Make Your Harley-Davidson Sportster S Louder and Sexier With These New Zard Exhausts
The Sportster S marked a new chapter in Harley-Davidson’s book, as it set the course for the company’s all-new, revamped Sportster lineup. However, as good-looking as it is, the bike doesn’t round it off with a thunderous growl as Harleys do (credit to Euro-5 norms) and that’s exactly the problem we’re tackling here.
Italian exhaust-maker Zard has taken the wraps off not one but two new exhausts for the Harley-Davidson Sportster S. Called Top Gun and GT, these not only unlock the rumbling exhaust note, but also increase power and decrease weight, making them perfect additions for your Sportster.
Turn Your Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250 Into A Screamer With These New SC-Project Exhausts
Last year, Harley-Davidson forayed into the premium ADV space by taking the wraps off the Pan America 1250, its first-ever adventure bike.
Since this wasn’t your “usual” Harley, there weren’t many aftermarket accessories for the Pan Am. This, though, is changing and the latest company to join the Pan Am accessory club is performance exhaust maker, SC-Project.
Let’s take a look at what’s on offer.
Subtle Yet Sexy: Custom Harley-Davidson Sportster S From Rick’s Motorcycles
The Harley-Davidson Sportster S was the first offering in the bikemaker’s rejuvenated Sportster lineup, and though it looks striking out of the box, there were a couple of parts that could be swapped to enhance the bike’s visual appeal.
That’s exactly what Rick’s Motorcycles, an authorized Harley dealer based in Germany has done. They have prepped up a custom Sportster S with subtle tweaks, transforming the bike into a sexy beast.
We say subtle because when you look at the custom bike, it still looks very much like a Sportster S but, the bike features plenty of small but significant changes to amp up the package.
Harley-Davidson unveiled their biggest V-Twin ever: SCREAMIN’ EAGLE 131 CRATE ENGINE
Harley-Davidson has been giving us resilient machines ever since they began their stunt in 1903. A couple of years back, the Bar & Shield brand turned 115-years-old, and post that, Harley-Davidson promised to give us 100 new models in the coming decade. Two years out, and we already have 15 of them.
Powering the next leg of big V-Twin cruisers will be a brand-new SCREAMIN’ EAGLE 131 CRATE ENGINE . This is Harley’s biggest ever hauler with massive displacement of 131 cubic-inch (2,147cc) that dethrones Indian Motorcycle’s 111 Thunderstroke powerplant (1,811cc) to become the biggest motor made by a motorcycle production house.
The "Alley Rat" becomes the finalist of the Harley-Davidson Battle of the Kings
After nearly three months of building and a month of online voting, the Harley-Davidson Battle of the Kings (BOK) has finally culminated with picking the UK&Ireland winner out of the five finalists that were shortlisted earlier this month.
The Alley Rat, built by Syc Kustoms, the custom side of Sycamore Harley-Davidson of the UK got the best credits by the judges at the Carole Nash MCN London Motorcycle Show. The Alley Rat will now go head to head with the finalists from other regions at a Grand Final to take place at Milan’s EICMA exhibition in November 2018 where the “Custom King” will be crowned.
Harley-Davidson launches two factory-custom Sportsters with a little more oomph
That is exactly what the new models are all about. The Iron 1200 and Forty-Eight Special. These machines pay regards to the throw-back styling trends developed all over by the custom-bike scene with the solid foundation of the Sportster platform and the punchy performance of the Evolution 1200 V-Twin engine.
As part of their new strategy to add 100 new models in the coming decade, Harley-Davidson has already introduced 10 new ones this year: nine new Softails and the Street Rod. Now, the Bar and Shield brand has added two more models in their Sportster lineup, their first after the Roadster was launched back in 2016.
Following the footsteps of what Triumph did with theBonneville Bobber, BMW with its R nineT range, Indian with the Scout Bobber and Ducati with their Scrambler series, Harley is trying to rake up its falling sales with these factory-customs.
The finalists of the Battle of the Kings 2018 have been chosen
It might not be the best of times for the Milwaukee brand these recent years. It has recently come under the hammer from Green activists opposing the waiving of pollution fines, and before that, slow growth and lack of customer demands forced the company to decide on closing its factory in Kansas City, Missouri, in 2019.
Luckily, Harley has a few tricks in its arsenal to keep the excitement ticking amongst its enthusiasts. And after nearly three months of building and a month of online voting, the Harley-Davidson Battle of the Kings (BOK) has finally culminated with five finalists from the UK dealer builds (The BOK is conducted for the European dealers only).
