The FXR model, because of its rubber mounted engine, is still considered by many as one of the best riding Harley bikes and had many custom builders for many years use it as their preferred canvas. After a long hesitation about what should be its new limited edition model, Dar Holdsworth of Darwin Motorcycles a.k.a. Brass Balls Bobbers, decided that an FXR type frame was the perfect platform for an intense riding sporty looking motorcycle on which the GT label will be affixed and should be deserved.
I precisely remember Dar showing me his “Brawler” still at the stage of a mockup during this year’s V-Twin Expo in Cincinnati. Dar, still not sure about its final design had parked his new project in a quite dark corner, still wondering about final geometry and design and testing the reactions of his industry peers. All professional builders will tell you that the creative process is a mixed bag of doubts and certitudes until the client, or in this case the market, prove you right. And yes, it happens quite often that we question each other about a bike in progress even if it’s only to confirm our own original choices… The final geometry is a frame with a 2″ extended swingarm, 28-degree of rake , using a beefy 56 mm inverted front end from Meanstreet and the classic FXR style pair of rear shocks.
Sporty look is emphasized by the use of a camel back fender, of mid controls for an aggressive attitude while riding, of Raptor bars fitted with motocross grips for a racing stance. I didn’t test ride the bike, but fellow magazine Cycle Source did it for me and the review is very positive.
To summarize, a comfortable rubber mounted custom motorcycle for long times on the saddle but also a machine conceived to show the street what you are made of…The Brawler GT1 base price is 23,995 when equipped with a standard S&S 96″ engine, the GT2 will come with an S&S 111″, the GT3 will come with an S&S 124″ (shown here) The number 1 model, with already 3500 miles on it, is being debuted this coming Sunday in Sturgis at the AMD World Championship Of Bike Building. Brass Balls Brawler GT.