A second place in the Modified Harley Class in the 2011 AMD World Championship by a new kid on the (Brooklyn) block named Steve Iacona from Iacona Custom Cycles deserves a feature in my website. An interesting approach to bike building with both Board Tracker and Cafe Rafe Racer influences converging to create a cool custom Sportster that the younger crowd would love to ride.
Steve is too young in the business to afford any fancy CNC machine. Still, with basic tools he fabricates his own parts and want as many of them on his creations. His catalog of parts is in his head, not on paper or online, and a close look at “Challenger” demonstrates that the kid has quite an imagination and the drive to make things happen, the 2 main qualities of any good custom builder.
After converting the original 1996 Sportster frame to hardball and rebuilding the stock engine with Buell heads and cylinders, then fitting it with dual 30mm Mikuni carburetors, 800 hours of intensive work produced many interesting features. Among them: Girder style front end but with suspension. hand formed fuel tank with knee cutouts, rear fender tail section, oil tank, exhaust pipes and tips, handle bars and mounts, rear peg sets, headlight number plate, seat suspension, taillight, battery box, steering damper mounts, motor mount. Other details include: Ignition coils located near battery box along with all electrical connections. Oil cooler mounted behind front number plate. Hand formed stainless steel brake and oil lines, all stainless steel hardware, etc. Iacona Custom Cycles (Photos copyright Onno Wieringa courtesy AMD Championship)
Tech Sheet. Bike Name: Challenger. Builder: Steven Iacona. Year/Model: 1996 XL. Engine: HD 1200cc. Frame: HD Sportster converted hardtail. Rake: Stock, Stretch: 0, Trail: 4.5″. Wheels: Front, Invader 21×3.50, Rear, Invader 18×5.5. Tires: Front Metzeler 120/70/21, Rear, Metzeler 200/50/18. Brakes: Front, ISR 250mm caliper. Rear ISR 250mm caliper. Painter Nub Grafix.