Harley-Davidson also showed a full view of the bike during its Q1 presentation (pictured up top, but you can see a slightly larger version here). We’ve previously written about the differences between the prototype and the earlier concept model, noting a new radiator, bash plate, front fender, mirrors, license plate holder, brake lines, and Harley-Davidson-branded Dunlop tires.

Still, there remains some questions about this new bike, and how it fits into Harley-Davidson’s lineup. Let’s try to answer some of those, based on what we currently know.

What will the new bike be called?

When the concept was first revealed in 2018, Harley-Davidson referred to it as a “1250cc Custom” model. From that, we, and everyone else, started referring to the bike as the Custom 1250, but it’s important to remember that Harley-Davidson never actually used that name itself.

From its initial reveal up until June 2020, the bike was listed on Harley-Davidson’s website as a “Future Custom Model”. Sometime that June, Harley-Davidson updated the page and began referring to it as a “High Powered Custom Model”.

From the reader comments on our previous coverage and on various Harley-Davidson forums, a lot of people are making the assumption that this new model will be replacing the Sportster family. The existing Sportster line is on it’s last legs, already discontinued in Europe and dwindling down to just three models in the U.S., so a replacement is definitely in order. With a 1250cc engine, just slightly larger than the 1200cc Sportster, it seemed to be a fit. The teaser announcement also hints at this, with the tagline “From Evolution to Revolution,” name checking the Sportster’s EVO engine and the new Revolution Max.

The biggest problem with this theory is that the new Custom model is not being positioned as an entry-level model like the current Sportsters. The new bike is described as “showcasing unmatched Harley-Davidson technology, performance and style,” but apart from the style aspect, this seems antithetical to what the Sportsters currently represent in Harley’s lineup. The liquid-cooled 1252cc Revolution Max engine in the Pan America claims 150 hp, but even if it is re-tuned for the Custom, it would still be a huge jump from the 65 hp claimed by the Forty-Eight’s air-cooled motor.

Revolution Max

If the new Custom does replace the Sportsters, it will be part of a rebranding of the name, with a heavy emphasis on “sport” and performance (or, at least Harley-Davidson’s definition of “sport”). In the first-quarter report, Jochen Zeitz, Harley-Davidson’s chief executive officer, said that this second Revolution Max model will “redefine the premium middleweight cruiser segment.” Harley also considers the Sportsters to be middleweight cruisers, but the “premium” aspect would leave a gap in the lineup for less expensive, smaller displacement models, one that might be filled by a new air-cooled engine with variable valve timing.

What do we know about the Custom’s specs?

Apart from the engine, all we know about the Custom’s specs can be gleaned from the photos. Barring any changes from prototype to production, we can assume an inverted fork, feet-forward controls, raised handlebars and a single front disc brake. If the engine is unchanged from the Pan America’s tuning, we can expect a claimed 150 hp.

Revolution Max

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Harley Davidson is to Do a Virtual Launch of the New Sport Segment in July

Harley Davidson to do a virtual launch of their new “Sport Segment”, it is powered by the new 150-horsepower 1250cc Revolution Max engine it uses in the critically acclaimed Pan America. A “virtual launch” of the new bike is scheduled for July 13, 2021, at 10 a.m. CDT – and the link to sign up is down below. The “Sport segment” to Harley can be a bit loosely defined. If you’re thinking Bronx streetfighter, the truth may be closer to the cruiserish sportbike,whatever it is should be a hoot with that engine. AMERiders has more of the story below.

Harley’s new mid-season motorcycle reveal, “From Evolution to Revolution.” is a virtual launch experience that will be held July 13, 2021, at 10 a.m. CDT. This new model follows the exciting arrival of the Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250 with its all-new Revolution Max powertrain in dealerships around the world.

Segment

“Following the successful launch of our first adventure touring motorcycle, the Pan America, we are excited to reveal another all-new motorcycle, built on the Revolution Max platform in the sport segment, showcasing unmatched Harley-Davidson technology, performance, and style,” said Jochen Zeitz, chairman, president, and CEO Harley-Davidson.

The reveal event will preview details of the new motorcycle model and will include presentations by Harley-Davidson leadership, product experts and the passionate riders who are developing and bringing to market another powerful new motorcycle coming to Harley-Davidson® dealerships in 2021.

To take part in the “From Evolution to Revolution” virtual launch experience, register now at www.H-D.com/JulyReveal.

I don’t know about you but I am excited to see what this jewel is going to look like and turn out to be. Harley does have some impressive bikes and this one is probably going to follow suit.

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