Harley Davidson receives slander from Green activists opposing the waiving of pollution fines
Recently, we were contemplating about Harley’s upcoming new models, ’Bronx’, ’48X’ and ’Pan America’, as part of their new strategy to add 100 new models in the coming decade. But it looks like the Milwaukee Bar & Shield brand is not able to register any success stories today due to its current downward trend in the market.
The first hit to Harley came when it decided to close its factory in Kansas City, Missouri, in 2019 and consolidate its production in York, Pennsylvania taking considerations of customer demands.
Now, there is an uproar against the firm with multiple green peace activists, along with ten states and the District of Columbia, are slandering the President Donald Trump administration for waiving $ 3 million in pollution fines against Harley-Davidson.
Harley Davidson commissioned these Street Rod Snow bikes
In its recent adventures, Harley Davidson has been seemingly busy with increasing involvement of snow and ice competition. Recently, the Milwaukee brand entered the Snowquake 2018, a snow dirt event in the Italian Alps, and then started the Snow Hill Climb, its own event at this year’s Winter X Games where riders drag up the hill on purpose-built Snow Hill Climb Sportsters.
For the same event, Harley came up with an ingenious idea and teamed up with Aaron and Shaun Guardado from Suicide Machine Company to build two snow bikes with skis and belts from a Street Rod 750. These bikes would act as safety vehicles for the event, and to haul athletes around between events.
Now that’s a phenomenon.
Harley-Davidson Battle of the Kings enters its fourth installment
Every year, the Milwaukee motorcycle brand organizes a custom works competition that commissions top builders to work with the dealers to put their best foot forward and present a bike worthy to be called as the ‘Custom King’.
This year, Harley gets the “Battle of the Kings” in its fourth year and 274 dealers from 21 countries will be participating to earn the ultimate crown. Just for the sake of fun, Harley is also allowing customers to join in with the dealers to partner their build and win incentives.
Thunderbike Customs Unveils First MY18 Breakout
Thunderbike Customs of Hamminkeln, Germany, has long been a favorite among the European artists whose medium of choice is American iron, so imagine my delight when I discovered that it has released a brand-new model based on Harley-Davidson’s revamped Softail platform. Not just any Softail either, but the drag-tastic Breakout no less. My previous favorite was the “Fresh Out,” a kind of trippy paisley cruiser that was also built on the Breakout, but I’ve only just glanced at the newest effort and already I see some really cool stuff. Is it enough to win me over? That remains to be seen, so let’s dive right in and check out what those crazy Germans have been cooking up over there.
Continue reading for more on the Thunderbike custom Breakout.
Harley-Davidson and crate engines are like BFFs. One can’t live without the other and you can be sure that if given an opportunity, Harley will build as many as crate engines as it can possibly build. The latest of this sort to come out of the company is the Screamin’ Eagle 120ST crate engine, a 1,966 cc air-cooled power plant that’s capable of producing 106 horsepower and 117 pound-feet of torque.
But beyond the numbers, there’s a lot that goes on in the Screamin’ Eagle that could make it an appealing choice for Harley-powered custom projects. Its physical make up allows it to become a bolt-in installation in any Harley Touring chassis. That’s the easy part. It does become a little bit more complicated when said project needs to find the chassis to make it work. That or they can just design one to accommodate the unit into the chassis. It’s not exactly a simple science, but it can be done with the proper tools and know-how.
The motor itself also comes with a Screamin’ Eagle 58 throttle body that’s 18 percent larger than stock, making it easier for the engine to reach the kind of performance level it’s touting to everyone.
Aesthetically speaking, Harley decided to eschew the standard all-chrome look in favor of something a little splashier to the custom tuner’s eye. It’s predominantly finished in wrinkle black with matching chrome details and splashes of machined aluminum. Not that the color really matters in the grand scheme of things, but as far as mixing and matching are concerned, the color finish creates enough flexibility for the engine to be fitted in any custom project. That’s a pretty smart move by Harley, especially with the simplicity by which it did it.
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This eye-catching bobber is a personal project of Richard Dunn and it actually started from a 1975 Harley-Davidson Sportster. When he bought the bike, it had all of its original parts on (apart from a weld-on hardtail), so it was just a matter of restoring, reshaping or upgrading the different components that now turn it into a bobber.
Featuring 3-inch lower suspension supporting the original 7-spoke mag wheels as well as a new generation Sportster fuel tank and a custom oil tank, this bike turns from old school into modern. The bars, which are bolted on H-D risers, were supplied by Biltwell Keystone, while Front Street Cycle sent in the rear fender and Baas Metal Craft the thin seat. This last piece is actually described as being “wrapped with foam and some saddle cowhide with a tight stitch around the perimeter,” just so you’ll see the attention to details that this thing required.
