Written by Donny Ariyanto
Custom bikes, bringing the world together one build at a time. Who would think that building a beautiful motorcycle would be of such a benefit to multiculturalism? Today’s feature bike is an American machine, fabricated in India, modified in the style of the British and built by an Indonesian custom motorcycle workshop. With so many nationalities putting a bit into this bike, this 2015 Harley Davidson Street 500 went through a coffee maker to produce the smooth racer you see here today. The brief for the build was to produce a style like a modern cafe racer that wouldn’t look out of place in the 60s. Built from the ground up using Indonesian ingenuity in the face of a limited custom bike scene, but we certainly knows the best options when it comes to bringing a bike to life. Ladies and Gentleman, we’d like to introduce you to ‘THE DT’, we built like a Cafe Racer.
The layout for the bike was adjusted accordingly, and a blueprint for a full cafe racer style bike to be wrapped around the American V-twin. Building on previous experience, a stock frame was to be utilized, we only modified sub frame based on guidance from the final design. One inch seamless pipework laid the groundwork, and was overlaid with 1.2mm galvanized plate in the form of cafe racer inspired bodywork. We made the fuel tank with rounded teardrop style and combined with SM Design gas cap. Helping to give the bike it’s sporting stance, the front end is fitted with a set of 43 – 55 mm Upside Down, donated by a Suzuki GSXR-1000. At the rear sits a set of 14 inch Ohlins Progressive shock, customized to suit the more aggressive riding style the bike would be subjected to. Rim choice for both front and rear is TK Japan with 17X3.50 inch and 17x.5.00 inch, shod in Metzeler M7RR tread rubber. Tire specifications on this build are 120/70-17 on the front, and 180/55-17 on the rear, giving that awesome balloon profile that cafe racers desire and nice to be on road. To ensure the custom machine pulls up in a hurry, brakes all round are Tokico Japan cylinder equipped. Happy with the factory output of HD Street , we decided to leave the internals alone. Open air filter from Skull and Danmoto 2 in 1 exhaust system is more focused on improving the engine note at speed rather than motivating the bike itself. Finally, the whole package was painted by Komet Studio in the colors of classic white and gold leaf stripe. Using Spies Heckers paint products, the finish is a beautiful composite of bike and totally concept.
With the build finished, there is only one thing left to do, and it is best summed up by us: “Ride your bike brother!”.
- Body Custom by STUDIO MOTOR
- Painting & Airbrush by KOMET Studio
- 43 – 55 mm Upside Down ex. Suzuki GSXR-1000
- 14 Inch Ohlins Rear Shock
- TK Japan Rims 17X3.50 Inch & 17X5.00 Inch
- Metzeler M7RR 120/70-17 & 180/55-17
- Skull Open Air Filter
- Rizoma Handlebar
- Rizoma Turn Signal
- DRL Headlight
- Danmoto 2 in 1 Exhaust System
STUDIO MOTOR Custom Bike