More than a quarter of all motorcycles you can see on the roads of Switzerland are Milwaukee made. Since the 70‘s, Bachli Harley Heaven is the top Harley-Davidson dealership in the country and – as many dealers in Europe do, much more than in the US – is also customizing Harleys or pure one-off custom bikes using no or almost no Harley parts. A freedom of expression possible because Bachli Harley Heaven is also a true fabrication shop with all the qualified manpower and tools for sheet metal bending and forming.
The Swiss Harley dealer is also importing German based Walz Harcore frames and rolling chassis kits available in as many configurations as there are American V-Twin motor platforms. So, logically a first choice of parts when a client shows up with a “radical lowrider envy.” Rainer Baechli, who is running the Dealership in the best tradition of his father Felix,has a close eye on the custom European scene. Several customs built by Walz Hardcore have ended up as being the prized possessions of famous current Formula 1 pilots, and such publicity makes many want to ride the same type of bikes. And those who can afford such type of customs will have to pay a price, up to 140,000 swiss francs or the equivalent of US $151,000!
On this 6-month project, the Walz Hardcore “Le Mans” rolling chassis with a 40-degree rake is equipped with a Legend Air Suspention on a single-sided swingarm. Front fork is upside-down. Ceriani. Design wheels (3.5” x 18 front, 10.5” x 18 rear) by Walz Hardcore come with matching pulley and discs. The bike is powered by a 105 hp / 110 Cubic-Inch RevTech twin with HSR 42 Mikuni carburetor bolted to a stock 5-speed HD tranny, open belt drive. Switzerland speed limits are low and strictly enforced. But make a quick jump to neighboring Germany and the autobahns are open to any American V-Twin excess. Almost…At one condition: that you don’t violate severe sound regulations. Reason why this machine is equipped a Kess Tech (ESM2)street legal exhaust system letting you “silence” your exhaust at a push of a button when and where required. Controls by Italian Rizoma, headlight for US company Headwind. Bächli Harley Heaven. (with collaboration and photography of Horst Roesler)