I can’t start a feature about this ultra custom FXR style bike without writing a few lines about the original Harley FXR (1982-994) It was the first model that Harley engineers were allowed to conceive (instead of the design department) and the best they could build using the best computer programs of the time. Main objective was to find a way to create a chassis (adapted from the FLT) as stiff as possible to create a comfortable Harley “sport” bike. It’s the way the FXR triangulated frame was created using a tri-mount system with automotive type elastomer mounts (1 in front, 2 in rear at the swing arm junctions). This FXR (R for Rubber Mounted) set up allowed the engine to do its shaking without transmitting vibrations through the frame and to the rider. This new set up made the FXR the most comfortable bike ever produced by Harley, but unfortunately the triangulated side view of the bike was never a very popular design with the Harley crowd.
The last 2 FXR models – the FXR Super Glide and the FXLR Low Rider Custom – were produced in 1994,. But the stock Harley FXR chassis remained extremely popular for customization by professional custom builders. Consequently, very few genuine FXR are available, leading to the creation by the after-market industry of different versions, with either the same factory geometry or lowered and longer. (Note: because the new Twin Cam engine was on the horizon and would have required an EPA re-certification of the frame, Harley decided to produce again the FXR chassis in 1999 and 2000 using it’s left over frames of 1994)
Behing this creation unveiled for the 1st time at the last Beaulieu Custom motorcycle Show, is Jason Hancock, an Englishman with 20 years of engineering experience building endurance championship cars for the Le Mans Series and GT Championships. The type of vehicles requiring no less than 100% precision, reliability and performance. Qualities that Hancock wants to maintain on each of his bespoke motorcycles.
Conceived to be an extremely stylish, powerful and reliable custom, this FXRSS Mark II low machine keeps the legendary “isolated vibrations” comfort of the original Harley Davidson FXR and the refined aesthetics of a Ducati SS. As an introduction to his creation, Hancock says that “the MkII is an amalgamation of what a lowrider should look like, very long, lean and low, with no angles whatsoever.” Got an FXR type project on your mind? Read the specifics in the tech sheet below. Want to buy it? Make an offer at Triple H Bespoke Motorcycles.