Bonkers Build Of The Day: Harley-Davidson Street Bob Converted To A Track-Ready Motorcycle!

And it’s rightly dubbed ’Tarmac Raven’ as you’re about to find out why

Harley-Davidson is a name long associated with low-slung cruiser motorcycles, built to cover hundreds of miles at once.

But when a customer walked in with one such Harley-Davidson Street Bob, custom bikemaker Rough Crafts did something crazy (we’re talking Mad Max crazy) and ended up converting the laidback cruiser to a..wait for it..track-ready, carbon fiber-laden bike.

Custom Harley-Davidson Street Bob By Rough Crafts

Bonkers Build Of The Day: Harley-Davidson Street Bob Converted To A Track-Ready Motorcycle!
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The head of Rough Crafts got the idea for this build when he first rode the Milwaukee Eight powered Softail back in 2017, immediately realizing the potential of the engine.

With the idea clear, every stock part of the Harley-Davidson Street Bob was stripped off as soon as the bike came to the shop, and thus, began the crazy build.

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A prime example of this is the Öhlins FGTR301 forks and the BST carbon-fiber wheels, put in place to completely transform the riding dynamics of the bike

The first thing required for transforming the Harley into a naked, track-ready bike was to change the tall handlebar and laidback steering geometry. So the stock telescopic forks were replaced by beefy 48mm Öhlins FGTR301 forks, making the bike front-heavy. On the opposite end, the rear shockers made way for a custom-made Öhlins suspension, 1-inch longer than the one Öhlins usually sells for the Softail.

Post this, a custom-made single-sided swingarm was put into place while chopping off the sub-frame and employing a carbon fiber tailpiece, completing transforming the tail end of the motorcycle.

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The builder got the idea when he first rode the HD Softail, immediately realising its potential

Next, Rough Crafts coupled the aggressive Öhlins forks with a CNC Racing triple clamp and a custom-made handlebar for better riding dynamics. Everything, meanwhile, was brought together by BST carbon fiber wheels clamped by Beringer brakes.

The only thing needed after all this was to extract more juice from the already killer engine. Doing just that, Rough Crafts threw in a custom S&S engine kit made specifically for the Milwaukee Eight engine, bumping the power output to 124 horsepower and 135 pound-feet. This was then coupled with an in-house built titanium exhaust system featuring an SC-Project end can.

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Believe it or not, the only stock bit remains this little LCD. There are a lot of other aspects worth noting. For that, however, you need to swipe up.

Out of all the components, the only thing that remains stock, is the small handlebar-mounted instrument cluster.

Can You Buy It?

Short answer: no. Long answer - As I mentioned in the beginning, this project was done for a customer, meaning you can’t get your hands on it. However, if you have a Harley-Davidson that you want to tinker with, I’m pretty sure Rough Crafts would be happy to do the same for you too.

Punya Sharma
Punya Sharma
An avid motorcyclist who's always up for a ride to the canyons or the race track. My riding skills are better than my writing skills. ;)  Read full bio
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