Bobber Motorcycle: Darwin Brawler

Darwin Motorcycles' new Brawler muscle bike
I’ve always thought that only two US custom brands have managed to extend their appeal beyond the local chopper scene: Zero Engineering and Brass Balls. Brass Balls has made its name with stylish, big-value bobbers, but the latest bike from parent company Darwin Motorcycles is a premium model. The Brawler is pitched as a muscle bike and there are three models, with upgraded components to match increased prices as you go through the range.

Darwin Motorcycles' new Brawler muscle bike
All Brawlers will run Baker drivetrains and S&S motors, but the capacities will change. You get 96ci on the $22,995 base model, 111ci on the $30,995 Brawler GT, and a mighty 124ci (2033cc) on the $38,995 Brawler GTR. Neat touches abound—including a custom primary drive and a sleek Martini headlight. The GT and GTR will also come with quality pipes from D&D and shocks from Suspension Technologies, with the GTR also sporting a huge 56mm inverted Mean Streak front end. The pricing is in Harley-Davidson 110ci CVO territory; owner Dar Holdsworth tells us that the Brawler is “inspired by the Harley-Davidson FXR, in that the frame geometry is similar and it is a rubber mounted powertrain. That’s where the similarities stop: we’re creating a true American super sport cruiser.”

Darwin Motorcycles' new Brawler muscle bike
Darwin Motorcycles' new Brawler muscle bike