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Masters At Work: Harley-Davidson Street Build Off, Japan

Harley-Davidson Japan: The Street Build Off
BIKE Gunslinger BUILDER Masayuki Sugihara, Luck Motorcycles

Closer to the mainstream of traditional custom building is this rigid-framed machine from Luck. The Street 750 engine is visually much cleaner than your usual Harley chopper motor, and in this case, it’s the surrounding metallurgy that provides the fireworks.

Harley-Davidson Japan: The Street Build Off
There’s a girder fork here too, but in a minimalist style, hooked up to a 19-inch Kim Tab wheel steered with the help of custom drag-style bars. The rear rim is a chunky 16 inches, and the engine gets a boost from one-off ‘mushroom’ intakes, a drag-style exhaust, and an auto-tuning ThunderMax ECM.

Harley-Davidson Japan: The Street Build Off
BIKE Zonnevlek BUILDERS Yoshikazu Ueda & Yuichi Yoshizawa, Custom Works Zon

There’s an air of elegance about this ‘digger’ style Street 750, which has a single-cradle frame and completely new suspension front and back. The vibe is functional, with an eye on the drag strip: There’s a 19-inch W&W wheel up front, and a 15-inch Rocket Racing rear rim.

Harley-Davidson Japan: The Street Build Off
The fuel tank has been moved to the seat cowl, permitting a low-slung fake front tank. Poking out is a jockey shifter, with the clutch operated by the pedal you’d normally use to change gear. And the name ‘Zonnevlek’? It means ‘sunspot’ in Dutch. Don’t ask us why.

Harley-Davidson Japan: The Street Build Off
BIKE The Other One BUILDER Tatsuya Fujii, Duas Caras Cycles

Duas Caras is in Nagoya, the battleground of custom bike shops in Japan. Fujii-san is a multiple award-winning builder, and this machine has the most contemporary feel of the five Build Off bikes.

Harley-Davidson Japan: The Street Build Off
The front end is from a Buell S1, with a custom tubular swingarm hooked up to the back wheel. The wheels are 18-inch RSD items, with brakes from Performance Machine—who also supplied a free-flowing air intake. it looks like there won’t be much back pressure from the ultra-short exhaust system, but a Vance & Hines Fuelpak FP3 module extracts maximum power from the engine. The custom bodywork isn’t showy, but it has a timeless air to it. This is one custom Street 750 that is unlikely to look ‘dated’ any time soon.

Harley-Davidson Japan: The Street Build Off
So which bike took home the honors? Decisions, decisions…in the end, Brad, Frank and Dais picked the Custom Works Zon build (below).

What’s your call?

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Harley-Davidson Japan: The Street Build Off

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