Project Street 750
Beefing up the front- end
The Street 750 proved itself as a brilliant budget cruiser when we had one last year. However, in its transformation from costeffective custom to flattrack racer, our project bike needed beefing up. So when we saw that Öhlins had created a set of retro-styled forks, we knew they’d be bang on.
Öhlins’ Retro 43 forks (£1785) use the Swedish firm’s NIX technology which offers compression damping adjustment in the left leg and rebound damping in the right to give superior stability and control. They’re also available in custom-friendly black as well as the traditional Öhlins gold. To say they’re vastly superior to the Harley’s spindly, non-adjustable standard items is an understatement.
But here lies the problem. While the standard fork stanchions have a diameter of just 37mm, the new Öhlins Retro 43 measure, perhaps not unsurprisingly, 43mm across – which means the standard triple tree is completely useless. We needed help – the help of some engineering experts with plenty of bike experience.
Step forward Fastec Racing – the Newmarket-based engineering specialists who design and create CNC machined parts for everyone from custom bike builders to BSB and Motogp teams – and the guys very much in the know when it comes to solving problems like ours.
Fastec co-owners Danny Starmer and John Williams guide us through the fascinating processes involved with creating bespoke parts for a custom front end…