We rarely feature contemporary Harley customs, but when I saw these images by Australian photographer Michael Drabikowski, I had to make an exception. Because this Harley-Davidson Sportster isn’t your typical V-twin show bike; for starters, it’s an absolute featherweight. It tips the scales at a smidge under 360 lbs (162 kg), thanks to the liberal use of lightweight custom parts and carbon fiber. The motor is a thoroughly rebuilt 1969 XLCH—blueprinted, balanced and ported, drinking through an S&S Super E carb, and converted to a left-hand gearshift. The chromoly steel frame is a custom one-off, powdercoated in carbon black. It’s fitted with heavily modified Ducati 916 forks, carbon fiber wheels designed by Blackstone Tek, and Brembo calipers. Builder Dylan Robb is a master craftsman, as the images below show, and pretty much built this Sportster in his garden shed. For the full low-down, check this Bikernet reprint of an article from Australian custom magazine Heavy Duty. Is this future of Harley custom building? Or not?
Images copyright Michael Drabikowski of D&P Image Design. Thanks to Neale Brumby and Ben Schkade.