Forsaken Custom Harley Shovelhead

As I wrote before, heavily modified Harleys regain ground over one-off custom motorcycles built from the ground up. And for this purpose, old genuine Harleys or at least their main parts (frame, engine, transmission) are getting more desirable by the day. How modified do you want to go and how much time/energy/money are you ready to spend to conceive and re-fabricate to your taste the perfect Harley? Swedish Ola Stenegard from UCC Cycles went for the total makeover with his raw looking and at the same time very sophisticated 1972 Shovelhead.

“Forsaken” is the name of this project, maybe because this Shovel was abandoned or Ola felt very lonely spending months rebuilding it or both. As you can see the 72 Harley frame is heavily modified, streched (2″), raked (40-degree) filed and shaved. Swingarm was also extended 2 1/4″. Original motor was completely rebuilt keeping H-D cases and heads but with S&S internals, Riviera roller-rockers and Sifton cam. Gearbox cases are original but with Andrews internals and associated to a Primo Open Belt Drive System. Front end and brakes come from ISR, front (21″) and rear (16″) wheels come from a Sportster and roll on Avon tires. Clip-ons, pegs, controls, chain adjusters are one-off by Gilles Tooling. Gas tank is a modified 60’s peanut tank and the rest of the steel bodywork was too good to be hidden under paint. So, it is preserved from rust by soaking it with Ballistol. Colors come only from from a few touches of anodizing.  “Forsaken” was 2nd place in the category “Modified Harleys” at the 2010 AMD European Championship Of Bike Building. UCC Cycles(Photography Horst Roesler and Frank Sander)

12 Responses to “Forsaken Custom Harley Shovelhead”

  1. 1 Larry R Jun 7th, 2010 at 8:52 am

    I like it!

  2. 2 A 1 cycles Jun 7th, 2010 at 10:50 am

    looks cool, the right side of the swingarm appears to be the oil tank..any time you can get one part to do more than one thing…is very cool

  3. 3 brian Jun 7th, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    very cool looking, not a great shot at the exhaust, but from what you can see if looks really short, probably mean sounding. def a diff look than any stock

  4. 4 nicker Jun 7th, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    Sure beats having to register a reconstruction.

    (in CA anyway)


  5. 5 Scott Jun 7th, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    Perhaps builders are going back to modifying Harleys because they’re looking for challenges again. After all, anyone can build a kit bike. Takes a lot more thought to rebuild a bike than one from scratch.

  6. 6 bill dodge Jun 7th, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    perfect bike.

  7. 7 jatinder pal Jun 8th, 2010 at 1:55 am

    Agree with scott, it takes some true ideas to build harley based customs.
    Love the no paint look.

  8. 8 Fausto Simoes Jun 8th, 2010 at 4:48 am

    @#$%$#@ bitchin ride!

  9. 9 FHP Scott Jun 8th, 2010 at 6:40 am

    any shots of the oil tank on the right side?

  10. 10 maroco Jun 8th, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    Special bike, congrats to the builder, loots of imagination and originality, it´s interesting that some bikes, doesn´t needs amazing paint works, to look good.

  11. 11 live2rideaglide Jun 8th, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    Hey guys. One word “awesome”. I want it. Great job. Bike builders like this and stewardesses too.
    glide-me-to-Sweden. Peace.

  1. 1 Tweets that mention Forsaken Custom Harley Shovelhead at Cyril Huze Blog – Custom Motorcycle News -- Pingback on Jun 7th, 2010 at 8:48 am
Comments are currently closed.
Cyril Huze