Apart from the main parts mentioned above, Dunn’s blood, sweat and tears helped at making the old H-D Sportster look and perform like a one-of-a-kind bobber that is best represented by these gorgeous pictures.
Former 250 racer Roland Sands recently finished work on his latest café racer, one that originally started life as a Harley-Davidson XR1200.
The bike looks miles away from the production version and considering the multitude of upgrades and modifications, it’s hard to find the best starting point. Probably the Ohlins forks, radial brakes and the front billet aluminum wheel from Performance Machine might represent just that, but it is a long way to the Ducati-like tubular single-sided arm and Ohlins shock at the back.
You’ll find that Roland Sands’ Harley-Davidson XR1200 cafe racer features clip-on handlebars and rearsets, a 2-1 from Vance and Hines as well as chain drive, just to mention a few of its unique features. Furthermore, the single seat behind the standard tank is what gives the bike that café racer look.
With a black-out chassis and a pentagram RSD logo and a 666 number over the matt black paint, this also qualifies as Satan’s machine. So what do you think about it?
Harley-Davidson is a little too much into their style, so they rarely come up with a bike that is truly bad to the bone. But most of their ideas are taken one step further by people such as Mike Wilson of Dyno Mike’s Dynamic Chassis and Sandy Kosman of Kosman Specialties, who have teamed up to build what they call the Harley-Davidson XR124.
They’ve taken Harley’s sportiest ride, the XR1200 and made it look, sound and feel more appealing for the younger crowd, while still retaining the bike’s original style. In other words, they’ve mounted an S&S 124 cubic inch Evo engine on a twin shock rubber mount frame with a Buell XB12 front end (meaning upside down fork, front fender and six-piston caliper). The aluminum tank and rear fender were ordered from Evan Wilcox.
These guys aren’t just bike assemblers, so they’ve built their own exhaust and wheels. Overall, the thing weighs less than 500 pounds, which should make it flickable, while the power-to-weight ratio should make things at least very interesting.
As with most successful tuner projects, this bike looks like it was actually made like this by the manufacturer, but we can only wish H-D would build such a bike.
You can’t entirely say what’s not perfect with a bike until it ends up in the hands of tuning specialists and they strengthen its weak points in the very often successful attempt of making the best better. This is exactly the case of the Storz XR1200 based on Harley’s flat-track style road bike.
Steve Storz, founder and boss of Storz Performance, who worked at this project, told MCN: “The XR1200 is decent bike in its stock form, but in my opinion it needs help in two areas: suspension and overall weight."
So the H-D specialist concentrated on upgrading the bike using lighter parts mainly on the chassis and bodywork sides. The suspension, wheels, brakes, exhaust, handlebars and seat unit are anything but standard parts as the bike gets Storz/Ceriani Inverted fork, YSS piggyback shocks, wire spoke wheels with alloy rims and billet hubs, chain drive conversion kit and solo seat tail section, just to mention some of its most important tuning features. The bike also features lowered clip-ons handlebars and a billet alloy footrest and gearlever kit. Overall weight was reduced by approximately 33 lbs (14.9kg), so I guess this is a truly accomplished mission.
What we like most about the Storz Performance XR1200 is the fact that without any engine upgrade or mod, it really turns into a much greater overall performer.
Harley-Davidson enthusiast and Johnny Cash fan Julian Grindall commissioned Shaw Speed and Custom Shop to build him what he calls the “Get Rhythm” motorcycle, which is actually a tribute to Johnny Cash.
Talking about his inspiration source, Grindall said: "For me & the creation of a Johnny Cash tribute bike was quiet simple, the love of motorcycles especially Harley-Davidson and the music of an iconic performer & song writer."
Dubbed the Johnny Cash bike, this custom is based on a 2004 Harley-Davidson Nightrain and it features a multitude of PM parts such as the wheels, Phatail kit and controls, just to mention a few. It also received an RSD Vintage seat and gas tank after being significantly lowered in a successful attempt to make it look sleeker.
The custom paintjob was signed by Image Design and although black is the dominating color this is surely one bike that won’t pass unnoticed, but we just can’t see what makes it a tribute to Johnny Cash apart from “the title of the bike “Get Rhythm” was an obvious choice. This great song of Johnnies describing the rhythm of the shoe shine boy betting the blues and the rhythm of the Harley V twin, perfect.”
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