Here's what Anthony Partridge from Matte Black customs had to say about their 'Cafe Racer 57'.
"The bike started life as 2 bikes. A 2003 883 Harley Davidson Sportster and a 2006 Suzuki GSXR 600 Track bike. It was supposed to be a quick in and out project build. The plan was to just put the forks and wheels of the GSXR on the sporty, but as you can see I took it a wee bit further than that."
"The build took over a year as the project kept evolving and changing and had to be fit in around many other builds. In the end the Cafe Racer 57 became our prototype and test bed for research and development that is now going to be our own Matt Black "Cafe Racer" bolt on kit for all models of Harley Davidson Sportster."
What exactly did that build include? Well for starters Matt Black upgraded the Sporty's 883cc v-twin to a 1200cc capacity with an Andrews cam, S&S Super E carb and a Crane Ignition system. The standard loom was replaced by a Motogadget M Unit system and and a matching Motogadget Speedo was mounted to the V-rod headlight up front. The triple trees are a Matt Black custom made part as is the rear swingarm and the exhaust system that vents to a MIVV Ghibli race muffler.
The stock GSXR forks have had their internals upgraded using parts from Maxtons in the UK and the WR26 rear shocks are also Maxton made. LSL clipon bars with Puig levers sit high on the fork uppers and all of the wiring has been run internally wherever possible. The wheels are stock GSXR items that have been treated to an overhaul and a fresh set of Pirelli Supercorsa SC street legal track tires. The tank started out as a aluminium Norton Manx unit that was modified to sit on the Harley frame and the tail and seat are hand made parts that will soon be available as part of the Matt Black Sportster Cafe Racer kit.
Heavy? Bad handling? How about an awesome Cafe Racer built using the old school technique of combining one bikes power with another ones awesome handling. Job well done.
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