Custom Sportster XL 1200 Reborn In Asia

 At the end of the 90’s beginning of the 00’s, the epicenter of custom bike building shifted from the USA to Europe, imposing – thanks to its German, Austrian and Swiss builders – a large quantity of drag style inspired creations. And now, members of the custom motorcycle industry are looking at fresh building ideas coming from young builders in Asia. Customs built from Japanese and Indian brands, but also more and more crafted from our 2 American big brands, Harley and Indian, old and new models. For reasons unknown or purely accidental, Greater Jakarta in Indonesia, – the second largest urban agglomeration in the world with a population of 31 million – is where a concentration of young talents can be found. Particularity, the preferred styles in this region of the globe seem to be the low Chopper and Cafe Racer. Styles somewhat more appropriate to confront the crazy Asian street traffic congestion, and well adapted to locals morphology.

Thrive Motorcycles belongs to this small elite of Asian group of builders making a worldwide statement by celebrating Harley’s race heritage and attitude with different lines and details rarely seen on customs of well known builders. This project is based on a 2000 Sportster XL 1200 Evo motor directly imported from the USA. So many Sportsters have been customized that the challenge for duo Indra Pratama and Barata Dwiputra was to build a bike looking different, pushing its racing attitude to the edge but without in any way compromising reliability…

Because of distance and cost, Asian builders are rarely present in the US and Europe participating to bike shows. But the great one-day Japanese show of Yokohama is a fabulous source of inspiration for those working in this region of the globe. There, Thrive Motorcycles saw great samples of the best Japanese chops and came back to their shop convinced that they could create their own timeless style. And it tool them 2 years to complete this creation… Frame wizard Andi at Brodonolo Custom Garage in Central Java was ordered the bike foundation. Then Thrive got started with the all-aluminum bodywork. It includes a one-off tail-end/rear fender, the unusual finned gas tank, the cute mini fairing, the oil tank and the electric box.

Forks were chopped to look thin and add a sense of cleanliness. For the same reason, the 21” front wheel is brakeless. In front, this Sportster rolls on Avon Speedmaster and in the rear on classic ribbed Firestone on a 18” wheel. Rear braking is a chain conversion from a Softail adapted to the one-off frame. A chain tensioner was installed and made, like often on custom bikes, with a skateboard wheel. For a very neat look, cabling is internal running through the bars equipped with Mooneyes grips. The shop fabricated its own shifter/pegs. Running lights/turn signals are recessed inside rear frame tubes. Frame is black powder coated, with body work spray painted in Sapphire Blue and Silver. Vert classy (photos @ Thrive Motorcycles)


Bike name : Kuzuri
Production Code : #T006
Workshop : Thrive Motorcycles
Designer/ Builder : Indra Pratama and Barata Dwiputra of Thrive Motorcycle
Donor bike manufacturer : Harley Davidson
Model : XL1200
Year of Production : 2000
Type and Category : 4 Stroke, V-Twin, Evo – OHV Engine
Year of build : Jan 2016 – Feb 2017
HFrame Modification : Custom Hard-tail Rigid Frame
Bodywork :
Full customized Aluminum body panel: Gastank, Rear Tail Fender, Oil Tank, Electrical Box, and Headlight – Dashboard Cover
Bodywork Add On :
Custom Breather System, Custom Exhaust shield, Custom Clutch Lever, Suspension Ring Cover, Coil – Choke Cover, Custom Plate – Ignition Key Bracket integrated license plate, Custom Shifter pedal, Custom Brake Pedal, Custom Chain Tensioner
Engine Modification :
Cut and Shape Cam and Sprocket Cover (minimalis), Sprocket Chain Conversion, T/H/R/V Derby Cover (one-off), Custom Timing Cover
Seat : T/H/R/V Custom product
Exhaust : Stainless Steel Exhaust & Silencer
Front suspension : Chopped 35mm Telescopic (stance)
Rear suspension : N/A
Brakes & Caliper : Front N/A, Rear: Softail Stock Modified
Footpegs & Bracket : T/H/R/V Odipus A footpegs,
Handlebar : T/H/R/V Gullwing Style Handlebar
Hand grip : Mooneyes Ribbed
Hand control & Switch : Custom Switch
Throttle : Custom Inner Throttle
Air Filter : Custom Filter and T/H/R/V Aluminum Cover (one off)
Wheels : Pair of R21 & R18
Front Tire: Avon Speedmaster 3.00-21 TT
Rear Tire : Firestone Ribbed 5.00-18
Valve Cap : Sekepal Aspal Pine-Nipple
Speedometer : N/A
Gascap : Custom
Turn Signal : T/H/R/V Custom In-Frame (one-off)
Head lamp: Foglamp H-3 Stock
Stop lamp : T/H/R/V custom (one Off)
Engine Finishing : Vaporized and Black Powder Coating
Body Finishing: Sapphire Blue and Silver Line over Vaporized Aluminum


14 Responses to “Custom Sportster XL 1200 Reborn In Asia”

  1. 1 Jeff Duval Oct 9th, 2017 at 8:17 am

    Quite neat actually… Suitably devoid of the usual “bad good ideas” too !
    Less is More as McCann used to preach 🙂 !…
    Well done Asia !!!

  2. 2 pj98rider Oct 9th, 2017 at 9:31 am

    Super clean…nice!

  3. 3 P. Hamilton Oct 9th, 2017 at 9:36 am

    Love it!

  4. 4 Dan Bristol Oct 9th, 2017 at 9:36 am

    The gas tank is rad.

  5. 5 vrodder Oct 9th, 2017 at 10:24 am

    Um… who wears watches any more? Seems superfluous with a cell phone right on your hip. Haven’t worn a watch in a decade or more.

  6. 6 InsideLine Oct 9th, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    This bike’s so clean from nose to tail it almost hurts . Ahh but what a wonderful hurt it is . As well as what an interesting surprise coming out of Asia .

    As for who wears watches anymore vrodder ? Damn near everyone on planet earth with the possible exception of yourself .

  7. 7 davide aresi Oct 9th, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    really beautiful! Soft and sinuous style.
    So nice to look like a render!
    Good Asian guys!

  8. 8 nicker Oct 9th, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    Very basic, vary cool…!!!


  9. 9 Davis Oct 10th, 2017 at 9:02 am

    Awesome sleek ride.

    Old school and hipsters wear watches. The advent of the cell phone liberated me from a watch and also me not giving a damn about what time it is. I also have the sun, don’t need a weather man to know which way the wind blows.

  10. 10 Guzzigreg Oct 10th, 2017 at 9:28 am

    Sweet ride! So much better than the old school bad handling chopper builds so common today.This bike shows imagination!Watches are easier to use, vrod must be a millenial.

  11. 11 John Adams Oct 10th, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    Wonderful work and some mighty fine lines – Kudos to Thrive Motorcycles!

  12. 12 BadMonkeyMW Oct 10th, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    Beautiful. Love it.

  13. 13 hacksaw Oct 14th, 2017 at 9:35 am

    futuristic styled bike with ancient tires. dumb.

  14. 14 MDSPHOTO Oct 14th, 2017 at 10:36 am

    So clean & so cool the MoCo could sell a ton of these things, but let’s not mess with classic styling 😉

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