UK based Shaw Harley-Davidson is in its 11th year as a dealer with its custom division wing3rd called Shaw Speed & Custom now in its 3rd year. Shaw started customization using only genuine after-market Harley bolt-on parts, then as customers required more originality and the crew went more confident, Shaw Speed & Custom went into full redesigning and styling. During the last 3 years the Shaw team gained recognition via big wins in the AMD World Championship Of Bike Building and other European very competitive bike shows, attracting clients like, Bell & Ross watches, Ralph Lauren, Rockstar Energy, Playboy and radical bike projects coming from clients in Australia, Lebanon, Italy, Switzerland, Sweden, Monaco and even Las Vegas.
A client from Paris fell in love with a previous 2010 Shaw project – the custom XL ST3 -that I had featured in this website, but wanted several upgrades like a slightly higher suspension, an ohlins front end, and leaving the team the chance to tweak and improve the original bike. The brother of the original XLST3, named the XLZT3, got started by the full strip down to the bare frame of a XL1200X 48 Harley-Davison model. Then the bike was fully mocked up, lifting the bike by replacing the factory front end with suspension with Ohlins front forks and rear shocks. Front brakes were given a twin makeover with the radial mounted front caliper set up.
The engine details were also worked on using Roland Sands Design Engine Rocker covers (these were not available when the original XL ST# was built), looking great on the 1200 cc engine, especially when mounted on Harley-Davidson wrinkle black lower rockers. These covers sit on the tuned 1200cc engine running new Screamin Eagle Performance Heads and cams. A signature design in most Shaw customs, anodizing was applied all over the bike, from pushrod tubes to oil pump, from brake calipers to master cylinders to, clutch housing etc.
For a cleaner build, a caddy was built to hide all electricals and aid to the mounting of the gas tank. The handlebars were also new to this build and based on 1 1/4 inch Harley-Davidson Fatboy handlebars to which a retro loop was added for a different and unique look. These bars were custom painted with the shop logo. A slightly different shaped front number board and side panels were made to add some flow to the bike. Wheels were given a little extra with the bike now featuring a 180 mm wide rear tire instead of the original 150 mm. The racing bicycle rim inspiration was used to personalize the wheels with painted logos.
The original frame and engine guards were thought to be a little too bulky so the team set about reinventing the original look and building a lighter weighted version, of course color coded. The exhaust system which really impressed the owner in the first place was bended and welded made in house and improved with how it was positioned on the motorcycle and mounted differently but still retaining the original look. Notice the Softail ignition and the start push button installed on the right side of the neck. Full tech sheet below. Shaw Speed And Custom.
Engine. 1200cc modified with Screamin’ Eagle Heads
Cams. Screamin Eagle
Rear. Fender Shaw Speed & Custom
Rear. Suspension. Shocks by Ohlins
Front. Suspension. Forks by Ohlins
Tailight. LED stop/tail/indicator
Seat. Shaw Speed & Custom
Gas Tank Roland Sands Design
Rockers. Covers Roland Sands Design upper
Rocker Covers.. HD Lower
Derby Cover Roland Sands Design
Timer cover Roland Sands Design
Air Breather. Roland Sands Design
Handlebars HD Modified
Master Cylinder. front Performance machine
Master cylinder. rear HD
Pegs. Roland Sands Design
Number boards. Shaw Speed & custom front and sides
Brake Calipers. Performance Machine
Brake Rotors. Roland Sands Design
Exhaust system. Shaw Speed & Custom
Grips. Roland Sands Design
Brake lines.. Gooodridge
Custom Paintwork Image Design Custom UK
Frame fabrication. Shaw Speed & Custom