The Mako Harley Davidson Sporster
Brandon Holstein run a workshop called 'Brawny Built' in Signal Hills, California where he does everything from basic servicing through to full custom builds. Back in 2010 he also co-founded 'The Speed Merchant' workshop and parts manufacturer which has been kicking butt ever since. A couple of years ago he blew peoples…
Brandon Holstein run a workshop called ‘Brawny Built’ in Signal Hills, California where he does everything from basic servicing through to full custom builds. Back in 2010 he also co-founded ‘The Speed Merchant’ workshop and parts manufacturer which has been kicking butt ever since. A couple of years ago he blew peoples minds when he unveiled his Harley Davidson 883 Sporster based “Mako” at Born Free 5 and I had the opportunity to interview him for issue 5 of Tank Moto magazine. Here’s some of what he had to say about his Brawny Built beast.
“The Mako is a 2003 HD Sportster. It started as an 883 that was in a minor wreck. Since it was just mainly cosmetic damage, I picked it up for a decent price. I like riding fast! So I wanted to build something that I would be able to ride at speed, and still be comfortable. The idea was to build a bike that would allow me to lay on the tank, tuck under the fairing, hang on and twist the throttle wide open. I wanted a big smooth motor, a slim chassis and some good suspension to handle the speed.”
“I mounted Ohlins (cause they really work and my friend Robin got me a good deal on them) rear shocks to my modified swingarm. The swingarm was strengthened by using billet axle plates and adding 5/8″ tubing. The wheels were robbed from another project I had here at the shop, 19″ front and 18” rear. To finish up the chassis, I used Racetech emulators and springs in the front-end, along with our Speed Merchant preload adjusters, and Speed Trees. Then just for added insurance I used an Ohlins steering stabilizer. Once the chassis was completed I started with the sheet metal.”
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