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)