As more and more workshops produce their own version of a Cafe Racer it’s only natural that we are going to start seeing Harley Davidson based versions, but I wasn’t expecting to see many of them coming from Japan!
Selected Custom Motorcycle have built this fine example of a Harley based Cafe Racer out of their workshop in Yokohama, Japan. For a workshop that usually produces choppers and bobbers one would expect a much more outlandish looking result but this Cafe Racer is all class.
The 2003 Harley Davidson FXDL which has been named “Elanor” was completed in 2010 and is a far cry from it’s original bulky (dare I say “slow”) appearance. A custom tank and seat give the Harley it’s distinctive Cafe Racer style along with the classic and always cool, black paint job. The front and rear guards have been thrown away and a custom exhaust which molds around the big V-twin helps to lighten the look of the bike and give it a much sportier appearance (although it’s height still remains at what Harley referred to as “Low Rider” with this particular model).
Elanor’s power-plant remains almost completely stock aside from a new set of Mikuni Carbs to improve low end performance. Other noteable changes to the Harley are the carbon fibre clip on bars and the red, white and blue racing stripes which are an unexpected design touch.