Hard Nine D’MX

D'MX: Harley WLA custom by Hard Nine Choppers
Sometimes it feels like there’s nothing original in the chopper scene any more. It’s just bling and billet, and mostly pointless. But every now and then, a truly original chopper comes along—like this BMX-inspired custom from Danny Schneider of Hard Nine Choppers. They’re based in Bern, Switzerland, and yes, it seems an unlikely place to be ripping apart a vintage Harley-Davidson. This bike started life as a WLA, which means it’s powered by a 45ci ‘high-compression’ flathead—that compression being a lofty 5:1—and it was one of 90,000 built for the US army. (It’s listed as a 1942 model, but apparently “All the WLAs produced after Pearl Harbor, regardless of the actual year, would be given serial numbers indicating 1942 production.”) The frame, fork and engine are original and restored, but Schneider has fitted Dell’Orto carburetion and a three-speed gearbox from a Servi-Car. Then he hand-made most of the other key components, including the gas tank, foot controls, air filter, frame guards, shifter and headlight. The bars and pegs are modified BMX items, and the oil tank hides a six-volt battery. The pipes are stock, but that’s not an oversight on Schneider’s part: Swiss regulations on what you can and cannot do to motorcycles are very strict. Still, it doesn’t stop Schneider from enjoying his D’MX—it gets thrashed harder than most stock Harleys, let alone customs. And Schneider has the pictures to prove it. [Spotted on Cyril Huze Blog.]

Nikon D3 | 1/500s | f/9.0 | ISO 200 | Focal length 300mm

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D'MX: Harley WLA custom by Hard Nine Choppers
D'MX: Harley WLA custom by Hard Nine Choppers

  • EM

    Yes, the whole of Europe now has VERY strict noise limits – 80db.
    Those straight pipes would be around 115db, so we must assume that this bike doesn’t get near public roads !!!
    BTW even new Harleys comply these days !!

  • Eddie

    I love the wheels.

  • powermatic

    A lot of chopper guys will lump this into ‘Jesse Rook’ territory and thus hate it, but it’s so over-the-top fun you’ve just gotta laugh. Clever too-the white mags look just like the resin wheels you used to see on cheapo BMX-ers, and the flaked tins keep the concept going. And yeah, I’ll bet it does “get thrashed harder than most Harleys”-with around 25 hp from that ’45′, you’ve got to thrash to try to keep up. Like it.

  • Mack-mack

    wow, I really do love the paint job: http://www.kustomsyndicate.ch/galerie/main.php?g2_itemId=5295&g2_highlightId=5324

    and hell yeah, this swiss laws suck – but in dannys case, as long as he still has original pipes and frame, he should ride it legally. Restrictions can make a real creative guy out of you…

  • phil

    idea yes, bike no

  • Bart

    Hi dudes, when the Film cones in the Cinemas?Or where can you get it?

    Greetz