The Harrier. Cafe Racer Of Year 2020?








Swedish Stellan Egland builds one-off custom motorcycles with designs that nobody expects, ranging from the ultra retro to the highly futuristic style. To the point that nobody knows exactly how to categorize each of his bikes. And it’s better this way because one-off motorcycles should always surprise, interrogate, even be controversial. Stefan will tell you that this one is not a show bike, a street fighter or a sports bike. It’s The Harrier! He designed it as the first bike in a new line of minimalist modern customs. As you can see, a bare bones speed machine with very little aesthetic details.

A kind of sports bike getting rid of its fairing/body panels, unnecessary accessories and free of a paint job to show only its technology. I would say a very mean and exciting machine. The bike is based on a BMW 1200S. A few features: adjustable front-end geometry via a push/pull system of cables. Boneblack calipers (4 front, 6 rear), on or off ABS braking system! Air scoops on the sides of the fuel tank to support legs when attacking corners! Etc. Can it be that the next Café Racers will look this way? The bike took second place this year at the European Championship Of Bike Building. So you should see it in August in Sturgis. SE Service (Picture Horst Rossler)


8 Responses to “The Harrier. Cafe Racer Of Year 2020?”

  1. 1 Brandon Jun 10th, 2009 at 8:32 am

    Wow. What a piece of technology!

  2. 2 J Jun 10th, 2009 at 9:49 am

    pretty cool- who’s gonna do a Harley-based bike with hub-center steering first? Throw in a hydraulic final drive while you’re at it!

    Nice to see something other than the usual bobber……

  3. 3 Grayhawk Jun 10th, 2009 at 10:20 am

    Definitely a technical piece, there’s engineering and there is visionary engineering. Most stuff I have seen coming out of Sweden is well done and thought thru futuristic or not.

    I really like his Hulster 8 valve also, more my style. Love the old racer look, speaking of that anyone out there have an original jackshaft for a 27s HD single ohv factory racer?


  4. 4 nicker Jun 10th, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    WayCool design…!

    Would be interesting to try out a Steering Head front suspension.


  5. 5 hoyt Jun 10th, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    very cool. A 2020 cafe might be running on electric or algae-based fuel…this design would probably look the part just as it does today

  6. 6 blammo Jun 10th, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    hmm- somehow minimalist and this machine are not congruent. maybe lost in translation…

    while a technical feat; just because you can doesn’t mean you should. jmnsho.

    like the wakan- you can’t give a way a buell for $3000, what real rider would buy a $40,000 super buell??? again, cool bike, but why.

    since we’re on it- kind of like adding an extra cam to a motor that needs a proprietary frame mount. that one’s selling real well too….an answer to a question nobody asked-

  7. 7 hoyt Jun 11th, 2009 at 12:17 am

    the X-Wedge answered more questions than just adding a 3rd cam

  8. 8 js Jun 16th, 2009 at 11:47 pm

    Sorry, I think it looks like a “push-me” pull-you…fuggly at best, tech or no tech.

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