The Transformer Motorcycle

Here’s a stunning example of what you can achieve by transforming a pile of junk into a rolling masterpiece.

WHEN THIS bike first lobbed on the doorstep of Dan and Di’s shop, it consisted of a rough custom frame, tired motor and gearbox, wire wheels and a crappy front-end. The owner wanted a complete ground-up make-over, and after much chin rubbing, head scratching and general throwing around of ideas, a theme was agreed upon and the spanners began to spin. Just two months later and here’s the finished product in all her renewed splendor. A once basket-case, now a stand-out custom. Long and low with flowing lines, no unnecessary bullshit, and a tough street-fighter styled machine that definitely makes its presence felt when out on the

The Transformer now sports a 100 cube RevTech power-plant which is mated up to a RevTech six-speed box via the standard H-D primary. The gasses are fed through a Mikuni carb with a Kuryakyn filter, and expelled by a set of Martin Brothers upswept slash-cut pipes.

A belt drive delivers the power to the 24 x 18 rear Fuelie wheel with matching rotor and pulley; a 21 inch Fuelie wheel keeps things rolling along smoothly up the front as well.

Hawg Halters Inc (HHI) billet chrome calipers handle the braking duties for and aft and are fitted with Magnum braided lines. HHI also got the nod to compliment the front-end with some stylish triple trees and fork legs which are finished off nicely by a set of their switch blocks and hand controls. The grips, pegs and forward controls are Ambush by Attitude.

The set of especially made Burleigh Bars was fabricated to completely conceal all the wiring and to better accommodate switch blocks, etc. The bars are topped off with a Dakota digital speedo, custom billet headlamp and Ness teardrop mirrors. MBW tube indicators, high on the fork legs, keep the front even tidier with their almost unnoticeable presence

A custom, one-piece, stretched, five-gallon tank moulds around a custom seat (of unknown origins as it came with the bike) and again flows effortlessly back onto the Paul Yaffe rear guard which has an inverted Cycle Vision tailight with built-in indicators. A standard H-D guard is used on the front. 

The striking paint job was laid on by Klipart Signs and features a brilliant silver Celtic design which overlays a candy apple blue base that has some detailed murals that have been semi-ghosted into the backdrop. 

The finished product is a bike that has the owner wearing a grin like a Cheshire cat. He wasn’t available on the day of the shoot due to work commitments but, luckily, the lovely Jazz was kind enough to strike a few poses on the bike and add a certain touch of feminine ambience to the quality of the shots. Thanks Jazz. 

Pics by Jo; words by Chuck U Farley

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