After working during a couple of years on Softail platforms to develop a line of custom parts to transform them into tough Exile Machines, it will appear as a surprise to many that Russell Mitchell has now turned his attention to the Harley Dyna model. Custom motorcycle legislation being tougher and budgets being tighter, cool bolt-on parts are more than ever extremely popular among factory Harley riders. And as a Custom Builder why not take all main chassis of the line-up to experiment with them by mixing and matching new custom parts. Demonstrating different possible looks from the same base using mainly Exile goodies is of course to inspire as many bikers as possible to buy your own parts to achieve the same results.
But why a Harley Street Bob to succeed to the Softail platform? Russell told me the story: “At the time I purchased this super-low mileage 2006 StreetBob I also snapped up a 2010 FXD and that bike helped inspire the Super-Moto styling you see here. I loved the gas tank with the aircraft filler cap and I thought the wheels looked like they belonged on a BMX bicycle. So, promptly I used these FXD parts for this project”. There is no denial that the satin orange powder-coat on the wheels making them looking plastic and the use of Avon Distanzia dual-purpose tires largely help define the Super-Moto flavor of this project. For front braking the minimal Harley floating rotor was kept but fitted with an Exile 4-piston caliper. In the rear, Russell used his proprietary Sprocket Brake System, probably the most well known part of his custom parts line-up.
Front end suspension is handled by a 34” mid-glide set of Exile inverted forks, and a pair of 15” Works Performance shocks performs rear end duty. Steering is via custom Exile FatBars with Renthal crossbar, featuring ISR controls, an Exile internal throttle and the super-clean Hidden Switch Bar in the left grip. An Urban headlight, a Radiantz half-moon taillight and two pairs of mini turn-signals handle the lighting tasks. The 88” motor was treated to a little extra powder-coat, some billet pushrod tubes and an S&S air-cleaner kit with Exile cover. The pipes are 2.5” Monster Reverse Shotgun pipes, also from Exile. The primary is Exile’s new 2” belt kit with diaphragm clutch that retains the mid-control foot-peg position. A 3” version is also available for forward-control equipped bikes. A PM hydraulic end-cover was used on the 6-speed HD transmission. The rear fender is a remnant of the stock item and the front is a cut down RWD fender, and both were treated to satin black paint to match the gas-tank and side-panels.
Russell ordered both a solo-seat and a two-person version so the bike can quickly be changed from a passenger-friendly machine to a solo-ride by unscrewing the passenger pegs and swapping the seat. This bike does a great job of showing how a fairly affordable ride can be transformed into a truly unique machine without spending a fortune. Russell could not be happier with the final result; “I think the proportions are perfect and the bike just screams “Ride me!”. I am looking forward to cranking up some miles on this one!” When asked about the number on the side-panels he simply explained that seven if his favorite number and he likes Jack Daniels! If you fancy working similar magic on your stocker, or even sending it to Exile for a facelift, then give Russell a call at 818 255 3330, or visit Exile Cycles.