Warwick Lyon is an Australian garage builder who wanted to build a modern interpretation of a Cafe Racer with elements of a hard-boiled Street-Fighter. For help with design and fabrication that he could not handle in his home workshop, he turned to Brisbane based Ellaspede Custom Motorcycles. With the help of duo Steve and Leo at Ellaspede he defined the overall concept: a more powerful Sportster Forty Eight through an enhanced appearance and modified engine.
The stock Harley 1200cc V-Twin is already a good reasonably good performing engine for this type of bike. Horsepower increase and bike responsiveness was achieved via a simple Stage 1 modification: with a high performance Screaming Eagle air intake, a free flowing Vance & Hines exhaust system, and by remapping the ECU using the Screaming Eagle Super Tuner, the engine’s performance has been upgraded to produce around 75 hp versus stock 67 hp..
Bodywork redesign and fabrication for a new Cafe Racer inspired stance was a much more tedious process. The factory “cruiser” style rear fender had to go and was replaced by a fabricated sportier tail end. Because this piece support the seat and include a lockable small storage compartment, it was the most time consuming task of the project. A mockup of the full tail section was first made out of styrofoam, then computerized for CNC cutting out of ABS. Long hours for prototyping and a big cost for a one-off CNC machining are rewarded by an aesthetically superb result.
To emphasize the Sportster racing attitude, rear of the bike was raised 2.5″ with the front slightly lowered. For the correct sporty riding position, Harley foot controls were replaced with rear sets. Installation of clip-on bars with bar end mirrors were also a must. Notice the work done on the triple tree, modified to authorize the gauge mounts to be underneath the tree, visually cleaning this area. The flexible LED taillight fits nicely into the rear cowl, the way it was done on some old european sport cars. The custom muffler shrouds were fabricated from stainless steel then ceramic coated. Seat pan was upholstered in tuck n’roll kangaroo (we are in Australia) A very pretty Sportster to ride the beautiful roads of Queensland. Ellaspede Custom Motorcycles.