The rise of Winston Yeh and Rough Crafts in the custom world is nothing short of meteoric. Any remaining doubts that he’s one of the world’s top Harley builders were erased when he took home a trophy at the last AMD World Championship at first attempt.
This is Stealth Bullet, the 2008-model Sportster that won the Modified Harley-Davidson class by a convincing margin. Completed too late to be wheeled into a studio, it has spent much of the past six months in transit—and only now do we have good images. Here they are: enjoy.
Stealth Bullet is more obviously a ‘show bike’ than Yeh’s previous creations, but the Rough Crafts hallmarks are all there. The look is monochrome, the stance is low and the componentry is factory-grade—if not better.
The Sportster has been converted to oil-in-frame mode, and up front is a minimalist girder suspension with a single spring behind the custom headlight. Out back is a custom swingarm and the bike rides on wheels from Performance Machine, 21” at the front and 18” at the rear (shod with M&H dragbike rubber). Finding it impossible to fit a conventional lithium ion battery in the triangular midsection under the seat, Yeh had a battery custom-made in trapezoidal format to fit.
As with all Rough Crafts bikes, the detailing is a joy to behold, from the finned engine covers to the snake-like exhaust system, which terminates right alongside the custom seat unit. The rocker and cam covers are also custom, along with the rearsets, and the open primary is a modified item from Evolution Industries.
Stealth Bullet is a relatively restrained build by AMD championship standards. But the judges in Essen, Germany, recognized good taste when they saw it. This is one show bike that I bet a lot of riders would like to put in their garage.