G-Force Supercharged Champagne Harley-Davidson V-Rod

“When the boast kicks in at 4500 revs, the exhaust needs to get out real quick,” said Daniel.

I’VE ALWAYS been around Harley-Davidsons. I built the Champagne Softail that was featured in Ozbike back in 2003. I’ve grown up since then; got a few kids and they’re into motocross; and finally got back into building some more bikes; it’s time to enjoy the world a bit. I just wanted to build a Harley-Davidson V-Rod with a load of power and still keep that slick, classy look of my original Champagne Softail. I wanted the bike to be very, very rideable, not just a looker. I wanted to ride it hard through the S-bends; a bike you can ride all the time. 

Adam at ALP Performance built the motor from the ground up — blueprint the motor, piston rings, big bore kit, the G-Force Supercharger, all the injectors, re-mapped the computer — to get it up to nearly 300 horsepower. I put the best of the best in there.

The 300 rear-end is possible using a slightly modified HogPro swingarm. The wheels we got made in the States. They are almost exactly like the original ones I had on my Champagne Softail; just with slightly different curves.

I didn’t go too crazy with the front-end. It has been stripped back, machined and chromed off. I also didn’t want go too big with the front wheel because I like to ride them hard so I stayed with the more responsible 23-inch front wheel. They are the same handlebars that I originally designed back in 2000.

Dillon from DGD Custom made all the tanks and guards, and gave me that nice, smooth radius that I was after. Dillion also made the rear tail-light assembly.

The Arnott air suspension handles the bumps very well; you can ride with them low or high. We went with PM brakes, and, obviously, we went with bigger calipers because we’ve gone from twins back to singles.

We put everything on the left-hand side — all the pulleys and hubs had to be machined to suit the left-hand side — to give it a clean look on the right side.

Windsor Exhausts, a mate of mine who does all my truck work, made the exhaust system. I drew up some designs and and he used them to make the exhaust exactly as I wanted them.

When the boast kicks in at 4500 revs, the exhaust needs to get out real quick. Below that it’s running just like a normal V-Rod (except for the cams).

I always knew who was going to paint the bike — a good friend of mine, Mark from Sydney Custom Spraypainting. He smoothened out the frame, ground it back to give it that smooth look, and gave everything that classy, champagne paint-job.

We did the photo shoot at Tractor 828, a great little takeaway on Sackville Road, Ebenezer, near the river. Mark, the owner, is a good friend of mine. He says bikes are more than welcome so it’s a great place to go for a Sunday ride.

words by Daniel Agius; photos by George

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