Harley-Davidson isn’t a very dominant brand here on BikeBrewers.com. Of course, if you’re customizing motorcycles into cafe racers, trackers or scramblers, there are more logic base bikes to pick. Nevertheless, last week I’ve featured a cool Harley-Davidson Scrambler which got a lot of great feedback on our social media channels. And who remembers this awesome Sportster cafe racer by Ardent? I promised to certain readers to publish more custom Harleys (…mr. Kotcher?), so I was happy to receive this project submission by João Barranca of Redonda Motors from Portugal.
João was inspired by the 60s. Looking at those Maxxis white wall tires, metal flake paint, and candy red details, the bike has written “rock ‘n roll” all over it. A unique vintage look with modern day technology on board. To improve motorcycle handling and braking, the original suspension and braking system were replaced by a front suspension and braking system of a ’98 Suzuki GSX-R. In the rear section, the suspension was replaced by Koni Racing shock absorbers adapted to have a look of the 60s and in the braking system was placed a 4-piston Konico caliper. The original brake and clutch pumps have been replaced by a more modern and efficient Brembo radial. The original rims were retained in order to fit beautiful Maxxis Classic tires.
In the motorization, the changes that were made were only intended to add reliability to the motorcycle. Thus, the original carburetor was replaced by an S&S and the ignition system was changed to an electronic system with a Dyna ignition coil. A Ducati Diavel pump was fitted to the clutch to make driving more enjoyable. For the air filter was created a piece of stainless steel with the symbol of Redonda Motors. The exhaust system is a beautiful piece of stainless steel that mixes the modern design with the classic design if on the right side there is a huge amount of welds that shows its custom origin on the left side the design invokes the original tips used at that time.
For the front optics and maintaining the straight and minimalist lines was used an optics of another mythical motorcycle of the 60’s, the Honda Dream. This optics contains a beautiful Koso speedometer, oil pressure lamp, and side projector switch.
The seat was designed for the motorcycle and used a very Portuguese material that is cork. This material is extremely resistant and waterproof. Formerly, cork was only used for wine bottle stoppers, cork is now used to make wallets, hats, raincoats, shoes, wallets and … .. motorbike seats.
On a motorcycle with the spirit of the 60’s could not miss the air horns and were placed two on the left side of the bike.
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