CUSTOM CHROME EUROPE NEWS Café & DIRT – Special Trend & Product Feature Top Secret: The AMF water-cooled MX Revolution Few of todays Harley-riders have an idea how widespread the program of lightweight and 2-stroke Harley‘s was in the Sixties and Seventies, thanks to the cooperation with Aermacchi in Varese/Italy. This prototype of a 1977 water-cooled Moto Crosser, planned to substitute the aircooled MX 250 Racer – which was only in production for one year – never made it into production. well, not as a Harley-Davidson! When Harley/AMF sold Aermacchi, the design was the resulting new motorcycle manufacturer Cagiva which had great success with water-cooled Moto Cross racers. But it was AMF money that boosted this development: Before, water-cooling for Moto Cross racers was thought to be impractical, if not impossible. „Sporty Spice“ in the sunset above the Meuse river south of Saint Mihiel/France.
CUSTOM CHROME EUROPE PRESS RELEASE - PUBLICATION FREE OF CHARGE the third most popular SPORT, as it has been in the Eighties. It took Harley more than a year from introduction to delivering the first XR‘s updated again in 2010 to XR 1200 X, but sales of the model remained shallow, forcing its discontinuation after the 2013 model year. Which made it last longer than XLCR and XR 1000 combined... ´ ´ ´ Of course, the XR 1200 did compete with Eric Buells sportbikes with which it shared the almost identical powerful motor – and Eric was not shy to introduce his own „Enduro/Touring“ offspring, the „Ulysses“. All Buell models, the XR 1200 and a huge number of Sportsters of all model years form a huge base of potential (and powerful!) „Flat Track“ style custombikes, as CCE‘s dealers have proved over and over again in the last two decades – and certainly will continue to do from the pages of catalogue #«48. ´ ´ ´ The 2013 „Custom Cross“ by Independent Choppers of Duesseldorf was one of the most trend-setting and radical custombikes of the 2013 BOAR year. The bike would have qualified as Dirt-Bike as well as Flat Track style, with a touch of „Old School“: Sportster „Knucklehead“ style covers and Kustom Tech controls with wrapped exhaust competed with spoke wheels and off-road tires. „Custom Cross“ was able to master „heavy dirt“ sections and did so several times when touring with the CCE staff: In the countryside behind Saint Tropez, the Grand Canyon du Verdon and Czech Republic. ´ ´ ´ In 2014, the „Custom Crawler“ marked a stylish Enduro/Super Moto/Flat Track/Café Racer hybrid that combined these often contrary styles very good in one motorcycle that also was great fun to ride. As with so many cool Custom Sporties, the stock „Peanut“ tank limited range and fun time for the ride, but Benno‘s Custom Road did even trick the stock tank into an NSU-lookalike! ´ ´ ´ Exchange the JW Speaker headlight against a more „Flat Track“ style headlight/Number plate combination, add a skid plate under the engine and CCE‘s BOAR Scout „Spyke“ would certainly qualify as a little Flat Track Bobber: It‘s performance certainly did! And the BSL „Drag Race Bomb“ with „outline“ welding seems style subsequently became a topseller. But in 2017, Harley-Davidson Wuerzburg blew everybody´s mind with the stylish „Sporty Spice“ which again crossed several design lines and broke rules: Partially Super Moto, part Flat Tracker, the 883 Iron utilized the latest in EMD and Roland Sands parts, the „Flat Track“ touch added by Rick‘s Motorcycles tail end and Cult Werk spoiler and fender. The riding performance was upgraded by ODC‘s „Roma“ upside-down fork. Recently put up for sale by Harley-Davidson Wuerzburg Village, „Sporty Spice“ was a Sportster published in almost every European Country, also with many touring related features that boosted the popularity of the style. ´ ´ ´ Probably the closest „Flat Track“ replica ever followed for the 2018 BOAR year: The „H9 Sporty“ by Danny Schneider was a success from the premiere at Motor Bike Expo 2018 and a great ride too. Swissbased „Hard Nine Choppers“ modified the cool „Flat Track“ Sporty from a 883 „Iron“ by Swiss top-dealer Baechli Harley-Heaven. This time, a CCE 3.3 Gallon tank would provide sufficient range and „fun time“ and RevTech wheels added a lot of style. Again, Fred Kodlin‘s sheet metal „Café Racer“ tailed would serve the „Flat Track“ style, so did the BSL „Drager Drag“ stainless steel pipes and several RSD components. ´ ´ ´ With the new parts added in the 2018/19 winter season – plus the added popularity of the AMA „Flat Track Racing“ series where Harley-Davidson and Indian battle it out again, both manufacturers came up with new models that with fuel both „Café Racer“ and „Flat Track“ styles: The 500/750 „Street“ and „Street Rod“ models by Harley-Davidson and the 2018 premiere FT 1200 by Indian, introduced in Cologne, then expanded with already three different FT style options at EICMA 2018, both themes are here to stay – and likely to increase in popularity! Often forgotten is the fact that not just Harley and Indian race for trophies in the AMA Flat Track Series: Japanese and European manufacturers always played a part in this series – and they certainly do in „Flat Track“ and Café Racer customizing. The first events this year have approved that – and who has any doubts should open the new Custom Chrome Europe catalogue: You will find what you need to build a great Flat Tracker of Café Racer – and more! omponents. ´ ´ ´